Running the DC Cherry Blossoms, CorePower Yoga, & An RD Cooking Class!

Hello and happy Friday! After a beautiful week of summer-like weather in DC, today is rainy and gray. I tried to go to the pool this morning to swim laps only to arrive and find it was closed due to thunder. Major bummer! Should’ve slept in, after all. Ohhh well.

It’s been a busy week – filled with a bunch of new AnneTheRD clients (both in person and virtual), some blog freelance work and writing, and of course some fun, too. Here are some of the fun highlights. :)

Running the Cherry Blossoms!

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Yes, the cherry blossoms are officially out and looking gorgeous! My friends Karen, Kathleen, and I ran down to see them yesterday morning – we didn’t want to miss out on seeing them and going on a weekday morning was a good bet for avoiding the crowds!

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Running down there ended up being an awesome idea – a good workout combined with some sightseeing! We started in Arlington and headed down through Iwo Jima and over Memorial Bridge, where we saw the crew teams were all out rowing. Pretty!




From there, it was straight to the Tidal Basin for the main event!

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They were stunning. I’m so glad I made it out to see them this year, especially since they weren’t out yet during the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler last weekend! We stopped our watches and strolled all the way around the Tidal Basin, enjoying the views and taking a lot of photos.

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I felt so lucky to get the chance to see the blossoms without a thousand other people around. You better believe next year I’ll be doing another early morning run down there when they are blooming! Best idea ever.

After getting our fill of the blossoms, we said farewell to Jefferson…


And ran down Hains Point, back over Memorial Bridge, and then along the Mt. Vernon Trail by the water. It was hot out but so pretty!


Not including our mile walk around the Tidal Basin, we covered 7 miles in just over an hour, for an average pace of 9 minute miles. Pretty awesome mileage for a weekday morning run!


CorePower Yoga in Georgetown

Another highlight this week was checking out a new yoga studio – CorePower Yoga in Georgetown! They offer one full week of free classes to new clients, so Gena and I decided to check it out on Tuesday for a lunchtime power class.


The studio was gorgeous – spacious and bright. Great locker rooms with nice showers, toiletries, etc., too. I wish it were more conveniently located near a metro because I’d love to go more often!


We both really liked the class, too. A hard, fast flow in a heated room. Felt good to stretch out my tired running legs! I’m excited to go at least once more before my free week runs out. They are located in the Foundry Building!


After yoga, Gena and I walked over to Sweetgreen for a quick lunch, enjoying the beautiful weather.


I got my favorite – the Santorini salad with mixed greens, roasted shrimp, feta cheese, chickpeas, and some bread on the side.


Plus an Honest Tea. :)


My beautiful date:


RD Cooking Class with Chobani

The last highlight in this beast of a post is the fun cooking class that I was invited to on Tuesday night courtesy of Chobani! They hosted the class for a bunch of the Registered Dietitians (RDs) in the DC area, so it was fun to see friends and network with some new ones, too.


My partner in crime was miss Sarah. We had fun. :)


Her face in this photo cracks me up – we were pureeing a hot soup!


We also made tiramisu using plain Greek yogurt. Tasty!


Below are Kara, a super sweet RD that works for Chobani, and my friend Amaris, a fellow UNC MPH-Nutrition alumni (she graduated a few years before me but we connected in January at a UNC happy hour):


And here are Carlene (who I met for drinks before the event – we first met a couple months ago and she’s super sweet) and Rebecca (who you’ll remember I had the pleasure of interning with last fall!):


Such a fun event! It was held at CulinAerie in DC, a cool cooking school/space for cooking classes. Thanks again for having me, Chobani! I had a blast!


Whew! And now, time to end this beast of a post and get back to work! Lots of stuff to get done today, but then it’ll be time to enjoy the weekend. :) Can’t wait.

Have a great one, everyone!

p.s. Check out my guest post on dailySpark yesterday about Quick and Healthy On-the-Go Snack Recipes!


  1. 1

    What a gorgeous view while running! Wow!

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    Gorgeous photos!

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    I’m heading to D.C. this weekend to see the blossoms and I’m anticipating LARGE crowds! Your pictures are gorgeous!

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    Great pictures! I ran it last weekend too and the only disappointing thing about the race was that you could tell we were within a couple days of those Blossoms being in full effect.

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    Two places I have been meaning to try- CulinAerie and CorePower Yoga; thanks for the reviews! I am SO hoping that the cherry blossoms will still be out this weekend when I’m planning to get my run in. Your pictures are gorgeous!

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    Your pictures of the cherry blossoms are gorgeous! I love how you used them to frame some of the sights.

    Glad you got to enjoy it this year!

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    okay, I NEED that tiramisu recipe! that is my favorite dessert

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    Those blossoms are so gorgeous! I have never seen them in person. What a pretty place to run. Do they smell great too??

