Weekend Adventures

Hi guys! As you know, the big event of our weekend was running the Marine Corps 10k yesterday morning! I’ll be back with a full race recap tomorrow (in the meantime, check out my Instagram for some race pictures). For now, let’s chat about the rest of the weekend! We kicked off our Friday night with tacos.

They were so delicious I went back for one more! Toppings included peppers and onions, ground chicken with Mexican spices and black beans mixed in, regular black beans, cilantro, cheese, avocado, tomatoes, salsa, and jalapenos. Mmmmm.

taco night

I enjoyed the leftovers in grain bowl form with arugula and brown rice for lunch on Saturday.

It was rainy most of the day on Saturday so a good day to stay home! I did treat myself to a yoga class around lunchtime but other than that we just kicked it at our place with the little one. My friend Ashley came over in the morning to hang out for a bit, and then in the afternoon I got motivated and (finally) went through the hot mess that was my closet and dresser. Matt decided to do the same thing so we just let Riese crawl back and forth between us upstairs and explore the clothes on the floor – she was quite intrigued by it all. I ended up with four massive trash bags full of clothes to donate – it felt good to get things more organized and to get rid of stuff that doesn’t fit that well anymore or that I just never wear. I still need to go through all my fitness clothes but this was a really good start, and now I have my summer stuff put away and my winter stuff out too.

Matt went out to dinner with some buddies on Saturday night, so after getting Riese to bed I kicked it on the couch and had a simple tuna sandwich while watching TV. I wasn’t in the mood to cook so this was perfect – simple and fast but filling. I made the tuna salad by mixing tuna, avocado, and dijon mustard.

After the race on Sunday morning, Matt and I took Riese out to brunch! We hit up Green Pig Bistro in Clarendon, and I had the shrimp and grits with a poached egg. It was really good, although I liked Matt’s pulled pork huevos rancheros better. ;)

Matt and I went over to a friend’s place for a little parent + baby play date yesterday afternoon and had some drinks and lots of cheese, crackers, hummus, and salami, so by the time we came home and got Riese to bed we weren’t super hungry so we just shared a big salad. Simple and easy!

I was so wiped last night after the early morning and a longer run than I’m used to – I was fast asleep by 9:15, which was good because I had an early morning yoga date this morning! My friend Ashley is in town visiting from the west coast, and we met up for yoga + breakfast. It was great to catch up with her – I wish she still lived here! Yoga felt amazing on my tight legs and hips, and breakfast hit the spot. I had avocado toast with bacon added for good measure, and we also shared a blueberry lemon ricotta scone (so good). Breakfast was at Northside Social and the pretty heart lattes were grabbed on the way there at Detour Coffee!

best breakfast coffee shop arlington va

I’ve got a jam packed day of AnneTheRD client meetings and lots of writing to get done… but before I go, for those of you running the NYC Marathon this coming weekend, have you seen the awesome Brooks NYC Marathon themed shoes?! (<- affiliate link) Brooks sent all their ambassadors a sneak preview pair a couple weeks ago and they are soooo fun! BUT I feel weird wearing them since I haven’t run NYC before (it’s on my bucket list!), so I thought it would be fun to give the shoes away to one of you who is running the race, or who has run it previously! They are women’s size 7. If you’re interested, leave a comment with why you want these shoes, and I’ll randomly select a winner later this week and will personally ship you the shoes as a thank you for reading my blog! US residents only please. :)

brooks nyc marathon shoes

Have a great day and I’ll see you back here tomorrow with my MCM 10k race recap!


  1. 1

    While I have never run the NYC marathon it holds a very special place in my heart. In 2014, after suffering though 2 devastating pregnancy losses, my husband decided to run his first marathon, NYC, as a way to heal himself emotionally. He chose to run with Team Fox in honor of my father who is battling Parkinson’s Disease. He raised enough $ so that he was able to attend a special dinner with Michael J. Fox and bring 2 guests, my dad and I. Little did we know there was a 3rd guest with us too. We had no idea that I was pregnant with our sweet girl who is now 3, and just became a big sister 9 days ago! My husband rocked his first marathon, we raised a ton of $ for a cause so important to our family, and it was the start of our new chapter as parents. So yea, NYC marathon will always be something incredibly special to me :)

  2. 4

    Those shoes are so amazing. I also have that race on my bucket list. My husband and I just got back from NYC with our 12 year old daughter. It was her birthday trip and we had the most amazing time. I would love to win the shoes and they are just my size.

