I’m so excited for 2017 because all of my reality television shows are back, but more excited to crush some new goals. I made it one year injury free and have continued to run. I am so proud of how far I’ve come and I really look forward to where I’m going. As you already know, I’m running a half marathon this spring. I’m hoping to run four by 2018! A couple other important goals I have for 2017 is to continue living a healthy lifestyle, start practicing yoga more, posting more recipes on the blog, and a couple other personal goals I have set.
I spent New Years in Washington, D.C. with Kyle. We visited my brother and enjoyed some time exploring. It was a very low-key trip and I had so much fun. We didn’t have any set plans, or expectations. We just decided to spend some time together before the New Year!
I wanted to fit a long run in before our trip. I knew I wouldn’t run in D.C. and I couldn’t pass up the sixty degree weather in Charlotte. I ran through uptown, hopped on Little Sugar Creek Greenway, through Freedom Park, down Park Road, and finally onto Woodlawn. It was a beautiful run and it felt great. Sometimes running is enjoyable and sometimes I hate it. That’s the beauty of running. My headphones had a short in them, so they didn’t work the entire run. I’ve never ran more than a mile without my headphones. I don’t know what came over me, but I ran without them and it ended up being one of my best runs. I’ll never run without my headphones again because I love music, but I was still impressed with myself. It’s all about mindset. Most of my run was uphill, minus the 7:20 minute mile. The last mile was the hardest because I ran up a never ending hill in the back neighborhoods! This route was awesome for training! I can’t wait for Thursday because my running buddy gets back from Europe!
Becca picked me up on Woodlawn and we headed to the mall. She needed an outfit for the night and I went for the coffee! I had a Acai Pomegranate EBOOST Natural Energy Powder when we got there. It was so refreshing after that run! Before I left the mall, I had a skim latte with three shots of espresso.
I was so hungry later in the afternoon, so we stopped at Mac’s Speed shop. I ordered some plain smoked wings.
I really wanted a new jacket from the Nike store, so I headed to the outlets on Thursday morning. I had my eyes on a jacket for months. It was $160 when I first saw it, and I almost bought it. I saw that it was on sale for $75, so I headed out to get it! 🙂
Sometimes waiting for sales is the smart way to go! Before I went to the outlets, I a did a quick gym circuit and then grabbed a latte at the Sunflour Baking Co!
I had dinner with Becca at Tupelo Honey Thursday night. We started with the delicious brussels sprouts.
I had grilled, marinated flat iron steak, with Appalachian corn soufflé and basil butter green beans.
When it actually comes out medium rare…makes me so happy!
I spent Friday getting ready for the trip. I had to drop the pups off at my parents and get them situated, pack, and then meet Kyle uptown at four to head out. I also love power cleaning before trips so I can come home to a perfectly clean house! We got caught in a little bit of traffic, so we decided to stop at Panera bread for dinner. I did the pick-two salad and soup combo. I had the fuji apple chicken salad with added steak, no cheese, and avocado added. I did vegetarian creamy tomato soup on the side.
We go tto D.C. at 11pm and decided to go straight to bed. We were so exhausted.
I go to Table Talk every time I’m in D.C. It’s the cutest little breakfast spot in Alexandria and it’s a tradition. Karlee was working, so we met my brother there. I ordered fresh cantaloupe, two eggs, and home fries.
Kyle and I had no plans for the day, so we just decided to walk and go wherever we felt like. I felt like some Killer E.S.P. coffee.
We walked in and out of the Old Town Alexandria shops.
We walked down to the waterfront to look at the views.
My favorite ♥
We hopped on the Metro and headed towards Georgetown.
We walked across the bridge and all the way down to Baked and Wired. There was a huge line, so we ditched that idea. I couldn’t believe the line! I’ve never seen that before.
We headed back to Alexandria to get ready for New Years Eve at my brothers.
I brought snacks from Whole Foods and a gluten free pizza. I brought Nut-Thins, jalapeño hummus, cucumber, guacamole, chips, salsa, mixed nuts, and some cookies.
We didn’t plan the matching outfits, but it was kind of funny. T.C had about twenty people over and we all played Fibbage. It was such a fun game! Everyone in the room plays from their cellphones, but it all shows up on the T.V.
We headed up to the rooftop to watch the fireworks a couple minutes before midnight.
Wouldn’t be New Year’s without the cliche kiss.
I had so much fun NYE! Kyle and I left the party and headed back to our hotel after the fireworks.
I woke up at 7am to get in a workout before Kyle woke up. I did this circuit twice and then did some deep stretching! This is a workout you can do right in your living room.
After getting cleaned up, Kyle and I headed to breakfast at Le Pain Quotidien.
I ordered the salmon and scallion egg-white omelet.
It also came with gluten free toast.
Le Pain Quotidien has the BEST coffee.
Kyle and I were on the hunt for new Nikes.
And we found some 🙂 My feet look huge in this photo, but I promise it’s the angle haha! I’m a nine!
We tried Baked and Wired again, but LINE! Ugh. We got a quick bite to eat at Dean & Deluca. I had a chicken kabob and lemon kale salad.
Their green juice was so good! Kyle even liked it, and he usually hates my green juices. The pear was the game changer.
We decided to walk down to the White House. We didn’t feel like doing all the monuments on this trip, because we’ve both done it plenty of times, but visiting the White House is always fun. I love the people watching.
We stopped at this little cafe called the “Market” to grab hot chocolates on our way to the White House.
I loved how quiet D.C. was. The cold winter sunset was beautiful.
There was a lot of construction going on for Trump’s inauguration. They’re building a giant platform in front of the White House and it reminded me of something from The Hunger Games. I guess he’s heading to the White House for a final speech after the inauguration at the capital building.
The Eisenhower Executive Office building is one of my favorite buildings in the U.S.
After stopping at the White House, we headed to the Metro so we could go back and get ready for dinner.
We walked down Old Town to meet T.C. & Karlee for dinner.
I loved all of the lights in the trees 🙂
Virtue Feed & Grain is one of my favorite Alexandria spots.
I ordered a salad with grilled chicken. My salad had chopped pears, avocado, spinach, kale, goat cheese, and honey mustard vinaigrette on the side.
I ordered a salad so I could have ice cream for dessert! Kilwins is one of my favorite spots for ice cream and pistachio almond is my favorite flavor in the entire world. I just found out that they have a Kilwins thirty minutes from me! I’m going to have to pick up some pints for the freezer.
Kyle and I woke up at 7am on Monday morning so we could head back to Charlotte. I had to make one last stop for coffee before taking off.
It was a quiet morning in Old Town and I loved it. I ordered a flat white at Killer E.S.P for the ride home.
I also picked up a green juice and Kate Bakes bar for breakfast.
I always get those bars when I’m in D.C.! The date flavor is my favorite.
Kyle enjoyed making a series of “What are you doing” snaps of me on this trip. I might have to collab them for your entertainment. We got back around 5pm and I couldn’t wait to see the pups! I made a latte and sat down on the couch with them for a movie! I had the best weekend ever 🙂
Questions for you!
- What did you do for NYE?
- Any fun January plans?
- Did you watch The Bachelor last night? – I did not want Nick to be the Bachelor, but it looks like it’s going to be a good season. So far I like Vanessa, Brittany and Rachel!