Last night I went to another great Lululemon Georgetown Tuesday night run club!
You guys know that I’m normally an early morning exerciser/runner, but these fun run groups have really got me seeing the benefits of an evening workout! I do sometimes miss the feeling of being out in the cool morning air and knowing I’m done with my workout before most people are awake, but meeting up for a workout at night is such a nice way to unwind and socialize after a day at work. It’s a good thing I’m liking it because with my hospital internship hours being 7 to 3 or 3:30, there’s no way I’m going to be working out before work anytime soon.
I arrived at the Lululemon store last night at 6:30pm as usual… but this time, via bike!
I’ve always been impressed by people who get around by bike, so last night I decided to give it a shot. It was a total win — way faster, easier, more fun, AND more environmentally friendly than driving, plus I didn’t have to fight traffic and deal with parking. I’ve also tried metro-ing but Georgetown isn’t really near a metro so that ends up taking awhile with all the walking. I think I’ll be sticking with biking from now on! Yay!
We had an awesome run last night — hilly AND speedy! We started down by the waterfront…
Ran over the Memorial Bridge…
Up the hill to Iwo Jima and through Rosslyn…
Back over the Key Bridge to Georgetown, and back to the store! 4.3 miles — done.
There are usually two different pace groups at this run club, by the way, in case you read these split times and are scared off from joining us! Some nights we are all really close together, and other nights the groups split up a bit more. Tonight was the latter — those of us in the front group were flying! We had some speedy guys with us and we all kept all getting faster and faster near the end of the run. It felt good to push it and it was a great challenge to keep up the speedy pace while also still chatting and going up some hills!
- Mile 1: 8:44
- Mile 2: 8:17
- Mile 3: 8:27
- Mile 4: 7:59 (!)
- Last 0.3 miles pace: 7:48 (!)
Average overall pace: 8:17 min/miles. Sweet! This is why I love group runs — had I been by myself, I totally would have stopped and walked on the hills. Not because I really needed to, but because there’s no motivation to keep up with other people when you’re alone!
After our run, we headed back into the store for a post-run yoga session in their beautiful upstairs studio.
Shauna (who is in yoga teacher training right now and also helped teach the class I went to on Saturday) led us in a glorious 20 minute “yoga for runners” stretch out session. Almost everyone stayed for the (free) class, which was great!
Ahhh… pigeon pose. Feels good on those tight hips!
Thanks for stretching us out, Shauna! Hoping you’ll come back often because I needed that.
My legs are pooped this morning — especially after biking home after the run and yoga! What a fun night. Alas, time to get back to work. Wednesday, here we go!
Do any of you guys travel around via bike? It was fun — I’m excited to do it more often!