Successful Day: 10 Miles & A Wedding Venue!

Guess what?

I ran 10 miles yesterday!! :)


I haven’t run that far since March! I was proud. And especially happy because my leg felt good for the run, too! (I’ve been having some issues with my calf/ankle.) As you know, I skipped my long run last weekend and have been foam rolling, icing, and rocking my compression sleeve — and I think it’s really paid off. I also wore my compression sleeves (I figured I might as well wear both) for the run — I think it helped a lot. No calf pain or tightness at all!


Since I’m home in DC right now wedding venue shopping, I was able to run on my favorite — the C&O Canal. :) I’d forgotten how beautiful it is in fall!


Lots of families were out and about — and lots of cute dogs, too!

I stopped three times during the run — once at mile 9 to stretch my hip (it was feeling tight), once at around 3 miles in to take some pictures at my favorite spot where the trail opens up to beautiful views of the Potomac River.




Isn’t it gorgeous? So reflective!

And I also stopped briefly at the turn around point — mile 5 — to drink some water and eat my Hammer Gel. Not coordinated enough to juggle a water bottle and gel while still running (normally I would be wearing my Camel Bak for water so it would be easier)!


LOVE Hammer Gel. I have a super sensitive stomach when I run and this stuff has never bothered me. The espresso flavor is tasty and contains some caffeine, which is nice too. :) I don’t know if it’s just a placebo effect or what, but this stuff really helps energize me and keep me feeling good for the end of a run. I usually start fueling for runs 10 miles and over.


Even though I was running by myself and had no music or distractions in the form of a friend to talk to, this was an awesome run. I felt good the whole time — especially at the end — and totally could have done another 3.1. Feeling so much more confident for the Vegas Half Marathon in a few weeks now that I’ve gotten a solid long run in!


  • Mile 1: 9:20
  • Mile 2: 9:40
  • Mile 3: 9:25
  • Mile 4: 9:26
  • Mile 5: 9:37
  • Mile 6: 9:13
  • Mile 7: 9:23
  • Mile 8: 9:12
  • Mile 9: 9:13
  • Mile 10: 8:46

Overall time: 1:33:15. Average pace: 9:19. Success! You can see I felt a little sluggish at the beginning but picked it up for the second half of the run. I really love out and back runs because you can trick yourself into thinking you’re doing half the distance — I was thinking “All I have to do is run 5 miles, then turn around!” It makes it seem much more manageable. :)


The other thing that helped? Thinking about all my friends running the NYC Marathon! A big congrats to my grad school friend Steph and my blogger buddies Tina, Theodora, and Ashley — and to everyone else who ran the race yesterday (or another race this weekend)! So wish I had been there to cheer you all on!

Regarding the rest of my training, I think I’m going to do another shorter ish (5 or 6 miles?) run next weekend and then another 10 miler the following weekend. I don’t want to strain my calf and ankle again just when it’s starting to feel better! Following the 10 miler, I’ll have one more 6ish mile weekend run and then the next weekend is the race! I definitely am not planning on trying to set a new time record (PR) in this race — just want to have fun and see the sights in Vegas. :)

In other exciting news — my mom and I found a wedding venue yesterday!!! We actually LOVED the first one we saw and just decided to go for it. We put down a deposit and set a date: October 13, 2012. So exciting! Having found a venue makes it seem MUCH more real. Plus, I was getting scared about finding a good venue that wasn’t booked already — we got the second to last free weekend at this place! I can’t share details of where it is until after the wedding, but I think you guys will love it as much as we did. We’ll be having an outdoor ceremony and reception — with rain contingency plans, of course. Here’s hoping the weather is nice, though. :) We’re going to hire their on-site wedding coordinator to help with the details since my mom is super busy with work and I’m super busy with school/blog stuff (and not in town), so that will be great, too. Matt and I are going to go for a tasting with the caterers in December — excited! He wasn’t able to come up this weekend but didn’t mind not seeing it as long as my mom and I loved it — he’s more interested in making sure the music and the food are good. :)

After booking the place, we cancelled the rest of our venue viewing appointments and my mom and I decided to drive out into Virginia wine country to celebrate!


It was a beautiful day — we went to Bluemont Vineyard, which is up at the top of a big hill with stunning views of the valley below.


Such a fun and successful day — 10 mile run, finding a wedding venue, and wine tasting at a gorgeous vineyard! Amazing.



I’m playing hookie from school today and still up in DC because my mom and I thought we would need today to go see a few more venues — instead, now we just get to enjoy the day! (She took off from work in anticipation of venue-shopping.) We went for a great 2.8 mile walk in our super hilly neighborhood this morning and are now off to meet my grandmother for lunch.

Have a great Monday, friends! I’ll be flying back to Chapel Hill later tonight!


  1. 1

    Very exciting news indeed! :)

    Sounds like you had a great run – I can’t wait for mine this evening!

  2. 2

    Omg. Gorgeous. Location is literally perfect, exactly what I would imagine, and very similar to what I want someday! Backyard-y but classy rustic. OH and congrats on ten miles. Kindofabigdeal. Mwahhhh!!

