Running + Dinner Date

Hello friends! I’m so glad to hear that some of you found my post on How to Make a Quick and Healthy Weeknight Dinner helpful! Let me know if you give it a shot. :) I just had a similar lunch – salad greens and chopped peppers with a little feta cheese, quinoa, and lentils with balsamic vinaigrette. Delish.

Last night, I had a fun running date with my college BFF Turner!


We met after work and headed out just as the sun was starting to slowly set. I’m loving that it’s a little lighter in the evenings again – spring is on the way (ish)!


The highlight of our run was running by the National Cathedral! Man, this building is gorgeous.


Makes me feel like I’m in Europe. :)


I was also excited because I had a new pair of shoes to try out – the Ravenna 4 from Brooks as part of my Run Happy Ambassadorship. I was thinking of going back to my old standard the Brooks Adrenaline, but when I tried the Ravennas on at a running store nearby I liked them a little more, so I decided to mix it up! The Ravennas are in between a neutral shoe and a support shoe – juuuuust right as their website puts in.


Aren’t they cute? I love the colors.


They felt great during our run, too, and last week on a run I did as well. I’m excited to train in them for all my upcoming half marathons!

Turner and I ran 3.6 miles in a little under 33 minutes. It was insanely hilly, though – 2 miles of it were basically all uphill – so I feel like that counts as extra mileage and time, right? ;)


After our run, we headed back to Turner’s apartment for dinner. The last couple times she’s come to my place and I’ve made us dinner, so this week it was her turn. On the menu: Smitten Kitchen’s Pasta with White Beans & Garlic-Rosemary Oil.


The recipe was a bit involved, so Turner started the process early and made the white bean/veggie sauce the night before so we’d be able to just throw it all together after our run.


Served with some roasted broccoli on the side. I’d forgotten how awesome roasted broccoli is – I need to make it more often! Just coat in a tiny bit of olive oil and salt, pop on a baking sheet and roast at about 350 until slightly crispy! Yum.


The pasta was great, too! Really good flavor, and lots of veggie power snuck into the sauce (it’s made with pureed carrots/celery/onions etc.).


Thanks for the fun night, Turner!

In other news, I’ve been working really hard this week to get my nutrition counseling business ready to go! My new website is nearly complete and now I’m just working on getting some forms and handouts for new clients ready to go. I’m also making sure I’ve got the accounting/liability/etc. logistics and other admin stuff like that all set. Starting your own business is exciting but a lot of work! I’m hoping to launch everything by Monday so stay tuned. :)

Have a great day, everyone!


  1. 1

    I’m making broccoli as a side tonight so I’m excited to try roasting it! I’ve never thought of that. Also, I’m about to get my fourth pair of Ravennas and absolutely love them! Hope you do too! I’m going to have to get that color next :)

  2. 2

    I am glad you reviewed the Ravenna’s! I was looking at them just yesterday.

  3. 3

    I cannot wait to see your new business Website!

  4. 4

    Looks great! Can’t wait to see the new site. Owning your own business is a lot of work but totally worth it!

  5. 5

    Dinner looks amazing! Smitten Kitchen is such a great source of interesting eat inspiration!

  6. 6

    I bought the Ravennas a few weeks ago for half marathon training and I love them too! Good luck launching the new website!

  7. 7

    Those shoes are so cute! And I must make that recipe too, love Smitten Kitchen, but hadn’t noticed that one before.

  8. 8

    Awww looks awesome! Miss you both!!!! Also, Turner, way to go smitten kitchen ;)

  9. 9

    Hi Anne! I am also working to start my own nutrition counseling business. I was just curious if you have any tips about the website you are creating. If you have any info that you would like to share I would appreciate it! Thanks :)

  10. 12

    Love roasted broccoli! It is my favorite way to make it!

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    Karen @ Runner Girl Eats says

    We’ve been obsessed with roasted broccoli lately. It’s so good and perfect for cold nights. That pasta looks great, I love sneaking veggies into meals :)

  12. 14

    I also can’t wait to see your new site. Will you being doing your consulting virtually or will it all be out of a physical office? I can wait for the details when you get your site up but I hope you are considering it. I am really enjoying putting pumpkin in my steel cut oatmeal and I believe it holds off the munchies better now that I am.

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      For now, I’ll be doing virtual and some in person if they are in DC, but just at coffeeshops and things. The ultimate goal will be to open an office once I get on my feet financially!

  13. 16

    I love the purple sneakers!

  14. 17

    The pasta looks great. I love sneeking in veggies. My boyfriend is anti-veggie so I have to hide them!

  15. 18

    I am a HUGE Brooks fan! I have been running in the adrenalines for about 5 years now. I am excited to see how you like the new Ravennas.

  16. 20

    Those sneakers are so cute! Great job tackling those hills. The dinner looks fabulous too!

  17. 21

    You’re right, the shoe colors are adorable!

  18. 22

    That sounds like a great evening! Good finishing up your business!

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