Back in the Running Game & Our New CrossFit Home!

Guys, I had the best run earlier this week.


I’ll always love running, but some days I’m definitely feeling it more than others. Recently, most of my runs have kind of sucked. I’ve felt slow, or tired, or it’s just been too snowy and icy and freezing cold to really get into it. But every once in awhile you have one of those awesome runs that makes all the other lame ones worthwhile. This was one of those runs. :)


On Tuesday morning, I met my friend Karen for a run. We usually meet early in the morning but she had an appointment that morning, so we decided to meet at 10:30 instead. We’re both really lucky to have flexible schedules right now!


We had a GORGEOUS day for a run. DC has been having some really weird weather lately so while my last run was in the snow, this one was about 55 degrees and sunny. Wtf, weather?


Karen and I chatted away the whole time and enjoyed the fresh air and sunshine after a week of being cooped up with gloomy skies and cold temperatures. We were both feeling good so we decided to make the run longer than planned – 3 miles out, 3 miles back for 6 total.


The last mile of the run was one HUGE and steep hill. It was hard but we pushed through! I love running buddies – she pushed me to speed up on the first part of the hill, and I pushed her to keep going near the end. We both finished red-faced and triumphant! Yay, runner’s high. :)


  • Mile 1: 8:11 (downhill)
  • Mile 2: 8:16
  • Mile 3: 8:20
  • Mile 4: 8:13
  • Mile 5: 8:24
  • Mile 6: 8:32 (!! with the huge uphill!)

When we finished and I checked my watch, I couldn’t believe how fast we were going the whole time, especially with the hill at the end! I’ve never done that loop so fast before. Yay us! Our average overall pace was 8:19, total time was 49:57. Great run – thanks, Karen! Can’t wait for next time.


I really needed that run – I’m gearing up for spring half marathon training (more on that to come, including what races I’m doing and my training plan!) and now I’m feeling excited and ready to get back into long runs and a training routine. Bring it on!

Other stuff I’ve been up to this week is finally buckling down and studying for the RD exam:


This morning I finally went online and signed up for a specific test date to force myself to get prepared. If I have a date I can’t miss, I’ll be ready for it. There’s nothing quite like a deadline to light a fire under you… I’ll be taking the exam in mid-February. Eek!

And I’ve been working on business related stuff, too! Starting your own business is apparently complicated but I met with a lawyer last week for some advice and just got word yesterday that I now officially own fANNEtastic food LLC! I’ve also been talking to accountants about tax-related questions, working on my new nutrition counseling private practice website, and researching all the forms I need to file to be recognized in the state, etc. Whew! Exciting stuff – can’t wait to launch it all as soon as I get my RD!

Speaking of RD stuff, I had a fun lunch yesterday with Carlene, a fellow nutrition professional in the DC area. We’d been talking on Twitter for awhile now and it was great to finally meet her in person!


Carlene was super sweet and had a lot of great advice regarding private practice work, too, as she just started a practice herself not too long ago. Great meeting you, Carlene, and thanks again for the help! :)

We had lunch at LPQ – yum. Their lentil salad rocks.


In other fun news, Matt and I have officially found a new CrossFit home! From here on out, we’ll be working out at Crossfit Arlington!


CrossFit Arlington is inside the NOVA MMA gym; Matt and I have already been a few times and we’re really liking it. Nice people, good location, and good space, too. And of course a killer workout! :)


Even more awesome is that the gym has women’s kickboxing, too! If you’ve been reading for awhile, you’ll remember that I love kickboxing – such a fun workout, and punching things is always a great stress reliever. ;) I checked out one of the classes for the first time last night with my friend Lauren, and we both loved it! We’ll definitely be back. :)


I’m partnering with the gym through my blog; Matt and I are getting free membership to the gym (CrossFit and kickboxing for me, just CrossFit for him) and in exchange, I’ll be sharing some of our workout adventures here on the blog, but most importantly doing some writing for their website, too! I’ll be writing some pieces for them highlighting their members that have really inspirational weight loss stories. The former journalism intern in me is really excited – I’ll be sure to share the posts on here so you can read them, too!

I’m off to get back to studying – have a great day, everyone!

How have you fit in fitness so far this week?


