Auf Wiedersehen Deutschland – Goodbye Germany

Auf Wiedersehen Deutschland – Goodbye Germany! Whenever I say goodbye in German I automatically think of Heidi Klum at the end of a Project Runway episode.  Anyways… I’m back home (we actually returned home Friday evening).  Overall it was a fun trip despite the bum foot.

Toeing the Berlin Marathon blue line.   

Next week I’ll share my marathon planning post and my travel recaps (including all things Berlin Marathon and some exciting news I learned while I was there).  My foot is feeling much better each day, but there is still some slight pain when I flex or put weight on it.  I actually have Oiselle’s Southern Bird Camp (aka adult running camp/retreat) this weekend (planned on attending almost a year ago). What timing right? I emailed the director and told him I would likely stick to walking and if my foot does feel better, maybe work up to a mile.  Luckily there are other activities that I will be able to partake in that is not all running.  Don’t worry, I’ll make sure to ease into things.  I do not want to re-injure the foot. 

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Berlin Marathon Update

Hello from Berlin.  I have a mini update for everyone.  If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen the below picture on Wednesday morning.  What happened?!

Tuesday evening I was going downstairs to throw the trash away (gotta keep the fruit flies away).  I was on the third to last step and, for some reason, I thought it was the last one.  I stepped down, anticipating the floor, and I fell.  The top left foot bore the weight of my fall.  There were sharp pains, accompanied with loud screams, and I laid on the floor for about ten minutes.  I got up carefully and walked upstairs to ice my foot.  I told Cliff what happened and he came over to drive me to the hospital   

When Cliff picked me up it was painful to put any weight on my left foot + it was swollen.  We arrived at Georgetown University Hospital around 10:30PM and left over five hours later.  I had multiple crying episodes (including the ugly ones) while I waited for the doctor and x-rays.  The doctor said I did not have any broken or fractured bones, but I had a foot sprain.  She confirmed what I did not want to hear – no running.  It was okay to travel, but make sure to keep it easy on the foot.  

So that is that, I am not running the Berlin Marathon. We had an option of staying home since I purchased trip insurance, but once I was given the okay to travel I knew I wanted to go.  If I stayed home, I would have had a week and a half pity party.  We will enjoy our vacation and cheer on my Oiselle pals (Torrie, Sheena, Tami, Lara, Jacqui, Melinda, Lena, Jessica, Stephanie).  I know I will be a little sad come Sunday morning (all that training + years worth of excitement), but I would have been a whole lot sadder if I ran and further injured my foot. 

Forty-eight hours later, I can put weight on my left foot and walk slowly.  It is feeling a lot better, but there is some pain when I flex it or move it certain ways.  I’m hoping it will feel even better in two days so I could maybe walk in the Breakfast Run (marathon shake-out event).  My foot as of Friday morning (look away if you do not like bruising): 

Thank you for all your kind notes, messages and texts! I was planning on sharing a countdown post that discussed logistics and details of my trip/marathon weekend, but figured an update would be more appropriate. I will share it when I return. 



2016 Annapolis Running Classic A-Team + Discount!

This past May the Annapolis Running Classic team asked if I was interested in returning as an Annapolis Running Classic Ambassador Team member aka the A-Team (search #NapRunATeam on social media). Of course I accepted! 

The Annapolis Running Classic will be held on Saturday November 19, 2016.  There is a post race party with soup, beer and oysters.  I ran this race for the first time in the fall of 2013 – when I started getting into running again and blogging and again last year.  This year I signed up for the 10K, which was sold out in 2015! Below is more information about the race and a 10% discount code.  

When: November 19, 2016

Where: Annapolis, Maryland

Length: 10K or Half Marathon


Code: JENNIFERRUNNING16  for 10% OFF! 

You can find more information about the race here: 

Hope to see you there in November running the 10K or the half! 

Have you ever participated in the Annapolis Running Classic? 

Are you signed up for this year’s race? 

Disclosure: As an Annapolis Running Classic Ambassador I receive a complimentary race entry.  All thoughts and opinions on the blog are my own.

Guess Who’s Back, Back Again

Jennifer’s back, tell a friend! Sorry for the corniness I couldn’t resist a little Eminem.

