Hey friends! Did you have a fun weekend? Ours was nice and relaxing – a great mix of fun workouts and good food with friends and family.
On Saturday, we enjoyed a relaxing morning and then met our friends Kathleen and Zach for a 10:30 boot camp class at Urban Athletic Club.
It was an awesome workout, as always – Graham was teaching and his classes are always especially hard (but fun)! The four of us took our sweaty selves to brunch afterward to refuel and catch up. 🙂
We checked out DC Harvest over on H Street in Northeast (NoMa area) and it was DELICIOUS – we’ll definitely be back! I had one of their egg scrambles (with kale, asparagus, and lots of goat cheese) which came with sweet potatoes and salad, plus a side of bacon. Perfection and fun to catch up with Kathleen and Zach, too!
We spent the rest of the afternoon doing some yard work and relaxing, then headed up to Bethesda for another fun friend date – dinner with our friends Tom and Janice. We met up at their place at 5:30 so we could eat on the early side (they have a toddler), and enjoyed a 30 minute walk to dinner with the stroller – it was so nice out!
We hit up PassionFish for dinner and snagged a spot outside – win! I started with their “K1 Mule” which was ketel one vodka, house sweetened lime juice, ginger beer served in a copper mug. So gingery and delicious! The copper mug always makes the drink automatically more fun, too, don’t you think? 🙂
As for dinner, I started with the beet salad and then shared a bunch of sushi with Matt – and some oysters with Matt and Tom. For dessert, we shared the donuts. 🙂
The food was really good but service was insanely slow (and forgetful – we had to ask for the oysters like 5 times), but it was still a fun night and I’d go back!
On Sunday morning I was up and out to meet my track buddies for a run! It was a crazy rainy week last week in DC so I was pumped about the return of sunshine.
I’m so happy I’ve become buddies with my track crew and that a bunch of us run together on weekends now! It’s nice to know they are always ready and up for a run date. 🙂
My friend Sokphal joined my track group recently so she came out for the run, too. There were six of us and we split off into pairs based on pace, doing a big loop around the DC and Virginia waterfront areas.
When we got back to the cars we had done a little over 7 miles. A bunch of the others were looking to do more distance and forged on, and I was really tempted to join them, but my legs were tired from Saturday’s boot camp and I didn’t want to overdo it. Plus, I had Mother’s Day brunch to get ready for! 7.29 miles it was – awesome run!
I’ve been looking for a new pair of basic running shorts and these were awesome – they didn’t ride up, the fit is flattering, and they were really comfortable – loved the wide, flat waistband and the moisture-wicking mesh brief liner. It also has two pockets (one sweat-resistant; fits an iPhone 6). I like the length, too – not too short, not too long. I just purchased another pair in black! I found they ran true to size, FYI.
The tank top is my old fave the Ghost Racerback Running Tank – LOVEEEE it. May or may not have just purchased it in two additional colors (mint green/white and pink/white), you know, since I was already on the website buying the shorts in black. 😉 It’s super breathable and flowy (slightly see through, FYI, so wear it with a fun sports bra) – I’m not a fan of tight shirts when I’m running so I really love this tank. It runs large though so size down!
Anyway! We hosted a bunch of my family at our place for Mother’s Day brunch yesterday, so after the run I raced home to clean up and get the house ready. Matt was in charge of the food, and I tidied up the house and cleaned all the dishes during and after the feast. 🙂 These bouquets doubled as a way to make the house look nice and as a parting gift for my mom, grandmother, and aunt. (One of the bouquets is unpictured.) We had little plastic holders to send them home in that we snagged at the grocery store!
We enjoyed brunch out on the deck since the weather was perfect – so much nicer to be able to sit outside!
On the menu: bacon (cooked in the oven instead of the grill this time because there was so much of it), scrambled eggs with grated cheese, a sweet potato and yellow pepper hash, and fruit salad.
Plus mimosas, obviously.
Everything was a big hit! A tip for the sweet potato hash (courtesy of Matt): cut the sweet potatoes into little cubes and then boil them until tender. In the past we’ve sautéed the sweet potatoes with the veggies but they end up a little too hard since they take a lot longer to cook. This worked out perfectly – he just added the sweet potatoes into the pan with the sautéed peppers (cooked with some minced garlic and oil) a few minutes before serving.
Our first big family gathering at our place was a success, I’d say. 🙂 Fun to have everyone over!
I’m working from home today and I have a lot of heads down writing type work to do. Better get to it! Have a great day, my friends!
What did you eat for Mother’s Day brunch?
I will leave you with a great post from my Nutrition for Runners co-author: