We’re not doing Friday Favorites this week. I lost my iPhone on the cruise (wahhhhhhhhhhh) and then I got an insurance replacement but of course it’s a piece of crap refurbished phone so I hate it and I’ve kind of been avoiding it. Therefore, I didn’t take any pictures of my “favorite happenings” of the week this week. Let me think of a few of my favorite moments of the past week right now: Mike and I went whitewater river tubing in Harper’s Ferry, WV for our one-year anniversary on Saturday. Then we went out for pizza at Pete’s New Haven Apizza (the site of our very first date actually… and he let me order a WHITE PIZZA woot woot). Then he gave me this 🙂 (ok I lied, I took one picture this week… but the lighting isn’t good b/c my apartment is like a cave.
Woohoo my very own motorcycle jacket!!!! And it’s awesome because it is purple / pink with a sparkly design on the shoulder. He even got the size right… good for you honey! Now I really wanna go for a ride.
I digress… other favorite moments of the week: I ate Carvel Ice Cream Cake which is absolutely the best ice cream cake available and my friend Bryan and I ALMOST won a cornhole tournament at our company picnic yesterday. We lost in the championship game… womp womp. Anyways, that’s it. I’m really, really looking forward to this holiday weekend because Mike and I are visiting his family in Charlottesville!! I cannot wait to get out of the city and enjoy some sun, fresh air, and lake water.
It’s Labor Day though which means that another summer has come to an end (I know the season isn’t technically over, but I run my seasons more on a monthly basis meaning June, July, August are summer and then September, October and November are Fall). So today’s post is a summer in summation!
Here are my favorite things I did this summer, and the posts that go along with them 🙂
Now I’m setting my sights on the Fall and thinking about the exciting things that will be happening this season! Monday, there’s another seasonal checklist coming your way so stay tuned and HAPPY LABOR DAY WEEKEND!!! Here’s a picture of Fig just to keep you going…
Without a trip to UNITY TOUR for 311!!! My brother and I go to this concert every year… it’s our summer tradition. This year Slightly Stoopid opened the show and it was great. Here is a collection of my favorite photos of the night. I ❤ Nick Hexum. I also love how he’s wearing all white, so in the pictures he looks like he is glowing haha!
You may have noticed (if you read “Week in Workouts” on Fridays) that my running has kind of dropped off in the last month or two. I have been trying not to admit it… but I think I’m in a running rut. This spring was literally the highlight of my entire running career (which admittedly isn’t all that long… I only started running in the Fall of 2010). I felt like I was just getting better and better and better. I overcame speed barriers, accomplished goals… I mean I ran a marathon! But ever since marathon? Very, very blah. I ran a half and a 10K after the marathon and I wasn’t really pleased with either one of them. I could’ve done better. And now? Now I’m out of the groove. My runs feel SO SLOW and mentally I’m totally out of the game. Running has always made me feel good about myself, but recently I’ve been finding myself beating myself up on every run. So what’s going on here? I’m in a rut. I want to break out of this rut. I want to fall back in love with running again because, despite the fact that I kind of hate it right now, I miss it. I miss loving it. Also fair warning: there are awesomely cheesy motivational pictures in this post… you know you love them 🙂
Here are a couple potential reasons for my running rut:
- It’s summer and it’s hotter than hell. Running in the summer is just HARDER. I know this intellectually but every time I go out and run I seem to forget this and just beat myself up mentally (I’m so kind to myself and say encouraging things like “look how out of shape you’ve gotten since the marathon” “you’re fat and slow” oh yes. I am a peach).
- The heat isn’t conducive to my running schedule right now. The way my life is working out right now, the best time of day for me to workout during the week is the middle of the workday (lunchtime). However, today the heat index at 12:30 pm was almost 108 degrees. I like to sweat but that’s just not safe. Recently I’ve been using early AM to attend to personal matters (intentionally vague) and afterwork is either yoga or social activities. This is what works for me but now I’m a slave to the treadmill most days and that’s just not as much fun.
- I’m running with the wrong crowd. I’m probably the only person on the planet whose running has been negatively impacted by joining up with a running club. I have been running with Mike’s running club and I HATE THEM. I really hate to be that negative about them but I find the group to be really snobby / not inclusive and I am BY FAR the slowest person in the group. Recently that’s really been getting me down. I start out a long run by getting annihilated by every member of the group (including the guy who starts the run late because he’s taking a pre-run extended visit to the port-o-potties). Also everyone in this group is like allergic to wearing shirts (guys AND girls). Put some damn clothes on, I’m dealing with body image issues here… RUDE.
- I’ve got competition in my workout schedule. I am totally in love with strength training / interval training right now, and yoga and I have totally gotten back together and we’re better than ever. This just doesn’t leave me as much time to dedicate solely to running. I feel like I lost a little bit of my fitness after the marathon (which is normal and to be expected) but it’s hard to get that back when I just don’t have the time to run as often.
