5 Mile Charity Race with my Touchstone Colleagues

19 Apr

One of my little corporate contributions at work that I enjoy is serving as a “Wellness Ambassador.”  In this role, I essentially act as the representative or point person for my work site for SRA International’s health advocacy program known as wellwithin™.  I provide outreach and support a culture of health and wellness for my colleagues by communicating worksite wellness events (flu shot clinics or biometrics screenings), disseminating info regarding health campaigns (right now we are wrapping a Recipe Makeover Challenge where employees submit recipes they would the more nutritious version of), and acting as the liaison for employee concerns and recommendations to enhance the overall program.  Those are the activities I’m expected to do, but there is room to go above and beyond based on the culture at your worksite.  As such, I have coordinated a monthly Zumba class and a monthly Vinyasa yoga class is not far behind.  Additionally, I’ve organized a little running group and I want to share about the event we just participated in.

Our running group of around 8 people did training runs weekly together to prepare for DC Running Club’s “Move4Mobility 5K/5 Miler” event.  Move4Mobility organizes active events with a mission of raising money and awareness for diseases and injuries that restrict physical mobility.  They donate every bit of the proceeds of every event to carefully selected non-profit organizations dedicated to finding a cure for diseases and injuries like Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, and Spinal Injuries.  Race day finally came this past Saturday.  It was a beautiful morning to run and I actually ended with a personal best….5 miles in 44 minutes.  Considering I was rocking a 10:30min/mile when I first got into running 3 years ago, an around 8:50min/mile pace is awesome for this girl.  Here is the group at brunch following the race (more on the brunch adventure below!):  

Touchstone Runners

After the race, we made our way to a celebratory brunch in the Eastern Market area at Matchbox, a restaurant generally pegged for their awesome wood-fire oven pizza.  We had a little time to kill before Matchbox opened so my friend and colleague, Claire, recommended we grab a coffee at Peregrine Espresso, a mom and pop shop type coffeehouse that serves up tasty espresso and coffee drinks.  I opted for a vanilla latte and ordered like I would at Starbucks (embarassing.)  They still served me a great drink WITH latte art!

I love latte art!


After pumping some caffeine into my body, it was time for a delicious meal and a mimosa.  I had the Crabcake Benedict with Matchbox’s “Capitol Hill” mimosa.  It is not your traditional benedict as it comes wrapped in bacon, is not atop an english muffin, and the hollandaise sauce is of a chipotle-flavored variety. Nonetheless, my palette was quite pleased with the selection.  A particularly indicative moment of my indulgent side was that upon ordering, the waitress actually asked me if it was okay with me that the dish is wrapped in bacon.  Um, that’s obviously a bonus NOT a deterrent my friend.  Here are some shots of the scrumptious-ness that was. 


Matchbox Crabcake Benedict

A nice thick crabcake...nom nom nom

3 Responses to “5 Mile Charity Race with my Touchstone Colleagues”

  1. elizabeth @ chronic venture May 2, 2012 at 1:30 pm #

    oh man that crabcake benedict looks amazing!! I haven’t been to matchbox in a while and this is the perfect excuse to go!
    Thanks for following me on twitter, which led me here!

    • lifeasabalancedbean May 3, 2012 at 9:47 am #

      My friend, that crabcake benedict more than looks amazing it just IS amazing! Definitely go on a Matchbox visit ASAP. 🙂

  2. Dee Asztalos May 8, 2012 at 4:41 pm #

    Crabcake Benedict – the words “nom nom” don’t even begin to cover it!!! I must have some!!!!!


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