Memorial Day Weekend Adventures

Hello my lovely friends!

Matt and I had a great long holiday weekend full of lots of sun, exercise, and friend time. On Friday night, we kept things casual and grilled at home. BBQ chicken ftw!


Plus some slaw (just chopped cabbage and green onions plus equal parts red wine vinegar and olive oil) and roasted potatoes. We discovered the key with roasted potatoes is to broil them on the top rack of the oven!


On Saturday, we were up and out to head to my fave workout: Urban Athletic Club’s OutRun!


It was fun to have Matt with me this time – and we met my friend Kathleen there, too!

As always, the workout was tough but really fun. Outdoor workouts are so much more awesome than indoor workouts. Am I right?!


This weekend’s adventure took us around Georgetown, with our trusty sandbags in tow. We swapped off every 30 seconds which doesn’t sound like that long, but trust me, when you are running with a sandbag… 30 seconds is long. ;)



In between the sandbag running, we stopped for little mini boot camp sessions, incorporating squats, planks, burpees, push ups, and more!


Our final stop was the famous Exorcist Stairs near the Key Bridge. These seem like no big deal until about halfway up, when all of a sudden your thighs are on fire.


Such a fun way to start the day! The other big highlight of this weekend’s OutRun was getting to meet two blog readers, Amanda (in blue below) and Lauren (in black below).


I was chatting with the two of them at one point during the run and asked how they found out about OutRun – and they said my blog! Awesome. Turns out we have a lot more in common – they are both in the midst of changing careers and going back to school to become dietitians! They are finishing up prerequisites now and heading out to the University of Washington to start grad school in the fall. And, they both have (great) blogs! I linked to them above – if you like my blog, you’ll enjoy both of theirs, too! Ladies – let me know if you ever want to meet up to chat nutrition and blogging! Great to meet you both. :)

After getting nice and sweaty, Matt, Kathleen, and I headed over to Union Market to do a little refueling. I love Union Market – such a cool spot!


First up: coffee at Peregrine Espresso.


So fancy!


For brunch, we hit up Bidwell Restaurant within Union Market and snagged a table outside. Kathleen’s husband Zach joined us, too!


Kathleen and I shared a bunch of stuff – the grilled cheese (loved the egg on top!), the wild mushroom and goat cheese omelette, and the kale salad.




I also got some bacon for good measure. ;)


We spent awhile after brunch wandering around the market and the nearby areas. It was such a gorgeous day!

On Sunday, our big adventure was going out on a friend’s boat! Perfect day to be out on the water.




After a quick trip by Georgetown/the monuments, we headed down south near Mt. Vernon and anchored in a nice quiet area. Spent the afternoon swimming and relaxing! Perfection.


As for yesterday, I got in my long run! I’m training for the Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon right now and needed to get in a 12 miler, especially since I blew off my long run last weekend.


Luckily, my friend Sokphal was up for keeping me company for the run! :) We hit up the Capital Crescent trail since it was mostly shaded, but it was definitely still quite hot out there. Whew – I’m not ready for super hot running yet! Hellooooo, tomato face.



For fuel, I was considering bringing my Homemade Citrus Sports Drink but decided instead to go with water and some of my old fave dates stuffed with a little nut butter and sprinkled with salt. They were tasty, but felt a little heavy in the heat – should have gone for the sport drink! Oh well – next time. 


We made it! 12 miles, check.


We ended our run in Georgetown and headed to Dean & Deluca for the world’s most random refuel. I had shrimp (sweet and sour and salty and magical) and beets (I LOVE beets and these were epically delicious for some reason and just what I wanted):


And then some vegetable frittata. I saved half of this for later – when I run in the heat I’m not too crazy hungry after I run.


I was, however, in the mood for a cold and sweet drink! I pounded a big delicious mocha made with whole milk. Hit the spot!