  1. 1

    Ooh sounds exciting! Great to get involved in the gym! Can’t wait to hear more about your crossfit adventures :) I’ve been to spinning, got in a run and also to a boxercise class as well as fitting in some weights….needless to say I’m a little tired or rather my muscles are at this stage of the week!

  2. 2

    Good luck and congrats on your new LLC!! It’s so exciting to be a business owner. I had a lot of fun with it especially when it comes to designing everything. This week I’ve done a brick workout and a swimming class so far. Hope you’re having a great day Anne!

  3. 3

    You make doing it all look so easy and fun! I don’t know how you balance it all, but you’re doing amazing and I’m so excited for you to have your own small business! Such a big step. It’s great to see people like you, who I feel like I can relate to, take control of their life and make their dreams come true. You’re such an inspiration!

    PS – your run is making me crave my upcoming long run this weekend! I love those runs that feel easy and surprise yourself with a great pace too :)

  4. 5

    Hi Anne – could you share a little bit about what type of lawyer you consulted with? I am in the process of setting up a business as well and am so confused as to where to START – what needs to be done first, etc. I met with my local Small Business Development Center, but they weren’t a lot of help since I was unsure of what type of business I was wanting. I still don’t have that figured out, but I do have some questions regarding trademarks, business names, branding, etc. Do you think a lawyer would be able to assist with some of these questions? If so, can you share what “type” of lawyer you went to? Thanks, and good luck with studying!

  5. 7

    Nice run! Such a beautiful place to run :)

  6. 8

    How exciting! Starting a business is definitely nerve-wracking, but so worth while!

  7. 9

    I’ve gone to 3 WOD’s this week and have ran about 8 miles. I completely agree about the one good run making all of the crappy ones worthwhile, but those crappy ones really do take a toll. I’ve found that since I’ve started going to CrossFit 3-4 times a week, I feel worse on longer runs, so I’ve been doing interval sprint runs that are only about 2 miles. There really is no better feeling than a runners high though :)

  8. 10

    Good job, Anne. I love the lentil salad. Looks great

  9. 11

    That is an awesome exchange with the gym! I hope to find some of those opportunities as well. What a great way to get your Crossfit and kickboxing fix!

    The Kidless Kronicles

  10. 12

    The weather has been insane right? In Chicago, it was 65 on Tuesday and today it’s 14. WTF is going on with Global Warming? Regardless, it does make it so nice to throw in a spring like day in the dead of winter. Just what we all need – a little recharge! :)

  11. 13

    Sounds like a lot of progress :) Exciting!!! :)

  12. 14

    Congrats on the hook-up with the gym! I love when something I love can also turn into income (or a money-saving thing)!

  13. 15

    At-home workouts this week before work–weather has been awful (snow, rain, wind chill advisory) so I’ve made it to my workout or yoga mat knowing that it was easier (and warmer!) than walking to the gym.
    I miss kick-boxing classes–good way to get rid of stress!

  14. 16
    T.G.I.F!!! (the goal is fitness) says

    Nothing beats a runner’s rush!
    (or a roadie’s rush!) ;-)

    Lunch looks the perfect lunch. Low carb, high protein, tons of vitamins, iron, amino-acids, and antioxidants.
    Mmm…..I’d be all over it! ;-)

  15. 17

    Congrats on all the new adventures! That is so amazing that you get free membership in exchange!

  16. 18

    That’s great that you’ve found a new gym, it seems so friendly! I have been really good with my fitness this week, running, pilataes, spinning and a total rest day yesterday, perfect!

  17. 19
    Healthy Eater says

    Great run, Anne. Congratulations! And well done on crossfit, too!

  18. 20

    Anne, Great blog you have going on here and welcome to Novamma! We hope to make your experience a good one while you are here ! I look forward to reading about your experiences


  19. 21

    That’s very cool about writing for the CrossFit website! Like we talked about, I’m going to come try that gym out w you once I’m back/ foot is healed enough.. I mean, it’s basically in my backyard so why not?

  20. 22

    I found your blog a few months ago and I love it!
    I’m currently serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Peru and your blog reminds me so much of home – I’m pretty sure you live close to me back home! We run some of the same trails!
    So I just wanted to say thanks for giving me a glimpse of DC! Can’t wait to go running back home!

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