Hi friends! Exciting news: I’m officially belay certified, which means I am approved to safely indoor rock climb with others. 🙂 As I mentioned, Matt and I took an intro to climbing course a couple weeks ago and on Friday night, I went back to the gym and took the belay test (Matt is going to take his soon – he was out of town). I passed – yay – and spent the next two hours climbing with my buddy Sokphal. Fun and healthy way to spend a Friday night!
Love that quote. So true!
We went and grabbed dinner after at a Vietnamese place nearby. Have you guys ever had summer rolls before? They are basically fresher, not fried, more delicious spring rolls. I love them! We got some to share as an appetizer.
And I had the chicken vermicelli for my main dish. The summer rolls were good but no match for my favorites! Local peeps: the best summer rolls in town, per my expert opinion, are at Sawatdee in Courthouse in Arlington. Matt and I are obsessed. Try them! We’ve also recreated them at home, with success – here’s the recipe: Fresh Thai Summer Rolls. Must make those again soon!
As for the rest of the weekend, it was low key but active! Saturday I kept things chill since it’s was approximately 4,000 degrees outside – slept in, caught up on Netflix (I’m watching my way through the Friday Night Lights series right now – SO GOOD), got my hair trimmed, and met up with my RD friend Sarah for a simple Whole Foods salad bar dinner downtown. On Sunday morning, the weather had broken and I was up and out to meet a different Sarah, my college friend, down on the mall for a run!
It was a really beautiful morning – I was happy to be out enjoying it!
Also out enjoying it were a couple thousand of our closest friends doing the Nation’s Tri! Did any of you participate? Hope you crushed it! 🙂
Sarah and I did a couple loops around the tidal basin, making sure to stay out of the way of the triathletes.
We were originally thinking of doing 7 miles, but we were both feeling super tired and sluggish despite the nice weather, so we took some walking breaks along the way.
We ran past the Lincoln Memorial…
And the Washington Monument…
And when we arrived back on the National Mall we decided to call it at 5 miles instead of 7. No worries – still an awesome workout! Listen to your bodies, friends.
We finished up with some bench push ups and dips. 🙂
On my walk home from the metro after running, I enjoyed an iced latte. The pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks is back – hooray!! My tip: instead of getting a regular pumpkin spice latte, ask for a normal latte with 1 pump (or less – I usually do 1/2 pump) of pumpkin spice syrup. This way you get the flavor without the sugar crash! This was a grande iced latte with whole milk and 1/2 pump pumpkin spice. Perfect!
The coffee must have helped because despite feeling super sluggish during the run, I felt really energized the rest of the day! Matt was back home (yay!) and after some bacon, eggs, and fruit at home, we spent the afternoon out enjoying the nice weather.
We biked over to some nearby tennis courts and spent an hour or so playing tennis. So fun! I used to play varsity tennis in high school and I’m not that great anymore but I still love playing. Matt’s newer to tennis but picked it up really fast, so we have great games!
How was your weekend? Any fun fitness/food adventures?