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    Those blossoms are ridiculously beautiful! I might put that run on my bucket list!

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    Roadrunner says:

    Three great events — and great pics to prove how nice. Thanks, as always, for sharing. And well done!

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    Seeing the cherry blossoms has been on my list for years. I really, really need to get there!

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    What gorgeous pictures of the cherry blossoms! I love that time of year and my husband and I typically visit his cousin this time of year and just love it! Sounds like you had a fun week!! Have a great weekend!

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    Great photos of the cherry blossoms! Thanks for sharing. I haven’t made it in to see them yet this year but I’m hoping to this weekend. They are always so beautiful! :-)

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    A chobani cooking class for RDs?? Sounds like FUN! I think they need to come to Boston. ;)

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    I loved Core Power yoga! I just finished a free week at a studio only a mile from my house. At this point, I can’t afford a membership, but I might pop in for a random class once in a while when I need a good, sweaty yoga sesh.
    Your cherry blossom pics are gorgeous! Definitely need to put that on my bucket list. :-)

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    Oh my gosh!! This looks so incredibly beautiful! :)

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    I’m obsessed with CorePower’s Yoga Sculpt class. Be sure to check it out during your free week!

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    Absolutely gorgeous pics! So jealous of the sunshine…I don’t think I’ll ever be able to crack out the running shorts here!

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    Hahaha…I do love my face too in that one….so much for “never let them see you sweat!” And those CHERRY BLOSSOM pictures…aiiii! You need to get your copyright imprint on those lady, they are magazine worthy and someone will surely steal them to make default screen savers.

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    That tiramisu looks to-die-for!

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    Annette Adams says:

    Gorgeous pictures! Next year’s vacation will be to D.C. in the spring.

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    Wow, this looks like a really fun time! DC is so gorgeous at this time of year, I’ve wanted to see those cherry blossoms ever since I’ve seen pictures of them.

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    I wish yoga classes weren’t so expensive! That’s cool that they offer a free week

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    Nathalie Deschenes says:


    I am french Canadian (near Montreal).
    I went in Washington last summer. I love it!
    I hope ton came back soon and I would like to see cherry blossom.

    Maybe run too. I began to run last year and I prepare for my first half marathon in Ottawa may 26. I love your blog. You are so inspiring. If you go run in Montreal, let me know.

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    hi! i’ve been a reader for a few years, but have never commented! …which is silly because i absolutely love your recipes, work outs, and nutrition advice. anyway, i am SO excited you took a class at corepower’s new studio in DC! i am a certified corepower yoga sculpt instructor in denver (and actually work at their HQ too). like you, i’m also a runner and love cross-training. definitely try out a sculpt class at the end of your free week :)

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    So fun! I’m starting to go to some more RD networking events in LA. It’s so cool because they almost always involve cooking/eating or some fun active event. The cherry blossoms are stunning, they never get old! Awesome pictures :)

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    Happy weekend! I was in class late last night after work and again all day today, but I’m planning to run downtown and check out the Cherry Blossoms tomorrow – hope yesterday’s storm didn’t blow them all away!

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    I love that you live and blog about DC . DC gets such a bad rap. It is a beautiful city. I live in MD – the burbs but I love this whole area. There is so much to see and do. Your Cherry Blossom pics are gorgeous!

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    I do work-for-trade with Core Power Yoga in Georgetown. I basically clean 2 hours a week on Sunday nights, and I get free unlimited yoga in return! It’s the best deal ever. I work about a mile away and it’s not too much of a detour for my bike ride home, so it’s really convenient for me. Glad you liked it! You should go try one of their Hot Power Fusion or Yoga Sculpt classes (I am ALWAYS so sore after Sculpt!)

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    Those cherry blossoms are beautiful :) my bf and I went to Japan a few years ago and were lucky enough to catch the cherry blossoms in season.

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    Great pics of the cherry blossoms. Things are just now stating to bud in OH. Makes getting out much more pleasant to see the changes everyday.

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    The cherry blossoms look so pretty. I just made banana bread with Chobani for the first time and it turned out great!

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    Nice photos and well put together on this post like a story. Nearly as good as video. Looks like you had fun :)

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    The cherry blossoms look wonderful!! I want to try and visit dc so I can take pictures of my own! We have corepower yoga in Minnesota and this week I finish their sculpt teacher training, and I have to say, they have the best locker rooms of any gym, and I love how they always have hair dryers for people to use so you can get on with your day, enjoy your free week!

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    Those pictures of the cherry blossoms are just gorgeous! I really need to get down there one day and see them.

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    Your photo’s are absolutely beautiful in this post! I’m seriously in awe of how pretty everything looks!

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    You should definitely try the Sculpt Power Yoga Class with Weights at Core Power Yoga. It is a mix of yoga and boot camp, and it is seriously an intense workout!!

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