Spring in November & Supporting Wade’s Wings

On Sunday, D.C. felt like spring.


It’s crazy how the feel of the air will suddenly invoke memories and feelings. When I first went outside on Sunday, just for a moment, I really thought it was spring. I could practically see the tulips blowing in the breeze. And then – wait. It’s still November?

I’ll take it.


There’s nothing more lovely than a run on such a gorgeous day – especially with views like this. My friend Grace is training for a half marathon and had 12 miles on the docket; I told her I’d keep her company for 7 or 8 of them. My college BFF Turner emailed later in the week wanting to meet up for a run, too, so I invited her to join the fun!


We met up on the Mt. Vernon Trail down by the airport – love seeing the planes fly so close overhead. With the nice weather, a lot of people were out enjoying the view!


And then we were off! The three of us had a fabulous run – chatting away and enjoying the scenery, fresh air, and blue skies.



We ran down to Roosevelt Island and headed over to enjoy some of the wooded trails on the island. Blurry action shot of crossing the bridge:


I love Roosevelt Island – so peaceful!



Before we knew it, we were looping back and had finished out 7 miles just as we reached the lot where we parked.


Turner and I said goodbye and good luck to Grace as she continued on to finish out 12 miles. 7 miles – done!


  • Mile 1: 8:49
  • Mile 2: 8:57
  • Mile 3: 8:58
  • Mile 4: 9:08
  • Mile 5: 8:55
  • Mile 6: 8:54
  • Mile 7: 8:44

Total time: 1:02:26. Average page: 8:55 min/miles.


I made it my mission to be outside all day on Sunday. Matt and I enjoyed Sweetgreen for lunch in Dupont Circle…


And then met up with some of our best friends for a fun adventure – the Zoo! Because sometimes you just need to act like a kid again. We had a blast walking around and checking out all the animals. Don’t worry, I’m still really obsessed with the Red Panda.


I die. He looks like a stuffed animal!


On Monday night, Matt and I got in a great workout at Crossfit Dupont! They were hosting a special Wade’s Wings workout to raise money for charity. Wade’s Wings is a foundation that works to increase awareness of Neuroblastoma (a childhood cancer), provide support for families going through treatment, and raise money for research. The workout was held exactly one year after 2 year old Wade DeBruin passed away from the disease. (If you’re interested in donating, our gym’s fundraising page can be found here.)


The workout was named “Wade’s Army”!


I used a 15 pound dumbbell for the snatches and thrusters. 50 pounds? Um, yeah, no. That’s what I like about Crossfit, though – it’s very adaptable depending on your ability! For the pull ups, I did them using a band. It doesn’t matter how strong you are – it just matters that you try, right? No shame.



I wore a fun new pair of shoes – the RealFlex Fusion TRthat Reebok sent me to test out this month. I LOVE them – I actually have a similar pair in different colors that I wore all summer for an outdoor early morning boot camp I participated in. The shoes are really lightweight but springy and comfy, too. They’re perfect for cross training – Crossfit, boot camps, etc! I’ve also run up to about 2 miles in them (as part of boot camps and such) and they were great. Highly recommended. Great colors, too!


I also want to give a shout out to the Play Dry Jacket that Reebok sent me along with the shoes; it’s basically my new favorite thing ever. They sent it last week, and I’m pretty sure I didn’t take it off for 3 days straight. Matt finally asked me: “Um, are you ever going to wash that jacket?” :)


In addition to just wearing it around the house and to and from Crossfit and other indoor workouts, I’ve also worn it for a couple outdoor workouts. I wore it on a bike ride over the weekend with Matt:


And then again on a 4 mile run this morning with my friend Karen. Don’t worry, I did wash it after working out in it. ;) Love that it has thumbholes – those are the best. It’s really soft and comfy but also made of nice wicking material which is great for workouts.


I think I might buy it in blue, too. Best jacket ever.

Anyway! Time to get back to work on my masters paper. I had a good call with my advisor on Monday – she really liked the paper, but had some good recommendations for things to add to make it better. There was more to add than I would have liked, but I made some good progress yesterday and am hoping to finish it out and send it off for round two of edits later today!


