A Long Run & … CrossFit?

Happy Monday & Happy Leap Year! I am officially done with my dietetic internship so I’ve got the next few weeks off to study, apply for jobs, and relax before I take my exam.

On Saturday, I said I ran 6 miles before work. Well… that was a lie. I wrote the post on Friday night and set it to post at 11:00am and then just forgot about it. The truth is, I slept in on Saturday because I was tired and was going to be working all day/night so I put the run off until Sunday evening and I gotta say, I’m kinda glad I did. The weather was perfect (except for the wind…) and I did 6 miles in just over an hour. I stopped to snap this picture on a trail near my neighborhood – to the left is a golf course and to the right is marshy area.

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After our run (Matt did 10!!), we made steaks, mashed potatoes and asparagus while we watched The Oscars. I typically don’t care about award shows but LEO WON! HE DID IT! HE WON AN OSCAR! THIS IS HOW I FELT :2016-02-28 22.58.45.gif

This morning I woke up around 7, walked Thor (we are watching him again for a few weeks!!), and then went to my 2nd ~official~ CrossFit workout. My first day was just an assessment to make sure I knew how to do the lifts and with proper form. My first official workout was a modified 16.1 (I can’t do pull-ups or 65# OH lunges yet) and that wiped me. This mornings workout was challenging, for sure, but I was able to do most of it RX’d (4rds of 20 wall balls @ 14# and 20 power-cleans @ 65# with a 20min time-cap). I had to drop my cleans to 45# for the last round since my form was starting to suffer but otherwise it was a pretty good workout! I’ve decided to try out CF (again) because there was a really great Groupon deal for a gym in my area and I wanted to do something different. I fell into a rut working out on my own & wasn’t progressing. Enter CF.

The rest of the day will be spent studying (2 hours in so far!), job applications, nannying and the Teen Mom OG Reunion (since I’ve already finished Fuller House!). Tomorrow’s an early day (4:15am wakeup) since I’ve picked up some shifts at the pool for the next few weeks, WOOF.


HM Training – Week 3 Recap + Week 4 Preview

I know, I know. It’s been a while since I’ve made an actual post about running. Traveling + being in DC made posting tougher than I thought it would be so I wasn’t able to write up a Week 3 preview and am instead left to recap the week.

The past week, in terms of running, has been okay. I haven’t stuck to the plan 100% and while I normally wouldn’t use travel as an excuse, this week is a bit different.

Week 3 Recap:

  • Sunday – No run, lots & lots of walking
  • 2016-02-22 10.01.26Monday – 3mi run around the monuments, more walking but not as much as Friday-Sunday – the run was actually very easy since I had a ton to look at
  • Tuesday – No run, more walking around (3 mile was planned for this day but I did it on Monday instead)
  • Wednesday – 3mi treadmill run + chest workout, if you can call it that, in the gym
  • Thursday – 3mi run + CrossFit – I just purchased a really good Groupon & I get a month unlimited. More on that later
  • Friday – No run, CF
  • Saturday – 6mi run before work – Normally, I like to run after work but I had to get the run in before this week since I’ve got 11 hours at the pool to look forward to.

So, as you can see, I did all of the runs planned for the week but it felt weird because they were all done at different times of the day.

Week 4 Preview

  • Sunday – total rest day but will probably do some light yoga because I am SORE! Will also be doing some self-care stuff: face + hair masks, maybe a mani/pedi (done by myself), preparing a big dinner (enough for leftovers)
  • Monday – No run, will be going to CF
  • Tuesday – 3mi run, CF
  • Wednesday – 4mi run, CF
  • Thursday – 3.5mi run, CF
  • Friday – Active rest day — yoga, maybe a walk
  • Saturday – 7mi run

I’ve been working on a running nutrition post for a little while now so that will be posted soon. Is there anything you’d like to read about? Let me know in the comments!


Running, Walking & Eating in DC

If you’ve been keeping up, you’ll know Matt and I were in DC for a few days recently – we went because we’ve been wanting to go on a trip (anywhere, really) and flights when we booked were so ridiculously cheap we thought, “why not?!” So we went. And had so much fun.

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First things first, we walked everywhere. We actually rented a car because I got a pretty good rate but when we found out parking at our hotel (our hotel that was paid for…) was $41 a day (but Valet was $49 – what a steal!), we returned the car and just decided we’d walk, Uber, or figure out public transportation.

