Off The Beaten Path: February 24, 2017

I’m trying something new with some of my blog posts. Late last year, I brought back my old “Running and Reading” posts because I realized that I was reading a lot of great articles that I wanted to share with others. I admit, it got burdensome to keep the posts fresh and light and relevant. Most of what read, given what I do for a living and where I reside, is all political. Not necessarily one-sided, but issues-oriented. I want to steer clear of that. There’s enough of it out there, and I need a break from it, too.

Also, when I relocated to DC back in 2014, I used to write posts called “Off the Beaten Path” to update friends and family back home in Nebraska about what I was doing in DC besides “running all the time” and working my “I’m not sure what she actually does in DC” job. I attempted to revive that recently, but then I sat down to write it and realized that I really don’t have a whole lot going on right now. Or at least not enough to keep the post going and keep it interesting. I get the sense that readers gravitate toward bloggers who “keep it real” but there’s a fine line of keeping it real and oversharing that I enjoy a graceful dance with, so I could write about how I am struggling to accept where I am in life… or I can keep it on the sunny side up.

So, I’m going to try consolidating things and see how that works. Even if no one ever reads it, I swear sometimes I keep up this blog because I just really enjoy the simple art of writing. Let me know what you think! Continue reading “Off The Beaten Path: February 24, 2017”

Creative Ways to Stay Motivated During the Winter Months

Last night, I bundled up to run 3 miles across the Key Bridge into DC. It was somewhere around 36 degrees, the sun had set, and there was a breeze that felt like gale force winds once I got outside. The inevitable dilemma of wondering if I had dressed warm enough came to mind numerous times, and it went back and forth from, “I totally overdressed,” to “I definitely should have worn that fleece-lined quarter-zip instead.” It happens with winter running. Sometimes you just don’t know until you are out there, and it’s not like dressing for summer running for … Continue reading Creative Ways to Stay Motivated During the Winter Months

365 Resolutions for 2017

Happy 2017 everyone! I’m back after a couple of weeks away from blogging to spend time with my family in Nebraska and enjoy a few days of much-needed hibernation and relaxation. I hope you all had a warm and merry holiday season, and thanks for sticking with me all this time.

When it comes to the holidays, I’m the kind of person who likes to look ahead as much as I look behind me. At the holiday seasons, I always think about where I was in life at Christmas last year, 2 years ago, 5, or 10 years ago. I like to wonder where I will be, who I will be, who I will be with next year, 2 years later, 5, or 10 years down the line.

At the end of 2015, I felt like the roller coaster of life events I’d been on since 2013 was finally over and things had sort of come full circle. It wasn’t perfect, but I loved the imperfection of it because I felt secure in it. I knew it wouldn’t be easy, but I had faith that things would be okay and work out because I had already gone through some dark, empty days that felt hard for no reason at all. I was ready for a hard but meaningful and fulfilling journey that I wouldn’t trade for the world because I made the choice to stick with it no matter what, and I loved that choice.

A year later, Christmas 2016, none of the things I ended 2015 with and felt safe about exist anymore and I find myself staring down a dark, gray road surrounded by void.  Continue reading “365 Resolutions for 2017”

An Open Letter to Drivers From Runners

Hi there.

It’s been a long day, hasn’t it? I suppose that’s as much the reason why you’re rushing to get home as it is for me being out on a run right now. You’re aching to get home and shake the day off, and I’m lucky to already be out here doing just that. Shaking off my day with a run.

But the thing is, you almost hit me with your car.  Continue reading “An Open Letter to Drivers From Runners”

Putting Life in the Context of the Holiday Season

Thanksgiving Day is this Thursday, and I have no plans.

Well, that’s not true: I’m running a 5-mile Turkey Trot that morning and then coming home to cinnamon rolls and coffee and an entire day of Netflix, Christmas movies, hanging up decorations, and the turkey and cranberries with butternut squash and chestnut risotto in this week’s Blue Apron delivery. And rose. I’m gonna need a lot of that this Thursday. And then strong coffee on Friday morning because I have to work. Continue reading “Putting Life in the Context of the Holiday Season”

6 DC-Area Turkey Trots To Consider Running This Thanksgiving

I’m just going to say this because I know I’m not the only one out there thinking it: How on earth did Thanksgiving 2016 get here so fast!?!?! Maybe it’s the unseasonable warmth that has blanketed 2016 in complacency or perhaps we’ve all been a little too disconnected from reality thanks to a blistering Presidential campaign and (for some) election. Whatever the reason, we are very much overdue for a day of gratitude and giving thanks. Continue reading “6 DC-Area Turkey Trots To Consider Running This Thanksgiving”

How to Build a Home Gym In Your Studio Apartment

When you’re single, over 30, and live in a major metropolis, you find that you never completely leave that awkward phase of having to explain to friends and family in the Midwest why you’ve been here so long and haven’t bought property yet. It’s hard to do that without number-dropping: “Well, for a space about the size I am living in and for the neighborhood I’m in, a condo would be about [insert that voice used in Charlie Brown commercials when an adult speaks] million dollars.” The million dollars part is typically all they hear, even if you prefixed it with “quarter of” or “half a.” Or even if you euphemize it with “hundred thousand dollars,” they still somehow hear millions. Truth be told, I think it’s crazy to buy property here in DC when you can get a literal mansion and farm in Nebraska for the price of a 1-bedroom condo in Arlington, Virginia. And since I don’t know when or if I will leave DC, the dream of home ownership seems pretty far away for me.

One thing I know, if I ever do own my own home, is that I want a home gym. I envision having a place where I can set up a treadmill (as much as I hate them but they seem to be a reasonable compromise for when you have kids which I assume will be the reason I do venture into home ownership), a weight stand, my library of Jillian Michaels DVDs, and a few key must-haves, like a Bosu ball. Things that I can have because space is not an issue. The walls will be wallpapered with my race bibs, medal racks, some race posters, and my favorite race photos. There might even be a filtered water cooler and a ficus in the corner just for a touch of posh. Continue reading “How to Build a Home Gym In Your Studio Apartment”