April 24, 2017

Coffee Date: April Edition

Good Morning! Happy Monday! I hope you're enjoying a strong cup of coffee after a fabulous weekend and that spring has fully sprung wherever you are. Here in DC, it's been pretty cold and rainy but the temperatures are supposed to climb into the 80s later this week and I couldn't be happier!



This morning, I'm skipping coffee in favor of this Can't Beet Me Smoothie from the Run Fast, Eat Slow cookbook. I have always hated beets but I decided to give this smoothie a try and it's surprisingly good!

Let's catch up.

If we were having coffee... I would start with a confession and tell you that I desperately miss my blog. I really hate that I've been so inconsistent in the last year despite promising to myself month after month that this month, I would bring it back.

The reality is that I spend my entire work week writing and the absolutely last thing I want to do when I finish work at the end of every day, or even during the weekends, is to keep writing. We just had performance reviews at work and one of the things we were meant to talk about is personal goals and I desperately want to make it a personal goal to bring my blog back and take it in the direction that I really want to but truthfully, I just don't know how.

I would also tell you that I'm in a reading rut this month. I've started two books that I just haven't been able to get into and have left on my bedside table less than 50 pages in. The sad thing is that both are books that I've had on my reading list for awhile. I confess I haven't started the book for Carolann's and my book club yet, but I'm planning to start it tomorrow on my way to work. If you're late to joining this month, you've got four days until we link up! This month's pick is "I Let You Go" by Clare Mackintosh.

If we were having coffee... I would tell you that I ran a 10-mile race yesterday! I'm hoping to recap it soon but I ran the GW Parkway Classic, a beautiful race that starts at George Washington's Mount Vernon and ends in Old Town Alexandria, running along the Potomac on the tree-lined GW Parkway the entire race. The concrete was hard on my knees but I had so much fun at this race.

This race was a little bit of a wake-up call for me. I don't know that I'm in shape for the 26.2 I have planned for next month. My training hasn't really been going well and I had to cut last week's 18-miler after I got a really weird bout of vertigo 2 miles into my run. Since I had the race planned for this weekend, I knew I wasn't going to get in 20. I'm still not too sure what I'm going to do but right now I'm ok with either decision. I think I may have jumped into training a little bit too soon after Philly and the idea of running a full marathon in May and then starting training for another one in July seems like a little much right now.

If we were having coffee... I would tell you that my to-do list this week is a mile long but that I need to get through everything. From reading this month's Book Club book to a serious case of spring cleaning, I really need to get on top of things before May rolls around and summer travel starts to pick up.

Lastly, I would tell you that the 5k I'm organizing is this weekend! My goal this week is to sign up 5 new runners and there's a virtual option if you aren't in DC! I've mentioned this before but since September, I've been volunteering with an awesome organization called Bright Beginnings, a child development center for homeless children in DC. Bright Beginnings is a really incredible place that not only supports kids educationally but also helps their families in order to transition them out of homelessness. This weekend is Bright Beginning's biggest fundraiser and I'm so happy to be part of it! Registration is $30 and there's a virtual race option if you aren't in DC! If you sign up, mention that you heard about it from me and let me know! It would make my week! 

So that's what's going on in my world. What's going on in yours? 
I'm hoping to get a few more posts up this week. We'll see!
For those of you who have stuck around, thank you. It means the world!

April 10, 2017

March Recap

I felt like the month of March was endless. The Pilot typically gets his schedule around the middle of the month for the following month and last week, I asked him if he had his May schedule yet. Even with a big trip planned in the middle of the month, it didn't make the month go by any faster. 


I did start gearing up for marathon training and was really happy with how things went even juggling jet lag and a lot of really late nights at work. Other than that, March was pretty uneventful!

Here's a look at how my month went in numbers:


Miles Run: 87

Minutes of Yoga: 165

Books Read: 4

Trips Taken: 1 trip to Dubai

New Recipes Made: 7

Blog Posts Written: 9

30 Before 30 Items Completed: 0

Highlights: Escaping DC's returned winter for another awesome trip to Dubai. 

Lowlights: Jet lag.

The Month Ahead: It's already April and this month has been so much more busy than I ever thought. I'm hoping things slow down in the latter half of the month!

How did your month shape up? 
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