Workouts This Week

3/17 Monday- Rest

3/18 Tuesday- Run 3 miles

3/19 Wednesday-Rest

3/20 Thursday- Run 4 miles

3/21 Friday- Rest

3/22 Saturday- Run 9 3 miles

9 miles was on the schedule.  It was in the 60s which is perfect running weather.  I set out for my run and it was going well, I’d planned to run on the Custis Trail down into Rosslyn and cross over the Key Bridge and then turn back.  As I was running down into Rosslyn I tripped on I’m not sure what, a crack in the sidewalk?  I scraped up my left palm but my knees are fine.  I had the water bottle strapped to my right hand so that took some of the force too.  My right hip was killing me and I wasn’t sure what was wrong so I called Zac to come pick me up.  Thankfully I was running along the road at this point and not on a remote part of the trail where a car couldn’t go.  I got home and stood in a hot shower, stretched it out a bit and then pretty much laid on the couch for the rest of the night.  My hip is still sore today (Monday) so I plan on trying the bike or the elliptical today to see if either of those help loosen it up.

3/23 Sunday- Rest

Where are you spring?

I bought a hyacinth plant to give us a dose of spring in our apartment.  It bloomed over the weekend!


Workouts This Week

3/10 Monday- Rest

3/11 Tuesday- Run 4 miles

20140311 Collage

3/12 Wednesday- Rest

3/13 Thursday- Run 3 miles

3/14 Friday- Rest

3/15 Saturday- Rest

3/16 Sunday- Run 6.5 miles

I originally had 8.5 miles on the schedule for Saturday.  We had lots of errands to do the remaining prep for my bridal shower so that didn’t happen.  I got up on Sunday with enough time to run the 8.5 miles, but the Rails to Trails trail was only plowed out to 3 miles!  I ran the extra quarter mile thinking maybe I’d get to where it was plowed again but no such luck.  My feet kept punching through the snow so I just turned back then.  With going slow on the few icy parts of the trail I ended up being out for 1 hour and 20 minutes so it was still a solid run.  My shoes were so muddy though!

20140316 Run Collage

Workouts This Week

3/3 Monday- 3 mile run

3/4 Tuesday- Rest

3/5 Wednesday- 3 mile run

3/6 Thursday- Rest

3/7 Friday- Rest

3/8 Saturday- Rest

3/9 Sunday- 8 mile run

What an awful run.  My stomach did not feel well during the run for some reason and towards the end, my right hip was hurting as well.  There was lots of walking.  I’m proud of myself for pushing through and getting the 8 miles in, although I didn’t have much choice since I had to get back somehow!  Hopefully next weeks runs are better!

20140309 Run

What I Ate Wednesday

Today is Ash Wednesday so no meat for me.  I’m headed to the 7:30 pm service tonight.

Breakfast: Smoothie

I had some fruit to use up so I threw it all into my magic bullet with a few other things and let it go. Ingredients were blueberries, strawberries, a banana, a container of toasted coconut vanilla greek yogurt and a splash of milk.

20140305 BreakfastLunch: tuna noodle salad

I like to mix a bunch of stuff into mine, today’s had onion, red pepper and celery

20140305 LunchDinner: leftover couscous and shrimp with feta and tomatoes

20140305 Dinner

Sippin’ and Paintin’

On Friday night Neha, Mo, Lauren and I redeemed our Living Social vouchers for Sippin’ and Paintin’!

We had dinner at Asia Nine before and then headed over to 918 F Street for our class.

Sip and Paint BeforeOur teacher was named Gavin.  Our first instruction was to paint the entire canvas green.  He said that painting on a stark white canvas just doesn’t turn out very well.

Then, we painted our landscape in layers.  Gavin instructed us which colors to mix together for everything and walked around to help us along the way.

Sip and Paint DuringWhen he said paint a bunch of brown in the foreground I got a little nervous that it would look ugly.  But, after waiting for it to dry and painting in the remaining few layers I am really happy with the result!

Sip and Paint FinalNow…where to hang my masterpiece?




Workouts This Week

20140222 Run

2/17 Monday- Rest

2/18 Tuesday- 4 mile run.  Outside!!! At 40 degrees we are starting to thaw out.

2/19 Wednesday-Rest

2/20 Thursday- 3 mile run and volleyball league

2/21 Friday- Rest

2/22 Saturday- 7 mile run.  60 degrees feels so nice!

2/23 Sunday- Rest

20140222 Twilight RunThoughts on the week:

I didn’t do much other than running this week.  Next week I need to get my cross training up.  I was loving the weather this week, I even wore shorts on my run on Saturday afternoon! I think I may need a change of scenery for the long runs, I’ve been running the same direction on the trail and got to a big busy intersection at my 3.5 mile turnaround.  I’ll have to look at the trail map and see where some other paths link up for my upcoming runs.

Jam and Preserve Making Class

In my continued quest to learn “old fashioned” skills and have more hobbies, I signed up for a jam and preserve making class through Living Social.

The class was held at the 918 F Street Living Social building and said that we would learn to make two different things and would take home a jar of each.  My friend Shivali was in DC for work this week so I asked if she wanted to take the class with me.

I’d never been to 918 F Street building before, but this was pretty impressive.  There are 6 floors each with different set ups for all the types of things Living Social offers there.  Our class was on the 6th floor and each workstation was set up for 2 people with ingredients waiting.

Jam Supplies

The teacher of the class was named Amy and she told us a bit about herself and what we’d be doing.  We learned we were going to be making a spiced apple chutney and a ginger vanilla pear jam.

The chutney was first so we got to chopping everything!  The chutney is more of a rough texture and Amy said it pairs nicely with a gamey meat or pork.  She also suggested using it as a filling for turnovers or mixing into your traditional apple pie filling for a twist.

Spicy Apple ChutneyIn between our batches, the Living Social workers took our pots and spoons to be washed so Amy did a demonstration on how to make cordial cherries for mixed drinks.  We got to try them at the end of the class if we wanted and they were tasty!

When everything was clean we started on the pear jam.  After you simmer the fruit until its soft, you use a stick blender to get the consistency you want.  Glad I put one of those on the wedding registry!

Pear JamHere is the finished product!  We learned that it is best to fill the jars when everything is hot and then put the top on.  As the liquid cools in the jar it helps create a seal.

Finished ProductShivali and I had a good time at the class and will definitely be making jam on our own when we run out of what we have because it was a lot easier than I thought it would be!