Monday, February 13, 2017

RnR DC Training week 6

This week went a lot better with training.  I did have to kind of move everything toward the end of the week because I was still not feeling that well at the beginning of the week but I got in my 3 cardio sessions and 2 strength training sessions.  Sadly, 2 of the 3 cardio days were indoors but I did manage to get a little bit of time outside when the weather was nice.  I also got in my 10,000 steps on my rest days as well which I hadn't been able to do for a while.

Monday - rest day with an evening walk in the neighborhood.

Tuesday - rest day with another walk

Wednesday- strength training

Thursday- 40 minutes at the gym


Friday- strength training at home

Saturday - 3 mile run in the neighborhood.  It ended up being a beautiful afternoon and I was able to run in a long sleeve shirt with no jacket.


Sunday- 9 miles - It was raining so my friends and I decided to meet at the gym instead.  I split up the 9 miles between 3 different machines to at least stretch my legs in between.


And that was my week!  The forecast looks pretty nice for this week so hopefully I'll get in more time outside later in the week.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Friday Five - Love

This has seemed like a long week but it's Friday!  And I'm happy to be able to link up with the Friday 5 again.  Many thanks to Running on Happy & Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five 2.0 linkup!  This week's theme is love so I thought I'd talk about 5 things I'm loving at the moment.

 Friday Five Linkup 2.0

1.  Cats!  I've really loved cuddling with my cats in the evening.  Even Shelby has been affectionate and I think they sense that I've been stressed and need the extra comfort :)

One of my favorites photos of Shelby

2.  The latest news on the Executive Order for Refugees - Yesterday, a 3 judge panel for the 9th Circuit ordered that the stay on the Executive Order will remain in place.  The case still continues and the decision can still be appealed but I was really happy with this news.

3. Mike!  I always love him but he's been extra sweet recently!  We don't do Valentines Day but I figured I should at least give him a shout out since he does read the blog :) 

I love that he continues to be so supportive at my races!

4. The West Wing - I've been re-watching the West Wing on Netflix as my treadmill show.  I had forgotten how much I loved this show and it definitely make the time at the gym go by more quickly.

5.  The weather - I both love and don't love this one.  I loved the warm weather we had earlier this week but then it dropped like 30 degrees in a day and my sinuses are going crazy.  This up and down weather is making me feel like I'm constantly sick.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

2017 Races

I can't believe it's already February!  This year has gotten off to a hectic start and I haven't had a single race yet.  I probably will be racing less this year but I still want to go ahead and get down my race plans for the year.  I'm sure a lot will change in the coming months but here's my list as of now.

January - None

February - None

Before last year's RnR DC

March - RnR DC Half Marathon and the MCRRC Piece of Cake 5k

April - Georgetown 10 miler and Star Wars Dark Side Half Marathon at Disney World

May - Semper Fi 5k (since it's been a PR race the last 3 years!)

June - MCRRC Suds and Soles 5k

July - MCRRC Riley's Rumble 8k 


A hot and humid Riley's Rumble 8k in 2016

August -MCRRC Eastern County 8k

September -

October - Columbus Half Marathon (this will be my brother's first half!)

November - Infinity Gauntlet Challenge (10k and half marathon at Disney Land) 

December - MCRRC Jingle Bell Jog 8k and I might do Race 13.1 Baltimore if they have it again.

Baltimore in December

So that's my current list for the year.  I've got 2 Disney races on my year because I kind of felt like I wanted to get the coast to coast medal one year.  I turn 40 this year and Mike said, if there's a time to do it, this is it!  So this is my year of Disney, and that's also 3 races I'll be traveling for if you add in Columbus.  So more racecations than usual.  But at least for Columbus, I can stay with family so I won't have to worry about a hotel :)  And most of the MCRRC races are free for members which is definitely nice.

What races do you have on tap for the year that you're excited about?

Monday, February 6, 2017

RnR DC Training Weeks 4 and 5

It's been a couple weeks since I've posted in my blog or even since I've had a chance to read other blogs!  It's just been a really busy time at work.  And of course, I'm exhausted when I get home.  My career also happens to deal with immigration so there's been quite a bit of added stress around that the past couple weeks.