I can’t believe I went (blogger) MIA! As most of you know, I started a new job in April. I thought a mini blogging hiatus may occur (mini as in a couple weeks) so I could acclimate to the new role and organization.  Well a couple weeks turned into a month, which turned into a couple months, and now five months. Don’t worry, I’m not working 24/7, I just got into the habit of not blogging.  Here is a quick recap of what I would have shared:  

Marathon Training 
Check and check! In fact, we leave for Berlin this Wednesday. I’ll share some additional details about that tomorrow.  While I’m a little sad I don’t have a week by week recap of my training, I’ve captured it in my running log I share with Mollie.  

  • I typically run 5x/week – 2 speed-type runs, 2 easy/recovery and 1 long run 
  • I think I’ve hit 90% of my workouts, not at 100%…I’ll recheck my log later
  • Long runs topped at 16 miles with multiple cycles 
  • Jennifer the “lone wolf” returned and a majority of my long runs were solo. Courtney + Leeann…I’m gonna make ARRC happen this winter 

I’ve run 9 races this year (there were some DNS due to illness and oversleeping) compared to 24 races this time last year. My fall/winter should pick up, but I should finish well below my 30+ count I had in 2015 (which was needed). 

  • April – Redskins Draft Day 5K with Laurie 
  • May – Teens Run DC 5K with Courtney and Ivey 
  • May – Frederick Half Marathon Relay with Emily
  • May – Fit Foodie 5K with my mom, Caitlin, Mar and Kathryn
  • June- Covered Bridges Half Marathon with my mom 
This year I opted out of personal training sessions and I notice a difference with my overall fitness and strength (I tire more quickly during my runs).  Those sessions held me accountable with weight and strength training and HIIT workouts.  Less weight/HIIT workouts + driving to work (sometimes) + overindulging (office snacks) = extra pounds…ugh! I’m going to reset once I get back from Berlin and touch on it more during my lessons learned.  
While I’ve been inconsistent with those workouts, I have been cross training (spinning, barre, reformer). Here are some highlights: 

Source: Pilates ProWorks Alexandria 

  • Zengo cycling and brunch with Mar
  • FlyWheel classes at their new City Center studio 
  • Tried Solidcore with Emily….ummm soo HARD! 
  • Checked out another new reformer studio in Alexandria, Pilates ProWorks.. I would describe it as Solidcore Junior
A hodge podge of fun from the past few months: 
  • Celebrated Cliff’s Masters graduation from Georgetown in May 
  • Traveled to Austin for a wedding…I use to babysit the bride…who has completed multiple Ironmans! We stayed at the Lakeway Resort and Spa, it was beautiful. 

  • Met Joshua Molina aka Will Bailey (West Wing) aka David Rosen (Scandal) at the airport, he was so nice
  • Attended Oiselle Happy Hour and BBQ <-which included horses and donkeys! 
  • Went to the Kennedy Center for the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) Pops House of Cards in Concert
  • Visited my good friends in Richmond and met their adorable pug
  • Started bullet journaling 
  • Saw the new Jason Bourne movie at Atlantic Plumbing Theater in the Shaw neighborhood of DC.. so nice! 
  • Watched Game of Thrones, Polo, Sopranos, Stranger Things and Narcos 
  • My bangs are back
Of course…I would not leave this out 🙂 Unfortunately my beloved Samsung 4 died on me a few weeks ago, so I lost a lot of my photos (they were not backed up to the cloud)..for now.  So alot of my food and running pics are temporarily missing.  

  • Ate oodles of (ramen) noodles at Chaplins and Haikan…the latter is owned by the same team at Daikaya 
  • Had a delicious dinner at Tail Up Goat – which was nominated as one of the Best New Restaurants of 2016. If you go try the lamb, you will not regret it.  
  • Discovered Takorean right by my DC office and one is opening up in my neighborhood soon
  • Tried District Taco for the first time ever with Kelly 

Okay, that is a wrap! My goal is to make blogging a habit again, I missed it! I am going to aim for at least two posts a week and increase it if I can.. I have so much content I like to share.  

Shoutout to Julie for her first half post baby, Kathryn on her RnR Philly PR, and Cynthia and Tracy’s Ironman 70.3 Atlantic City finish.  Also congrats to Brittney on finishing her first 20 mile training run for Chicago.  Check out her hilarious Instagram post on how to make an ice bath without any ice. 

What are you training for this fall? 

How how was your summer? 


Catching Up!

