Rich and Pretty: A Novel by Rumaan Alam

I’ll get right to the point: I didn’t understand this book. I spent the whole book trying to figure out what the story was. I didn’t. More than that, I read this book… Continue reading

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Has anyone read this book? It’s a Swedish book that has been the New York Times best seller list for more than 19 weeks and recently was released as a movie. I admit… Continue reading

Reflections on Reading Non-Fiction

I recently started reading My Own Words by Ruth Bader-Ginsberg. I was really excited about this book when I heard about it and pre-ordered it but the only reason I actually opened it… Continue reading

First Book Review: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

First, I have to confess that I’m a bit nervous to do this. I was basically a lit major in college so I spent hundreds of hours discussing books and meaning and symbols… Continue reading

Hannah in DC 2.0

Well, hello. It’s been awhile. It’s been more than a year since I posted anything here. There are a couple reasons for that. The obvious reasons everyone has for stopping anything: I was… Continue reading

Why Did I Move to a Swamp?

This morning I went out for a 4 mile run. It was really hard. The humidity was already super high before 6:00, it was dark when I started, and I hadn’t run in… Continue reading

So Lazy

I’ve been super lazy the last few weeks. The heat is almost unbearable. I’ve arrived home from work crying several days in the last few weeks because I’m so miserably hot and I’ll… Continue reading

More Pop Less Rock

Hey — I’m writing from my couch where I have, until now, spent the majority of my weekend. I’ve become really good at finding excuses not to work out on Saturday mornings since… Continue reading

Hello out there!

It’s been awhile. Oops. It’s been a crazy couple weeks. From seeing the Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney (in the same weekend!) to getting settled at my new job to having company, it’s… Continue reading

No HIM for me this year

I’ve decided I’m going to push my half ironman goal to next year. I’m a little bummed about this but know it will be better and less stressful if I don’t do it… Continue reading

Williamsburg Tri Year 2 Race Recap

I’m coming down from race day and am overall pretty happy with it. Again, I’m so impressed by how well organized this race is. I don’t have other triathlon experiences to compare it… Continue reading


It seems that I’m starting to get nervous for this weekend’s race. I’m not great at recognizing when I’m nervous, it’s not until I have physical cues that I realize I’m nervous. Often… Continue reading

Taper time?

I’m a slacker this morning. I was going to wake up at my usual 5:30 to do an easy four miles. But then I was still at my back to work celebratory happy… Continue reading

Swim. Bike. Run. Repeat.

What a great weekend! Besides being way too hot for May, a whole lot of fun was squeezed in. I was really excited Saturday morning to get my first solid brick in with… Continue reading

Tri season? Here I come.

This has been my first official week of training for this fall’s half ironman (official can be used loosely, I’m training mostly on my own and made up my own plan). No, I… Continue reading

My Six Favorite Things in My Kitchen

A couple times a year I go on massive grocery shopping trips and load up on all sorts of pantry items that don’t expire and are nice to always have on hand (grains,… Continue reading


In December I decided I wanted to work out at least 10 hours per week. I made this goal for a couple reasons: I knew I would need to do that for half… Continue reading


This morning, for the first time, I showed up at the gym for a 5:45 AM class without music. This particular gym wants all instructors to use the gym’s corporate-approved music so instructors… Continue reading

Great week and weekend!

Here are some highlights! I only taught four spin classes so I swam and ran and did some strength training this week! I got on my bike for the first time this year!… Continue reading

The hardest part of training…

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the hardest part of training is eating. I like schedules and, in most things, I’m very disciplined. I think this is 95% of the… Continue reading