  3. 5

    I have been wearing Brooks shoes since I became an avid runner back in 2011 when I first moved to the city. I live in NYC and was fortunate to run the marathon back in 2014 (and achieved a sub-4 hour PR!) While I no longer race the half marathon or marathon distance, I run several shorter races (5Ks and 10Ks) every year around the city. Exploring NYC via running is one of my favorite parts of living in the city! My morning route is typically along the west side highway from my apartment downtown and I love being able to soak up the views (world trade center, Statue of Liberty) early in the morning before most of the city is awake. I would love to be able to rock these kicks on my daily runs through the city :)

    I am also a daily reader of the blog and Instagram follower and love reading about your life down in the DC area and seeing delicious recipe recommendations!

  4. 7

    These are great! I ran NYC in 2015 and while not my fastest marathon, it was by far my favorite. I am 8 week post partum with my first baby and itching to start running again (also had a C-section though it was unplanned) and your journey back to fitness has inspired me. I’m also a size 7 :). Great job this weekend!

    • 8

      Thanks Erin – and a big congratulations on your new addition! <3 Give yourself time and grace in terms of getting back out there... you don't want to rush it!

  5. 9

    Hi Anne,

    I ran NYC last year, crossing the finish line hand in hand with my best friend since childhood. To say it was a memorable race would be a severe understatement. It was rainy, humid, SO HILLY, and yet I loved every minute of it. It was a very special day for me as I’ve run three marathons and become injured during two of those training cycles. I was lucky to finish it at all! Also, I’m a size 7 in women’s sneakers so this would be perfect :)

  6. 11

    I ran the NYC Marathon the year of the Boston Marathon bombing. The Boston Marathon was my first marathon so it will always hold a very special place in my heart. I decided to run it because I worked right on the finish line at the Lenox Hotel and would love watching them cross the finish line with such beautiful emotions. My co-worker/roommate vowed to run in the next year and I finished it after fundraising for the American Liver Foundation. The year of the Boston Marathon bombing, I was still working about a block from the finish line and my building shook from the bombings. What took place after can only be described as a war zone as we all tried to navigate our ways home and get in touch with loved ones that were worried about us. My roommate and I decided we wanted to run another marathon so we decided on NYC. We were late in applying but we were able to get on the NYPD team. We had to wear their jerseys but we both wore our Boston Strong shirts underneath. I will never forget entering Central Park wearing the Boston Strong shirts that we ended up revealing during the marathon and the incredible cheers from people that saw them. It was an unforgettable experience!

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    Kristi McEneaney says

    I’ve run NYC twice – once after a night of food poisoning. It was not the race I had hoped for, but it meant a lot because it was a finish that I really fought for. This is by far my favorite race of all time. I would absolutely love to have shoes to represent it!

    • 14

      Wow running a marathon the morning after food poisoning sounds terrible… I’m impressed you finished! Determination right there!

  8. 15
    Roadrunner says

    What a nice gift offer! And looks like a great weekend of food — though we’re all awaiting the race recap!

  9. 16

    Love these shoes! They would be a great reminder of my goals everytime I would wear them. Congrats on your 10K, can’t wait to read about it!

  10. 17

    I have run NYC marathon twice. Such a great race. It was my first race back post twins and I loved every minute of it. You should definitely do it.

  11. 18

    The NYC marathon is in on my bucket list of races after babies. I lived in NYC for a short time and have made I made it my goal to return back with my babies cheering me on as I cross the finish line!

  12. 19

    My sister who lives in NYC is currently training for a run and I know that she would love these shoes!

  13. 20

    I discovered Brooks when I first started running and since then, they are the only running shoes I wear. I’m 10 1/2 months postpartum and have started running again so a new pair of Brooks would be a great way to celebrate my return to running! I’m a size 7.

  14. 21

    Those shoes though!!! Dang! They look so awesome! I am a self-proclaimed athletic shoe junkie. It’s seriously a problem… I would love to add these to my collection!

  15. 22

    Running the NYC is a bucket list item. I have never completed any marathons (only half’s) and NYC is the only one that I want and will do! I have a 4 year old and a one year old, so I’m thinking of waitlng a little. I’m 35 and I plan on running it for my 40th!

    If I win the shoes, it’s a sign that I will do it!

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