• active life,  mcm10k,  race recap,  races,  restaurant reviews

    MCM10K 2013 – Race Recap

    Something I heard quite a lot this weekend was, “I’m just doing the 10K.” I get it. The main event of the weekend was the Marine Corps Marathon, but really? What is with the “just?” Contrary to Nike, I didn’t wake up before dawn to just do anything! I woke up to run a 10K! With that said, the MCM10K far exceeded my expectations. I broke my PR by a lot and it was, by far, the most inspirational and emotional race I have finished in my short time as a runner. The ExpoI headed to the Expo, which was held at the DC Armory, on Thursday after work. Not much…

  • gettysburg,  other US travel,  pennsylvania,  photo essay

    {Photo Essay} Gettysburg National Military Park

     Valor (noun) – great courage in the face of danger, esp. in battle In July, I had the opportunity to visit Gettysburg National Military Park. This year marked the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg of the American Civil War. To learn more about my experience and see additional photos, please read the entry Gettysburg Day Trip from Washington DC on the Viator Travel Blog. Disclosure: Viator.com sponsored my day trip to Gettysburg, including transportation from and to Washington DC, park entrance fees and guided tours. In addition, I was compensated for creating a blog post of the Viator Travel Blog. All opinions are my own. Read my full disclosure…

  • eat and drink,  los angeles,  restaurant reviews,  wedding,  weekend getaways

    What a Weekend in LA!

    Another crazy weekend has come and gone! I left on Thursday night and flew out to LA, arriving at 11 pm to start a weekend all about my baby brother. It was his wedding weekend!  No journey out of Reagan Airport is complete without a selection of unhealthy food options, so I grabbed some Chicken McNuggets and sat back to read.  On Friday, I had some free time so I headed up to Toluca Lake to meet up with my friend for lunch at SweetSalt Food Shop. I’m not too familiar with that area of LA, but it turns out that this is the place of former Top Chef cheftestant,…

  • active life,  energybits,  Product Reviews

    {Product Review} ENERGYbits

    After a long day of work and an unpleasant commute on the DC Metro, I’m usually bushed by the time I get home. Getting in a workout is always the first thing I want to do, but a lot of the time, I just want to veg out and look at pictures of baby pandas on the internet because I am just so tired! I recently discovered ENERGYbits, which has completely changed my attitude towards heading to the gym after work. I was definitely skeptical at first, but these little “bits” have made such a difference for me.  I typically try to get through my workouts on my own steam…

  • active life,  cosmicrun,  race recap,  races

    Cosmic Run Washington DC 5K – Race Recap

    As I mentioned yesterday, Raisin Bread and I registered at the last minute for the Cosmic Run 5K. Thanks, Desi from A Northern Girl for the awesome giveaway!  Although this race was advertised as the “Washington, DC” race, it was actually an hour away in Waldorf, Maryland. It had been raining all week long, and I was worried that it would be raining during the race. The drive over to the Regency Furniture Stadium was pretty scary because it was raining, Maryland drivers are terrible, and we passed at least four car accidents. Luckily, we made it to the stadium in one piece.  The Cosmic Run is pretty similar to…

  • active life,  cosmicrun,  training,  week in review

    Weeks in Review (September 30 to October 13, 2013)

    This was another rough week but for entirely different reasons. It has rained five of the last seven days! It definitely felt like it was never going to stop raining. Because of the weather, it has been pretty hard for me to get out and do stuff. We did get to have some fun this weekend though. I found out late last week that I won two entries into the Cosmic Run 5K, so Raisin Bread and I ran it on Saturday night. We had a blast! Stay tuned for my post later this week. September 30 to October 6, 2013Monday: restTuesday: restWednesday: ran 2.47 milesThursday: BBL – Sculpt (50…

  • Product Reviews,  urgentrx

    {Product Review} UrgentRx Fast Powders

    Ever had a headache strike and found yourself without a glass of water to wash down your pills? For someone who is always on the go like myself, you can find yourself in this situation quite often. UrgentRx is a line of fast-acting, portable, over-the-counter medications that provide relief from common ailments and come in a form perfect for busy folks. UrgentRx comes in single dose, credit-card sized packets and, get this, they are in a flavored, powder form. They also have the same active ingredients as well-known OTCs. UrgentRx has five products including Critical Care Aspirin, Heartburn Relief, Headache Relief, Upset Stomach Relief, Ache & Pain Relief and Allergy Attack.…

  • afternoon tea,  albuquerque,  eat and drink,  explore,  new mexico,  other US travel,  restaurant reviews

    Exploring Albuquerque and Afternoon Tea at St James Tearoom

    Our third day in New Mexico was our chance to explore some of the neighborhoods of Albuquerque.  If you missed my other New Mexico posts, check them out first:– Albuquerque: Settling In and Driving the Turquoise Trail– A Day Trip to Santa Fe We started our morning with breakfast burritos at the vacation home before heading out to Old Town Albuquerque. The place was pretty empty compared to the bustle of Santa Fe. Old Town Albuquerque While there weren’t a ton of visitors out and about, all of the shops were open for business. We visited several art galleries, souvenirs shops and one shop selling Mexican art. Giant teddy bear in…

  • colgate,  influenster,  Product Reviews,  slimsoft

    {Product Review} Colgate SlimSoft Toothbrush VoxBox from Influenster

    Is it possible to be excited about a toothbrush? If it is, then feel free to call me excited! Influenster sent me my first VoxBox featuring products from Colgate. My VoxBox included the new Colgate SlimSoft Toothbrush, a travel size bottle of Colgate Total Advanced Pro-Shield mouthwash and a travel size Colgate Total Advanced Whitening toothpaste. “What is new about the Colgate SlimSoft toothbrush?” you ask. Well, here is a run down: – 17 x slimmer tip bristles– 6 x deeper reach between teeth and gums– 1.5 x deeper access between teeth– 35% more bristles– An ergonomic and flexible handle The first thing I noticed when I opened my toothbrush was…