A Thankful 10 Miles

Hello and happy Friday!

My workday today will be short – I have an in-person Anne The RD client this morning (I’ve been seeing most clients virtually through Skype or phone, but have a few clients I meet at local coffee shops – hopefully someday I will be able to afford an office!), and then after lunch Matt and I are making the drive down to North Carolina for Easter! Matt’s brother Chris and his wife Jess live in Winston Salem, so we’ll be spending the weekend there with them and Matt’s parents, who are also driving down. I’m looking forward to seeing that Carolina blue sky again. :)

Since I knew I’d be out of town this weekend, I decided it would be smart to get my half marathon training run in a couple days early so I didn’t have to worry about it while we were gone. Luckily, my friend Karen was on board for a Thursday 10 miler!

10 mile run

As you guys know, I just ran the Rock ‘n’ Roll USA half marathon a couple weeks ago, and my new half on the docket is the Nike Women’s Half on April 28! I’ve never done more than one half marathon in a season before, but at least this means I don’t have to start from scratch with training, right? My goal is just to maintain my current running fitness with a couple long runs between now and then without burning out, because I still have the ZOOMA Annapolis half on June 1, too.

Karen and I set out with a general idea of our route but decided to see what we were in the mood for once we got downtown.



Running over the Memorial Bridge – I spy the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial!

memorial bridge

Once we got downtown, we decided instead of doing the usual Lincoln/mall loop that we would mix it up and head over to the Jefferson Memorial and the Tidal Basin to see if the Cherry Blossoms were blooming yet!

Running down Hains Point (this was actually the only time I’ve run down here outside of a race):

hains point

And then we made it! Sadly, no Cherry Blossoms had come out to play yet. Boo! We made a pact to come back again for another run in a week or two. Must see them!

tidal basin

When we reached Jefferson, we stopped for some fuel. I’ve been alternating between the Hammer Gel and the Clif Shot Gel. Today was a Hammer Gel day!

hammer gel

jefferson memorial

From there, we ran around the Tidal Basin, back over Memorial Bridge, down along the Potomac River…

mt vernon trail

Back up the hill of death from Rosslyn to Courthouse, then finished it off with 2 more flat miles. Karen and I ended up getting into some really good life-related conversations for the second half of the run and the miles literally flew by. Before I knew it, we were done!


  • Mile 1: 8:43
  • Mile 2: 8:44
  • Mile 3: 8:47
  • Mile 4: 9:09
  • Mile 5: 9:05
  • Mile 6: 8:34
  • Mile 7: 8:46
  • Mile 8: 9:24
  • Mile 9: 8:57
  • Mile 10: 8:55

Total distance: 10 miles. Total time: 1:29:08. Average pace: 8:54 minute/miles.

garmin forerunner 305

I finished the run feeling very thankful. Thankful that I can run. Thankful that running 10 miles, while it will always be challenging, is no longer insanely hard. Thankful that Karen and I met through my blog last fall and she’s now turned into a good friend. Thankful that both of us have alternative work schedules and can run 10 miles on a Thursday morning – even if that means I work late into the night, as I did last night, I’m so lucky to be able to be my own boss and manage my own schedule. Thankful that while I’m sure I’ll never completely have life figured out, I feel much better career-wise than I did 5 years ago. Karen and I talked some yesterday about how we spent a lot of our 20’s trying to figure out what we wanted and waiting for life to happen to us. It wasn’t until we stopped waiting around for life to happen and made it happen ourselves that we really found what we were looking for.

What are you feeling thankful for lately?


  1. 1

    Gorgeous pictures! Have a great trip!

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    Anne, you definitely struck a cord with me today. I first started running about three years ago, just as I was finishing college and preparing for the biggest move of my life–from Virginia to Ireland. That move was something I’d been dreaming about for years and I was so thrilled to finally be making it happen. Running became a huge part of that. It allowed me time to get lost in my plans, to burn up nervous energy and to show myself that perseverance would yield great results. I’ve now lived in Ireland for nearly three years and am getting ready for another move, this time to England. Since I’ve been here I’ve faced more challenges than I ever could have imagined. I had my first real job, I got my first (and nearly my second) master’s degree, I ran my first 10k (can’t wait for my first half marathon in August!) and I met a man I love. It has definitely not always been an easy ride, but I always find myself being glad that I took the chance to have the life that I imagined. Congratulations on all of your accomplishments and risk taking! I can’t wait to keep reading about them. :)

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      I’m so proud of you for taking the chance and making your life the way you want it. Best of luck with the new move to England!

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    I always love looking at your running pictures. Such a beautiful city! I can’t wait to hear about the Nike half, I’d love to run one of their races some day. Lately I’ve been thankful for the ability to run/exercise and for close friends and family. Have a great holiday.

  4. 5

    I LOVE the end of this post and am so happy for you :) And also thankful that we’ve become close through our blogs too! xo

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    I’m thankful for the sun shining again! And also that I made it through 12km this morning with no pain in my Achilles and only a little now as I sit here ice-ing up just in case :) Well done on the 10miles, great pace!

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    Great thoughts today! What mile do you usually refuel? I’m running Annapolis too and the last half I ran was 4 years ago and I didn’t do any refueling for that race.

    Also, impressed that you can carry on a conversation and still run that fast!

  7. 10

    You’re so speedy!!! Nice job on the long run :)

  8. 11

    Great pictures – I love running that route! I’m jealous you already have your long run out of the way – good luck w/ the rest of your training! I’m doing the Nike Half too – it’s my first half of the season so I’m really excited!!