Day 1: On the first day, since we got started pretty late (the whole car debacle), we checked out the area and went to see some monuments: The White House, Washington Monument and a bunch of important buildings. We also got ice cream from this cute little shop and while the ice cream was good, paying $6 for a scoop is not worth it. No ice cream is that good. For dinner, we went to The Matchbox near U Street. AMAZING. I highly recommend it; I got an amazing salad while Matt got one of the most beautiful burgers I’ve ever seen and the french fries are good too. Also, the U Street area is so cute, fun, and urban. It kind of reminds me of Lincoln Park but also… not.

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Day 2: We went to The Founding Farmers for brunch – GO THERE (but don’t get the chicken sausage if you have stomach issues… or do but make sure you take some Bean-o with you…). It’s the fun little (well, actually not little) farm-to-table restaurant with a fantastic brunch menu. I got the Founding Farmers breakfast which included two eggs, a choice of meat (bacon, sausage, chicken sausage), a bread, and a side. I opted for a small salad instead of bread and my side was hash browns. It was all sooo good. Matt got the Hangover Hash and between us, we split a maple waffle that literally flaked apart in your mouth. After brunch, we walked over to Georgetown and I started to feel really, really sick (shoutout to you, chicken sausage). Sick to the point where I couldn’t walk anymore so I went back to the hotel while Matt continued exploring. When he got back, he took a nap and I was eventually feeling well enough to get some dinner so we went to a place called CIRCA in Dupont Circle. Also, very very good. I got another salad because I wanted something light and easy so as not to disrupt my stomach.

Day 3: That morning, we both hit the gym for some running and some lifting. Not exciting, whatever. Since I wasn’t able to explore much of Georgetown, Matt and I went back! After brunch at Uncommon Ground (we both highly recommend the steak & eggs), we walked back over to Georgetown where we did some shopping (by shopping I mean just looked around and didn’t buy anything BUT I did buy a Georgetown quarter-zip). We also did a self-tour of the campus (so. many. hills.) before heading back to the town of Georgetown. We were going to get Georgetown Cupcake but the line was too long so we went to Sprinkles instead. The cupcakes were good, but compared to the cupcakes we got on Day 4… OOH!

Day 4: I finally went for a run!! It seems like everyone in DC runs so I was really glad to get out on the road. I went for 3 and just ran around ALL of the monuments – past the White House, Washington Memorial, around the WW2, Vietnam, and Korean War Memorials, next to the Reflection Pond (it’s empty right now…) and up the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. I’ll include my pictures from the run between Days 4 and 5! Post-run food was a bagel sammy from Bethesda Bagel – the bagels were HUGE and fluffy and so so good. Day 4 was tour day for us – the American History Museum, the Air & Space Museum, the Holocaust Museum, more monuments (Matt didn’t get to see while I was running!), and more cupcakes. Highly, highly recommend The Sweet Lobby for cupcakes. My favorite? The Strawberry Champagne cupcake.

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Day 5: We had scheduled tours for the Library of Congress and the Capitol building for day 5. We got to see a lot of things and it was very fun but if you’re going to schedule a tour for the Capitol, make sure you speak with someone that works for your local representative because they can get you gallery passes to see Senate and Congress. We thought we had done that but… I guess not? So we just got a tour of the building. Dinner that night was at a restaurant (Libations) near Baltimore because we had dinner with my uncle that night. We also stayed with my uncle because 1) family and 2) he lives 20 minutes from the airport!

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All in all we had a great time and we will definitely be going back. Matt loved it so much that he would even consider moving there. Mission: Accomplished. And now we’re back to your regularly scheduled programming.


HM Training – Week 2 & I’m Sick


Happy Thursday! I hope all of you are enjoying the warmer weather (assuming you’re getting it) and sunshine!

