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I had the opportunity yesterday to take a tour of the Capitol Dome and it was freaking awesome! I haven’t been inside the Capitol building in a while. I haven’t even checked out the new visitors’ center that they finished probably over 2 years ago. I work maybe 2 blocks from here and got to admire it every day from the outside, it was definitely a special treat to see inside for once!
There were 7 of us total in the group – including our tour guide. We had to sign paperwork that we understood we had over 300 stairs to climb and it could get hot (or cold) up there – so basically climb at your own risk.
On the way up, we stopped halfway up the dome to peer out at the rotunda.
And then made our way to the very top! My hands were sweating from being both nervous and hot and I was very concerned I was going to drop my phone while taking this picture!
Right in line with the mural at the tippy top!
Then for the final part, we went outside for 360 degree view of Washington, D.C.
It was a little overcast while we were outside, but the views were still amazing!
Seeing the city from a whole new view yesterday was such a neat opportunity and reminds me how unique this place is and why I love living here so much!
There is also a video that our guide was telling me about yesterday that they show in the Capitol Visitors’ Center. I’m thinking about going to check it out to learn even more about the building that I never knew!Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
Wednesday’s workout: 8 mile bike ride (plus my ride to work)
Wednesday’s meals highlight: That Subway sandwich really hit the spot for lunch, not gonna lie.
Glorious, glorious weekend, I’m sad you are gone. I haven’t had such a relaxing weekend in a very long time. I decided to hang in town this weekend instead of fighting through beach traffic and to get my act together before I spend the next 5 out of 7 weekends on the road. Sometimes you just need a long weekend to unwind and that’s exactly what I did.
Not only did I accomplish every single item on my to-do list (including giving my apartment one hell of a cleaning) but I had time to lounge by the pool, hang out with friends and catch a baseball game. Even though I applied a TON of sunscreen throughout the weekend, I still am a little bit burnt. I have to admit, I love having some color. Nothing like a little tan to not only welcome summer but boost the self-esteem.
I actually didn’t work out for four days in a row and it was awesome. I knew my triathlon training program was starting on Monday and I guess I just felt like I needed a good rest before starting a 12-week training program. And it felt good. I am off to a good start with the plan – I mean day 1 was a rest day – and successfully completed the day 2 workout of a 3 mile run and a 300 yard swim this morning. Yes, they were both done indoors at my gym but hey, they happened! I ended up running the 3 miles on the treadmill first and then hopping into the little pool at my gym and swam for 15 minutes, which I’m pretty sure is more then enough time to have fit in 300 yards. I mean, I know I haven’t been swimming in awhile but 300 yards is really nothing for someone who grew up on two swim teams.
On a completely different note, I think the biggest lesson I learned over the weekend was that my body does not enjoy Mike’s Hard Lemonade. While the first one was so refreshing while soaking up some sun pre-game in Baltimore, by the third can, my stomach was pleading me to stop ingesting such a sugary beverage. Mike’s Hard Lemonade and I are NOT friends. Noted!
This week is going to be a quieter one at work and I’m looking forward to re-charging before June and July come out in full force. I’m also grateful that the first week of my new fitness routine is happening in a stress-less work week. It’s the perfect time for me to transition into swimming and biking. I’m actually really excited for the 8 mile bike ride that’s on the docket for tomorrow. After the super hot 10k two weeks ago, I purchased a hand-held water bottle this weekend at CitySports and am planning to use it during the triathlon. I struggle to hydrate during races and want to get into the happen of taking small sips frequently during my runs. I know that the run at the end of the triathlon will be the biggest challenge of the race (it always is for me) so the more hydrated I am, the better. I hope holding the bottle doesn’t annoy me too much…
That’s all for now. Hope everyone had a great weekend!
Saturday’s workout: Rest
Saturday’s meals highlight: Grilled chicken for lunch a la my friend
Sunday’s workout: Rest
Sunday’s meals highlight: Turkey Sandwich at Camden Yards
Monday’s workout: Day 1 of Triathlon Training = Day of Rest
Monday’s meals highlight: Eh
Tuesday’s workout: Day 2 – 3 mile run + 300 yard swim
Tuesday’s meals highlight: TBD
Not sure if any of you caught the CNBC segment on J.Crew and Mickey Drexler last night. I watched the majority of it while at the gym and need to catch up on the rest of it from my DVR this weekend. I am a J.Crew devotee and really enjoyed learning more about Mickey and the company.
