This Week’s Fitness in Review

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And now – this week’s fitness in review! No April Fool’s jokes over here, although I always love seeing them on other blogs. :) I’m excited because one of my favorite races is finally almost here: the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler (<—last year’s recap) is this weekend! (Running this weekend, too? Check out this post: Top 5 Nutrition Mistakes Made by Runners)

tidal basin cherry blossoms dc

As you guys know, I’ll be running the race this year as part of a big group of friends and a couple blog readers thanks to my friends at Cabot. Fingers crossed the blossoms hold on to their branches until Sunday!

Yesterday morning, my friend Heather and I decided to check out the state of the cherry blossoms via our running shoes. Getting up a bit earlier to make sure we caught the sunrise? Worth it. Stopping to take a million photos and running action shots? Also worth it. :)

tidal basin sunrise run

It was lovely out there – the blossoms were a little less full but still going strong, and the tourists appear to have gone home because we had the place practically to ourselves. Glorious.

cherry blossom 2016 dc


jefferson memorial cherry blossoms

This view never gets old:

jefferson memorial sunrise

4.5 miles, done! Despite the views and good company, my legs were feeling tired on this one so we strolled the last half mile instead of running it. Thanks, Heather, for being down to keep it casual! :)


My other run of the week was Tuesday morning at the track! On Tuesday, unlike Thursday, my legs felt AWESOME – super energized. We did mile repeats (3 of them) – the first two at a solid threshold pace (10 miler pace) and the last one at a faster clip. Felt great out there – I hope that’s how my legs feel on Sunday!

track workout mile repeats

As for fitness the rest of the week, Monday I enjoyed a rest day and Wednesday was a nice lunchtime restorative yoga class downtown. Always a nice break in the workday when I do that!

lunchtime yoga dupont

As for today, this morning I had a nice stretch/strength session from trainer Paul of Capital Energy Training as part of our ongoing partnership (more on that in this post)! Since I have the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler on Sunday, we focused on loosening up my hips and posterior chain in preparation for the race. One of the most interesting things about today’s session was that we did a specific stretch at the start of the session that I got very little movement in – and then when I tried it again at the end of the session I was able to really get into it. These sessions are definitely helping, that’s for sure! My hip and lower back still feel much better and he has noticed a difference in what I can do in our sessions, too, in terms of mobility/strength. Hooray!

As for tomorrow, I’ll be resting and will do a few light rounds of the moves pictured below that Paul had me do the day before the Rock ‘n’ Roll DC Half Marathon (details and instructions in this post: hip stretches for runners).

hip stretches for runners

Fingers crossed for good racing weather and for the cherry blossoms to still be around on Sunday! I’ll be going for a new PR – wish me luck! And lots of good luck to those of you also running – hope to see some of you out there! :)

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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  1. 1

    Get that PR!

  2. 3

    That first photo is simply stunning!

  3. 5
    Roadrunner says

    Good luck in the CB 10-Miler!

  4. 7

    Have a great race! Your photos are stunning. What a wonderful view for a run!

  5. 9

    Good luck at the race!!

  6. 11

    Good luck at the race! By the way – do you foam roll? If so, do you foam roll after you run, on your rest days, or some other time? I always foam roll right after working out, but I wasn’t sure whether that was the ‘right’ timing. Thanks!

    • 12

      Yes, huge foam rolling fan! I usually foam roll right after runs, and then any other time I remember to do it – sometimes when watching TV at night. :)The more the better, but I think right after the workout is always a good idea!

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