Iceland Adventures Part 3: South Coast

Of all the things we planned to do in Iceland, I was most looking forward to our trip to the South Coast to hike some waterfalls and a glacier. The glacier hike was by far the thing I was most excited about┬ábecause I imagined there wouldn't be many opportunities for me to do that again. Given that the South Coast was a bit of a drive from the city of Reykjavik, Meghan and I woke up on the earlier side Thursday morning to grab some hotel breakfast and hop the shuttle that would take us on … [Continue reading]

Iceland Adventures Part Two: Reykjavik, Fontana and Northern Lights

Of all the days of our trip to Iceland, Wednesday was the only one where Meghan and I had a chance to sleep in. After our exhausting 36+ hour day on Tuesday, we figured we'd need all the sleep we could get. But with the time difference we woke up at 8 a.m. anyway. After grabbing breakfast in our hotel, we set out to explore the rest of the city of Reykjavik. Reykjavik is a pretty small city, so everything we wanted to see was within a 15 to 20 minute walk. That made it easy for us to … [Continue reading]

Iceland Adventures Part 1: Reykjavik and the Golden Circle

I'm back from my four-day trip to Iceland, and I'm already itching to book another cheap flight back to see all the things I didn't get to see this time around. Iceland was a stunning country. Getting the chance to see all that raw, natural beauty is like something I will probably never see anywhere else in the world. I figure the easiest way to recap this trip is to break it up into separate posts by day like I did for my Japan and Ireland trips. So here's how our first day … [Continue reading]

My Brother’s Philly Wedding

This past weekend I was in Philadelphia with my family to celebrate my younger brother's wedding. I got into town Friday afternoon just in time for the rehearsal at the church, and I have to admit the whole weekend was such a whirlwind of fun that I woke up Sunday morning wondering how it was all over already. The rehearsal itself was a little bit on the earlier side, so afterward my brother and his now-wife hosted a happy hour back at the hotel bar for guest coming in from out of … [Continue reading]

Rock N Roll DC Half Marathon Recap

Well I survived. After a broken training cycle because of my foot injury, I wasn't sure what to expect of this race. I missed about three weeks of training, and my longest run pre-race was only nine miles. So the night before the race, I went to bed a big bundle of nerves. I just didn't have a great feeling about the race, plus it was only going to be in the low 20s at the start of the race -- easily one of the coldest days we've had all winter in DC. Because the DC Metro is a hot … [Continue reading]

Honky Tonkin’ in Nashville

Last year, I made it a priority to travel to a bunch of new places I'd never been. I had so much fun that I decided I wanted to continue making travel and exploring new places a priority this year too. When my best friend found out she was going to be on a six-week work assignment in Nashville, I knew that had to be one of the places I visited this year. I found the one and only free weekend I had the entire month of March, snagged a cheap flight, and Hadass and I jetted off to the land … [Continue reading]

Books I Read in January and February

Man it's been ages since I've done a good book review post, and I'm so excited that I actually have time to read again and can write posts like this again. They're truthfully some of my favorite to write. I'm going to try to get back on track and do these monthly, but for now, here's a quick look at what I read during the first two months of the year. Books I read in January The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney This was an awesome book that I couldn't put down. I read most of it … [Continue reading]

RnR DC: Two Weeks Out

When I hurt my foot earlier this year, I got out of the habit of writing weekly recaps of my training for the Rock N Roll DC Half Marathon. There's not a whole lot to write about when you're stuck in a walking boot. But since the boot came off a few weeks ago, I've been slowly and steadily building my running back up. It hasn't been easy, and I will admit, it's definitely disheartening to have my training be such a struggle these days after it started out so strong in early … [Continue reading]

Cross-training and Treadmill Running

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So remember how last week I said I was going to simulate all my runs on the elliptical and see how things went with my foot? I started out last Monday with all the best intentions -- in fact, I tortured myself with 45 minutes on the elliptical that night. It was double-y depressing because we had some gorgeous weather here in DC, but instead of being outside, I was stuck in a basement on an elliptical. To reward myself for surviving 45 minutes on the machine from hell, I snuck over to … [Continue reading]

Foot Update and Half Marathon Considerations

Well after two weeks in a walking boot, things seem to be getting moderately better on the foot front. Last week, I had orders from the doctor to try walking around my house without the boot on. I tried it out first on Wednesday and did not have a good experience. There was still more pain than I thought there should be, and of course, that made me really question whether or not I'd be able to do the half marathon in March. But then by Friday, things seemed to be a little bit better. I … [Continue reading]