  1. 1

    they have it in blue too?! I got mine at the outlets in orlando last week and totally didn’t see other colors otherwise they all would’ve been purchased. I’m totally obsessed with this jacket. Mine needs washing…badly.

  2. 3

    My brother and his girlfriend moved to DC recently, so I always love seeing where you run. Good ideas for when we go visit!

  3. 4

    Love that spot with the airplanes; it’s where my husband and I got engaged! :)

  4. 6

    How does this sizing run? I may have to add this to my holiday wish list!

    • 7

      Pretty normal for the jacket! I usually wear a size small in stuff and the size small jacket is perfect – not too tight but not billowy either.

    • 8
      Golden Lover says:

      Love the Reebok top. What size you you have? How does it fit? I am used to the Under Armour sizing. And the way it looks on you is that it has some room which is what I love!

      • 9

        It’s a size small, which is what I normally wear, so I would get your usual size in workout gear – and you’re right, it has a nice flattering/fitted cut but has a good bit of room and doesn’t ride up or anything, which is great.

  5. 10

    You’re making me want to give CrossFit another try! Annnnnnd buy that jacket!

  6. 11

    Gorgeous pictures, Anne! The weather up here in NYC can’t seem to make up its mind either; we had snow last week, and today, it’s close to 50 degrees outside–so strange! Good luck with the paper!

  7. 12

    I want a red panda – like yesterday. I also want to be done with my paper like yesterday but still have a TON to do. Good for you for being productive! :) We’re SO CLOSE! EEEK!

  8. 13

    Yay! looks like fun, so jealous of your nice weather! Hi Turner :)

  9. 14

    I found your blog a few months back and have loved getting food ideas and seeing what you do since I live in Arlington and am often running in the same areas that you are. Maybe I’ve even passed you out on the trails. That sounds totally super stalkerish but I promise it’s not! Love the jacket too. Totally going to look into it, it was chilly yesterday morning on my run.

  10. 16

    What a gorgeous place to run! Makes me jealous, since mine are generally in suburban neighborhoods.

  11. 17

    The weather has been outrageous which I am definitely not complaining about. Even this week, which has gotten noticeably cooler, has still been quite pleasant. I will take it too!

  12. 18

    Can I have your weather please? :D
    Do you have recommendation for any good running jacket for cold weather? I love NH, but it could be chilly sometimes over here :)

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    Zulma Reyes says:

    I love your new tennis and jacket! that’s pics in Roosevelt Island so beautiful, you are right..seems very peaceful, well it was a pretty day. We are waiting more wedding pics!!! Have a nice day!

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    I loved this post! I saw the very same red panda when I was on holiday in DC last year. They’re the cutest things ever. Very jealous you get to run past them! Also just wanted to comment on how much I like your running posts. I live in London and get the same buzz from running round the monuments that you seem to in Washington

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    I spent all day Sunday touring the monuments. It really was gorgeous out! The more I hear about CrossFit the more I want to try it out, it always looks like a great workout in a short amount of time.

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    Oh gosh, I haven’t been to the National Zoo since I was in 6th grade (best part about growing up in the Shenandoah Valley – DC field trips!). My husband is constantly sending me red panda photos (especially when I’m having a bad day), so I think we must head there when we back in VA for Christmas this year! Adorable!

  17. 25

    That is the cutest animal ever…I haven’t even heard of a red panda but it might be my new favorite!

  18. 26

    Are you kidding me with that red panda?! Cutest thing EVER.

  19. 27

    I love the zoo! Isn’t DC’s really big?

  20. 28

    I love running along the GW Parkway, so pretty! And props to you for running around Roosevelt Island- my husband and I went for a walk there for the first time earlier this fall and I almost rolled my ankle at least 5 times :P

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    The weather last weekend was amazing! My fiance and I went on a 5k run and it was great! I wish it would be like that again this weekend but I heard it’s supposed to be pretty chilly. Have fun in Boston!


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