Weekend Recap: Outings, 12 Miles + Food Prep!

Morning! Did everyone have a nice weekend? Mine was filled with good eats, good exercise, and good friends. My favorite!

Check out these epic burgers Matt made us on Friday:


He gets an A+ for presentation alone! The burgers were piled high with sautéed mushrooms and onions, tomato, pickles, and fresh spinach, sandwiched together with whole wheat buns. To get it all to stay together, he speared them with chopsticks! Genius. And of course baked sweet potato fries are always a win. He cut them nice and thin so they were crispy!

After the burger feast, Matt and I went to see Silver Linings Playbook, which was awesome. Highly recommend it if you haven’t seen it yet! I have a total girl crush on Jennifer Lawrence. Saturday was filled with fun friend dates: a yoga + brunch date with my college friend Kathleen, a coffee date with my friend and previous coworker Maranda, and dinner out with Matt and a bunch of our mutual friends.


On Sunday morning, it was time for another long run! The plan: 12 miles with my friend Karen.


As you know, I have quite a few half marathons on the docket this spring (for a full list of races I’m doing, check out the “upcoming races” section of my blog’s right sidebar). I wrote recently about my Spring Half Marathon Schedule & Training Plans, and the first of which is the DC Rock n Roll half marathon in 2 weeks! This was my longest training run – next weekend I’ll be tapering and I have a fun 5 mile trail race on the agenda.

A 12 mile run called for my old friend Mr. Camelbak to come back out to play! It’d been way too long. I also brought an unpictured Clif shot gel – double espresso flavor.


It was cold out there, so gloves and ear warmers were also necessary! Zensah sent me these cool smart touch running gloves awhile ago and I’ve been rocking them on a lot of runs lately. Big fan! Lightweight and breathable but they keep my hands warm. I like the touch screen ability in the fingers and there’s also suede on the outer thumb so you can wipe your nose. Gross but necessary for cold runs. :)


Karen and I decided to do a fun varied course all through DC so we would have lots of nice scenery and sights to keep us distracted on our adventure. We started by running by Iwo Jima:


And headed down over Memorial Bridge to the Lincoln Memorial.


From there, we ran down the reflecting pool (hooray for winter meaning there aren’t 1290203948293048 tourists around – not good for running!):


Past the Washington Monument (boo to the construction fence in front of it right now!):


And all the way down the National Mall to the Capitol.


And then we came back! We ran back over Memorial Bridge and down onto my favorite trail, the Mt. Vernon Trail along the water.


It was WINDY out yesterday! We felt like we were running against a wall at times, but at least the scenery was nice. :)




(I got the pictures when we stopped to stretch!)

From there, we headed up a massive hill and then rounded out the 12 with a nice and flat 2 mile loop at the top of the hill. Whew! Done and done. I’m so glad I had a buddy with me – long runs are always way more enjoyable with a friend to talk to! We chatted pretty much nonstop the whole time, as usual. :)



  • Mile 1: 8:29
  • Mile 2: 8:32
  • Mile 3: 8:38
  • Mile 4: 8:50
  • Mile 5: 8:47
  • Mile 6: 8:48
  • Mile 7: 8:55
  • Mile 8: 9:01
  • Mile 9: 8:47
  • Mile 10: 9:10
  • Mile 11: 9:31
  • Mile 12: 9:02

Total distance: 12 miles. Total time: 1:46:31. Average pace: 8:52 minute/miles. I was excited when I saw our average pace – neither of us felt like we were pushing it on pace at all, and that’s faster than I thought we were going! Maybe I should try to PR at this race in 2 weeks after all… :)

The rest of yesterday was spent relaxing, hanging out with Matt (we’ve been watching out way through the old TV show 24 on Netflix – so addictive! We’re in season 3 now), and doing some meal prep for this week, inspired by Lindsay’s Sunday Food Prep post!


I made a big batch of a variation of my Simple Mediterranean Pasta Salad.


And also threw together a variation of my Quinoa Taco Salad, with pinto beans and a little chicken!


Yum. Now we have food to eat this week. :) I had some leftover plain pasta and quinoa since I made too much, so those are in the fridge to throw into quick meals as well. I also chopped some veggies and got all the meat off of a rotisserie chicken I bought at Whole Foods last week – some of it went into the Quinoa Taco Salad and the rest is now ready to be thrown into quick meals as needed!

What did you guys get into this weekend? Anyone else do any good meal prep or long runs?


  1. 1

    Nice run! I got in a 13.1 (ha!) training run with a couple of friends on a frigid Saturday morning (25* with light snow flurries) before spending the weekend with my parents. My half marathon is in a little over 3 weeks. I’ve also been inspired by Lindsay but was only able to do a small food prep–double batch of your chunky turkey veggie soup (as requested by my husband) and hard boiled eggs. It’s a start!

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    Sometimes I wonder if we aren’t running right by each other! Ha! I was on the same trail doing 11. Next time I will keep a closer eye out and say hi!

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    I worked most of the weekend but got in some good workouts including Tina’s latest elliptical one which was a killer! Well done on the run! I hate nothing more than running against the wind!

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    Yum…that Quinoa Taco Salad looks delish! We generally food prep on Saturday/Sunday so there was some of that – we made a fantastic Quinoa Stuffed Sweet Potato recipe I found online where the sweet potato is stuffed with quinoa, kale, dried cranberries and almonds – it was a bigger winner at our house. I also had a really great 10 mile trail run yesterday. Good luck on the trail race next week! I really wanted to sign up for the entire EX2 SBYB Series, but alas, my wallet does not agree with me. I’ll be running the R&R Half, too! I’m hoping for around 1:50, but anything sub-2:00 will be a PR for me! It was my first half back when it was the National Half Marathon

  5. 9

    We went to see Silver Lining Playbook this weekend too!!! It was soo good. I thought Bradley Cooper did an excellent job, and, of course… so did Jennifer Lawrence. I was bad this weekend and skipped my run…no good excuse.

