This weekend I had the best run I’ve had in 3 weeks, since the last long training run I did for the half marathon that my friend Kathleen and I were supposed to be running yesterday morning. I was happy to see it was pouring when I woke up yesterday – oh good, that would have been terrible race weather anyway! – but still of course bummed to not be out there running Rock ‘n’ Roll DC, which would have been my first half marathon in 4 years.
When the rain stopped, I decided to head out for a solo jaunt, but with a twist that I’m surprised I hadn’t thought of sooner: while I ran, I caught up with friends on the phone.
It was exactly what I’ve been missing on the handful of half-hearted solo jaunts this extrovert has attempted since that last social run 3 weeks ago. (Was it really only 3 weeks ago, though? Seems like a lifetime, right?)
I set out to do a short loop and ended up enjoying my conversations so much that I ran 7 miles, all the way through quaint Old Town, Alexandria, down to the waterfront, back, and around Del Ray a bit, too.
Definitely doing that again soon – I’m already talking to friends about setting up some virtual run dates for this week!
When I got home, I threw together some lunch bowls for us featuring random leftovers from the week: roasted squash, black beans, grilled chicken, guacamole, and some Mexican-y hot sauce with fried egg on top. Yum!
Other lunches/breakfasts from the past few days included some tuna salad – this one had canned tuna, artichoke hearts, dijon mustard, and plain Greek yogurt.
And this one was the same but with chickpeas added, too.
I also noshed on some avocado toast (see this post for inspiration –> avocado toast recipes).
For weekend dinners, we ordered pizza one night from Sicilian pizza in Del Ray – never been there in person before, but it was delicious and is going to be our new go-to!
Another night our tiny chef helped us make a lemony pork piccata (a recipe from Sun Basket <– $40 off your first order affiliate link). It was really delicious – love piccata.
That sauce! Lemon zest makes everything more delicious in my opinion. Loved the capers, too.
Served with a side of sauteed squash and kale.
Plus some roasted potatoes that I made because I felt like the meal needed more carbs. They weren’t quite ready in time so we ate them after having the pork! The potatoes were super basic – tossed in a little olive oil and salt and pepper and roasted at 450 degrees F for 25 minutes.
We had some of the leftover potatoes yesterday for brunch alongside bacon, fried egg, and green pepper.
For lunch yesterday, I roasted up some broccoli – I forgot how good roasted broccoli is! Riese really liked it too. I tossed the broccoli in a little olive oil and salt and then roasted at 450 degrees F for 10 minutes.
I wasn’t too hungry after our big brunch, so I had a small bowl with roasted broccoli, guac, rice, and lentils. Riese had the same but deconstructed!
I will leave you with a few pictures from our Friday – it was a really beautiful day and after working insane hours all week Matt was able to close his laptop by late afternoon and hang out with us for a bit – hooray!! It was SO nice to have some adult company after what felt like a pretty lonely week. We went on a family bike ride, which was only like 2 miles with a walking break halfway because Riese didn’t want to just sit there, but it was still fun.
I hope you guys have a nice day – it’s looking gorgeous here so Riese and I are going to have some walking adventures as usual, and maybe do some more gardening – our yard is looking quite nice right now after lots of work on it lately!
See you guys back here on Wednesday with a post about toddler activities you can do at home/Riese’s current faves!