  3. 4

    Great pics! Haha great run :D

  4. 5

    Yay! Congrats on the 10 miles!!! You will have the perfect time of year to celebrate outdoors!!

  5. 6

    Congratulations on finding a venue! Next up is dress shopping!!!

    I love D.C. in the fall, my brother lived in Springfield, VA and worked in D.C. so I got to visit him every fall for about 3 years and I fell in love. The fall colors are beautiful (I’ve heard the cherry blossoms are beautiful too) and I love the rich American history. Now if only I could convince my husband the snow would be worth the move!

  6. 7

    I’m glad you found a venue. We were one and done, too. :)

  7. 8

    I LOVE Bluemont–so much so, in fact, that I’m getting married there in June! :) Congratulations, again!

  8. 10

    Congrats on the venue find!
    I think I just realized that your training for the vegas 1/2 – or I forgot and you reminded me lol. I am thinking of running it in 2012!!

  9. 12

    Congrats on the run and the venue! I am hoping it goes as easy for us to find a place in the next few weekends! Fingers crossed!

  10. 14

    Huge check off the list of things to do!

  11. 15

    great run! And that is gorgeous scenery!! I wish my runs were that pretty!

  12. 16

    It sounds like you had a very successful weekend. I am so happy for you. Can’t wait until I’m another year older and then and only then get to see the venue you have chosen. (I know, I know, I’m a wise guy.)

  13. 22

    Sounds like a great weekend! I’m sure you picked a fantastic spot, glad you and your Mom were able to relax after that and take advantage of the time. Say hi to her from me!! :)
    PS do you like my new blog commenter name? ;) Bwahahah!

  14. 24

    Just tweeted at you, but I ran my first marathon along the C&O Canal towpath in the Potomac River Run! It was beautiful, but it was a bit boring (out and back TWICE) with few spectators. I ran NYC yesterday as my second marathon, which was QUITE the opposite of the C&O Canal!

    And congrats on finding a venue! So exciting!!!

    • 25

      Out and back TWICE?! I would have hated that – I don’t like to come back to the finish line before I’m actually done! So disheartening!

  15. 26

    Yayy! Congrats!!

    I love Bluemont… I visited it 2 years ago for a wine festival and thought it’d be the perfect venue (although I know you said that’s not where yours is). Can’t wait to hear about your planning though, such a special day!

  16. 27

    Such exciting news! Congrats on the wedding venue and the run :D

  17. 28

    Just read your tweet about interviewing your grand mom regarding her cooking through out her life. Anne, I have my mother’s old Good Housekeeping Cookbook from back during WW11 that she received as a wedding gift. It has all the old rationing’ s and what to use in their place. It is so fascinating to read thorough this cookbook. I took this book to a book dealer to rebind it for me because it was about to fall apart. I can remember as a child using this book to make brownies. Just wanted to share.

  18. 30
    Pat Elsberry says:

    So excited that you and your Mom found a wonderful venue for your wedding and especially on the first try! :) I’m sure it’s beautiful and and an October wedding will be absolutely gorgeous in DC showcasing all the fabulous reds, golds, yellow of the season! We got married in October too (the 18th) in Kennebunkport, ME and the colors/weather were perfect. I’m sure it will be just that way for you and Matt! Give my best to your Mom and so glad you two enjoyed the rest of your time together.

  19. 32

    Great news! I know it’s nearly a year away, but I’m already excited for your Wedding Recap post! I’m sure it will be absolutely gorgeous. Nothing beats fall on the east coast!

  20. 34

    I’m super excited even though you’re so mysterious!

  21. 35

    I got engaged in June and our wedding is set for next October too. Our photographer who has been in the business for decades says October has now become the most popular month to get married in!

  22. 36

    Aw that sounds like THE perfect day! So happy for you. I bet the venue is beautiful. It’ll be so fun to see all your dreams come true :) Congrats on the long run! That trail looked so peaceful. I love it when runs are invigorating, but therapeutic. Cheers to a wonderful weekend!

  23. 37

    Wow, awesome that you already found a wedding venue. That’s fantastic! Sounds like a fun weekend :)

  24. 38

    I just got married Oct 14th 2011, you will love having a fall wedding! it will be beautiful! Congrats!


  25. 40

    Congrats on finding a location! I know for me, actually booking the venue was when the planning really started to seem real.

  26. 41

    great run and great venue find! Love Love Love Hammer too… everything about it rocks! Awesome run! Exciting news about finding a place.. now the “fun” beings?

  27. 42

    Wow. Didn’t mean to create a firestorm on the ring. TeeHee. I never take mine off except to clean it and when I was of child bearing age, I only took it off to go to the hospital and give birth. Didn’t mean anything, I must have touched a nerve. Haha

  28. 43

    I just went to Bluemont for the first time a few weeks ago when my friends and I went to a county in that area. I have a picture in exactly the same spot. Bummed that I missed the beautiful fall colors though!

  29. 44

    Congratulations on finding your venue and setting your date–that’s amazing! Our wedding became so much more real for us after we did those things, too, and since then it’s just been a string of exciting things (we’re getting married in July 2012). I wish you and Matt all the best in your planning process and I can’t wait to follow along in the coming months!

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