Sewickley Weekend: The Fitness

Matt, Riese and I had a lot of fun in Sewickley, PA (outside Pittsburgh) this past weekend!

As I mentioned in Friday’s blog post, we drove up on Thursday afternoon to surprise Matt’s dad for his birthday, and enjoyed a weekend of family time + lots of time with friends who live in the area. 

I have a billion photos from the weekend so I’m going to break the recap up into two posts.

Let’s start with the fitness; Wednesday’s post will feature the yummy food we had! 

The #1 fitness highlight of the weekend? A run date with Matt!

I LOVE running in Sewickley – there are some gorgeous wooded back roads and meandering creeks – and it had been forever since Matt and I had a non-stroller run date. What a treat!

We lucked out with a gorgeous morning for a run – the nicest day of the weekend by far, so I’m glad we waited until Sunday to make this happen! Cool(er) and sunny with lower humidity = yay.

We decided to aim for 4 miles and ended up doing 4.1, which felt good!

It was the first run in ages where I finished and actually kind of wanted to keep going, which was a good feeling. Excited to hopefully keep feeling like that as the weather continues to cool!

Matt and I are both doing the Marine Corps 10k in late October and are excited to continue to train together… we will probably do a mix of trade off runs (meaning one of us goes and then the other), stroller runs together, and maybe we will hire a babysitter one morning to go on a non-stroller run date together just for fun. It’s my favorite kind of date. :)

Any other readers love doing running dates? :)

Post-run lattes from Adesso Cafe, our local fave, while we walked back to Matt’s parent’s place!

adesso cafe sewickley

Adesso has really awesome snack balls, too! Super seedy, mmmm.

I want to try to recreate a variation of them at home using my Mix + Match No Bake Energy Ball Recipe formula…

clean energy bites from adesso cafe sewickley

The other fitness fun from the weekend was a class – I met my friend Megan at The Studio Sewickley for a TRX/kettlebell boot camp early on Friday morning. It was perfect because they are on ClassPass (affiliate link for $40 off) – love that you can change your location and take classes outside of your home city!

the studio sewickley pa review

This was one of those things where I was really excited about it when we signed up early in the week… and then the night before I was like “ughhhh I don’t want to wake up early for this class” – but then once I was there I was really glad I did because it was a really great class!

the studio sewickley trx kettlebell workout

I haven’t been doing as many boot camps/strength classes lately because a lot of them are super high impact and that just doesn’t feel super amazing for my body in this season of life, so I really liked that this class was almost all low impact. We had a brief spurt of cardio where we jumped around and that was fun, but it was nice that it wasn’t the whole class. That kind of thing just kind of exhausts me vs. energizes me nowadays. Guess I’m getting old. ;)

I’ll be back on Wednesday with a recap of all the yummy food we had on the trip – stay tuned!

Tell me about your weekend in fitness – any fun outdoorsy adventures or classes?


  1. 1

    I won’t take it personally that your favorite fitness date was with Matt ;)

    Good to see you guys!

  2. 3
    Diane Bartley says

    What a fun adventure!

    And everyone say it with me – we are not old, we are all “relatively young!” ;-)

  3. 5

    Run dates are my favorite and are a treat with two kiddos. I’m not sure if you have a post like this, but I recently moved to falls Church and I’d love to hear your favorite running spots in the DC area if possible.

    • 6

      I need to do a full post about this! Haven’t yet. :) My faves for running in the area are the Mt Vernon Trail (easiest access is to park at Roosevelt Island or at Gravelly Point), which goes from Rosslyn all the way south to Mt. Vernon along the water – you can use that trail to access DC, too, by doing loops incorporating the DC bridges. I like doing a big loop that incorporates the Mt. Vernon Trail, has me running over the 14th street bridge, runs along the national Mall and down along the water through Georgetown, then back over Key Bridge. Here’s a blog post with more details about that loop: Other places that are great to run are Rock Creek Park in DC, and since you are in Falls Church you can run on the W&OD trail that goes right through Falls Church City. It’s not the most exciting trail but it goes forever so it makes for easy long runs! I also love running on the C&O canal. Lots of options here – great running city!

  4. 9

    My husband and I love running dates too!! Ours are always with a dog on a leash and not a stroller yet though :) We went on a long walk and took our dog to the park for a while this weekend because it wasn’t miserably hot. Love your posts!

  5. 11

    A running date sounds perfect! Glad you guys got out and were able to enjoy some cooler temps! We are having a hot, humid week here but I’m trying not to complain as I know what comes next! But I do look forward to some cooler, crisper temps! Especially for sleeping at night. We had to run our ac last night after not running it for a month!

    The only workouts I’ve been getting lately are from chasing the toddler around! I took him to a store on Saturday that didn’t have carts. I was by myself and trying to pick out winter coats/snow pants for him and he kept running away from me while devishly giggling!!! I’ll never do that again! We also had his weekly swim class which isn’t much of a workout for me of course but tires him out as it’s so stimulating with all the kids in the pool. There are 5 toddlers/parents in the pool but 8-9 other classes going on at the same time so it’s kind of loud if there! But he enjoys most of the class.

    • 12

      We did a little baby swimming class for awhile too – last fall when Riese was right around 1 year. It was really fun except that the pool was too cold! Brrrr

  6. 13

    Sounds like a wonderful weekend. Nice to see you and Matt have a chance to run together on occasion without baby and dog! Looks like awesome weather, too.

  7. 14

    Nice read! My husband & I like to go on a walk in the morning and also exercise together to keep ourselves fit.

  8. 15

    Not sure that you will read this as its been a few weeks since you made the post BUT there is a spinning class that just restarted for the winter season here in Minnesota and it took place this morning and it was a killer … nothing like 55 bodies in a small spinning studio where the instructor is an incredible cyclist and makes great workouts!

    I know you mentioned not enjoying “high impact” classes but have you looked into taking cycling classes so that you have an alternative to running for your cardio? I’m sure that you live near a lifetime gym in DC and they have great PWR, EDG, and AMP Classes!! If you’d like more info on those classes I’d love to share! :)

    • 16

      I wish I were a spinning fan but I’m just not! I’ve tried it so many times and I’m always just eh. I just prefer doing cardio outdoors… and if I’m inside in a class I want it to be yoga or a more strength-focused type situation. :) Thank you though!!


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