Putting Away the Whites

When asked what I would be up to this Labor Day weekend the phrase “working out, eating out and vegging out” felt right. And with a bit of coordination, the trifecta was accomplished.

After procrastinating just enough on Saturday morning I headed out for my 16 mile training run. More than halfway to a marathon! I held a 10 minute run time pace, but stopped the Garmin for about 14 minutes for walking, eating and hydration breaks so the true duration was just under three hours.

I’ve concluded that mental stamina is key from here on out. Good thing for Pandora jams and my new favorite, Felix Jaehn radio. So catchy! And also for the best new piece of running gear, Feetures! These neon wonders are the epitome of luxury socks, and a perfectly timed gift from sister Jen.

In the realm of eating out, I tried a newer restaurant on the other side of the Potomac – Tupelo Honey Cafe in Arlington. Not bad! The menu is a soulful combination of Southern cuisines, and in my opinion, excels in the farm fresh side category.

On a relaxation note, I was able to check out the Labor Day Capitol Concert with Kelsey and cousin Will! So glad to have the cousin connection extend to DC!

Cousin Will

For the concert the National Symphony Orchestra performed their patriotic favorites along with the up-and-coming vocalist and bass player, Kate Davis – made famous for her ironic “All About that Bass” cover. I see the potential.

And at some point throughout the weekend I stumbled on Pope Francis at church:

Pope Francis

If only cardboard cutouts qualified for the real deal! Blessed for the opportunity to hear voices of angels from St. Augustine’s gospel choir and that a fellow parishioner happily snapped the photo!

Cheers!
-EmPan
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