moving on

I chased the sun and finally it came.

First was the Cathedral climb.
A glorious downhill to Georgetown. Then across Key Bridge.

IMG_0209Into Virginia (see the monuments peeking from across the river?)IMG_0210Back to DC.IMG_0216Through the park.
IMG_0218And finally, home.IMG_0219I couldn’t decide whether I should do 11 or 12 miles today so I compromised at exactly 11.5. I think having a Garmin can make you a little meticulous when it comes to counting miles, but the pace and elevation data is really useful. For example, I am still well aware that I suck at maintaining a solid pace when I hit a hill.

Screen shot 2013-03-19 at 8.11.25 AM

See miles 2,3, and 11? Notably slower than the rest and perfectly correlated with the climbs:Screen shot 2013-03-19 at 8.17.22 AM

I’m not expecting to fly up hills, but it’d be nice if I could get up them a little quicker. I’ve been battling with improving on hills for a while and haven’t really seen any results, so maybe I’ll just accept my uphill defeat and move on with life. This article, though, gives a few tips I hadn’t come across yet or had forgotten — shortening your stride, staying upright, staying consistent, and remembering that hill work is a form of speed work and strength training.

In other news, not going out to eat for Lent has turned Anthony and I into gourmet chefs.


Not really though. Because the great thing about tacos is you don’t need to be a culinary genius to make them delicious.

_DSC0656We held out fiesta in front of the TV while watching Anna Karenina. The movie was everything I expected: gorgeous costumes, artistically shot; but, of course, depressing and not nearly as in-depth as the book. Still, I’d give it a B!

  • What’s the last movie you saw?
  • Tips on conquering hills?
  • Salsa: medium, mild, or hot?!

Of interest:



  1. Chelsea

    I’ve always thought Virgina would be such a pretty place to live because of all the great running potential – and your pictures proved me right! The last movie I saw was The Great and Powerful Oz, and it was okay, but the last movie I saw and I LOVEd was definitely Argo. My method of conquering hills is to walk them, lol – and when it comes to salsa, it’s hotter the better!

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