  6. 11

    I love all your pictures from running in DC. Its much more spaceious. I love running in NYC but it gets crowded. Sometimes I run the streets at 5AM just to avoid people…

    My next half marathon is two weeks away as well. I”ve been slacking with my long runs. This weekend I’ll do 8 or 9.
    Good Luck

  7. 12

    Sounds like a great weekend! My boyfriend pretty much cooks never! lol You are very lucky Matt cooks and it looks like he is a good cook!

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    Carolyn Donath says:

    I love Jack Bauer!!! I started treadmilling with my incentive being one episode of
    24 per time! It’s worked perfectly. I’m just starting Season 3 and can’t wait for the next adventure!

  9. 15

    I did a 7.5 mile charity run this weekend, wind was against me the whole time too!

  10. 16

    Your monument pictures always make me miss DC. I ran nine on Saturday and it went all right. Mostly I was just glad to have a long run day that wasn’t cloudy, snowy or rainy!

  11. 17

    Great pace on your 12 miler! Sounds like you should definitely go for the pr. :) I’ve been inspired by Lindsay’s food prep, too. I feel so much more in control of my week and ready for Monday when I work ahead. We just saw Silver Lining Playbook too, and really liked it!

  12. 18

    I went for a nice 4-mile trail run this weekend with my roommate, so much fun to having a running buddy! Time flies by when you have someone to talk to, that’s for sure! Love all the DC pics!

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    Stacey Olson says:

    I prepped quinoa too… made my fist wilted spinach, quinoa fried egg salad this weekend – sooo good!!

  14. 23

    love it! thanks for the shoutout! i loved silver linings playbook too!! soo good!

  15. 24

    Looks gorgeous! I fit in a 9miler with a friend, so right running with a partner makes it so much easier! I’ve been looking into a camelback, does it bounce up and down while you run?

  16. 26

    Sounds like a great weekend! Great job on your long run! This weekend I had a long run as well, and my husband and I just hung out and watched some House Hunters! Trying to stay warm in Ohio!

  17. 27

    Your pictures are awesome. Makes me homesick for Washington!

  18. 28

    It’s been so great to see your progress as a runner over time–you seem so much more confident as a runner these days. We had a good weekend here; my boyfriend did a 100k bike ride on Saturday while I finished up a project I needed to get done. On Sunday, we went out for Chinese food, then took a long walk along the Columbia River. Windy here, too!

    • 29

      I would agree – I FEEL more confident as a runner these days for sure! I was just talking to Karen on the run yesterday about how it’s cool how much you can improve through consistent running – it’s definitely easier to do long runs nowadays – and to maintain paces that used to be my “hard” pace!

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    Is the camel bak annoying to run with? I’m thinking of getting one but don’t want it to shake around on my back!

  20. 32

    That pasta looks so good, I definitely want to try that! Congrats on the run!

  21. 33

    Love the scenic photos! Makes me want to visit DC!

  22. 34

    We’ve been juicing on the weekends to come up with new varieties and rested on Sat. Trader Joe’s, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Best Buy all that fun on Sunday and we had a good spin workout together on Sat.

    Love all the photos. Grew up going to D.C. all the time. I’m originally from Northern VA but it’s been just over 16 years since I moved to IL.

    Have a great week!

  23. 35

    That wind was killer yesterday! I did 15 miles on the Wilson bridge and down the mt. Vernon trail, I’ll be doing RnR full in 2weeks!

  24. 36

    Sundays are my meal-prep days too! Cooking food for the week makes it easier to stick to healthy eats. Also, I definitely don’t hate spending a little time in the kitchen–my future self will thank me. :)

  25. 37

    I love doing my short weekday runs solo but need a buddy for the long runs. I have been traveling a lot and really slacking on the long runs. Can’t wait for this Saturday to get in some quality miles though!

  26. 38

    A friend makes such a difference, even if you both have earphones in listening to music. Just having a person to chat with if you want is a great! Your pictures make me miss DC so much :(
    I did all of my long runs last year on the C&O canal which is a great soft surface!

  27. 39

    So many good things in this post! Kudos to Matt on those burgers and the quinoa taco salad looks fabulous! And nice job on the LD this week. I can’t remember the last time I ran 12 miles but it makes me crave training for a half marathon again. Have a great week hun!

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    Christina Miadich says:

    For anyone interested and in the area, Dr. Michael Roizen, author of the “YOU” book series, will be giving a presentation titled “Real Age: The Cleveland Clinic Experience” to kick off a wellness initiative at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio on March 19. Roizen is a frequent guest on The Dr. Oz Show and serves as chief wellness officer at the Cleveland Clinic. He will speak at 7 p.m. in Ashland University’s Myers Convocation Center. This event is free and open to the public.

  29. 41

    I did the exact same route on Sunday, too! Granted, we did it at 6:30am, so we probably missed you. No flurries that early, which was a definite plus. Good luck in your half!

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    Healthy Eater says:

    Immmpressive, Anne! Very well done! Look forward to hearing about the upcoming races. Well done!

  31. 43

    I am doing that race on Sunday too! Also the RnR Half next Saturday.

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