Here is what I think I’m going to do to try and bust out of this rut:
- Ditch my Garmin. I can’t do anything about the heat, but I can try and reframe my focus. I’m going to stop obsessing over speed / time and focus on remembering why I fell in love with running in the first place.
- Try something new. I still really want to try trail running, but maybe I could also look for creative ways to break up my treadmill workouts. There’s plenty of inspiration out there… I just have to find it. I could also try listening to different things while on the treadmill. Some friends of mine listen to Podcasts, maybe I’d enjoy that!
- Create a schedule and stick to it. I love being in training because I have an external motivator. Without that, I’m kind of lost. With all the competition for my time / attention in my workout routine, I’m going to try and stick with three solid, challenging runs per week. I don’t have space for a lot of junk miles right now.
- Hang back with the group. I don’t want to stop going to the group because it’s something that I like doing with Mike. It’s also nice to have the external motivation to get up and get out for a run early on Saturday, and it changes things up by varying routes. However, instead of starting out with the group I think I’m going to hang back a few minutes and let everyone go. Then I’ll start my run on my terms, totally solo. Mike says we can look into other groups too… but we’ll see.
Wow it’s after July 15th which means that summer is basically half over (I generally view summer as June 1 – August 31st… the “Christina Calendar”)!! I thought this was the perfect time to check in on our summer to do lists and see how much progress we’re making. My list needs more work than Mike’s, but I think we might be on track to get most stuff done!
- Try out trail running (This post on Lavender Parking really got me psyched up) – There are trails near Mike’s house we’re planning to go out for a run together one night in the next couple weeks.
- Go for a day hiking trip (Maybe this one or this one) – DONE recap here
- Convinve a friend to go paint pottery with me at All Fired Up! (I heard you can bring wine??) – I have solicited two girls to do this with me and we are going next Thursday evening (Thursday is “Ladies Night” hahaha like there is a “Man Night” at a pottery painting establishment?)
- Attend a backyard BBQ (someone else will have to host because I have neither a backyard nor a BBQ) – my friend Sarah and her husband just bought a house and are tentatively planning a housewarming BBQ for the end of August so that could fulfill my goal. Also, I did have a cookout on memorial day, it just happened to be in a courtyard of an apartment building, not a backyard.
- Take Mike’s motorcycle out for a scenic drive in Virginia / West Virginia (obviously he’ll be driving) – We talked about this yesterday and are tentatively planning to take the motorcycle to Harper’s Ferry, WV to go river tubing for our one year anniversary in August. Woohoo!
- Go watch an outdoor movie screening (they only have 100 million of these in DC and I’ve never gone) – will be attending Screen on the Green’s showing of “It Happened One Night” next Wednesday!
- Eat or get a drink at five new places from this list – Totally on track with this one. We have gone to Marvin, Biergarten Haus, and Rock and Roll Hotel already. Plans to go to American Ice Co, DC9, and Cork Wine Bar before the end of the summer. I also realized that I have been to a lot more places on this list than I initially thought. In general, this goal was to try new places and we’ve been doing that like crazy!
- Play some sort of lawn sport in the park across from my apartment – I’ve discussed this with a group of people so hopefully we can get it together before the end of the summer! I’m thinking perhaps Sunday the 29th would work. First need to purchase a lawn game though. Thinking about this or this.
- Make a creative DIY garland for the wall above my bed – Oh right, I forgot about this. I have the rope and the wall mounts so yeah better start browsing for ideas…
- Take a weekend trip to NYC to visit all my friends who live there. – Sadly, this isn’t going to happen this summer. I just ran out of available weekends. I’m hoping to do it this Fall.
- Go to more Saturday Long Runs with running club (we didn’t go to many this spring with all our traveling and racing) – On track / Done.
- Ramp up marathon training (Mike is running the Philadelphia Marathon in November) – On Track / Done.
- Try Sake Bombs (we were at a sushi restaurant at the time, inspiration comes from all over) – We’ve picked the best place to do it… now it’s just a matter of going there and letting the spectacle ensue.
- Continue Wednesday track workouts (and convince Christina to join) – He’s been going every week. I went once! So let’s call this on track / done!
- Go to either Kings Dominion or Busch Gardens (ride a roller coaster) – We’ve decided to go to King’s Dominion in the early fall in hopes that it will be slightly cooler! I feel KIND OF bad because I went to Disney and rode a roller coaster without Mike.
- Go to a rock climbing gym – There is a rock wall at my gym so we’re hoping to go together at some point. We need to pick a date. I also did a little research yesterday and there are a couple places that have intro to climbing packages at reasonable prices (I’ve never climbed before so I’m kind of interested in those.)
- Get Dave (his brother) to visit DC – DONE. Dave is coming to DC this weekend to go to the Hot Chip concert at Merriweather Pavillion on Sunday!
