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Birthday Weekend! Part 2 – The SKYDIVING PICTURES!!!!

The question I’ve been asked most this week about skydiving was “Were you scared?” Which i’ve realized is the equivalent of asking, “did that tattoo hurt?” … it’s like… Of course!! It’s not my day job to jump out of a plane and of course tattoos hurt!

I wasn’t afraid of the actual jump, i was afraid because i didn’t know what to expect. New things are scary. And putting all your trust and life in the dude attached to your back is totally nuts! But I actually loved it!  And I love the small, unpressurized, plane ride up. I thought the experience was so unlike a commercial airplane and If you never skydive–definitely take a ride in one of these.

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The scariest part was definitely dangling my legs out of the plane before we fell out.

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The first second or two I had the fluttery, free falling, i might die–type feeling, but as soon as we leveled out, I started enjoying the view! There’s nothing like seeing the mountains and farmland and horizon from that height. And i swear if you were ever a kid that wanted to fly, you have to try this!

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I also laughed a lot up there..

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Then the chute came out and I was allowed to steer and do a few 360s then enjoy the float on down.

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For the landing they had you ball up and hold your knees to your chest and use your heels to slow down as we slide into the grass (he did the majority of the work). The experience is general was so amazing! I felt safe & secure the entire time and I would skydive again. I love the rush, I love the free fall and I love seeing the earth from a different perspective.

After I got back home I showered and napped. The adrenaline & excitement all day took it out of me. I celebrated my birthday (and survival) up the street with some margaritas!

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This is gonna be a hard birthday to top. 🙂

Weekly Recap!

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: 7m threshold (2m warm up, 4 x 1m @ 10k pace- 7:20, 7:13, 7:13, 7:08- 1m cool down)

Wednesday: 5 Rounds 500m row, 8 toes to bar, 10 single leg bosu burpees w/pushups, 20 walking lunges + 2 walking miles w/LE

Thursday: Rest

Friday: 5.5m hill sprints + 1m walk cool down w/LE

Saturday: 3.8m easy 8:42/pace

Sunday: 10m long run + fast finish (8:35/pace for first 7 miles, last 3 miles 8:12, 7:50, 7:30)

Total Miles: 26.3 + 3m walking 

How did everyone’s weekend long run go?

Most memorable birthday?


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Birthday Weekend! Part 1–Cause It Was THAT Awesome!

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: 7m threshold (2m warm up, 4 x 1m @ 10k pace- 7:20, 7:13, 7:13, 7:08- 1m cool down)

Wednesday: 5 Rounds 500m row, 8 toes to bar, 10 single leg bosu burpees w/pushups, 20 walking lunges

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook It’s no surprise I turned 30 over the weekend! annnndd jumped out of a plane.. but i’ll get to that. My birthday month (can’t believe it turned into this, but it kinda did) started August 8th at a night game, Nationals vs. Rockies and they won!

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August 14th.. was where the real fun began. I went out late Friday night to see my favorite female comedian Iliza Shlesinger at the Arlington Drafthouse. If you haven’t seen her stand up, she has one or two specials on Netflix. She’s incredible and had me rolling all night. Plus she’s super fit, does Crossfit and has abs that won’t quit, so naturally i have a huge crush on her.

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and of course I had to document that i, in fact, was wearing real girl clothes.

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The next day, the 15th (my actual birthday) was a scheduled skydive. 3pm. To kill a little time, and nerves, I went out for a progressive run. I had to show you guys a picture because I thought it was super cool that my warm up mile was 8:15/pace on August 15th! How cool is that? And this was the first time in a while a progressive run went smoothly!

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After a cool down mile with LE, a protein smoothie and a shower we headed out for the jump! DC Skydiving Center is located in Warrenton, Virginia about an hour and a half drive from Silver Spring. It’s out in the country where you can see mountains and animals and all that fun stuff. The skydiving center itself is run out of this warehouse hangar type place and I watched the skydivers float on down as I waited.

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20150815_150429aaaaaannndd, I have to head back to work, so i will have the 2nd half of my birthday and the fun skydiving pics up tomorrow!!
Last Week

Monday: 20min chest

Tuesday: 5m interval 8 x 200s ( 2 @ 5:52/pace, 2 @ 5:48/pace, 2 @ 5:45/pace, 2 @ 5:42)

Wednesday: 5 Rounds: 500m row, 8 x 40 lb barbell shoulder press, 8 x 40 lb front squats, 10 x bosu squat jumps

Thursday: 6m easy 8:11/pace

Friday: Rest

Saturday: 4m progression run + 1m cool down walk w/LE

Sunday: 5m Hike

Total Miles:  15m running, 5m rigorous hike, 1 mile walking

How have you celebrated a milestone birthday?

Have you ever been skydiving? If not, i’ll go with you!