Check out information on the segment here.
Hope everyone has a great Memorial Day Weekend! I am looking forward to a low-key weekend in town filled with pool time, BBQ’s and QT with friends (and my couch, who am I kidding). Here’s to the start of summer 🙂
Wednesday’s workout: Bar Method (free class!)
Wednesday’s meals highlight: Merzi
Thursday’s workout: 20 minute stair climber (holy workout!) + 20 minute treadmill walk
Thursday’s meals highlight: Um…
Friday’s workout: Rest
Friday’s meals highlight: I’m going to say it’s going to be dinner which I’m having out at a friend’s house.
I ran yesterday evening. I know I said I was going to rest and let my hamstring heal, but it’s just so easy to go home, put on my running clothes and head out on my familiar route around my house. No matter what, my mind is always in a much better place after a run no matter how far I go.
Yesterday was only 2 miles and they were 2 very humid miles at that – welcome summer in D.C.
Today is definitely a rest day and I’m looking forward to going home and making dinner. I had settled into a routine the last few weeks of making dinner almost every night for me and Justin. This week, I haven’t made dinner once. Nothing fancy will come of it, we bought some meat and corn on the cob at Eastern Market this past weekend and I am pretty certain both will make an appearance this evening.
Two words for last night’s American Idol season finale – Phillip Phillips!
I also watched the Revenge season finale and thought it was a great ending. Throughout the season I didn’t know how they’d make it into a second season, but of course they managed to and I’m officially hooked. Also, Stephanie passed this article on to me about Homeland which says it will be back September 20, woot!! I like how the writers of Homeland share office space with the writers from New Girl (another new fave show of mine this year)! Turns out, I watch a little too much television.
Only one more day until the long Memorial Day weekend. We don’t have plans to travel to the beach, but I will be visiting the pool on Saturday. My new bathing suit will also be making its debut – I love all things stripes!
I hope to return tomorrow with another 5 bites Friday!
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Tuesday’s workout: 45 minute interval treadmill run
Tuesday’s meals highlights: Sweet potato with Mango salsa for lunch
To continue my super active weekend, I took my Warrior butt for a nice little run on Sunday morning for the Capitol Hill Classic 10k. I took it very easy on Saturday afternoon/evening and enjoyed some major couch time, some Thai food and channel surfing. I was up early and out on my bike heading over to Capitol Hill by 7:15am for the race. Riding my bike to the race was super easy and something I really need to do more often. It also felt good to stretch out my legs on the way there and later post-race on the way back to my apartment. The ride there was short, quiet and warm, as it was already a gorgeous day.
As I was locking up my bike I ran into Addy and Justin – perfect! We went to pick up our packets, I bag-checked my gear and we made our way into the park to chill before the race. We also snapped some photos of our outfits as we were decked out in our Sparkle skirts and our “I Love Sweat” shirts. Both the skirts and shirts were huge hits throughout the race. Right before 8:30am we lined up in the corral (there was no seeding, everyone just kind of did their own thing) and then bam! we were off.
Addy and I ran the first 4.5 miles together. Our first mile was quick but who know if it was correct. It was around the 8:50 pace range. Our next three miles were also faster than I normally run but I was feeling good and it was motivating to be running with speedy Addy. We were averaging around a 9:17 pace for those three miles. And then we hit the hill around the end of mile 4 and into 5 and that’s where I just had to slow down and Addy went off of her own. I really struggle with hills – not necessarily getting up them but my recovery after I’m back on the flat road. Mile 5 was a slow 10:04 (yup, I remember it exactly).
I was disappointed my pace had fallen that much but knew I just needed to keep up my good breathing and that I would be able to speed up again soon. It was hot out there and I poured water over my head at a water station which really helped me cool down and gave me a little jolt to speed up. I kept looking down at my Garmin…and finally saw that 9 I was looking for. Again, at the next station, I poured more water over my head and was determined to keep increasing my speed for the last 1.2 miles of the race.
When I rounded the bend for the last .2 mile of the race I kicked it into high gear and was moving as fast as I could to the finish line and was around an 8:30 pace. It felt great to cross the finish line and I almost immediately saw Addy! My overall time was 58:47 and I feel good about it. Addy and I quickly took an “after” photo before we both went about with our busy days. The 10k was a great way to start the day and I really enjoyed the race.
