Hey friends! I’m baaaaaa-aaaack! Matt and I had such a fun time in Iceland – I’ll start sharing some recaps here on the blog soon (any specific details you want to read about?) but for now, check my Instagram to see a bunch of the highlights from the trip!
We got back home on Sunday early afternoon, and I was staaaaaarving (planning fail on my part – we had a bunch of snacks with us for the plane ride but I should have bought a lunch of some sort before boarding because I ended up wanting a meal vs. more snacks… pregnancy + getting too hungry = nausea). My mom picked us up at the airport and we went straight to Sweetgreen to refuel! Mmm… America does salads right, just sayin’.
I took a quick nap when we got back to our place and then we met up with a huge group of friends who were in town visiting for dinner at Sawatdee, our favorite local Thai place! There were seriously 20 of us – so fun to see everyone.
Matt and I got some summer rolls to start and then I had my usual fave – pad pak with chicken and brown rice. Lots of veggies in garlicky sauce!
I was unfortunately not feeling that stellar at dinner, though – getting too hungry earlier in the day and then being over tired don’t generally pair well with normal life, let alone pregnant life. So, I basically went right to bed when we got home at like 8:30. Oof!
On Monday, we took the day off for the holiday. Matt and I were both up really early thanks to jetlag, which was a good opportunity to get unpacked and start doing laundry and getting organized for the week! I had two breakfasts – first, some of my microwave banana oatmeal (made on the stovetop – still need to get a new microwave) topped with cottage cheese and berries.
Plus my original furry sidekick and some gorgeous flowers our friends who were staying at our place while we were gone bought for us – so sweet!
My second breakfast was some toast with nut butter, jam, and plain yogurt on top. Then, I had a fun adventure planned – a run date with my friend Ashley! Ashley and her boyfriend Marcus were staying at our place while we were gone – it worked out that they were in town for a wedding last weekend and wanted to stick around/take the week off, so they took care of Zara for us and stayed at our place while we were away! I’m glad we overlapped with them on the tail end – I didn’t want to miss the chance to catch up!
Ashley lives out in Oregon now (moving to California soon though), and I really miss having her here! She is my original running buddy and the reason I started getting into longer races – we ran my first 10 miler (the Army 10 Miler back in 2009) together, as well as my first half marathon in 2010!
We always used to run together on the C&O Canal trail, so we figured it was only appropriate we do a reunion run there yesterday!
We accessed the trail right by Chain Bridge and then ran north, taking some little mini-hike offshoots along the way. 🙂 This kayaking obstacle course looks intense!
Running isn’t feeling super amazing for me right now with the extra weight (plus extra tiredness from all the travel), so we did a run/walk for the first part and just kept it really casual. I was feeling better for the way back though so we jogged most of that! We covered nearly 4 miles total.
Love this new outfit that my friends at Brooks gifted me as part of my ambassadorship, btw – it’s the Women’s Ghost Racerback Tank (obsessed – been wearing this a ton already) and the Women’s Go-To 5 Inch Running Shorts. (Affiliate links.) The shorts are longer than my other ones, which is nice to mix it up, and they are loose enough in my normal size that I should be able to wear them for awhile. Same with the tank – super comfortable, lightweight, and cool, and it’s loose and long in the front so I think it will last me for awhile, too, as the belly grows! Brooks makes the best light summer tanks – so comfy! I’m going to buy this in another color. 🙂
After the run, Ashley and I headed home and showered, got our guys, and the 4 of us headed to brunch at Cassatt’s Kiwi Café. I got my usual – the mushroom, egg, and cheese quesadilla with salad. Delicious! Plus a half decaf flat white. (I’ve been doing half decaf when I have lattes if they have two shots of espresso in them… seems like a good compromise!)
Matt and I had a great time chatting with Ashley and Marcus over our meal and were really sad to take them to the airport afterward! Until next time, guys!
After dropping them off at the airport, Matt went to go pick up our newer furry friend, our puppy Ashe! My friend Gretchen and her husband Sean were AMAZING and took her while we were in Iceland. A million thank yous to them for caring for her for us! It sounds like she had a lot of fun with them. 🙂 I was going to go with him but I wasn’t feeling great – the travel/jetlag/nausea situation was still around a bit, so he had me come home and take a nap instead. Thanks Matt 🙂
Hi Ashe, we missed you!
We took her for a nice long walk last night and then also gave her her first bath at our place – eek! It actually went better than we thought it might – we had her in the tub, and I fed her treats and gave her lots of praise while Matt quickly washed her. She stayed pretty still, actually, at least until the very end when I accidentally dropped a treat on the floor and she jumped out of the tub to eat it, getting water all over us. Lol! I wish I had that on video!
As for dinner last night, it was a cereal night. Ugh! Still feeling nauseous and savory/normal dinners were not sounding appealing at all. Weird that they call it morning sickness but I’ve always felt worse in the evening! I’m 14.5 weeks now, and I was feeling much better in terms of the nausea and food in Iceland, so I’m hoping I’ll get back to that soon! I think the travel back and weird food timing threw things off a bit the past couple days.
Jetlag did help with getting up early for a workout this morning, though! After a week and of hiking, I was looking forward to some strength – and luckily my friend Chelsea and her fiance Fabio (their wedding is in less than 2 weeks, eee!) were looking to do the same thing! The three of us hit Definitions in DC via ClassPass (<- affiliate link for $30 off). It was awesome as always and a great way to start the day!
I had a snack bar on our way home and then tucked into my old fave two fried eggs + greens + savory waffle + cheese breakfast combo. Yum!
And now, I have some serious catching up to do! I literally did not open my laptop once for a week and a half – it was such a nice and needed break, although it’s hard to not feel overwhelmed a bit now today! Oh well – worth it. 🙂
Have a good one, my friends, and thank you for your patience with my radio silence last week!