4th of July Weekend Fun

Long weekends go too fast. Or I just try to cram too much fun stuff into them -- this one was no exception. I ended up taking Friday off and spending the day at the pool with Emily before we headed downtown for an event at the Air and Space Museum. The museum was celebrating it's 40th anniversary and was throwing an all-night party. Emily and I got there around 9 p.m. hung out and listened to the Air Force band and then wandered around in some of my favorite exhibits. My coworker … [Continue reading]

Starting from Scratch

Hi friends. So June has been a pretty busy month for me with work and school and softball, and if you've been reading for a while, you know I had definitely struggled to find time for running last semester with school being so brutal. But now that summer semester has wrapped up and I have a few weeks of blissful freedom before the fall semester starts, I'd like to get back into some sort of a regular running rhythm. If nothing else, I'd like to be not stupidly out of shape for the five … [Continue reading]

Ireland Adventures: County Clare, Cliffs of Moher and Galway

Our last day in Ireland was the only day it ever really rained while we were there. We know we got pretty lucky to only have one real day of rain, since it rains a lot in Ireland. Our last day in Ireland was also one of our longest days. We left our hotel at 7 a.m. to board a bus to take us through County Clare and eventually to the Cliffs of Moher before dropping us in Galway to catch the train back to Dublin. I was really excited to see parts of County Clare since that is where my mom's … [Continue reading]

Ireland Adventures: Killarney and the Ring of Kerry

Friday was one of the only days of the trip where we didn't have a super early wake-up call for planned activities. So instead of sleeping in, I decided to explore Killarney National Park on a run. The entrance to the park was a short ways from the hotel, and one of the hotel employees gave me directions on how to get there and told me I'd be very safe, and I'd only have to worry about seeing very large deer. So around 6:30 a.m., I set off to explore. I ran up past St. Mary's Cathedral, … [Continue reading]

Ireland Adventures in County Cork, Blarney and Cobh

So after our three nights in Dublin, we packed our bags and hopped a train to the countryside. I was excited to get out of the city because everyone told me if you want to really see Ireland you have to get out of Dublin -- and they were all right. The Irish countryside is gorgeous and some of the places we stopped on our remaining days of the trip were just breathtaking. Our first stop on Thursday morning was Blarney Castle. Yes, yes I know it's extremely touristy, but it was totally … [Continue reading]

Ireland Adventures: Drinking and Castles In Dublin

At the rate I'm going here, I'll finish blogging about this Ireland trip by Christmas time. But seriously, it's summer and I just don't spend a lot of my free time at a computer, so apologies for the super delay between these posts. I'll try to be better about making time to write the rest of them. Anyway, we're now on day three of the trip, which was our last day in Dublin, and also the day everyone else got to Ireland. We sort of went on the trips in waves. Four of us flew over from DC … [Continue reading]

Ireland Adventures: Belfast, Giants Causeway and More Northern Ireland

Ok so where did we leave off on my Ireland adventures? I think we'd just finished up day one. So day two was definitely one of my favorite days of the whole trip. We took a day trip outside of the Republic to Northern Ireland, spending time in Belfast, Giants Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede. Quick history lesson to put this day in context: Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom. It is under British rule and is not part of the Republic of Ireland. This has caused tensions for years and … [Continue reading]

Ireland Adventures: Fun in Dublin

Well I've officially been back from Ireland for about 10 days now, and after this crazy month of travel, I think my internal clock has finally realized I'll be staying in the Eastern time zone for a while. Unlike my trip to Japan, which was very spur of the moment, this Ireland trip has been in the works for at least a year. My friends started kicking the idea around last May or June, and we started keeping an eye on flight prices in the fall. When we found round-trip tickets for $530 … [Continue reading]

Capitol Hill Class 2016

Editor's Note: I know I owe a bunch of posts on my trip to Ireland. I promise those posts are coming. It's just taking a while to go through pictures, and I'm waiting on some of my friends to upload theirs since they have some of the best ones. In other news, this morning Megan and I ran the Capitol Hill Classic 10K. We had been chatting earlier this week after our Ireland trip how we felt like we needed to do something healthy since we ate so much heavy food on the trip, and we … [Continue reading]

Back from Charleston!

Sorry to drop off the face of the Earth after telling you all about my super fun Japan trip! The end of this month got a little crazy with the end of the semester and some more crazy travel I had on my schedule. I just got back from a week in Charleston for work where I was giving a presentation at the DIG South conference. The presentation itself was on Tuesday and then I got to spend the rest of the week learning from some other really smart people at the conference. I pretty much … [Continue reading]