A Summery Run + 4th of July Recipes

Hi friends! For those of you in the US, I hope you’re gearing up for a fun 4th of July! We booked kayaks again to watch the downtown DC fireworks from the water (like last year!) and are pumped. If you’re looking for something to make, my No Bake Blueberry Custard Pie (<– click for recipe) would be a fun and seasonally appropriate treat, or check out this post I wrote on a previous 4th: Healthy 4th of July BBQ Recipes. The patriotic strawberries are my favorite. :)


On the running front, I had a great run on Tuesday morning with my friend Sokphal!


Sokphal and I have a standing Tuesday morning run date, and since I was doing all.the.races lately I’ve been feeling pretty sluggish come Tuesday mornings. This week I actually felt more energetic for a change, which was nice! :)


We both forgot our watches and it was kind of nice to go rogue without any idea of pace or distance. I think we covered about 5 miles?



Love running along the Georgetown waterfront. So pretty!


We swung by the monuments for a quick hello. (Tip: if you are visiting DC and want the monuments to yourself, go in the early morning! This photo was taken around 7:30 a.m. – a few hours later and this area would be a total mob scene with summer tourists.)


We ended our loop on the Mt. Vernon Trail.


I dropped Sokphal off at her place and then walked back up the big hill to my place. It was HOT out – special thanks to Starbucks for saving me from dying of thirst on my walk home.


And now, time to finish up some last minute work! I’m also going to squeeze in the Summer Shape Up week 3 workout for a little lunch break pick me up. :)

I’m taking tomorrow off for the holiday, so I’ll see you guys back here on Monday for a kayaking 4th recap and weekend adventures. Have a wonderful holiday weekend, my friends!

What are you up to for the 4th?


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    The patriotic strawberries are so cute and festive! I love that idea, and so easy too.

    I’m looking forward to staying in San Francisco for the long weekend – the city will be somewhat deserted, but everyone who is here will likely be hanging out in any neighborhood park! With lots of good food.

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    Fireworks viewed from kayaks sounds like so much fun! I’m looking forward to a quiet 4th after a busy and travel-filled June. Long bike ride and maybe some pool time with friends are about all I have planned!

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    Lindsey says:

    Hi Anne, I wanted to rent kayaks for the 4th but saw the Key Bridge boathouse is closing early. Were you able to reserve kayaks at Navy Yard or somewhere else?


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      We booked through Key Bridge Boathouse! It was under their “events” page, but it is now sold out… we booked over a month ago. I’m sorry!

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    How did you book the kayaks? Key Bridge Boathouse seems to be closed the evening of July 4th this year :(

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    Happy 4th of July in advance! It only seems like you posted about the fireworks like yesterday! This year has totally flown by! Such a fun way to view them!

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    I did not know you could reserve kayaks for the 4th. I’ve lived here my whole life and never knew that!! Have fun

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    I was living in DC 2 years ago and LOVED watching the fireworks on the Lincoln memorial! We saw the boaters and thought that was a fun idea. Can’t wait to see pictures!
    You’re making me miss DC so bad!

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    Melissa R. says:

    Because of your post last year about kayaks I made sure to reserve them for this year! So excited! thanks for the great idea!

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    Roadrunner says:

    Enjoy watching the fireworks from your kayak! Great idea!

    We’ll be on a hill in the burbs with a view of DC.

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    Sounds like an amazing way to see the fireworks … hope it turned out well for you guys … also, running in DC these time of year = so hot … how do you manage the humidity??

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    Every time I am in DC I see runners and wish I was running with them! Next time I am in DC I will def be doing some running site seeing :)

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