Chasing the Sun


I got to sleep in this morning (well, until Riese woke up) – but yesterday I was up with the sun. 

dc sunrise run

It was super ugly outside, as you can see. 

dc sunrise view from rosslyn

Are you a social runner or a solo runner? 

I was telling my buddy Sokphal yesterday that I don’t know what I’d do without her in terms of early morning weekday runs! I just would not make it happen on my own… have to have someone to meet to be held accountable. ;) 

We took an artistic self-timer shot on Sokphal’s phone – we are barely in the frame but I love how cool the tree looks!

One last pic – I can’t help myself it was so pretty! Our view while we were running along the trail – we did an out and back on the Mt. Vernon Trail this week instead of crossing Memorial Bridge into DC. 

running on the GW parkway trail at sunrise

I got stuck in some traffic on the way to her place so we just had time for 3 instead of our usual 4 miles.

The faster (for me) pace felt good – it’s encouraging to see those paces inch down while effort feels similar! Progress. 

Post-run foam rolling with my helpful assistant along for the ride ;)

foam rolling with a toddler

My other fitness fun this week was an early yoga class with my friend Kathleen, and a super early pilates boot camp with my friend Jen.

It was an extra hard class this week – sooo many burpees and jumping lunges! 

As for food highlights this week, we had some yummy salmon tacos – this is one of my favorite easy dinners. Pan sear salmon in a little oil + some Mexican seasoning, then shred it and throw it into tortillas with guac, slaw, etc. 

Mine has a bite out of it from a pint-sized friend…

easy salmon tacos

If you love tacos and want another recipe idea, try my Jackfruit Carnitas Tacos – great for meatless Monday!

Another tasty meal was this saucy chicken dish – it was a Sun Basket (<- affiliate link) recipe for Ecuadorian Chicken Stew and really yummy.

chicken stew

Another yummy Sun Basket – a really flavorful Asian dish with rice cakes, ground pork, cabbage, and mushrooms. Riese was really into the rice cakes!

pork with rice cakes

We had some blueberry pancakes leftover from the weekend so I enjoyed those a couple times this week, too. 

leftover blueberry pancakes

I started reading the book Followers this week and it’s made going to bed early hard because I get so into it! It’s a well written and easy read and super engaging… check it out if you’re looking for something entertaining/terrifying (the premise of the book takes our current internet-obsessed culture and fast forwards into an extreme version in 2050… yikes).

Have a nice weekend guys! I’m doing a meal prep get together on Sunday with my friend Jackie and excited to have some pre-prepped meals to look forward to… we’re going to make a bunch of my Make Ahead Breakfast Burritos (some egg, some chicken) plus some instant pot/slow cooker friendly freezer meals.

My Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala is definitely on the list and I’m excited to eat it again soon… the others are up in the air but I’m thinking maybe my Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup? Perusing other blogs, too – let me know if you have any freezer-friendly make-ahead faves!

I’ll be back on Monday with the details, and in the meantime here’s a link to a recap from our last meal prep party. Like last time, we will put the raw ingredients together in a ziplock and then freeze them until we are ready to cook. 

meal prep party how to host

This time it’s just Jackie and I prepping together vs. a whole group because our husbands + kids are going to hang out with us while we cook! Should be a good time. 

Until Monday, friends!


  1. 1

    Your running photos are so beautiful! Beautiful sunrises are definitely a great reward for getting up early! I used to be a solo runner, then I joined a running group in 2012, I think? I ran with that group until I needed hip surgery in 2016. I was hoping to run with them again the following year but then I got pregnant. Now I am back to being a solo runner/walker – with more walking than running. I hope to run with people again but I don’t see that happening until our son is older but we’ll see!

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    Roadrunner says

    A social runner, when possible to still get a great workout! There is nothing like running with a buddy who can maintain a good pace while chatting and making the miles pass quickly. (And well done on the pace!) Always enjoy seeing what you pack into a week…

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    Gaye McGrath says

    What a beautiful early DC morning!

  4. 4

    Sunrise runs on the weekend are my only solo time all week when my husband is home for the kids. My husband and I used to run together before we had kids and I never imagined I could run far by myself. But I love it. It’s my thinking and daydreaming time. Last Saturday’s sunrise over the ocean was maybe the prettiest I have ever seen. It made 13 miles with a wind chill of 6 worth it!

  5. 6

    Amazing pictures! If you’re on the lookout for recipes i can only recommend to have a look into Yotam Ottolenghi’s column in the guardian. Have a great weekend!

  6. 7

    That Chinese pork and cabbage dish with the rice cakes is one of my mom’s specialities and one of Gretchen’s favorites- YUM!

  7. 9

    Where are your multicolored leggings from? Love them!

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