Archive for February, 2013

Class Review: Peloton Cycling

Posted on February 28, 2013. Filed under: Uncategorized |

After a generous 3 days of rest (yes, I haven’t worked out since Bar Method on Sunday and no, I am not sick), I got back on the workout train this morning by trying out a new spin studio in the area.

Washingtonian Magazine did a write up, which is where I found the studio – Peloton Cycling. What is peloton? Here is what the website says:

The word “peloton” refers to the main pack of riders in a road race. There is nothing haphazard about the creation of a peloton – it is intentional and strategic. We have chosen to incorporate peloton into our name because the energy in each class will come from the instructor and from each cyclist alike.

Katie and I took the “Breakaway” class, which is a 45 minute class that is about speed and intervals. The studio is connected to a CrossFit studio that has been open for about a year. You all know how I feel about CrossFit. The cycling studio opened only two weeks ago and the first class is free with pricing around the range of most other boutique cycling studios in the area – $20/class. While it’s always nice to take a free class, it wasn’t that challenging of a workout. And usually I find most spinning classes a challenge. The instructor was teaching her first class there and never got the mic to work so it was tough to hear here. She really blasted the music which I liked a lot. I also liked the bikes and loved that they had the little screens with the RPM’s. I always feel like I’m doing a better job of following the workout correctly when I can see my RPM’s.

The studio is very simple. There are open bins to put your coat in, towels (for $1 – though we got them for free this morning) and a nice bathroom, however, no showers or no real lockers. The bikes are brand news and in one medium sized studio with about 30 bikes. It’s a great location on 14th and Florida and I’m sure it will see more traffic as more people learn about it. I think there is another studio on U street around 9th and I need to give it a go.

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I’m glad Katie and I gave it a go this morning and it was a great way to get back on the workout wagon.

Stephanie

P.S. Addy and I went to Range the other night and had the most amazing view. We’ll share at some point!

Sunday’s workout: Bar Method
Monday’s workout: Rest
Tuesday’s workout: Rest
Wednesday’s workout: Rest
Thursday’s workout: 45 minute spin

 

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The really really really crappy run

Posted on February 23, 2013. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Katie and I set out to run 7-8 miles today and right from the start the run was pure crap for me. It wasn’t the rain, it wasn’t the cold, I don’t know what it was but my legs weren’t moving and my body didn’t want to run. At all. When we were almost at 4 miles, I had to to take a break and was just losing my cool. I’m glad Katie was there to talk me through it and we walked for a bit and then soldiered on. We ended up parting ways – she was in a good groove – and I continued on moving very slowly. I ended up clocking in just above 7.5 miles but it was pure crap. I almost feel like it didn’t even count as a run and needless to say, I’m in a bad mood about it.

Maybe I’m burnt out. Maybe it just wasn’t a good day. Maybe it was a mental block. I don’t know but even after relaxing for a few hours after the run (finally watched Argo!), I am still not feeling better about it. I kind of want to put my bibs for the St. Patty’s Day 8k and Cherry Blossom race on Craigslist. But I won’t. Not yet.

I’m thinking about taking the week off from running and to maybe focus on some other workouts to give myself a break. We’ll see.

Until then…it’s Saturday night and the weekend isn’t over yet.

Stephanie

Friday’s workout: Rest
Friday’s meals highlight: Pizza at Lost Dog
Saturday’s workout: 7.5 mile run
Saturday’s meals highlight: Nothing yet.

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What’s Happening?

Posted on February 21, 2013. Filed under: Uncategorized |

I’ll tell you what’s happening…

…I just saw Zero Dark Thirty and loved it. Jessica Chastain was incredible.  I was literally on the edge of my seat during a few scenes. Up next? Argo!

…the veggie burger I ate for dinner tonight was OUT OF THIS WORLD. And it was at the local restaurant across the street from my apartment. Who knew? From the menu: House-Made Veggie, Quinoa & Black Bean Burger on Sesame Bun…I added cheddar cheese and caramelized onions. Hello, amazing. I need to recreate this burger immediately.

…tomorrow is Friday.

…I made it to Epic Yoga for their sunrise yoga class on Tuesday morning. I arrived a few minutes late and there was no one at the front desk. However, another woman was there signing in as well. She said she was filling out a waiver and heading in. Luckily she showed me the locker room, where to pick up a mat and where the hot yoga studio was located. Thank you random stranger! There were 7 of us total in class and the studio was a decent size with windows overlooking Connecticut Ave and exposed brick. The sunrise yoga has a heated room that slowly cooled off throughout class. I again, did not know what style yoga we did, but I was able to do most of it pretty well. The instructor was really nice but didn’t do many adjustments. He did give a lot of verbal encouragement and explained details of poses. When we came to the inversion portion of class I was a little nervous but he showed up how to just put our legs up on the wall. Phew! It reminded me of the legs up on the wall campaign I saw on the Lululemon blog.At the end of class the instructor came by to introduce himself and he asked if I was new to the area. I told him how I was trying to experience yoga more and bought a week’s introductory pass. I told him it was my 4th class ever and he was very surprised. Hey, look at that, I must not be terrible at yoga! I need to keep it up.