  9. 12

    Your running times are always faster than mine (I run 9:15-9:45 min miles normally) but last night I pushed it and ran 8:30-45/miles and kept thinking I was going Ann’s pace! lol

  10. 14

    Tomorrow I hope to complete my first 10 miler (ever) as part of my 1/2 marathon training…I’m already thankful that I’m in a position to run that distance…or able to run at all.

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    What sneakers are those? I love them!!!

  12. 18

    Great post, Anne. I just got back from a run with a friend – we decided to run the same 5k route I did two months ago for my first race when I first started running to see how far I’ve come, and I am feeling very thankful that I am able to run SO much better now in such little time and that I have great friends that encourage me to continue. Enjoy your Easter!

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    I’m really glad you posted this today – I’ve been struggling with what I want to “do” lately (my career, etc.), and you’re right, you just have to GO for it! Life won’t just happen to you, you need to make it happen and see where it leads you. Anyway, thanks for reminding me of that today :)

  14. 22

    I just started a series on my blog called Thankful Thursdays. What better time to start than a few days before Easter. I am thankful that we are finally experiencing spring weather here in Iowa! Running in DC looks beautiful, I used to live in Maryland and we would always take trips down there to see the cherry blossoms.

  15. 24

    I love running around downtown Des Moines, as it’s super interesting, but I would LOVE to run among all of the monuments — there’s no way I’d ever get bored! So jealous.

  16. 25

    Great job on the run! It looks like it was a beautiful day :) How exciting that you are seeing so many clients already!! Your Anne the RD site looks great!

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    I am grateful that even though I broke my ankle last week and had surgery to repair it, I am told I will be able to run again in a few months. It brings tears to my eyes thinking about how lucky I am!

  19. 28

    Winston-Salem is very pretty this time of year. Hope you post some photos.

  20. 29

    Love how your shoes and shirt match! Also my mom owns her own photo business and always meets clients at coffee shops! I don’t think it is a bad not having a fancy office plus I think the clients like being able to drink coffee :) And about the marathon – good luck with all of those coming up! I think maintaining your current goal and throwing more speed work in will be good!

  21. 31

    I loved this post … running, friends and making it happen. Nothing better! congrats on all of your accomplishments. I will also be at the Nike Women’s Half in DC, hope to see you then!

  22. 33

    Enjoyed your post today

  23. 34

    I’m feeling thankful that my last 2 workouts in the last few days have been a lot better than what they have been in the last 2 weeks. Thankful for a 4 day weekend over easter to have time just to relax.

    Loved reading your post today, very inspiring, I’m trying to build up my longer runs again.

  24. 35

    I love your pictures of the run, it looks like spring is starting to make an appearance! I am thankful for visitors from DC out in LA! It’s always amazing to have friends & family visit. I try to put my internship assignments on hold for a day or two & simply enjoy the company.

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    I wish I could run!

    I’m thankful for my health lately. Also, for my fabulous friends, family and boyfriend!

  26. 37

    What beautiful pictures! I think I’m starting to catch the running “bug”! I’ve never been one for running, but I’ve been doing it lately during practice black belt tests. We have to run 2 miles before the rest of the test at the dojo. One of my newest goals is a 5K. :)
    I am thankful for my parents coming to visit for a few days this Easter. They are driving (today!) the opposite direction you are….they are coming from up North to see us down South!!!! :)

  27. 38

    I’m so happy that your nutrition business is going well so far! I am working part-time at a hospital and keep procrastinating starting my own business on the side. It seems like such asn ideal way to work as a dietitian :)

  28. 40

    I used to live and run in the DC area and this post highlighted my very favorite places to run. It made me a bit nostalgic, and excited to be able to do it again soon when I move back to the area. Thanks for the great reminder!

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    Lauren K says:

    “I spent a lot of time waiting for life to happen to me, but it wasn’t until I made it happen myself that I really found what I was looking for.” Well put, miss Anne! This quote of yours is definitely a keeper!

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    Annette Adams says:

    What a gorgeous run! And congrats on the consulting clients.

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    Healthy Eater says:

    Thankful for spring, longer days, improved running weather, new beginnings, and family and friends! Well done on the 10-miler. Most impressive. And how nice that 10-mile runs are no longer “insanely hard!” Happy Easter!

  32. 44

    Love this inspirational post, esp. your gratefulness passage and your insight re. making things happen for oneself – so, so true! Glad you’ve settled into young adulthood with some clarity of direction/purpose, Anne.

    • 45

      I think “some” is the keyword in that second sentence, but thank you! :) I doubt I’ll ever have it all figured out but it’s very nice to feel less lost.

  33. 46

    This is a beautiful post!

    I think the notion that, at some point, we’ll “figure out” life, is kind of illusory – though I, like you, spend most of my time wondering when it will happen to me. The older I get, the more I suspect we spend our whole lives in a state of flux, evolution, and (sometimes) confusion, and perhaps that’s how it should be.

    Can’t wait to see you :)

    • 47

      So true. When I was younger I thought adults had everything figured out – well, turns out they are all just figuring it out as they go, too. I also thought that I’d feel “old” when I was the age I am now – and I still feel so young! I wonder if we ever really feel like a proper adult. Maybe when we have kids of our own?

      So glad you are back in town! I missed you! xo

  34. 48

    Great thoughts at the end of your post! It’s so easy to get caught up in everything we haven’t done yet rather than focusing on all the amazing things we HAVE accomplished. Thanks for giving us a reminder to do that.

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