Morning, friends, and happy day 1 of the Winter Shape Up! In case you missed it, get your week 1 meal plan here and your week 1 workout videos here. Have fun and don’t forget to comment on those pages to enter the giveaways from this week’s sponsors! 🙂
And now, for a weekend recap! After work on Friday, Matt and I drove up to Whitetail in Maryland for a ski weekend with friends!
We spent all day Saturday, with some breaks, on the slopes! Here I am in a photo Matt entitled “crushing it” – lol.
As you can tell, I’m a pretty mediocre skier so after a couple runs with Matt I told him to go hit the harder ones with the others – I didn’t mind doing my own thing. That way I could take my time on the easy slopes and not feel bad about holding anyone up!
Lunch break with the others – white chicken chili (topped with onions and cheese) and a big salad, plus some tea.
Back to the slopes!
Afternoon fuel = a Larabar + a Mighty Bar organic jerky. Yum!
Around 4:30 we broke for an interlude and met back up at one of the condos with everyone for some card games and chilling. Around 7, we had dinner – a big pasta with meat sauce feast + some caesar salad.
Around 8:30 we headed back out for some night skiing! It was soooo hard to motivate because we were all warm and cozy, but we’d all left our skis down at the main lodge so we had to go back out. Once we were out there, though, it was fun – nice night for it!
I ended up just doing 2 runs and then calling it because conditions were pretty icy and my legs were tired, but the others stayed out a little longer. When everyone was done, we rounded out the night with some adult beverages and fun games. 🙂
On Sunday, Matt and I made it back to DC by around noon and hit the grocery store before coming home and having brunch – some unpictured scrambled eggs, bacon, and crackers with guac. Delicious! I relaxed and did some laundry before heading out around 4 for a run. I wasn’t feeling anything intense but I was craving a run – it had been awhile! I was sad I missed my running buddies (who went out that morning), but it was still nice to get out there; I rocked out to some tunes and kept it casual. 3 miles, done!
I’m excited to have re-signed with Brooks as one of their Run Happy blogger ambassadors for another year, and to kick off this year’s partnership they sent me a new pair of the latest edition of my favorite shoes, the Ravenna 8 (affiliate link). My old Ravenna’s saw me through multiple half marathons and the Marine Corps Marathon and were definitely feeling worn, so I’m excited to have a new pair for spring training! They felt great – very similar to the 7’s – springy and streamlined with an updated design to make heel-to-toe transitions even easier.
As for last night, Matt cooked up a feast for me and my mother-in-law, who was in town for a workshop over the weekend. It was nice to get to see her again before she headed out early this morning – and also nice to have her take care of Zara for us while we were gone!
On the menu: grilled pork chops (rubbed with seasoning first) + roasted sweet potatoes + spinach sauteed with garlic and almonds. Delicious! My compliments to the chef. 🙂
I was in bed early after a weekend of late nights – and because I had plans to meet Chelsea and Kathleen this morning for our workout date of the week! We hit up Urban Athletic Club in Georgetown via ClassPass (<- affiliate link for $30 off), and when I woke up it had snowed! The roads and sidewalks were clear (it was too warm for anything to stick), but the trees looked beautiful. 🙂
We had a great workout as always! And now, it’s time to tackle my exploding inbox and to do list. Have a fabulous day everyone, and enjoy the shape up for those participating! 🙂
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