…fish is pretty fishy – One in three fish sold at restaurants and grocery stores is mislabeled

That’s what’s happening.

Stephanie

Tuesday’s workout: 60 minutes yoga
Tuesday’s meals highlight: Eh
Wednesday’s workout: 5 mile run
Wednesday’s meals highlight: Um
Thursday’s workout: Rest
Thursday’s meals highlight: Veggie quinoa burger with cheddar cheese and caramelized onions

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My life in pictures

Posted on February 21, 2013. Filed under: Uncategorized |

I’ve been sick the past few days.  As Justin said to me, I’m glad to see you really are human and do get sick!  I don’t do sick well (who does?), but it’s partly because I’m never sick!  I am feeling more like a normal person today and I’m starting to think about how I can get back to running.  I realized last night there is no reason to feel bad about missing several days of training and my legs actually feel like I’ve been running, but no, I’m still just weak!  I think I’ll likely take one more day before I get back into it and then have 8 miles on the plan for this weekend.

Here is my last week in blackberry photos.

Homemade Mac & Cheese – a la Justin:

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Union Market last weekend:

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Sunset from my sick day:

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My new fave breakfast – tangerine, banana and blueberry:

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Addy

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3 Day Weekend of Awesome

Posted on February 18, 2013. Filed under: Uncategorized |

I mean, I feel like everyone says this all the time, but why aren’t all weekends 3 days? This extra day today has been glorious. I’ll admit I really didn’t do too much this weekend but I did manage to get in two great workouts, run every single errand on my to-do list and enjoy some time with friends and family. That’s a winning weekend combination if you ask me.

I finally saw Silver Linings Playbook and absolutely loved it. I still need to see both Zero Dark Thirty and Argo. I am way behind on my movies and the Oscars are next weekend!

Both Ashley and Jess posted their SIDI’s for the week so let’s get to it:

Last week –

Monday – Rest
Tuesday – Rest
Wednesday – 4 mile run
Thursday – strength training + abs
Friday – Yoga
Saturday – Barre Yoga + something else
Sunday – GW Classic 10k + 2 miles (for 8 miles total, long run)

So, everything was a failure last week except for the race. It was just one of those weeks when I had to do one workout to get back into my groove. And now I’m back in my groove for sure. It happens, week 3 of training was not a good one and now it’s time to look forward to week 4.

This week –

Monday – Bar Method – success!
Tuesday – Sunrise yoga
Wednesday – 4 mile run + Barre yoga
Thursday – Sunrise yoga
Friday – Rest
Saturday – 7 or 8 mile run
Sunday – possible Bar Method (currently wait-listed) or other cross training

I know, I know, there is no real strength training or abs except for the Bar Method. Today’s class was tough and I was struggling through the 60 second plank we did to kick off class. My road to the 5 minute plank has slowed and I need to get back on The Core Challenge and strengthen these abs up! But, I need to use my Epic Yoga first week deal, so yoga it is 🙂

Hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend!

Stephanie

Monday’s workout: Bar Method
Monday’s meals highlight: Eh.

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Race Recap: George Washington Birthday Classic 10k

Posted on February 17, 2013. Filed under: Uncategorized |

It’s official. I did one race a month* for a year.  (Yes there is an asterisk. No this isn’t like the home run record in baseball. I’ll explain in a  bit.) First, let’s talk about the George Washington Birthday Classic 10k. Katie picked me up at 7:15am and we drove off to Alexandria for the race. We parked (for free – bonus!) and followed the other runners to the start. The starting line was right outside the U.S. Patent Office so everyone hung out inside the atrium until just a few minutes before 8:00am.

The crowd before the start

The crowd before the start

It was a small race with only a few hundred people and very casual and laid-back. There was a guy on a microphone that literally just said, “ready? set? go!” to start the race. While it was really cold out this morning, it was also sunny so a nice day for a run. The course was out and back, mostly flat with one major hill. The first two miles seemed to take forever. I don’t know if it was because I hadn’t run in over two weeks or if it was just the cold, but it took me awhile to get in a groove. After about mile 4, I was feeling good and in a better stride. I was also wearing a ton of layers and by the end of the race I was SWEATING and dying to take them off. I busted out my new Lululemon gloves and loved them (p.s I got them for $20)! No surprise there.  Katie and I had a steady race. My Garmin decided to freeze so we didn’t keep our pace but we both felt good when we finished. We didn’t eek out two more extra miles but it was cold, we ran 6.1 and it was time for brunch.

