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Posted on Mar 19, 2012 in Dear Diary | 17 comments


No, not me, of course! My brother-in-law, Dan, completed his first marathon on Saturday at the DC Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon! My sister also finished her second half-marathon. While I may have given up on long-distance running for now, as you can see, there are clearly still a couple of running rockstars in the family!!

Sean and I made it into the city to spectate the end of the race and cheer Dan on at the finish line. It was HOT on Saturday! I felt so bad for the poor runners who trained in the winter cold only to have to fight against the sun on race day. A big congrats to everyone who ran the race(s)!


After everyone had a chance to cool down and rinse off, a group of bloggers, runners, and readers gathered at Continental Pool Lounge in Rosslyn. Despite a little hiccup where I was late for the very meetup I organized, it was a lot of fun getting to catch up (however briefly) with people who I hadn’t seen in forever, as well as meeting new fellow occupants of the blogosphere!

Beth and Megan; Caitlin and Theodora; Me and Theodora; Ashley and Gia!

I love it when my internet life and real life collides. Though, I should state, this is not an invitation for someone to start stalking me, hahaha.

Sean, me, and Beth; Ashley and Emily

Sean got full points for not only putting up with so much family stuff earlier in the day, but for being willing to brave a blogger meetup in the first place, haha. Oh, our poor friends, family members, and significant others… 😉


We unfortunately didn’t get a group shot while everyone was still there, but near the end one of the servers at Continental was kind enough to offer to take a picture of those of us who remained. Hopefully it won’t be too long before I see some of these cats again… especially, as I realized, a lot of us live here but never actually meet up unless there are bloggers coming in from out of town, tsk, tsk. I think that happy hour meetups will need to become a regular occurrence! 😉


While we’re on the subject of those who live locally, I hope that you’re getting out to see the cherry blossoms this week! I heard on the radio this morning that tomorrow is actually going to be their peak day (they’ve bloomed crazy early this year!), so I would hightail it out to check them out before they’ve all blown away! The chances of them still being around for the Cherry Blossom Festival (and 5K/10 Miler) in two weeks is pretty slim, after all. Sad. In case the idea of all those pretty blossoms blowing away is seriously bumming you out, here is a picture of Daxter with a sock on his head:


Happy Monday!


  1. Thanks Gretchen! I’m also really glad that the pic of me looking like I want to die was pretty small 😉

    • Hahaha, no way! That’s the look of someone finishing strong! 😀

  2. Oh, poor Daxter. The things you do to that poor doggie for entertainment… (because he’s not a total attention hound anyhow right?) ;).

  3. Yep, I was one of those poor fools you felt pity for that trained in cold ass conditions only to race in ridiculously warm weather 😛 Glad you had fun at your meet-up!

  4. Thanks so much for organizing the amazing blogger meet up, Gretchen! I had a great time with everyone!

    • I’m so glad! Sorry we didn’t get a chance to chat more — next time!! 🙂

  5. I totally feel like Dax about this day but I bet I’m not anywhere near that adorable with a sock on my head.

    Also, you look great in these pictures. I think that color is lovely on you!

    • Oh gosh, thanks!! I had to represent the St. Patty’s Day spirit somehow — since it sure wasn’t by getting schwasted on green beer (what a shame…) haha. 🙂

  6. Aw thanks for the shout-out Gretch! I also really appreciate the support of you coming downtown to cheer us on- even if you missed me 😛

  7. Saturday’s weather rocked!! It was such a great day to be downtown! I love when real life/blog life collides too- and I hung out with another blogger Saturday as well (And will next weekend ;))
    I didn’t really get to see the cherry blossoms Saturday, but will be in DC a few times over the next few weeks, so I’ll definitely have my chance. I just hope we don’t end up having any crazy storms that make them go away quickly!

  8. i just wanted to let you know… that i went to the gym and watched vampire diaries. omg. seriously! that show is one of THE most consistent shows on the air right now. it’s been 3 very strong seasons, and it’s not getting lame or corny or anything, as most shows would have by now. it’s just so good.

    anyway, i swear the gif that you replied with was probably my fav damon moments. “you’re WELCOME.” ahhhhh. crazy alaric? I mean what is going on?!?!?!?! i don’t want to wait till thursday!

  9. How awesome for your sister and her husband. Odd race day temperatures can really throw off the race so they did well.

    And Daxter looks silly and funny.

  10. Aw, it looks like you girls had so much fun! Great photos, btw!

  11. It was so great to meet you–albeit briefly–on Sat! Hope you had a great weekend! 🙂

  12. Sorry I flaked on the meet up. I was in no condition to come back out to dc to go out haha.. we went to a movie and I passed out .. ooopps 🙂 next time… I will def come to happy hours 😉

  13. Saturday was absolutely BEAUTIFUL! From what I saw [on the news, hehe] and read the race was tons of fun!

    P.S. That picture of the Cherry Blossoms is absolutely awesome, SO PRETTY!!! Love where we live 😀

  14. So fun to see you lady, even if we didn’t get a chance to chat much! Thank you for organizing! xo


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