July 25, 2016

Coffee Date: Summer Edition

I've been MIA since I came back from Paris and wanted to put up a post and fill you all in on what's been going on!

If we were having coffee I would be drinking mine iced because the heat in DC is oppressive today!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I've been dragging out my jet lag since we got back from Paris, and it is awesome. I don't love that I'm in bed by 8:45 every night but I love that I'm up by 6 every morning and getting in plenty of time to read, run, eat breakfast, and enjoy my mornings. It has made a world of difference in my summer!

I would tell you that Sea Wheeze training is going really well! Despite oppressive heat and humidity, I still managed to run my 10 mile long run this weekend in under 10 minute miles. It wasn't the 9:30 pace that I wanted but given the circumstances, I'll take it. It's much better than the 12+ I was averaging last summer AND I ran my fastest mile in a LONG time this morning in 8:19. I'm really happy with how my training is going and I think this race is going to segway really nicely into training for Richmond.

I would tell you that The Pilot and I are moving this weekend! We're packing up our tiny Capitol Hill basement apartment for a bigger apartment with a lot more light in a different part of DC. I'm really sad to leave Capitol Hill but I'm excited for our new place and our new neighborhood!

I would tell you that while I'm excited to move, I'm not sure when we'll actually get to spend time in our new apartment! Between Sea Wheeze, a wedding, and a Christening next month, our weekends are pretty booked up for the month of August...and the fall isn't looking much better!

I would also tell you that today marks three years since The Pilot and I got engaged and things have been pretty great ever since. 

I'm hoping to get my Paris posts up this week but my apartment is full of boxes and we still have a lot of packing to do!

What's going on in your world? What would you tell me over a coffee date?

July 12, 2016

June Recap

Just like that, it's July.

June was an insanely busy month! In total, In total, I was on 8 plane rides in the last 13 days of the month which is absolutely wild! I'm starting to feel like I have the same schedule as The Pilot!

I had a lot of fun, though. I spent time with friends I hadn't seen in awhile and even though I was sick for the last two weeks of the month, a heavy dose of antibiotics and a flight to Paris solved everything!

Here's a look at how the month of June went for me:

Update on Last Month's Challenges:
  • Visit at least one new ballpark (Nope!)
  • 60 oz of water per day (I never actually tracked this, but I definitely made a concerted effort to drink more water)
  • Start cooking my way through a cookbook (Nope, but I finally found one to cook through!)
  • Read 8 books (Nope...5...close-ish.)
The Month in Numbers: 

Miles Run: I don't know =( I didn't sync my Garmin and lost almost all of my runs!

Minutes of Yoga: I didn't keep track

Books Read: 5
  • "The Coconut Latitudes", "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them", "You", "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone", "Ghostbird"  
Trips Taken: 2
  • A New York girls' weekend with Holly
  • Paris with my mom, aunt, and The Pilot
Blog Posts Written: 8

30 Before 30 Items Completed: 1
  • Take my Mama back to Paris
  • Paris  
  • Being sick for almost two weeks
We're already almost halfway through July and I just got back from vacation! The Pilot and I have a busy end of the month planned so I'm not setting any overly ambitious goals for the month! I'm still determined to catch up to my Goodreads challenge and next month is the SeaWheee Half! I'm feeling ok about training, but I need a strong week to feel really good!

How did last month shape up for you?

    July 11, 2016

    Paris is Always a Good Idea

    Ah, Paris.

    I don't know what is about the city but I can't get enough. After five trips to the City of Light, I can safely say that I'm hooked. 

    The first time I traveled internationally by myself was in 2007. I went to Geneva. I had an incredible time and made a lot of friends. Three months later, I was living in London, and went back to Geneva to visit them. On that flight, I couldn't help but be slightly disappointed that I was going back to a place I had already visited. I was excited to see my friends and spend the weekend in Geneva, but there was so much of the world to see...why was I going back?

    I loved that second trip to Geneva. I saw more of the city than I had the first time I was there and didn't feel the need to see the sights because I had already done so. The first time I went to Paris, I was traveling in a group and was stuck doing what other people wanted to do. I had an OK time but was dying to go back. The Pilot have been there together on three separate trips, each time staying in a different area, trying different things, and getting to know the city. 

    This time around, I was with my mom, my aunt, and The Pilot.

    It was my mom's first trip to Paris in over 40 years and my aunt's first trip. This trip was the perfect mix of seeing things I had already seen, exploring new-to-me areas of the city, listening to my mom talk about what has changed (for better and for worse), and eating some of the best food Paris has to offer. 

    I can't wait to share all of the incredible details of our trip with you! First, I need to sort through the more than 400 pictures I took and recover from jet lag! In the meantime, here are just a few pictures from the trip. 

    Have you been to Paris? Where's one city that you keep finding yourself traveling to?
    Happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July!
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