This weekend was one for the books. It was equal parts productive, relaxing, and social.
Friday night I met my cousin for one grand finale dinner at Jaleo in Crystal City. We ordered plenty of food and sangria to fuel nearly three hours of conversation. It was fun to reminisce about the good old days when I crashed her house for several months while apartment hunting. Thank goodness for generous family or I never would have moved to D.C. in the first place!
Saturday morning I was up bright and early for no reason at all. As I had big plans for the day I decided to hold off until Sunday for my long run so I didn’t really know what to do with myself. I decided the most productive thing would be to start packing and thank goodness I did! I am not sure why I had it in my head that I could pack everything up in a day (I am so naive sometimes!) but I spent three hours cleaning out drawers and filling boxes and barely made a dent.
Before I knew it my friends arrived and whisked me away to Leesburg, VA for a day of antiquing and wine-tasting! We started at Old Luckett’s Store where we leisurely wandered from room to room taking in the mass supply of antiques that the store had to offer.
I wanted everything but resisted and walked away with only one souvenir. I purchased the cutest French-inspired step-stool that I picture Gatsby enjoying as a little bed rest beside my desk in the new apartment.
After shopping we headed to the Lost Creek Winery, a small local vineyard tucked off the main highway. We tasted 9 different wines before settling in for a late afternoon picnic. The weather was absolutely ideal and we had a blast eating, drinking, and chatting. After the food and wine was gone we had a little photo shoot before heading back to the city.
I am so grateful for LivingSocial bringing these girls into my life! It’s going to be difficult to find such great friends in Pittsburgh!
I digress…I am saving my sappy, sad posts for later this week (something to look forward to!) I went to bed early Saturday night in anticipation on Sunday morning’s long run. Fueled by wine and cheese, I knew I was in for a treat! I drove down to King Street and parked right by the water so I could run along a part of the Mt. Vernon Trail I can’t reach from my apartment.I <3 Alexandria!
The run was tough since I was not properly fueled or hydrated. I finished with just under 11 minute/miles pace and was feeling pretty frustrated. I miss the days of easy 10:00 minute/mile splits. That said, I officially completed my first week of Marathon training and didn’t skip any workouts! Woohoo!
The rest of the day was spent grocery shopping, prepping meals for the week, and of course, packing! I have 7 days left in the District and it’s really starting to hit me that this chapter of my life is coming to a close. I know the next couple of days are going to pass quickly so I am going to try to stay present and take it all in!