For me, I was really hoping this week would be a great week for training. The temperatures are up and the sun is staying out longer so running should be better, right? Wrong. Well, for me anyway. Here’s a recap of my runs thus far:

  • Sunday – Off
  • Monday – Off
  • Tuesday – 4 miles, outside. It snowed the day before but temps were up so most of the snow was slushy by the time I go out. I was in good spirits and running a good pace. And then the wind hit me. Woof. The wind is brutal. And it was one of those winds that blows in your face no matter your direction. So, that was pleasant! But it was done and I felt good afterwards.
  • Wednesday – 3.87 miles, treadmill. Was supposed to hit 4 but I needed (needed!) to go to the bathroom so I just called it a day at nearly 4.
  • Thursday (today!) – I’m actually home sick today. I’ve got a cough and a sore throat but I’m hoping that goes away/gets better soon because I have 4 miles scheduled for today. I’d push it to tomorrow but I’m traveling to DC (a 6am check-in, woof)! YAY!
  • Friday – No run scheduled but there will be lots of walking – through the airport(s), around DC(!!!!!!!!). Maybe, maybe I’ll get a lift in Friday night at the hotel but no promises.
  • Saturday – 5 1/2 miles scheduled & I can’t WAIT! to run along the Potomac and to see all of the monuments during my run. I’m most excited for the fun running routes + all of the food I’m going to eat!

That’s all I’ve got for you today. No photos, no exciting stories. This week has been pretty low-key and ordinary. Keep your eyes peeled for my next post about traveling, packing, and working out!



Half Training – Week 1

Alright so the week is already half way through BUT I said I’d post about the HM I’m running and the training for it so here we go.

As said previously, I’ll be using a semi-modified version of Hal Higdon’s Novice 2 training schedule. I say semi-modified because I’ll still be doing some strength training (not nearly as much as I’ve been doing the last 2 years). I will also be adding a mile to my training runs so when his schedule says “3 easy”,” I’ll be running 4, when the schedule says “4 easy,” I’ll be running 5. So without further ado… let’s talk about this weeks training thus far!

Sunday + Monday were both non-run days, with Sunday being a complete rest day. Since I don’t like to start the work-week without a workout, I did a chest workout + 20 minutes on the elliptical. It is amazing what a completely different workout you get from the elliptical. I’ve always viewed it as an easier way to get cardio done but if you set the resistance high enough, it can be difficult for even the most seasoned cardio crusaders.

Tuesday – 4 miles on the dreadmill. The temperature has dipped back into the single digits so that coupled with dusk makes running after work very, very difficult (read: impossible), and I haven’t had it in me to deal with the temperature. So that was pleasant. I kept up with the Kardashians throughout the workout 😉 after running, I did an easy leg day workout (TRX lunges, lightweight squats, side-lunges) and some stretching.

Wednesday – I decided to wear shorts to the gym so in order to prevent some thigh-chafe (#thunderthighproblems), I applied some BodyGlide. Yea, big mistake. For most people, I think, BodyGlide works great! However, it appears that whenever I use anti-chafe stuff, I chafe. When I don’t apply it, I don’t. So, I lasted a whopping 2.5 miles out of 4 before I had to get off. Afterwards, I did a full shoulder workout + got my free CHIPOTLE for dinner.

Thursday – today! I was planning on running before work. Really, I was. But it was 3 degrees and the sun wasn’t up yet. So getting out of bed was a struggle even though I had my clothes laid out (and Matt offered to make breakfast!). I’m going to run when I get off work + before babysitting, though. I need to. I need sunshine! I need cold air (as long as it’s not single digits). I’ll also do a back workout (maybe some deadlifts??) after nannying this evening.

& for the next few days — I’ve got a 4-day weekend! The school has early release tomorrow and off on Monday so I won’t be needed.

Friday – it’s a rest day for running so I’ll probably do some active recovery like yoga, maybe some ab-work, and potentially a walk outside depending on the temperature.

Saturday – my first long-run of this training cycle! I’ve got a 5 mile run planned and I fully intend to do it before work so that I can take a nap after I get off. Also, I love Saturday morning runs. They’re longer, slower, less-rushed than week-day workouts. It’s easier to relax during the run without having to worry about time or daylight.

With all that said – my weekly mileage will be 15 1/2 miles! Another higher-than-normal week. I’m very excited to see the mileage increase week after week and get up to my first 20-mile week!

That’s it for now – follow along for some more running, running photos, food, and some of my other favorite things (I finally finished Parenthood! I’m starting Gilmore Girls! I READ A BOOK!).

Are there any shows you’re currently binge-watching on Netflix? What are you reading right now?