Back to Track + Yesterday’s Eats

You guys – I finally made it back to the track again this morning! As I mentioned yesterday, I’ve been having a hard time getting motivated for weekday morning runs lately – the cold and dark have just not been appealing at all. And since we’ve been gone on the weekends I’ve been missing my long(er) weekend run dates, too, which I don’t normally have trouble motivating for since they are later in the morning and super fun. :) So, between missing those and not feeling the weekday runs, I haven’t been doing a whole lot of running lately, and I miss it!

I texted my track buddies earlier this week that I’d be there today so I had some accountability. Turns out it was a beautiful morning to get out for a run – a balmy (balmy being a relative term here) 40 degrees with no wind. Capris, t-shirt, and glove weather – my favorite!

washington lee track workout

I’ve been doing some short easy runs lately but nothing fast, so this definitely felt tough, but I was excited to be back out there with my buddies. On the agenda this morning was 1200’s (3 laps around the track), with the first 2 laps at a steady push and then the last lap faster. So hard, but a good one – not too long and the pace switch up kept me engaged.

The coach stopped me after 3 of the 1200’s – he didn’t want me to overdo it since I haven’t been doing speedwork much lately. Works for me! I ended up doing another easy 2 mile cool down jog with a bunch of the others, so I did just over 4 miles total (the watch below just shows the speedwork). Feeling good!



I want to commit to going to the track once a week again, barring insane ice/snow, so that I’m feeling stronger running-wise by the time the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler on April 2 rolls around. Only 2 months until race day now – that came up fast! My usual track buddy has gotten too fast for me in my absence from speed workouts since the Marine Corps Marathon – proud of her for crushing it and being dedicated with the workouts! But a bummer for me that I can’t keep up with her anymore. Just goes to show putting in the time and hard work does make a difference. :)

track workout washington lee

As for yesterday’s workout, I went to an awesome CorePower yoga sculpt class (hot yoga + a boot camp combined – so hard but fun) with Chelsea! My favorite instructor from the Georgetown studio, Mandy, I discovered recently also teaches at the Dupont CorePower on Wednesdays at 6:30 a.m. so Chelsea and I thought it would be fun to mix it up and go. Such a good class! I definitely haven’t had a hard time motivating for fun boot camps lately. :)

corepower yoga dupont

The Dupont location is close to my coworking space so I showered there after class and was out of there by 7:55 – whoa, so early to be ready to start the workday! I decided to treat myself to breakfast at nearby Pret a Manger – I was SO hungry after that hard workout! Rather than bringing it to the office and working through it I took some time to enjoy it there sans technology instead. Nice way to start the day. :) It’s not always realistic to eat without distractions, but I try to when I can – it’s hard to feel satisfied by what you’re eating if you’re not even paying attention, right?

I had their quinoa + egg + avocado + tomato cup and their overnight oatmeal cup. Plus a whole milk latte. Yum, yum! Also, hi to the sweet blog reader who came up and said hello while I was there! :)

pret a manger breakfast

I worked for an hour at my coworking space and then walked up to north Dupont to teach English! Mid-morning we took a break and I dug into my snack – a cranberry crunch perfect bar and a banana.


Lunch ended up being Sweetgreen on my way back to the office after teaching. I figured you didn’t need yet another picture of my favorite salad. ;)

My afternoon snack was a larabar and some hummus and crackers and then dinner last night was a yummy Sun Basket (<- affiliate link for 3 free meals) meal: steak and fried eggs with a tomato cauliflower rice. Delicious!

sun basket steak and eggs

I really liked the preparation method of the cauliflower rice – you started by sauteeing some shallots in a little oil with paprika and tomato paste, then add the cauliflower rice and some diced tomatoes to the mix. Yum! Try it!

sun basket cauliflower rice

I’m working from home today – better get back to it! Lots of meetings on the agenda. Have a fabulous day and I’ll see you guys back here tomorrow for some Friday faves/things I’m loving lately. :)


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    TrackBuddy says:

    So great to see you out there at the track – we’ve all missed you! And thanks for the shout-out, I’m betting within a week or two we’ll be doing the whole workout together again (and getting looks from the coaches for chatting the whole time lol).

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    Interesting preparation for the cauliflower rice. I made a cauliflower crust pizza and it was pretty decent – definitely not pizza but a nice substitute. Will have to try the rice this way, especially since it’s so easily found now with my food processor out of commission, thanks for the info.

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    Courtney Hager says:

    Nothing more motivating than the track buddies :)

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    you’re running cherry blossom 10 miller? me too! will see you there!

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    Roadrunner says:

    Back on the track in the early am! Well done, Anne… Takes much discipline!

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    I love Yoga Sculpt! I usually go to their Glover Park location since that’s near where I live. Have you ever checked out a BalanceBurn class at Balance Gym? There’s a bit of a learning curve with the machines, but I always get such a great workout! Plus they’re on ClassPass! Worth a try if you’re ever in the area/looking for something new!

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    Glad youre back running with your friends–I am the same way with the dark and cold. Its harder to be motivated! Its also much harder to get out of bed in general…its freezing and dark…who wants to get up then?!

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