I’m about to share with you a cool recipe for a gel alternative, but first lemme tell you about the best running club…
On Wednesday, the “beginner running club” that I was training with permanently merged with the local regular running club. They welcomed us with a pizza party after the run. There were stacks of pizza and two pony kegs from a local brewery (Bucket Brewing):
And there was a Saucony rep there, who gave me a sweet tank top. Then I won a branded Nike shirt in a raffle. Running, pizza, beer, and two shirts all for free? This must be the best day of my life.
The biggest downside to this race was the lack of information, but I find that’s kind of a Rhode Island thing. You’re just expected to “know” where things are and how they work. After I registered for the race, I didn’t get information about bib pickup, parking, amenities… nada. Just the receipt showing that I had paid.
After asking around, I learned that bib pickup was only offered the morning of the race. I didn’t even know the physical location. I looked at the course map and just drove there. The race started at 9:30, so I got there at 8:30 and was able to easily park on one of the neighborhood side streets. I walked towards the street that the race took place, and had no idea where to go from there to find registration. I tried to pull up the website but I think it may have gotten hacked because it was displaying a database error! I had to text a friend and she showed me where to go.
After I crossed the finish line, I grabbed a bottle of water and walked around while my head cooled off. About 5 minutes after I finished and downed my water bottle, I noticed that there were no more bottles of water. The poor people who finished after me had to walk up a little hill into the parking lot, where there were water coolers. I felt really sorry for them, because a) it was hot as hell, and b) no one was telling people where to go, so they didn’t automatically know where to go for water. You just had to figure it out. Again, this lack of information was annoying.
I’m still kickin around – in DC, pretending to be some kinda fancy lady.
I feel bad about not updating the blog but I don’t want to blog from my work computer, and I’m not traveling with my two laptops so…
My workouts were on point. On my first day, I ran all the way up to Georgetown. I haven’t seen Georgetown since a high school field trip so that was neat to me.
This is the Washington Harbor, another new sight for me. I got caught in a thunderstorm in the middle of my run and had to hide under an awning for 20 minutes but I made it home, soggy shoes and all. The hotel gym is one of the best I’ve ever seen, so I also got in some strength workouts in the mornings. Oh, and I finally got my marathon plan from Coach Jeff so it’s real now. I’m in full-on marathon training mode.
The food has been awesome – see my Instagram for evidence. Asian food has exploded here; much different than when I was an intern 5 years ago. I’ve been eating all of the awesome food but aiming for smaller portions. The downside is that I still have that “vacation fat” feeling so I gotta tone it down.
It was SAVOR week, which had a lot of craft beer related events throughout the city so I couldn’t exactly pass them up. I went to one with Natty Greene’s Brewing Co (from Greensboro) and won this big metal bar sign:
Along with some new beer mugs.
I don’t have time for thorough reviews of everything but here are some of the places I ate or drank on this trip, along with my highlights:
- China Chilcano – many different pisco cocktails
- Astro Doughnuts – on National Doughnut Day of course. There were only two flavors left. I had Nutella, but the plain vanilla glazed was better.
- Maketto – EVERYTHING
- City Taphouse – fried soft shell crab & avocado sandwich! though the arugula quinoa salad was disappointing
- Belga Cafe
- Daikaya Izakaya – EVERYTHING. I tried to get ramen twice (here and Toki Underground) but the lines were way too long. I still need ramen
Guess what? I signed up for another round of e-coaching with Jeff Galloway. For the past 2 months I’ve been trying to start my marathon training for Marine Corps but I’ve been aimless, despite making my own schedule so I am putting myself in Jeff’s hands. A perk is that past coaching clients get a generous discount, so it’s only $175 for 6 months of coaching. I filled out my questionnaire and I’m anxiously waiting for his instructions.
Last week was great, fitness-wise. I did two short runs, a long run, and two weight sessions. I was happy that I fit in all of my workouts despite the holiday and celebratory things I had going on. I went walking along the beach:
And tried not to fall off of a rock:
Diet-wise, I was terrible. It’s really hard to be consistent in my diet when I’m always traveling. I can be perfect with my diet when I’m at home, but then I have to travel again and everything gets thrown off track, and it takes a week after I return to get back on it. I hate this cycle and I don’t know what to do about it. I was spoiled before that when I had access to a fridge and kitchens, but I’m kind of lost when I don’t have that. I need to get it together like, yesterday, because my summer schedule is hectic. From the beginning of May til the end of Sept, I’m going to be in this “away for one week, home for 2 or 3 weeks” cycle. Exciting for my life adventures but bad for diet and exercise consistency.
I think exercise won’t be too bad, since I have hotel gyms. It’s just the long runs and track workouts will be difficult. Food is the main difficulty. Even if I try to choose healthy lunches, restaurant salads can be a mystery as far as calories go. Then I’ll have dinner out with friends every night and I don’t always get to pick the restaurant. I did alright last summer when I had to eat clean during my travels because of the magazine photoshoot so I just have to do it again but on a more difficult scale. If the first step is recognizing that there’s a problem, it’s a start?