I’ve been a bit slack with the blogging so far in 2012 but for good reasons I assure you. I started a new job last Monday so most of February was spent wrapping things up in my old job. I sure did accumulate a lot of stuff in 4.5 years and it was bittersweet moving on. But week one of my new job went well. I’m in a new part of town in DC which is great for exploring new things over my lunch break! Another perk–there is a gym in the basement level of my building which gives me an additional option for workouts. I also heard that a new spin/yoga studio is opening in March–only a few blocks away.
Despite my lack of blogging here, I have been fairly consistent with my workouts. Although, I have taken a break from some of the running, I have incorporated at least one class a week of spinning into my routine. It’s really revving me up so that I appreciate my runs more. The teachers at my gym are pretty good and the 6 am class helps set the tone for the day ahead. My knees are happier too!
But I do have a half marathon to eek out in March. Yesterday, I did do about 8.5 miles on the National Mall and down to Haines Point and back with a college friend who was in town. It was great fun catching up (a few years since we saw one another) in the crisp early morning with her.
Between transitioning jobs at the end of January, I took a four-day mini vacation (all by myself!) to Key West. I had never done a trip on my own like this but it was indeed the perfect way to unwind before starting something new. The first morning I was there I took a wonderful run along the promendade. The following day, I rented a bike and did the same thing. I read a lot at the beach, toured the town and much more.
My last day was the highlight–a catamaran ferry ride to the Dry Tortugas! These island chains are seven miles off the coast of Key West. In the 1800’s Fort Jefferson, a Civil War-era fort, was built to help the United States protect the shipping channel and warn ships of the dangerous shallow waters. During and after the Civil War, it was used primarily by the Union as a prison for deserters and criminals. In fact, Dr. Samuel Mudd, the physician who was found complicit in the Lincoln assassination for treating John Wilkes Booth’s broken leg, was imprisoned for life at Fort Jefferson until later pardoned by President Johnson. In addition to checking out the fort, I snorkeled (saw a barricuda, parrot fish, zebra fish and more) and made some new friends. It was an amazing day! No cell phones, no rush, just good old-fashioned fun in the middle of the ocean!