Week in Review: Fitness + Food Highlights

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! :)


We hit up the Georgetown Sweetgreen for some dinner after. I got their seasonal Strawberry Feta Salad – but added shrimp and red cabbage to the mix. Delicious!



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.

gw parkway mt vernon trail running

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!

gw parkway mt vernon trail run

gw parkway mt vernon trail walk

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.

oyamel dc tacos


I was in the mood for some stretching, so I hit up my fave local yoga studio – Edge Yoga in Courthouse (Arlington) after work.

edge yoga arlington courthouse

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!

yoga arlington

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! :)


  1. 1

    I pretty much always have room for fish tacos!
    That dress is amazing! If it says black tie optional and is an evening wedding, I would totally wear it! Plus Emily Post says it’s ok :)

  2. 3

    What beautiful weather! And yum, I love a good salad place!

  3. 4

    Do I see part beagle?

  4. 6

    1. Can we please go to Oyamel next time I’m in DC? That was one of my fave places.
    2. Go long. When else will you be able to?!

  5. 7

    I would wear the dress :) I love grilled vegetables I’m the summer!

  6. 8

    Nothing beats a good fish taco! I would go with the dress. :-)

  7. 9

    That dress is gorgeous!! I would totally wear it! Great week of recovery and eats, fish tacos are always a go in my book!

  8. 10

    Judging by the black-tie optional invite and the hour, I think the bride would be thrilled to see her guests in gowns. Formal dress adds and element of elegance to an evening wedding. I love the Macy’s dress, the color is stunning. Go for it!

  9. 12

    black tie optional means you should definitely wear the dressier option. That dress is gorgeous!

  10. 13

    That dress is gorgeous. you totally wont be overdressed. i’m sure you’ll see long and short there. i always love an excuse to dress up – go for it girl! and get a Blow Out while you are at it! Have fun

  11. 14
    Lara Pierce says

    “black tie optional” AKA “please wear black tie”

  12. 15

    Wow what a gorgeous dress. Seems like a perfect opportunity to wear it to me! And I love seeing a comprehensive week of activity like this; it’s really helpful to see how you adapt your workouts based on soreness. Have a fun weekend… looking forward to seeing pictures and the outfit you decide on!

  13. 16

    I’d just go in whatever I felt more comfortable in! I’m sure you’ll look stunning either way!

  14. 17

    That kayaking trip looks like a blast! What a great way to spend a nice evening!

  15. 18

    I love your blog it is awesome. I just read your post for today and I can’t believe you are visiting my town this weekend! I hope you have a great time and that the weather is good for your friend’s wedding.

  16. 20

    That dress is gorgeous. Definitely wear it : )
    I need to go kayaking again. It is so fun!

  17. 21

    I’m from Kingston, NY and got married there myself! Have a great time at the wedding!

  18. 22
    Roadrunner says

    Very nicely done; a great recovery week. And here’s hoping you decided to wear the new dress!

  19. 23

    Yay! Steve’s dog looks like fun and a cutie :)

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