Post-race, red-faced...looks about usual.

Post-race, red-faced…looks about usual.

Croque Madame with poached eggs

Croque Madame with poached eggs

Now, back to that asterisk. I didn’t do a race in September. If you remember, I returned for a work trip very late on a Friday night and proceeded to sleep through a race the next day ta 6:00pm. Yes, I slept through a race that was at night. However, I did do two races in one weekend in May. So, I’ll allowing it and saying, yes, I ran one race a month for a year. Booyah! Here’s a recap of all my races from the past year:

March 2012: Race Recap: St. Patrick’s Day 8k

April 2012: Race Recap: Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run

May 2012: Race Recap: Capitol Hill Classic 10k AND Race Recap: Warrior Dash

June 2012: T is for Tuesday (there’s a 5k recap in here, I promise)

July 2012: A Weekend in D.C. (another hidden recap)

August 2012: Race Recap: North East Olympic Triathlon

September 2012: Um….see May, please.

October 2012: Race Recap: MCM 10k

November 2012: Philly Half Marathon Race Recap

December 2012: Weekend Update & the #Elf4Health Challenge Continues (Jolly Fat Man Race Recap)

January 2013: Race Recap: 1st Annual District Delights 5k

February 2013: See above 🙂

While I will probably not do a race a month this year, next up in March is the St. Patty’s Day 8k with the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler right around the corner in April. More to come for sure, but nothing else registered just yet.

And just to round this post out, let’s take a look at the delicious meal I had on Valentine’s Day with some friends.

My whipped feta appetizer

My whipped feta appetizer

Jalapeno poppers

Jalapeno poppers

Strombolie

Stromboli

Sweets

Sweets

Stephanie

 

 

 

 

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Fashion Friday: The September Issue

Posted on February 15, 2013. Filed under: Uncategorized |

I posted about wanting to see this documentary awhile ago and I finally watched it. I really enjoyed getting an inside glimpse into how Vogue builds their HUGE September issue and into the relationship between Anna Wintour and Grace Coddington. Grace is a creative genius. Anna’s daughter is gorgeous and that’s pretty much all I have to say. If you are in the mood for some fashion, be sure to check out The September Issue.

Happy Friday!

Stephanie

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Is it Friday yet?

Posted on February 14, 2013. Filed under: Uncategorized |

While I know it’s still Thursday, I am really looking forward to the three day weekend ahead. Anyone else?

What is the most exciting thing about this weekend? It’s a race weekend! On Sunday, Katie and I are running the George Washington Classic 10k. We both have 8 miles on our schedule for the weekend so we’ll be adding on 2 more miles at some point on Sunday to get in our long run. The run is in Alexandria so post-race we are going to enjoy some brunch at Vermilion. I’ve been wanting to try this restaurant for years and am glad to be going for brunch – their menu looks delicious. Racing + food = perfect weekend.

I also have plans to catch up with my grandma this weekend. We’re going to see a movie (TBD) and out to dinner. I haven’t seen her since Christmas and I’m looking forward to spending some time with her. We’re having dinner at our favorite place – The Greek Taverna.

I also have a massive to-do list to accomplish around the apartment/town but that would be a bore to talk about 🙂

In other news, I made the most ridiculous dinner last night. Do you guys read How Sweet It Is? I know I’ve talked about this blog before because Jessica makes the most amazing recipes and has the best photographs. Sometimes I feel like I can taste the food just by looking at her vibrant photos. Well, she posted a recipe for whipped feta today and I just couldn’t resist trying it out. Well, she’s a freaking genius because, holy moly, whipped feta is DELICIOUS. Check out her recipe here.

I toasted some bread, spread out my (super easy to make) whipped feta and topped it with slice strawberries, mint and balsamic glaze. HELLO TASTE BUDS!!!!!!!

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You guys, seriously, you have to make this. And Jessica is right, you can literally use this whipped feta for anything. AND ITS SO EASY. Ok, I’m going to stop with the caps lock. I’m bringing the ingredients to make this on smaller slices of bread for some friends at a gathering tonight. I hope they like it as much as I do.

Stephanie

Wednesday’s workout: Bar Method DVD – running totally didn’t happen, whoops.Wednesday’s meals highlight: Toast topped with whipped feta, strawberries, mint and balsamic glaze – duh.

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All the Single Ladies

Posted on February 13, 2013. Filed under: Uncategorized |

The fabulous bride!