Hi Hi – Happy Monday!  I was on a blogging roll for a couple of weeks, then it got a little quiet around here.  I thought I would catch you all up: 

  • The Kwanzan cherry blossoms are in bloom.  Aren’t they pretty?  I prefer them over the Yoshino cherry blossoms. Thanks to Mandy for the Blossom 101 🙂
  • Work has been crazy the past two weeks..hence the lack of blogging, replying, commenting, and running 🙁 
  • Why so bananas? I gave my two weeks because I HAVE A NEW JOB! Same industry/job, new company. 
  • Today was my first day and I learned the company reimburses employees three running races (up to $30 each) <–Ummm… awesome!
  • In local news, read the cutest post today -> 90-Something Book Lovers Go On A Blind Date At Politics & Prose

I may be a little slower to respond/post the next couple of weeks…didn’t want to leave you all hanging.  

CONGRATS to all the Boston Marathoners!! 


Friday Five – Favorite Water Bottles

Happy Fri-yay! I’m en route to Cincinnati, Ohio – my first time in the Buckeye State! Cliff’s cousin is having her wedding reception this weekend so we are road tripping there (yes we like to drive haha).  Today I am sharing five of my favorite water bottles (non-running) and linking up with Mar, Courtney, and Cynthia.  Totally counts under the theme of food + drink, right? 😉 

1. S’well + S’ip by S’well Bottles 

S’well water bottles have been popping up everywhere the past couple of years. They keep drinks cold for 24 hours and hot for 12 hours + they do not sweat. I love mine and use it in the office.  A couple of weeks ago I was pleased to find out that the company rolled out a new line at Target called S’ip by S’well.  They hold 15oz and come in a variety of prints (note – the website says the bottles will keep drinks at the right temperature, but does not specify the time like S’well).  

I picked up these..and no they are not all for me.  I am keeping the pineapple one 🙂 

2. Lululemon Glass Water Bottle

Cliff bought me a Lululemon Glass Water Bottle (has a rubbery sleeve) – I usually rotate this between the office and barre class, my co-workers probably think I have a problem 😛 How many water bottles can a girl have? 

3. Nuun Water Bottles 

I do like picking up the commemorative Nuun bottles – I have ones from New York, Chicago, Marine Corps and Shamrock. They bring back many memories when I use them (usually during spin class).  


4. O2COOL Mist ‘N Sip Water Bottle 

A couple years ago my brother bought me an O2COOL Mist ‘N Sip water bottle for Christmas. Part water bottle and part mister, there is a trigger that squirts mist.  I’ve brought this along for hikes during the summer months.  

5. Whole Foods Wide Mouth Water Bottle (BPA Free) 

Last year I purchased this water bottle at the Whole Food’s flagship store in Austin, Texas. It holds 32oz of water and I like using it for hot yoga. 


I do have a bunch of freebie water bottles from races and running stores sitting in my kitchen cupboards…I should use the KonMarie Method and throw them out (I just finished The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese art of decluttering and organizing by Marie Kondo).  

Do you have multiple water bottles? 

What is your favorite? (Running or non-running) 



Running the USA + DC

Yesterday I had dinner with my friends Nathasha (check out her blog Running the States) and Emily.  You probably remember them from my Charleston and Philadelphia Love Run recaps (Rehoboth coming soon).  It it always super fun catching up with them – life, work, travel, and of course running! We have some 2017 plans sketched out that I am very excited about, one that hopefully includes a west coast visit. Okay, Jennifer…so how is this related to this post? 

PS – Thanks to the Mar for the map hookup! 
PPS – Thanks to Kathleen for proofing my map 🙂

One of my lifetime goals is to run a half or full in every state, so a lot of our chit chat revolved around races in different states (Nathasha also has the same goal…hence her blog title).  I’ve alluded to it in the past, but never wrote a post about it until now.  So far I have run 4 marathons and 25 half marathons, but have only covered 9 states and the District of Columbia (repeat states). 

States completed are shaded in blue and states planned for 2016 are shaded in grey.  I have a 50 States tab in my header that will keep track of my progress and point to my race recaps (tagging them is a work in progress).  I have a wish list spreadsheet, but always interested to hear what others have done and their recommendations.  

Do you have any race recommendations? (specially for the states in white) 

Do you have the same or similar goal? 

2016 St. Pat’s Run 5K Race Recap

St. Patrick’s Day races – they are always fun and festive. Pacers Running typically hosts their St. Patrick’s themed race the first weekend of March in Washington, DC. 

Image: Pacers Running

I’ve participated in their races for the past two years: 

Last year was the inaugural running of the 5K and 10K.  The course was moved from Pennsylvania/Capitol area to the Mall/Tidal Basin.  You may recall it was snowing last year – which made the course a bit treacherous towards the end. 


