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Summertime Things

Monday: 5000m row

I mentioned on Instagram this was a rough week for running. It was 100 degrees and humid all week. Every run felt 10000x times harder than they should have and to top it off, my knee wasn’t liking impact this week. I cut Saturday’s run short and eliminated the double long run this weekend. I’m getting it checked out this week because I don’t want to start marathon training with an injury!

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Other than the 5:30am alarms for runners to beat the heat and get the early miles in (we are a crazy bunch aren’t we?) I feel like summer is a great time to be more social and get outside! I’m happiest when I’m charging my solar powered batteries.

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We went to see Brand New and Modest Mouse at an outdoor concert recently… ❤

Ate hot dogs and had a few brewski’s at Nationals Park for a great night game…

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We’ve done brewery tours, hiking, lake housing, dog beaching…Basically anytime we can be outdoors we take the day and do it!

REI has outdoor activities happening all summer long in the DC area! I thought i’d share a few of their upcoming events, some are free some are not, but in any case, if you need an idea for something to do, their activities can help!

·         REI Run Club Party, 8/16/2016 – Following our weekly Run Club, we’ll gather around the campfire for drinks, s’mores and stories. We’ll run 6:30–7:30pm, and meet up at the REI Community Space immediately after. [Free]

·         Learn to Stand Up Paddle Board, 8/14/2016 – Come learn everything you need to know to get started with stand up paddle boarding. In this class, you’ll learn proper stance, essential paddle strokes, turning techniques and more. [$70 members/$90 non-members]

·         Refresh Your Run, 8/25/2016 – Ready to run away from politics for a while? In this class, you’ll learn training and technique insights to help you get back in shape and/or prepare for your upcoming 5-10K or more. [Free]

·         Patapsco Trail Fest, 9/17/2016 – Now here’s our kind of convention: an entire weekend uniting mountain bikes, runners, hikers and campers. Join us for bike and trail races at this premiere event in the Patapsco Valley! [Info/tickets on event website]

July 11-17 Recap

Monday: 20min core, 20 min shoulders/triceps

Tuesday: 7m easy 9:14/pace

Wednesday: 6m easy 9:30/pace

Thursday: 9m easy progression 9:00/pace

Friday: 20min legs (resistance band work, glute/hips)

Saturday: 11m long 9:24/pace

Sunday: 12.1m long 9:09/pace

Total Mileage: 45.1

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July 18-24 Recap

Monday: 5000m row

Tuesday: 8.3m easy 9:00/pace

Wednesday: 20 min core

Thursday: 5m easy 9:50/pace, 25min shoulders

Friday: 6.1m easy 9:24/pace

Saturday: 11.3m long 10:38/pace

Sunday: Rest

Total Miles: 30.7 (low miles because of knee)

What are your go-to summer activities? 

Has anyone tried REI’s (or another running/fitness) group event?

 


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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! Towards the end of the game Cameron walked back to our seats holding cotton candy & a funnel cake. He didn’t know which one i’d want more, so he got both. That’s the way to treat a hungry runner :).

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we got the crazy sugar faces on!

20150808_204528August 14th.. was where the real fun began. We 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 us 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 our 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 us. 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 we got to watch the skydivers float on down as we waited.

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20150815_15234920150815_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!