How about an nice muddy photo from Warrior Dash and a photo of me scarfing down some Bear Naked granola post-dash to end this post? Enjoy!
Friday’s workout: Rest
Friday’s meals highlight: Shake Shack at Nationals Stadium
Saturday’s workout: Warrior Dash
Saturday’s meals highlight: Wawa sub
Sunday’s workout: Capitol Hill Classic 10k
Sunday’s meals highlight: Bagel post-race
Monday’s workout: Rest
Monday’s meals highlight: Salmon, feta and spinach burger (made by WF not me)
This weekend, my whole family came to town for a visit. On Saturday morning, we all watched my nephew kick ass in his soccer game and score two goals! We ate some Pete’s A Pizza and did a White House tour.
After the tour, we settled in for massive amounts of lasagna and Preakness watching! What a fun race it was to watch, I’m totally hoping for a Triple Crown winner in 2 weeks! Truthfully, I was rooting for Tiger Walk during the Preakness, mainly because he is local(ish) – out of Sagamore Farm which is now owned by the Under Armour founder, Kevin Plank. I’m only recently obsessed with Under Armour because of the new sports bra I bought, it really is as awesome as the video says it is!
On Saturday night we went for a tour of the monuments. It’s such a neat way to see the monuments, all lit up. We visited the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial for the first time sine it opened last year. I have driven by numerous times, so have seen the shape and design from a far. It was really incredible to see in person.
The Washington Monument also never disappoints, even from a distance.
Sunday morning the entire family was up early for the Capitol Hill Class 10k that Stephanie and I were both signed up for. The day before I had run 3 miles with Justin part of it on a trail and my legs were feeling very heavy – not strong at all. I wasn’t really sure how the 6.2 miles were going to go for me, I didn’t really have any sort of goal in mind, just wanted to wear my sparkle skirt and my brand new I Heart Sweat t-shirt, thanks Ali for the perfect arrival time!
I averaged about a 9:21 pace. It was HOT, I was reminded why races in D.C. in the summer are hard to do. With that said, after doing that race and having nothing on the horizon, I’m a little sad that I don’t have a race to look forward to. I need to remedy that pretty quickly. I’ve been flirting with the idea of signing up for a late fall half marathon, but still have not pulled the trigger on anything.
My weekend ended with a sisters night at the spa. I had given Tracy a gift certificate for a day at the spa over a year ago and she finally had the opportunity to cash it in. And being the good sister that I am, I couldn’t let her go alone! We had appointments for 7:30 pm. We got there around 6:30 and enjoyed some time in the hot tub chatting before our treatments. Then we both had 80 minutes of pure relaxation. I have only really ever gone for massages in the morning or afternoon, it was really fun to go at night especially at the end of what was a really busy, but fun weekend!
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This weekend was very active and I have to say, I loved every minute of it! After a fun (maybe a little too fun) outing to Nationals Park to see the O’s and Nats on Friday night, I woke up on Saturday morning ready to become a warrior 🙂
My friend Christi picked me up bright and early on Saturday morning and we headed out to Mechanicsville, MD for the Warrior Dash. Once we arrived, we quickly parked, checked-in, bag checked and took a walk through the “grounds.” Then we anxiously awaited our start time. We could see earlier waves finishing by jumping over fire and crawling through a gross ditch of mud under barbed wire. Yup, that’s how you finish the race, crawling slowly through a pit of mud in front of a crowd of people. Oh man, what did we sign up for?
I’ll admit that I was nervous right before we started because it all sounded fun when we signed up but who knows what the rest of the course was really going to look like. I didn’t want to fall off one of the obstacles! But it turned out to be one of the most fun races I’ve ever run. It was a 5k distance and once we were off with the blast of some fire (yup, that’s how we started) we were greeted with some super muddy trail running for the first quarter mile (my estimate) of the race. I joked to Christi how I had never concentrated so hard while running before because I didn’t want to slip on the mud or trip on a branch. I guess I need to add some trail running to my workout routine!
The first obstacle was hopping over wooden walls and then ducking under wooden fences. I felt like my adrenaline was pumping for the first obstacle and after hopping over (or more swinging my entire body over as ungracefully as possible) I was covered in mud and feeling good. The walls got progressively higher and some men were helping women over the last one but Christi and I both did it ourselves. The first obstacle also put me at peace because no one was rushing me or pushing me to move faster. Everyone participating was taking their time, having fun and it was a really smooth-running race. I was very grateful for that!