I wanted a second chance at the Double (run the 5K followed by the 10K) since my 10K was a bit of a disaster last year.  

Packet Pickup

Per usual I picked up my bib at my local Pacer’s store the Friday before the race.  I went after work and was in and out in less than 10 minutes (which included picking up my friend’s bibs).  This year runners could opt out of a technical shirt and choose a $10 Pacers gift card during registration – yes please! This girl did not need another shirt 🙂 

Race Goals (“A” least probable and “C” most probable)

The St. Pat’s race would serve as a tune up/training run for the Gate River Run 15K, which was held the following weekend.  

  • A – 1:47:50 or 11:34 min/mile <- my 2015 Clarendon Day Double total) 
  • B – 1:52:10 or or 12:03 min/mile <- my 2015 St. Pat’s Day Double total) 
  • C – 1:56:15 or or 12:30 min/mile  

My overarching goal for the race was to run consistent splits for both the 5K and 10K, which is why I used a total time goal.  I thought I would finish somewhere between my “A” and “B” goals, based on my recent training runs. 

St.Pat’s 5K and 10K

Crossed out 10K, what happened?! The night before the race I had some stomach cramps, ugh.  There was no change the next morning, what is a girl to do?  I popped some Advil and walked downtown. Sometimes exercise makes the cramps go away, so I figured I would give the 5K a shot and reassess how I felt afterwards.  

Everyone magically appeared! I love all the green. 

I  met up with my friends, Susan, Jenn and Brett<–photo cred, thanks! 

The race started at 8:15AM and followed the same course as last year – west on Independence Avenue, pass the Memorial Bridge, around the Tidal Basin and back to the Mall (same finish area as Cherry Blossom – hill included). 

Image: Pacers St. Pats 5K

Ready for the start! I saw Colleen and her daughter Avery right after I crossed the starting mat.  

I ran the first mile with Brett (who ended up with a PR) and saw Colleen and her daughter a After the turnaround, I told him to run ahead without me.  

  • Mile 1: 12:00 Twelve-zero-zero, how cool is that….my tummy 🙁
  • Mile 2: 12:21  Yeah…it’s not going away
  • Mile 3: 12:27 Want to curl up in a fetal position

The cramps did not go away.  It was one of the races in which I was looking at my Garmin the entire time – wanted it to be over (and I love this course).  Jenn met me on top of the “hill” and I even had to walk a little bit before heading downhill.  I finished with an official time of 38:49 or 12:30 min/mile (funny..right where I wanted to be).  

My body was going to fight me if I ran the 10K, so I collected my 5K medal (new this year) and went home.  

Final Thoughts 

  • Thank you Mother Nature for no snow/ice/sleet. 
  • love that Pacers now offers a $10 gift certificate in lieu of a technical shirt (which was cute). 
  • Different color bibs for 5K, 10K and Double runners. 
  • Another well organized event. 
  • There were medals for all participants this year (they were only given to Double participants last year).  5K or 10K runners received the medal shown above.  Double runners received an additional medal.  
  • Flat, fast course – PRs are made here. 
  • Free photos by Swim Bike Run Photography
  • There is also a kid’s dash.  

 Maybe third times a charm? I’m gonna get you next year St. Pat’s Double! 

Did you run the Pacers St. Pat’s 5K or 10K? 

Are you running any Doubles this year? 

Covered Bridges Half Training Week 2-3/28-4/3

Woah, how is it April already?! This week was filled with loads of runs and fun. 

Image: Covered Bridges Half Marathon 

One of the highlights….if you click on the left picture I made the Meb Selfie! 

Monday 3/28 – 5 miles | 12:40 min/mile + 6 x 100 meter strides

Downtown DC route – this time I ran clockwise towards the Capitol, with an average of 12:40 min/mile (12:49, 12:38, 12:39, 12:41, 12:34).  Completed 6 x 100 meter strides on Pennsylvania…legs were tired. 

Tuesday 3/29 – Rest Day 

Foam rolling and stretching. 

Wednesday 3/30 – 4 miles | 12:43 min/mile 

Recovery run out and back towards the Shaw neighborhood.  Average 12:43 min/mile (12:45, 12:43 ,12:46 ,12:39).  Based on that, I probably could pick it up a bit for my Monday workouts.  

