Hi friends! Now that my travel adventure recaps are finished, here’s what I’ve been up to on the fitness and food front since getting back to DC on Friday night.
After a nice break from running while we were on vacation, it was time to get back into it. I need to make sure I’m ready for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco in October!
Matt offered to do a longer-ish run with me on Saturday morning; we drove over to Gravelly Point on the Mt. Vernon trail so we could have some nice views of the water and the city while we ran.
We did an out and back that included a nice loop around Roosevelt Island, too. I hadn’t run there in ages!
Between the heat and the travel and the fact that I hadn’t run in awhile, this run felt really hard, and we took a couple short breaks, but we made it. 6.5 miles – back in the game!
Post-run, we took our extremely sweaty selves over to brunch at Silver Diner in Clarendon. Matt has come here a few times recently with his buddies and said that the menu was way more veggie-filled and healthy than it used to be back in our 2 a.m. chicken fingers days in 2005, so I was excited to check it out. He was right! Check out this epic quinoa and roasted veggie huevos rancheros I got – sooo good!
I really want to try to recreate that at home! Matt made us a variation of it (using what we had on hand) on Monday for brunch – yay for the long weekend! This was leftover rice and black beans sauteed with some green peppers and tomatoes, served atop arugula and with a side of guac. Plus 2 fried eggs, sunny side up! I <3 eggs and brunch.
Sunday morning brought another fun fitness adventure: a trampoline fitness class! Here I am concentrating very intently during class:
The class was out at Reston Town Center, which is hosting a free/open to the public outdoor fitness series in their pavilion on Sunday mornings at 11 a.m. through October. Thank you to them for inviting me out to check out the series, and to Matt for bravely joining in even though he was only one of two guys there. 🙂 The fit series is co-hosted by Athleta, so you can see the calendar of free fitness classes (and sign up) on the Athleta Reston website if you’re interested. Each week the fitness class offerings change! This one was hosted by Jumping Fitness/Studio Pink Fit. I loved the mini trampolines – have you guys ever taken a trampoline fitness class? It was legit – our thighs were burning!
As for other fitness this week, I’ve been enjoying getting back on the ClassPass bandwagon! On Monday night, I went to the HIT yoga class at Urban Athletic Club with my friend Karen. And yesterday, I went to a really restorative, low key lunchtime yoga class at Epic Yoga in Dupont. I’m so tight from all the plane rides… felt amazing.
Speaking of ClassPass – if you have been wanting to try ClassPass, they are offering a two week free trial right now (offer ends 9/30/2015, and is only available for new members inside the U.S. – with the exception of NYC). If you’re into it, here’s my affiliate link to get the free trial. Happy sweating!
I also made it back to the track this week – met my Tuesday morning group for some sweaty mile repeats. Oof – tough coming back to that! I did 3 of them and then had a nice cool down jog with a couple of the others.
And finally, this morning I got in a run with my buddy Sokphal! It was reeeeeally humid out but this view helped. 🙂
As did the company! Great to catch up with Sokphal – and look who we literally ran into while out there – my long lost blogger buddy Meaghan! She lives up in NYC now but is in town for a couple days and was out enjoying a morning run at her old favorite spot. Great to see you, girl! DC misses you. :)
I was rocking my new obsession for the run – the Moving Comfort Uprise Crossback sports bra (affiliate link). Brooks (who now owns Moving Comfort) set me up with a local running store (Pacers in Clarendon) to get a sports bra fitting earlier this summer. Have you ever had an official fitting for a sports bra? You basically get measured to make sure you’re wearing the right size. Most running/fitness apparel specialty stores should offer this service – ask for it! It was really helpful.
The woman at the store also told me I’ve apparently been wearing my sports bras too loose – you should only be able to fit two fingers under the band, not all of them, like I could with my old ones. Oops!
Once I got fitted and found my favorite sports bra (the Uprise Crossback), Brooks sent me a couple of them to test out as part of my Run Happy Blog Ambassadorship. I’ve been wearing them for the past month now and am ready to report back!
Until this sports bra, I hadn’t found any I liked in years – all of the ones that fit well always had those dumb removable pads that fall out in the wash and get smushed/warped. Well, I’m happy to report that this sports bra has molded cups that shape nicely and no removable pads. Finally!! It’s really comfortable and supportive, too, without smushing me. (If you have a larger cup size, the Uplift Crossback is the same thing but made for a larger bust, just fyi.) And so far it appears to hold up well in the wash – I’ve been washing on cold and then hang drying. Final word: I absolutely love this sports bra and am planning to buy it in more colors to replace all my super old (like, 10 years old) sports bras. I hope they never discontinue it. 🙂 If you are a fellow removable pad hater that still wants a little extra shape, give this sports bra a shot!
One more shout out: the Moving Comfort Out of Sight Thong (affiliate link), which Brooks also sent me to test out, is also amazing. Perfect under tights! I recommend sizing down, though – they run a little large. Planning to buy a few more of these in different colors, too!
Actually, one final shout out related to Brooks: I wrote a guest post for their blog, and it went live yesterday! Check it out: An Ode to the Early Morning Run. I don’t love getting up in darkness, but I am looking forward to some nice sunrises later this fall!
And here ends this long and rambling post. 🙂 Have a great day, my friends!