Showing posts from October, 2016

Lucky #5

On October 15, I ran my fifth half marathon. My last one was over a year and a half ago, and honestly, the two races couldn't have been any different.

This was the first time I ran a "destination" race--it was part of the Baltimore Running Festival which includes a marathon, 5k, and marathon relay. My friend and I went to Baltimore the night before and stayed at a hotel super convenient to the expo and start line.

Most races require you to get up at zero dark thirty--the city wants to open up streets again at a reasonable hour and the organizers want to take everything down at some point too. So most races I've run have started at 7 or 8 a.m., so marathoners can finish by noon and the half folks finish by 10 or 11 a.m.

Well, this race started at 9:45 a.m. The half marathon start line is at Mile 13 of the marathon. So the marathoners got started at 8 a.m. and merged with us when our race started. Since we were staying about 6 blocks from the start line, we had the mos…

Friday Five

It's been a hot minute, but I'm trying to get back into updating this a bit more, if anything for the time capsule aspect (I do get a kick out of reading my previous entries, no matter how mundane).

Here are five things I'm loving this unseasonably warm week in DC (OH, is this what Indian Summer is?!)

1. These pants from Old Navy. After loving a pair of straight-leg jeans I bought there last March (when I forgot to bring a single pair of pants on a trip to Houston, Hail Mary purchase FTW!), I decided I wanted some straight-leg black pants for work and play in the fall and winter. After trying pairs on from BR, Ann Taylor Loft, and J Crew, who'd a thunk that I'd LOVE the pair from Old Navy? They continue to surprise me. I haven't washed them yet, but have high hopes. I wear them with long-ish tops and cute flats. I might also pair them with my newly-purchased-but-yet-to-arrive booties.

2. Everyday Seasoning from Trader Joe's. I was never one for spice blends…

My Favorite Podcasts, Pt 2

Getting to Know You

Fresh Air: If you think of the soothing NPR voice, you're probably thinking of Terry Gross who hosts this podcast. Roughly 45 minute interviews with actors, artists, newsmakers, authors, academics. Gross is famous for her prep and being able to get right to the root of something with her guests. And the interview subjects are usually starstruck that they're talking to THE Terry Gross. I recommend listening to Amy Poehler's interview with her.

Dear Sugar: We all remember the book Wild, by Cheryl Strayed (yes, the one with the boot on the cover). This advice podcast is hosted by Strayed and Steve Almond where they answer letters they receive from listeners. Talk about soothing voices, their voices will calm any anxiety you have. It's often letters about love that they answer, but they sprinkle in a good amount of inter-personal issues.

Dear Prudence: Another advice podcast, this time from Slate. Dear Prudence has been written by several different people…