Thursday 3/31 – Rest Day

Missed barre this week, but was able to attend an event hosted by Potomac River Running Arlington.  Meb, oh you know the 2014 Boston Marathon winner + Olympian + Team USA 2016, was in town for the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler and was the guest speaker.  I arrived close to 5:30PM and (finally) met my blogging buddy, Kim (we proceeded to run into each other on Friday and Sunday).  

I attended the event with my friend Emily, her co-worker Olamide, and the Oiselle ladies.  If you ever get an opportunity to see Meb, you should! He is such a great speaker and inspiration.  

Friday 4/1 – Rest Day

Did a little shuffling with my schedule this week since I had the Marine Corps Marathon 17.75K and Cherry Blossom 5K this weekend. I took some PTO (paid time off) so I could volunteer at the Cherry Blossom Expo (volunteers receive guaranteed entry for the next year).  

I signed up for t-shirt exchange…which happened to be right by Meb! Funny, right?! 

Afterwards I met Cliff for some sushi at Raku.  I thought Cliff’s dish was super pretty.   

Saturday 4/2 – 7 miles | 14:17 min/mile + 4 mile recovery 

I signed up for the Marine Corps Marathon 17.75K and holy moly hills! With Kelly pre-race.  

I had a 7 mile long run on the schedule, so I decided to use the first 7 miles as my long run and the last 4 miles as recovery.  Those miles were tough! I had to walk several of the inclines, I finished with an average of 14:17 min/mile (13:41, 14:38, 13:42, 12:57, 16:15, 14:15, 14:30).  Recap to come! 

Sunday 4/3 – 3.1 miles | 14:26 min/mile

A chilly/windy day for the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler and 5K – recap to come as well.  I let Cliff take the lead and we mixed it up with some running and walking.  The last mile we had a consistent run/walk ratio of 1:1 and during those 60 seconds of running we were in the low 9s or 10s – Cliff can sprint!  This was a nice confidence booster that I shared with my coach. I’ve usually been in the 11s when I run my pickups, so this told me I may be holding back a bit.  We finished with an average of 14:26 min/mile (14:54, 15:14, 13:16).

After a post 5K brunch, I visited my parents and picked up my ROLL 8 Recovery (I talked about it during my Friday Five). Looks scary, but it definitely felt good on my tired legs.   Review/video to come. 

Weekly Total:  23.1 miles | 4 Runs

Year to Date: 220.86 miles | 43 Runs

How was your weekend? 

Have you ever met a running “star”? 

Friday Five – Recovery Tools and Gadgets

Happy Friday!  When I started running again (consistently) in 2013 – I was introduced to the wonderful topic of recovery. You mean recovery is more than a few stretches and lying in bed?! 😉 Today I am sharing five of my recovery tools and gadgets and linking up with Mar, Courtney, and Cynthia. Note: These are not affiliate links – just haven’t joined the program to do so (yet).  

1. Rolling Rolling Rolling 

Image: TriggerPoint

I started off with a foam roller – ouch it hurt so good. Eventually the foam roller was not dense enough for me.  My gym carried a few TriggerPoint GRID foam rollers and I fell in love.  

2. Massage Stick

Image: RPI Sprinter Stick 

A couple years ago, my brother gifted me with a similar looking massage stick for Christmas.  I wasn’t sure if I would put it to good use because I already had a foam roller, I was mistaken.  The stick is a little more portable than the foam roller.  I keep mine in my office and I can discreetly massage my legs while I’m sitting at my desk.  

3. I’m a Baller!  

Image: TriggerPoint

Haha I couldn’t resist with that title.  The massage ball is fairly new to me – I was introduced to it during physical therapy this past fall/winter.  It is a good way to get into those knots/areas that a foam roller cannot dig into.  I have a TriggerPoint Massage Ball, but lacrosse or tennis balls work as well. 

4. Stretch it Out 

Image: Valeo Stretch Bands 

I started using stretch bands to help with my…can you guess….stretching.  You often find them in pilates, yoga or barre studios.  They are pretty inexpensive and can also be used for arm workouts.  

5. ROLL Recovery 8

Image: ROLL Recovery

The ROLL Recovery 8 is a deep tissue massage roller.  Kinda scary looking huh? I heard so many good reviews about it, so I decided to order one last week (a belated birthday treat myself moment).  Once I pick it up from my parent’s house I will post a review of it.  Can’t wait to try it! 

Do you use any of these recovery tools? 

What do you use?