Hi friends! I can’t believe it’s already Friday – this week flew by thanks to spending most of Monday on a plane. In-flight wi-fi is so great – I get so much work done on planes nowadays!
Now that I’m done recapping my Seattle/Tacoma adventures, let’s do a little fitness + food highlights week in review, shall we?
After racing the Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll half marathon Saturday and the beautiful (but steep) Mt. Rainier National Park hike on Sunday, my legs were dead! My workout consisted of a nice casual hour long walk with my brother’s dog before heading to the airport and then sitting on a plane all day. It was about 65 and sunny with no humidity in Tacoma on Monday morning – we were both quite happy! 🙂 I’m dreaming of that weather now…
Back in DC, I wanted to get outside and get some fresh air but minus using my sore legs, so I asked my friend Kathleen if she was up for a little kayaking sesh after work. She was!
We rented the kayaks from Key Bridge Boathouse and spent about an hour and a half paddling around – and floating and chatting, too. 🙂
It was so nice out – much cooler than it had been during the day – and we even saw a rainbow! 🙂
Awesome way to spend an evening. Thanks for the company, Kathleen! 🙂
I was originally supposed to have a 7 a.m. run date with my friend Sokphal, but my legs still weren’t feeling 100% recovered from the race. I’m sure I could have run, but I just wasn’t feeling it, and I didn’t want to force it, so I asked if she’d be up for a walking date instead.
We ended up having a great walk! It was already a little hot out, even by 7, but it felt nice to get out and about and to catch up with Sokphal, too!
On Wednesday night, I threw together a quick dinner – my old “Cheesy” Vegan Mushroom Quinoa (<—click for recipe) from way back in the day. I forgot to buy cannellini beans so I just used chickpeas. 🙂
Tasty! The “cheesy” flavor is from nutritional yeast.
We pounded this early (before 6 – we usually don’t eat dinner until 8 or 9) because we were headed downtown for a fun adventure; Matt got us tickets to see Potted Potter! It was hilarious! 🙂
Since dinner was light and super early (Matt was running late and didn’t get to eat much of it, either), we were both hungry after the show let out so we hit up Oyamel right nearby for some tacos. Love Oyamel! Their mahi mahi tacos are my fave – love the pickled slaw.
I was in the mood for some stretching, so I hit up my fave local yoga studio – Edge Yoga in Courthouse (Arlington) after work.
I went to Mark’s 6 p.m. class – I hadn’t been to one of his mixed level classes in awhile, and it was great! Good challenge and good sweat. We worked on a lot of inversions and complicated twists. I was good at the inversions, but I have a hard time with twists/binds since I’m not super flexible… and because my hips/hamstrings are aggressively tight right now. Something to work on! 🙂 Also, random sidenote – as a side effect of finally nailing a solid headstand, I’ve found I can’t do forearm balance anymore – has anyone else had that problem? I guess because it’s such a different move – forearm balance is more of a backbend!
Post-yoga dinner was a delicious grilled feast! I picked up some good looking wild salmon from Whole Foods earlier this week and marinated it in some BBQ sauce before I left for yoga. When I got home, Matt threw it on the grill along with some asparagus (coated in a little olive oil, salt, and pepper) and fresh corn. I think he soaked the corn in a little water so it didn’t catch fire…
Yum! It was delicious. I love all-grilled dinners. 🙂
I hit up my fave, Urban Athletic Club (<—coupon code in that post), this morning with a bunch of the girls! Kathleen, Karen, Chelsea and I all got our sweat on at the 7 a.m. class. As always, great workout – and fun to have so many of my friends there, too!
I worked late last night so this morning I could take a nice leisurely post-workout coffee walk with Karen:
And now, I’m finishing up work because Matt and I are pushing off later this afternoon for upstate New York (Kingston area)! We’re headed to my childhood friend Stephanie’s wedding – should be a great weekend. Question – if the wedding invite said black tie optional, and the wedding isn’t until 6:30 p.m., does that mean I should wear a long dress? I was debating between this formal/long dress I got recently from Macy’s and one of my normal short cocktail wedding dresses. I don’t want to be overdressed… but I kind of want to wear my new dress. Thoughts?!
Have a great weekend, guys! 🙂