Hey guys! I’m so glad many of you liked the look of my revamped Lemon Avocado Hummus Recipe. 🙂 Let me know if you try it! Also, yesterday was National Watermelon Day! Did any of you celebrate? If not (or even if you did) – continue the celebration by making my easy Salmon with Watermelon Salsa for dinner this week!
So – let’s do a little fitness week in review so far, shall we? As you guys know, I’m currently training for the Marine Corps Marathon (October 30) thanks to a partnership with my friends at The Watermelon Board, who are a race sponsor! Speaking of: this watermelon ice cube recipe I found on their site is genius – I need to try that ASAP! Perfect for summer. 🙂 I’m going to buy a big watermelon to enjoy when I get home from my long run tomorrow, too – nothing like cold, juicy watermelon after a hot, sweaty run.
Monday: yoga via ClassPass
Since I did my long run on Sunday (recap: 14 mile training run), I was craving something low key and restorative. I met my college friend Sarah for a lunchtime yoga class at Epic Yoga in Dupont via ClassPass! We grabbed lunch after at Chop’t – I had one of their seasonal salads with veggies, avocado, chickpeas, etc., and a bag of Terra chips because I wanted some salty crunch.
Sarah got engaged a couple weeks ago – so thrilled for her! <3
Tuesday: track workout
We had a special treat on Tuesday morning before the start of our track workout: watching one of our coaches, Ray, attempt to run a sub 5 minute mile for the 33rd year in a row! Insane, right?! We all showed up early to cheer him on. Ray is an amazing runner – and also the owner of Potomac River Running, who runs the track training program I do.
He did it: 4:56! WOW!
We were all like, cool, how about we all go get coffee now and celebrate and skip our track workout?! Sadly, no dice. 😉
We had 1200’s (3 laps) on the docket at threshold pace with 3 minutes rest in between each. They wanted us to do a slightly higher threshold than usual (since we were getting more rest in between), which was hard in the humidity – oof! I did four 1200’s and got slightly speedier for each one. The rest of the group went on to do five but I was pretty wiped and I had to race home to shower and get ready for an 8:30 client meeting, so it worked out!
Sidenote: as part of my Run Happy Blogger Ambassadorship, Brooks sent me a pair of their PureCadence shoes to test out to potentially replace my beloved PureConnect, which they are discontinuing. (The saddest.) They also sent me the PureFlow, and I was able to test both and send back the ones I didn’t like as much. The verdict? The PureCadence won!
The PureFlow felt pretty good on the track last week when I tried them but by the end of the workout I was starting to feel a blister forming on my outer toe – I have a slightly wide forefoot and they were a bit too narrow for me. I’ve worn the PureCadence on a few runs now – both casual/normal shorter runs and Tuesday’s track workout, and they felt good! Hot tip: both the PureFlow and the PureCadence run small – I needed a half size larger than usual. So if you try them, order a half size larger or they will be too tight. 🙂
I still really love my PureConnects, and I’m holding out hope Brooks might change their mind about discontinuing them, but in the meantime once they wear out I’m happy to have found a solid replacement. The PureCadence have a bit more structure/support than the PureConnects which is nice, too – I can see wearing on them on some of my longer runs. Might start doing that once I break them in, and sticking with the PureConnects on the track for now!
Wednesday: stretch/mobility training session with Capital Energy Training
I’ve been enjoying my sessions with Paul of Capital Energy Training (which are free for me since we are doing a blog/training exchange, as you guys know) so much that we actually just started paying for Matt to work with him too! To make it easier on Paul, we moved my sessions from Friday mornings to Wednesday evenings so Matt and I can see him back to back. As usual, Paul knows what I need is stretching/injury prevention mobility stuff, not more boot camp or cardio stuff (although he does do that with some other clients), so we kept things really low key. The focus this time was on shoulder mobility – yikes! My shoulders are potentially even more tight than my hips, and that’s saying a lot. If you want to work on shoulder mobility too, try the pictured move at home – hold a band behind you, palms facing forward, and rotate your hands out and back in. Harder than it looks – I couldn’t get very far!
Thursday: boot camp via ClassPass
I met up with the lovely Chelsea and Kathleen bright and early this morning for our standing weekly workout date! Kathleen is getting close to ready to pop (her due date is late August) so we’re not sure how much longer she’ll be able to join us – so impressed she’s still going strong! We hit up Urban Athletic Club for their interval “urban athlete” class that we love – always a win. Hard but fun and efficient, and the owner Graham was teaching which is always a treat.
Friday – long run (14 miles)
Obviously it’s Thursday and this hasn’t happened yet, but I’m planning to get my long run in for this week early and do it tomorrow morning. Matt and I are going to a friend’s lake house this weekend and I want to be able to relax! Lucky for me, my track buddy Diane also has to get her long run in early this week so we’ll get to run together! My coaches told me to do 14 miles again this week – holding steady from last week. Fingers crossed it’s not too hot/humid tomorrow morning! Today is a lot nicer than it has been so I’m hopefully. 🙂
Have a great day, my friends!
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