About Erin Friedman

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Mountains

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Mountains

I recently painted two small square canvases for our master bathroom in our house. I titled this one ‘Mountains’. Pretty happy with how these guys turned out for a quick abstract painting.

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the knot

photo2the knot spreadWe were so thrilled when our wedding at the Antrim 1844 and Smokehouse Restaurant was chosen to be featured in the Real Weddings of the Spring/Summer 2013 issue of The Knot Magazine. Thanks to all our amazing vendors, Laura Black PhotographySilver Immersion, LLC, Wicked Willow Florists, Snickerdoodles Bakery, Washington Talent, Photo & Video, Gilah Press + Design,  and Trail by Cupcakes Calligraphy.  Not a bad start to 2013!

Get your color on.

All Aboard!  A 16 page coloring book that I illustrated was published for Iowa Pacific Holdings, a holding company that owns railroad properties across America and the UK! It’s really cool to see my name printed on the inside cover! The book has a Train/Christmas theme and has coloring pages, activities and Christmas songs for children.  See below for some of the sample pages I created.

 

Kung Fu Yoga

Monday night I decided to go back to hot yoga.  I took off about 3 months or so. Between the house and running, it was just too much and I needed a break.  I was getting tired of the classes and wanted to change it up.  Now that the race is over, I really started missing Down Dog Yoga, so I went back for hot yoga vinyasa session.

The class offered a combination of strength, sweat, spirituality…and Kung Fu.  The instructor, Jennifer, added a bit of humor into the workout, having us yell out karate sounds to get though the class and it really loosened up everyone.  I was cracking myself up blurting out “wooooosa” and “hiyah!”… just what I needed to brighten up a stressful day.

I especially needed anything I could to get my mind off of every move since I was pretty rusty.  Anyone who has taken hot yoga before knows that 90 minutes in a 100 degree room will also cause you to produce a heck of a lot of sweat. And where there is sweat, there is intense detoxification happening.  Releasing all those toxins in one class certainly brought up mixed feelings  – but all in all, it was a great class. Even though I am super sore, I’m really happy to be back in the studio, practicing again.

Home Run 10k

Last weekend I ran my first 10K.  I have always wanted to participate in a race and check it off my bucket list.  So about 5 months ago, I signed up for the Home Run 10K.  At first my training was gong really well.  I would run 3-4 days a week, about 3-5 miles and was feeling good.  But then, we bought a house and everything kinda went out the window..I basically stopped.  All of a sudden I realized I was about a month away from the race and really had to get my training going.  So I started up again doing 3.5 mile runs 2-3 times per week and then went to the Capital Crescent Trail and ran 6-7 miles on the weekends.  I also bought a sweet running outfit from my favorite store Lululemon which pumped me up.

Finally.. it was race day.  I woke up at the crack of dawn and headed over to the Home Run Race.  It was around the corner (one of the reasons I picked this course) and it was a smaller race, compared to many of the others in the DC area.  I was totally nervous and excited – here is a picture of me right before it started.

The course was a lot harder than I expected.  It was  just about all hills, and I had been training on pretty flat trails during my long weekend runs.  I think my anxiety also got the best of me and I cramped up about a mile in.  Eventually it went away though and I held a steady pace, not once stopping to walk or take a break.
I finished in the bottom half of the group in an hour and 4 minutes.  I felt good about my time but next time, I think I will improve.  I couldn’t get over how many fast runners there were… all sporting their half and full marathon shirts in the past.  It was totally inspiring, especially to see men and women in their 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s running the 5 and 10Ks.  Here’s a picture Bryan took of me right after I finished.  I was relieved it was over, but got such a rush out of the whole experience.  I totally want to run another 10K, but we will see when it happens… I’m a wuss in the cold, so it depends how this fall and winter are weather wise.