The second obstacle was the cargo climb which entailed climbing up a roped net, getting over the top and climbing back down. I’ll admit it, I kind of freaked out on this one. It was the first obstacle where we were up in the air and it was pretty high up there. I got to the top and had to flip my legs over to climb down the other side and said something along the lines of, “I don’t really enjoy heights,” to Christi with a panicked face. I’m glad she was right behind me and we made our way down and moved on. I think that first “height” obstacle was all I needed to get through the rest of the climbing ones.
The third obstacle was a run up an angled wall using a rope. It was pretty easy until you got to the very top and had to let go of the rope and cross over the top of the wall and get back down. Are you sensing a theme here? Get to the top of a wall, climb over and get your butt back down 🙂
The fourth obstacle was the “Deadman’s Drop” which consisted of – you guessed it – climbing up a wall, climbing over it, stepping down one step and then dropping down the rest of the way. I think the idea was to slide down the wooden wall but I kind of bumbled my way down and scratched up my knee. Whoops!
Now here is where things might get out of order. We ran for a bit and by ran I mean tried to climb up the huge hills that were in between each obstacle. The race took place on a dirt bike course so it was literally ALL HILLS. But there was good reason for the hills and I’m pretty sure the next obstacle was the best one on the course – the slide! You can’t have a slide without a big hill.
After climbing over a few rolling hills we came to the top of a HUGE slide (aka a plastic tarp over a hill on the dirt bike course). Volunteers were at the top watering down the slide and giving us all a good spray before we slid down. It was an awesome slide down and it felt amazing to get cooled off from the water. It ended in a shallow pit and here is where I had an issue. I slid down the same time as a guy and he sped up and got in front of me and when he hit the shallow pit of water, he bounced right up and stood up and exited. Well, I tried to do the same and instead just skidded to the end and now have a pretty sweet scratch on my right thigh. Sexy, I know. Plus, I got dirty water all up in my contacts. Next year, I’m wearing goggles. Like the the plastic ones you wore in science class.
After (or maybe before the slide) we had two more climbing obstacles. The first one was the hardest obstacle on the course (at least for me). It was a climb up a vertical wall with a rope. There were places to put our feet on the wall for grip but this was all arm strength and carrying your own body weight and it was tough. When I first got both legs off the ground I immediately thought, oh shit I’m going to fall! But I realized I had to stop thinking and just needed to plow my way up this wall and be down with it. And by some miracle that’s just what happened!
The last climbing obstacle consisted of climbing up arched panels of wood. It was really awkward once you were on top, because the beams were very spread out and flat and then you had to go over an arched area again and climb down. There was definitely a pause at the top as I decided what the best move would have been. While I was up there paused on all fours (along with a bunch of other participants) a guy came flying past us all. He RAN over it without putting his hands down once and made it look so easy! We were all in awe. And I think that’s great example of the overall vibe of this race. There were definitely people there who were looking to speed through and have a great time but the majority of participants came with a group of friends, may have been dressed in silly costumes and were out there taking their time and just enjoying the experience. Some people walked around obstacles and you know what, who cares? Everyone’s experience was their own.
We kind of botched the next obstacle and I totally blame the people in front of us. We were supposed to crawl through trenches but the people in front of us jumped over the logs on top of the trenches instead…so we did that too! And so did the people behind us. Sometimes you just have to follow the crowd 🙂
We then quickly ran up and down the balance beam type obstacle and headed for one more rope obstacles before the big finale. The last rope obstacle was the cargo net again but this time it was horizontal and we had to crawl over it. Just when I thought I had the hang of it and was shouting back to give Christi my brilliant tip, I fell over. Serves me right for thinking I knew what I was doing! There was a camera at that obstacle getting great photos of everyone in super-unflattering positions. Can’t wait to see them!
We walked up one more hill and turned the bend toward the end which was a steep incline down to two lines of fire and then the ominous mud pit. The heat from the fire was hot but it was really easy to jump over both of them and then I totally hesitated getting into the pit of mud and with good reason..it was disgusting! It smelled foul and almost immediately I sunk and was barely moving. Christi was blazing ahead of me and I finally got some sort of footing and was able to propel myself forward (all while not getting tangled in the barbed wire above my head). Just when I thought I was going to finish, I completely wiped out coming out of the mud pit and was just stuck. It was a challenge to get out of there.