As for the rest of yesterday, I didn’t get any photos but we spent it at the pool with our friends Tom and Janice! Great end to a nice weekend. I hope my American readers had a great long weekend, too, and spent some time remembering the real reason for the holiday yesterday. <3

Time to get back after it – I have a lot of emails to catch up on after unplugging all weekend, and a bunch of AnneTheRD client sessions today, too. I’m feeling good, though – I set my alarm for this morning’s track workout but ended up deciding a little extra sleep would serve me better, instead. It was the right call – my legs are tired from yesterday’s 12 miler and I’m feeling nice and refreshed after a good night’s sleep!

Have a great day, friends!


  1. 1

    Good post run eats! The frittata looks hunky and delicious much like the epic omelet!!! Love getting outside in the sunshine!

  2. 2

    That looks like an amazing weekend! I miss being on the water there in MD and VA and being able to go out on boats. Now that I am right near the water here in Chicago though I hope I will get to spend a lot of time with it!

  3. 3

    Really great meeting you, Anne! I’m definitely feeling those sandbags today in my shoulders. And it hurts a little to laugh…:) Your eats from the weekend look amazing! I love Union Market and Peregrine – two of my favorite places in DC.

  4. 5

    BBQ chicken is my favorite! And that coffee place looks so cool! Josh would love it!

  5. 6

    It looks like you had some delicious food over the long weekend. The chicken and coleslaw looks particularly tasty.

  6. 7

    Looks like a fun weekend. From the sounds of it on your boat adventures – there was some swimming in the Potomac. I am curious how you feel about that. I have been toying with signing up for Nation’s Tri but every time I think about having to swim in the Potomac for more than 10 minutes I chicken out. I have heard a mixed bag of reviews about swimming in it and am soliciting opinions.

    • 8

      We mostly hung out on rafts, but did a little paddling around in the water. Are you scared about the water cleanliness? Or something else?

      • 9

        Cleanliness, all the way. Living in DC for this long means you hear some not so nice stories about the Potomac. SUP’ing at the Key Bridge boathouse is the closest I have come to swimming in it thus far.

        • 10

          Yeah, I mean that makes me a little nervous, too, but I figure you have to live your life. :) It can’t be that bad if they have a tri in it, right?

  7. 11

    So great to meet you! Lauren and I will definitely have to take you up on the offer to grab coffee sometime before we head west!

    Is your CNN segment tonight?! If so, I’ll totally tune in!

    • 12

      Yes, coffee would be fun! And I’m not sure about the CNN thing yet – they said they would send me a link so I could watch it online!

  8. 13

    That iced mocha looks delicious!!! :) I’m also a big fan of adding whole milk to my coffee drinks now! Thank goodness I don’t fear fat anymore ;)

  9. 14

    Hope to see you at the Rock N Roll half; you’re ultra speedy though so I’m sure I’ll be eating your dust :)

  10. 16

    What a fun weekend! All your food pics had me drooling!

  11. 17

    Your workout on Saturday seemed like a rough one! Running with a sand bag would be very hard indeed.

  12. 18
    Kathleen Wood says

    So much fun hanging out with you and Matt on Saturday!! Thanks for coming to our hood. :)

    Also–I was with Rini in Georgetown yesterday and by the time on your watch I know it we were there together. Too bad we didn’t cross paths again!

  13. 20

    Looks like my kind of weekend! I stumbled across your site recently and have tried several of your recipes so far and enjoyed them all! Do you think you may do another Shape Up with meal plan for the summer?

    • 21

      I’m so glad to hear that! Gina is going to host the Summer Shape Ups solo from now on in a lower key way (with meal ideas vs. full plans and workout images vs. videos) because summer is so crazy schedule-wise, but we’re planning to continue to do the Winter Shape Ups together each year with the full meal plans and videos. Stay tuned!

  14. 22

    That workout looks like so much fun! I used to run the Exorcist steps when I was on the crew team in high school – they are brutal!

  15. 23
    Roadrunner says

    A great weekend, it is clear. Nice combination. Envy you the boat ride! And well done on the 12-miler!

  16. 24

    I would love that Urban Athletic Club and since I’ll be in the area this summer, I will have to try it!

  17. 25

    Boy, the sandbags look brutal! That must have been an amazing workout . And I have to say that I love your unconventional choice of run fuel (dates with peanut butter). That actually sounds much more appetizing to me than gels or Clif shots.

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