Running the Vegas Strip

Man I can't believe I've been back from my Las Vegas vacation for a week already, and I'm just getting to write about it now. I feel like my schedule has been pretty much insane since the last weekend of January, so it was really nice to have a vacation on the calendar where the plans were to sit by the pool and go to the Backstreet Boys concert. Yes, that's right. I went to Vegas to see the Backstreet Boys residency, and it was amazing. This was my first time ever in Vegas, and … [Continue reading]

Stripes’ MilestonePod Review

You may remember a little ways back when I did a review of the MilestonePod -- a small device you attach to your shoe when you're running that gives you data on your foot strike patterns, cadence, etc. I enjoyed using the MilestonePod and ran with it for a while on several pairs of shoes (and then forgot to replace the battery when it died). My friend Stripes (who you might remember from when I spectated his Ironman) read my review and talked to me about the device, and then decided to … [Continue reading]

Dailey Method Battle of the Boy Bands Spin Class

This weekend was the first time in more than two months that I had a free Saturday morning. My schedule has been bananas since the end of January, so I was ready to embrace my low-key day. My big plans were to get up and work out. I originally thought about a long run, but I poked around on ClassPass and found a Dailey Method class called Battle of the Boy Bands. BSB concert in 2011 I signed up immediately. This was my first Dailey Method class, so I wasn't totally sure what … [Continue reading]

Books I Read in March

Hi friends! It's a gorgeous sunny day here in Washington, D.C., and I have so much fun stuff I'm looking forward to sharing with you this week. I tried a couple of new (to me) workouts this weekend, and I have a guest post from one of my friends that I think you'll enjoy! But before we get too far into the month of April, I want to make sure to share my book recap from March. I read more books in March than I realized thanks in part to having five and half hours on an airplane home from … [Continue reading]

Iceland Adventures Part 4: Blue Lagoon

Our last day in Iceland was spent relaxing in the Blue Lagoon. After several days of being on the go nonstop, I was looking forward to a nice relaxing day of soaking in the Blue Lagoon before catching our flight back home to DC and then getting a good night's sleep in my own bed. The Blue Lagoon is one of the more touristy geothermal spas in Iceland. It sits on a lava field about 20 minutes from the airport, making it an ideal destination either right after you get off a flight or right … [Continue reading]

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 because 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]