Once we made it out of the mud, we were Warriors! We were COATED in the gross mud and sloppily made out way to get hosed down. Again, goggles would have come in handy here because being sprayed in the face with a huge hose is really just not good for contacts. After we hosed off, donated our shirts and shoes, we headed back to the car for more cleaning and a pretty awkward deck change…but then again, everyone else was doing the same thing. Once semi-clean and in non-muddy clothes we headed back into the grounds to enjoy some sunshine and the overall scene.
There were huge turkey legs, beer, a DJ and general merriment all around. There were groups of girlfriends dancing, parents with their kids and crazy dudes covered in tattoos – the crowd was very eclectic. After enjoying some sunshine we were ready to head back to D.C. And because I’m from NJ and Christi basically lives there all summer we couldn’t go home without first stopping at a Wawa to load up on subs. It might have been the highlight of the trip 🙂
Like I said before, I really think the Warrior Dash was one of the most fun races I’ve ever run and I’d really love to do it again next year. I became a Warrior this weekend, what did YOU do?
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After an especially trying week at work I am extremely glad that it is Friday.
I am missing two Bachelorette parties this weekend because I am bad at budgeting and I need to make it to 7 more weddings this year. While it’s a huge bummer to miss celebrating with two good friends, I know they will have a blast and I will certainly make up for it a their weddings by drinking copious amounts of champagne and living it up on the dance floor. Ladies, please don’t rescind my invitation after that statement!
After being away for the weekend I came back on Monday to discover that my car had been towed from a legal parking spot. With my emotions running high I spent a good portion of the night finding my car. I paid the fine to get my car out of the impound lot and still need to pay the ticket of “parking illegally.” I am still taking deep breaths to remain calm about this situation.
I ran on Tuesday night. My plan was to go to either Zumba or Spin but I left the office a lot later than I had anticipated so I suited up and went for a run instead. My poor planning wasn’t very helpful on my run and I think I did around 3.5 miles because I was Garmin-less. I was also wearing capris and a t-shirt when I needed shorts and a tank on that muggy night. And I forgot a headband and had to push hair out of my face the entire run while swatting at bugs. But hey, I ran and I felt good.
I attempted to run again last night and only got in 1 mile and had to stop because I felt like my stomach was trying to escape my body. I walked back to the office and then walked home, dropped my stuff and continued on for a longer walk. It was a gorgeous night and it felt so good to walk but I just couldn’t step it up for a run. I think my body will enjoy the rest day today before tackling almost 10 miles this weekend.
I’m wearing one of my new purchases from my recent shopping spree and loving it. Bright colors really made any day better. And while I’m missing lots of Bachelorette fun this weekend I have managed to plan some excitement of my own. Nothing like a super cheap baseball ticket to brighten my day (even if it’s not to see the Yankees), plus I have two races this weekend. And honestly, what’s better than racing?
I went to a new studio on Wednesday night called Biker Barre to try out their barre class. While I appreciate it was their first day, there were definitely some kinks that needed to be worked out. The class started almost 15 minutes late, the barre studio is very small and I kept running into the other people in the class, the instructor kind of assumed that everyone in the class knew certain workout terms and gave instructions on each exercise EXTREMELY quickly and the entire class felt rushed and a bit hectic. I will admit I am obviously completely loyal to The Bar Method and a huge snob about bar classes after finding something I love so much. I hope Biker Barre works out their kinks. The cycling studio looked awesome and I’m sure they’ll be smoothly running in no time with a huge client base. The best part of the experience there was that cold, scented towels they gave out post-class. Wiping off my sweat with a lavender and lemon-grass towel was luxurious.
I have been rocking the most delicious salad for lunch this week – cooked sweet potato chunks, goat cheese, scallions and figs topped with a super small amount of balsamic dressing. Delicious and filling! I have also tried out a new snack – honey graham crackers topped with laughing cow and grapes. It’s such a great combination of salty and sweet and the perfect afternoon snack.
Well I think this post has gone on long enough. I may be back with a Fashion Friday post later…
But just in case, HAPPY WEEKEND!!!
Monday’s workout: Advanced Step
Monday’s meals highlight: Blah
Tuesday’s workout: 3ish mile run
Tuesday’s meals highlight: Sweet potato salad
Wednesday’s workout: Bike Barre Class
Wednesday’s meals highlight: Sweet potato salad
Thursday’s workout: 1 mile run + 120 minute walk
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