The fabulous bride!

My sister’s Bachelorette party was this past weekend and it was a great success! I was unfortunately fighting through a horrible cold all weekend (and am still now…go away cold!!) but I still managed to have a blast. We started the party at one of my sister’s friends apartments in Hoboken. We had delicious sangria, yummy snacks and played the “underwear game” while listening to some of my sister’s favorite songs. It was a great start to the night. After a few hours hanging out, we hopped a van into the city and went to My Cooking Party for the rest of the evening.

The people from My Cooking Party are absolutely amazing. Every single detail was thought of and it was an effortlessly easy night of fun. We entered the loft and were immediately greeted by staff who took our coats and offered us wine (our glasses were NEVER empty all night). After hanging out for a bit, drinking wine, eating some delicious appetizers, the chef announced it was time to start and we donned our aprons.

Loved the giant fork and knife.

Loved the giant fork and knife.

Where we dined.

Where we dined.

Our menu for the evening.

Our menu for the evening.

After a short demo from the chef, we were off to our different stations to cook our three course meal. We were free to flow between all the stations and it was also OK to step away from a station because the two chefs just took over if we were busy chatting, drinking or eating. I spent my entire night at the pasta station because I was having so much fun working the pre-made dough through the Al Dente machine for the raviolis. The other stations were as follows: filling raviolis, making the eggplant roll-ups, making the Nutella/fruit/phyllo dough dessert, and cooking sauces.

The entire time we were cooking, there was music playing and it was a really festive atmosphere. We cooked for about an hour and then it was time to eat. We sat down and enjoyed the fruits of our labor with a delicious three course meal: eggplant roll-ups, mushroom ravioli with a pesto sauce, crab ravioli with a creamy tomato sauce and then a phyllo dough pouch filled with fruit and Nutella. It was all insanely delicious!

Appetizer: eggplant roll-up

Appetizer: eggplant roll-up

Dinner: crab ravioli with a creamy tomato sauce and mushroom ravioli with pesto

Dinner: crab ravioli with a creamy tomato sauce and mushroom ravioli with pesto

Dessert: Nutella pouch with berry sauce and whipped cream

Dessert: Nutella pouch with berry sauce and whipped cream

I would absolutely recommend My Cooking Party to anyone! Check them out.

Awesome homemade sign!

Awesome homemade sign!

What party is complete without mango jello shots?!

What party is complete without mango jello shots?!

I’m so glad my sister had a great night and that all of our plans worked out (even with Nemo on the loose!). Up next, the bridal shower 🙂

Stephanie

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Chips & Salsa for dinner

Posted on February 12, 2013. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Man, this week is off to quite the start. Getting home from work past 9pm two nights in a row? Not the best start to the week if you ask me. I made stops at Whole Foods both nights. Last night to grab some food for the week – KIND bars, eggs, avocado, chicken broth, carrots and 4 frozen Amy’s Light n’ Lean meals. Tonight it was for salsa because I realized it was the ingredient I was missing for Monica’s chicken tortilla soup. Well, when I got home I bagged making soup and just ate chips and salsa for dinner. Yes, I was too tired and lazy to make SOUP. Sometimes it just happens.

So, let’s take a look at last week’s SIDI and even though it’s already Tuesday, what the plan is for this week:

Monday – 5 miles – success
Tuesday – strength training + abs
Wednesday – 3 mile run
Thursday – strength training + abs
Friday – Spin
Saturday – 7 miles
Sunday – Rest

I only had success on Monday because I had to help out a friend on Tuesday and Wednesday and then my killer cold kicked in on Thursday. And the cold was a rough one. I am almost 100% healthy but am not there just yet. OJ, Ginger Ale, water, Mucinex, cold medicine, my Netti-Pot, tissues and lot of rest have helped me through this cold. Oh and lots of my great-grandma’s lemon soup recipe 🙂

Monday – Rest
Tuesday – Rest
Wednesday – 4 mile run
Thursday – strength training + abs
Friday – Yoga
Saturday – Barre Yoga + something else
Sunday – GW Classic 10k + 2 miles (for 8 miles total, long run)

Yoga twice in one week? Who is writing this post?! Today I bought a week pass to Epic Yoga for $20. Boom! Anne recently went there. I’m looking forward to trying their sunrise yoga (which is hot) and their barre yoga. I’m excited to check out the new, beautiful studio.  They offer complimentary mats, lockers, towels and showers. Man, I love boutique fitness studios!

I just signed up for four yoga classes. Who am I? Good thing my running buddy Katie will be along for some of the yoga ride this week. Savior!

Here’s to a new day ahead. And, go POTUS, go!

Stephanie

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