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”

Off the Beaten Path: Just Go Grocery-Shopping

June 8 – 12, 2015

Welcome to the game, Vivofit.
Welcome to the game, Vivofit.

1) This has been the first week of using my new Garmin Vivofit 2, and I love it. It tracks your steps, miles, and calories burned even at rest during the day and your sleep at night. Plus, it comes with an alarm if you have been sedentary for too long (except at night when you’re asleep). I really needed that since I have a desk job and a sneaking suspicion that my hip pain is from sitting too long. Also, I bought it because, living in a city that is as walkable as DC, sheer curiosity of exactly how many miles I log on foot every day eventually got to me. I went with Garmin over other brands because I am brand-loyal and Garmin made my running watch. The first day that I used my Garmin Vivofit 2, I logged about 14 miles– 10 of which were from the Baltimore 10-Miler. The second day, a Sunday spent indoors and at the pool, I dropped down to just about 7,500 steps. Monday, I met my goal of 10,000 steps, but Tuesday was the winner so far in non-running mileage: 6.45 miles walked. That’s more miles than I run midweek during marathon training. It might be no wonder why I am always feeling exhausted, and now I’m wondering if I should be shooting for at least 9 hours of sleep a night instead of my standard minimum 8 hours. Continue reading “Off the Beaten Path: Just Go Grocery-Shopping”

Off the Beaten Path: I Miss the Sun….

Photo Courtesy: Annapolis Running Classic
Photo Courtesy: Annapolis Running Classic

1) I know this post is supposed to be about all things non-running, but it’s been a slow week and this is exciting news for me. In November 2011, about three weeks after I finished my first marathon, I decided that I would run the 2011 Annapolis Running Classic Half-Marathon. Back then, I felt sort of disappointed that I had nothing more to prove when I signed up for it. I was officially a marathoner; end of story. Bucket list was one item shorter. I have no idea why I didn’t think I couldn’t keep running races, but when a friend of mine suggested that we run the Annapolis Half-Marathon, I thought, Okay, why not. Obviously, I’m glad I ran it because that was when I realized I just found my “thing.” You know, that third thing that makes someone who they are besides their trade and association. This race made me say, Why stop there? Continue reading “Off the Beaten Path: I Miss the Sun….”

Off the Beaten Path: Two Trips to Annapolis and a Tick

May 25 – 29

I’ve had a lot of race recap posts lately, partially because I’ve been racing a lot this spring. Four half-marathons, two 10-milers, and five 5Ks between March and June. So, I’m restarting my “Off the Beaten Path” posts to share updates on what else has been happening lately…besides running… Continue reading “Off the Beaten Path: Two Trips to Annapolis and a Tick”

Off the Beaten Path: Cherry Blossoms, the Flat Belly Diet, and a 30-Something Washingtonian’s Dilemma

March 30 – April 3

1) I received my first Stitch Fix over the weekend. It felt like Christmas, my birthday, and a mid-season sale all in one– absent the sore feet, crowd rage, and a sugar crash from the obligatory mall coffee drink. I’d asked my stylist to send spring dresses that could transition well from work to happy hour, and I got a long gray maxi dress (not a fan of maxis), a coral sheer blouse (too billowy), and an asymetrical navy stripe t-shirt dress (perfect but see-through). I also got these dresses: Continue reading “Off the Beaten Path: Cherry Blossoms, the Flat Belly Diet, and a 30-Something Washingtonian’s Dilemma”