Congratulations to all of you who ran the Boston Marathon on Monday!  My friends Steph, Brian and Christine ran on Monday and I am very proud of all of them! I am happy/relieved that Boston went off without a hitch…thank goodness.  I ran Boston once… back in 2011… with Mary (she has run 3 Boston Marathons).  It was such an amazing experience.  Its not just the race itself…but it is the entire weekend…the whole vibe of the city of Boston…EVERYTHING is about the marathon that weekend. It is pretty awesome.  Maybe one day I’ll be back there again. I hope so.  I am at a weird stage right now…trying to decide if I want to run another marathon next year or not. Alternatively I would take the year off…focus on shorter races (namely half marathons) to gain speed and enjoy other forms of exercise (haha). I know that deep inside I would miss the marathon if I took the year off. Good thing is that I have some time to think…


The above picture I am running across the finish line.  Down below I am at the beginning of the marathon with Mary still.  We split apart at around mile 10 if I remember correctly?


Last weekend I spent the weekend in Baltimore with Harry for Easter. I LOVE LOVE LOVE visiting Baltimore.  I went to college there and miss it so very much.  It is always nice going back to pay a visit.  I surprised Harry with a couples massage. He would kill me if he knew I wrote this on my blog.  I guess this is a test to see if he reads my blog or not. he he he. Even though he put up a fight…he really enjoyed it. muhahaha.  I feel like all guys love massages and feminine things but are just too afraid to admit it!


I also took my first selfie…which is ALL THE RAGE nowadays, huh?  Usually I dont touch the things in the hotel rooms but this time I opened up a bottle of wine as soon as I got there (I was a bit stressed out–long story). Mini bottle. 10 dolla…worth it. You like my new shirt? I got it from Athleta. I love it.  I like to wear workout clothes and pretend they are normal people clothes.


The hotel sent us a bottle of wine (wish I hadn’t opened up that other bottle when I saw this), cheese, sparkling water and fruit to our room just because they felt like it. How nice.

Harry and I went to Thames Street Oyster House for dinner on Friday night.  I love it there.  I love the atmosphere in the restaurant and the food is awesome.  I also love that it is right by the water in Fells Point…so relaxing…especially on a nice night/day.


Harry and I went to a TRX class in Canton. We both had dabbled in it here and there but never took a class. The instructor was really great and it was a good workout.  I like the idea of using your own body weight.  I wish places around my home had TRX but no one does :(


I physically cannot go to Baltimore without going to Vaccaro’s for PB Fudge Gelato. Can’t do it.


Abbey Burger Bistro is another awesome place in Baltimore.  Its in Fed Hill tucked away in a little alley.  My four years at college I must have walked by this place hundreds of times and never noticed it. Its a shame because its awesome.  They have about a zillion different burger options (you can create your own too) and a lot of good beers too.  Harry and I had dinner and stayed around for awhile sipping on some brews. For once I didn’t get my standard Blue Moon.


On Easter morning I went on a long and relaxing run alone.  It was quiet in Baltimore (well except for the others getting their morning workouts in) which was a nice change of pace in Baltimore (you should have seen how crowded the inner harbor was during the day).  I started at the Inner Harbor and ran towards Fort McHenry and then towards Canton. About 9 miles in total.  Perfect pre-stuff-your-mouth-with-Easter-Brunch-Workout.


Harry and I met one of my best friends from college, Lauren, and her boyfriend for brunch at B&O. They had a buffet and it was awesome. Almost too much to choose from. Just kidding.


Question 1: Did you ever run Boston before or did you know anyone who ran it this year?

Question 2: Have you ever been to Baltimore before? If so, what are your favorite places to go there?

Question 3: What did you do for Easter? (if you celebrate Easter that is)

Question 4: Have you ever tried TRX before? Thoughts?



Happy Marathon Monday!  Congratulations to everyone who participated in the Boston Marathon today.  The Boston Marathon is an incredible experience and I am a little sad that I did not sign up to run this year.  It was exciting to track friends who were running and of course to see the performances of the elite runners…Meb…is amazing.

I hope everyone had a nice weekend.  Mine was full of good times with family and food!  Last week I had Thursday and Friday off of work which was very nice.  One day I met my sisters for a bike ride and lunch in Philly.  We had a great time and it was nice to be riding again outside.  After lunch, we decided to trek out to Handel’s Ice Cream for some of my favorite ice cream!  Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie & Graham Central Station…you can’t get better than that!  Their ice cream is to die for.  It’s probably a good thing that I live far away from Handel’s; otherwise, I would probably be there a few times a week.
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Over the weekend I went bike riding again!  I rode around 25 miles with Todd and Evan.  I love biking but I just don’t do it nearly as much as I run.  It’s more involved than running so maybe that’s why.  I really would like to keep biking on a regular basis though!

This weekend I made Olive Oil Cake with whipped cream and candied hazelnuts for Easter dessert as well as my favorite banana bread for Easter brunch!



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If you have not made that banana bread yet, you cannot wait any longer!!  Honestly, the best.


Like I said, my weekend was full of food.  We also went to one of my favorite restaurants, Steve & Cookies, where I had crabs and spaghetti and warm Fruit Crisp with vanilla ice cream.  True Easter dinner right there!

Aside from eating, biking, and running, I also got to spend some time with 3 little doggies.  Riley loves to cuddle!


I know this post is long, but I do have a delicious and healthy recipe to share with you too!  Last week, I made a new recipe for Mexican Quinoa. At least I ate something healthy in the past week…


Mexican Quinoa
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Serves: 4-6
This recipe is very healthy and high in protein from the quinoa and beans. It is a one pot meal and so simple to put together. Top with creamy cheese, guacamole, and crushed tortilla chips and you have yourself a delicious meal!
  • 2 teaspoons of oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 jalapeños, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed well and drained
  • 1¼ cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 can (1½ cups) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 quarter of a lime, juiced
  • To serve: salsa, shredded cheese (I used Monterey Jack), avocado/guacamole, crushed tortilla chips, sour cream, chopped scallions, and more chips and salsa on the side!
  1. Add oil to a medium-sized pot set over medium heat. Add garlic and jalapeños; cook just until fragrant (about a minute).
  2. Add quinoa, broth, beans, tomatoes, and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and let simmer for 25 minutes, or until quinoa is cooked and liquid is absorbed.
  3. Remove from heat; stir in cilantro and lime juice. Spoon into bowls and serve with desired toppings.


What did you do this weekend?

Have you ever ran Boston?  What year?  
I ran Boston in 2010, 2011, and 2012!

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