- Get Little Mac (his cat) and Fig (my cat) to fall in love (they haven’t warmed up to each other the way we had hoped) – DONE. Mike watched Fig while I was in Orlando on business and they boys are like two peas in a pod. Woohoo!
- Try at least three new pizza places (Mike LOVES pizza) – Totally on track. We’ve tried District of Pi and have plans to try Red Rocks, We The Pizza, and Pizzeria Paradiso (I’ve been to Paradiso, so that’s more of a back up)
- Get Christina an amazing one year anniversary gift (hehe) – He says he’s “thinking about it” haha. But I know what I am getting him so… score!
Quick note before getting into today’s post… remember that time I totally chickened out of going to Mike’s running club’s track workout? Well last night… I went! I completed the workout and even made a friend! More on that soon.
So hopefully you all enjoyed your wonderful Memorial Day Weekends! After having just spent a weekend at the beach in North Carolina, I opted to stay in the city for the holiday and decided to seek out an urban oasis. Monday morning started with a run (I did 5 miles, Mike did 6, we both died afterwards from the sweltering heat at 9:30 am… hello DC summer). Then we headed over to my brother’s apartment building to hang out for the day. The afternoon was spent laying out by the rooftop pool and reading (and by laying out I mean I laid out and Mike spent the entire afternoon moving the umbrella around to prevent all sun exposure and asking if I needed to reapply my sunscreen hehe).
Note: these pictures were taken at about 1pm when the crowd was still pretty small / tame. By 4 pm it was like Spring Break in Daytona Beach up there!
After spending the afternoon by the pool we headed back downstairs to have a little cookout! My brother’s apartment building has community grills in one of the courtyards and I was anxious to use them. I decided to take a gamble and cook up some veggie / turkey burgers for myself and the boys. I saw this recipe on SkinnyTaste a while ago and was really intrigued by the idea of including veggies in with the meat of a burger. I had to improvise a little because I wasn’t at my home kitchen… but luckily my brother is a great cook and his kitchen is amazing. Here is what I came up with:
Then instead of adding a grated zucchini, I chopped up some broccoli slaw and carrot chips into small pieces.
I was already feeling pretty good about these before we went down to the grills
Then Doug (that’s my brother… hey bro!) threw them on the grill (because he is the Grill Master General) and they were so juicy! Veggie success!!
We returned to the apartment (now with Doug’s friend Dan in the mix) to enjoy a delicious dinner of healthy veggie/turkey burgers (with cheese… obviously) and a big salad with Doug’s homemade mustard balsamic vinegarette dressing. Annndddd of course a cold glass of white wine.
It was the perfect end to an amazing weekend. Summer is officially here!!
Happy Memorial Day!! Hope you are all having an amazing weekend… I know that I am! There will be post updates this week with some details 🙂
Like most amateur bloggers (I literally don’t even deserve to be called an amateur blogger… I think there might only be 2 people who read this blog who are not related to me, but whatever!) I learn a lot by reading more established blogs. I read many really awesome fitness blogs, but I also venture away and read some other blogs for fun. One of my favorites (don’t hold your breath this blog is like more than famous) is Cupcakes and Cashmere. Recently there was a post with a summer checklist and I thought it was a really fun idea. Here’s mine! I’m hoping to post updates when I achieve any of the items on the list.
- Try out trail running (This post on Lavender Parking really got me psyched up)
- Go for a day hiking trip (Maybe this one or this one)
- Convinve a friend to go paint pottery with me at All Fired Up! (I heard you can bring wine??)
- Attend a backyard BBQ (someone else will have to host because I have neither a backyard nor a BBQ)
- Take Mike’s motorcycle out for a scenic drive in Virginia / West Virginia (obviously he’ll be driving)
- Go watch an outdoor movie screening (they only have 100 million of these in DC and I’ve never gone)
- Eat or get a drink at five new places from this list
- Play some sort of lawn sport in the park across from my apartment
- Make a creative DIY garland for the wall above my bed
- Take a weekend trip to NYC to visit all my friends who live there.
Mike’s Summer To Do List (I made him make this over drinks on Saturday night)
- Go to more Saturday Long Runs with running club (we didn’t go to many this spring with all our traveling and racing)
- Ramp up marathon training (Mike is running the Philadelphia Marathon in November)
- Try Sake Bombs (we were at a sushi restaurant at the time, inspiration comes from all over)
- Continue Wednesday track workouts (and convince Christina to join)
- Go to either Kings Dominion of Busch Gardens (ride a roller coaster)
- Go to a rock climbing gym
- Get Dave (his brother) to visit DC
- Get Little Mac (his cat) and Fig (my cat) to fall in love (they haven’t warmed up to each other the way we had hoped)
- Try at least three new pizza places (Mike LOVES pizza)
- Get Christina an amazing one year anniversary gift (hehe)
Have a great Memorial Day everyone!! I’m off to sit next to the pool all day 🙂