But moving on!  It is what it is.  I am happy to say the training is continuing.  I don't remember well enough to do a play by play but week 4 went well.  I got in my 3 runs and 2 strength training sessions that week.  2 of the 3 runs were even outside.  I got home early from work one day and was able to run outside (in a t-shirt and capris!) and then met up with friends over the weekend for a run on the C&O Canal towpath.

Running in a t-shirt in January!

Week 5 didn't go as smoothly.  It ended up just being 2 runs and 1 strength training session.  I ended up skipping my long run this past weekend because I was having serious sinus issues and felt like I could barely breathe on Sunday.

BWI airport protest in response to the Executive Order on immigration

But there was some fun stuff in there too!  Friday, a friend from out of town was visiting so we met up with her in the evening.  And Saturday came with another opportunity to dress up since Mike's company had their holiday party.  They always do it at the beginning of the year instead of December, which I appreciate.  It's nice to have it at a less busy time.  It was at the Portrait Gallery which is a beautiful building and some of the exhibits were even open so we got to have a look around.

So that's been my last 2 weeks.  I'm hoping I can get back to updating my blog and also catching up with other blogs so I can see how you're all doing!

Monday, January 23, 2017

RnR DC Training Week 3

Ugh.  Week 3 was a complete loss.  As in I didn't work out even once.  My stomach was not feeling well at all for the beginning of the week.  Maybe it was just because of all the rich food I ate over the weekend in NYC?  I'm not sure.  At least this was supposed to be a cut back week anyway so I just had a more extreme version!  But here's a brief synopsis of what I did end up doing during the week.

Thursday, we went to the Peace Ball at the new museum of African American History in DC.  It was a wonderful event and we had a great time.  There were some amazing speakers and some great performances.  Plus, it was nice to have an opportunity to dress up in our fancy clothes that otherwise just sit in the closet :)


Saturday, we woke up early and went to the Women's March in DC.  This was another incredible experience.  It was crazy how many people were there and how crowded it was but everyone peaceful, patient, friendly and positive.  It was a long day, we were on our feet from 9:30am to 2:30pm and then again from 3:30 to 5.


All of that to say that Sunday, my feet were in pain!  I tested my friends to let them know I wasn't going to make it to our 6 mile run. Instead, I spent the day icing my feet and resting.  The only time we left the house was to get groceries.  But I did manage to get in some progress done on a training course I'm working on for a volunteer assignment next month so there was some productivity!

Here's hoping this week goes better.  My stomach seems back to normal, I've lost the extra weight from vacation, and we should be good to go!

I'm linking up with HoHoRuns and MissSippiPiddlin for their Weekly Wrap.

 Weekly Wrap 51 Taste the Rainbow

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

RnR DC Training Week 2

Week 2 is done!  I'm a day late on the review since we just got back from NYC yesterday evening but here is how last week went.

Monday - rest day

Tuesday - strength training (jumping jacks, squats, crunches, glute bridges, clamshells, push ups, planks, calf raises and lunges)

Wednesday - rest day

Thursday - 45 minute walk.  It was so beautiful that I opted to go outside after work instead of on the treadmill at the gym.  But it was so dark that it was mostly walking since I wasn't sure of my footing on the sidewalk in the dark.

I have to admit I enjoy the houses that still have Christmas lights up!

Friday - 3 mile run in the neighborhood.  My first time running outside this Winter.  And Friday was still pretty warm so it wasn't actually cold, though I did struggle a bit with the drier air.

Had a problem with the Garmin and had to re-start it mid -run

Saturday - rest day since this was the day we drove up to New York.  I still managed to get in more than 10,000 steps once we got there with all the walking around.

Walking around Times Square in the evening snow

Sunday - 8 mile run in Central Park.  This was a beautiful run!  My first run out in the cold but I'm thankful I had beautiful scenery to distract me.  There was a bit of snow Saturday evening and it stuck in the park so that made it all the more picturesque.



So that was my week!  I hope all of you had a great week too.  This week is going to be a both off schedule too with all the inauguration stuff making things complicated.  But I'm hoping to get in strength training today, a run on Wednesday and Friday, marching at the Women's March in DC on Saturday and a long run on Sunday.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Costa Rica trip review - Part 2

Back to finishing up my Costa Rica trip review!  Part 1 was about our trip to the Arenal Volcano.  We left off with lunch at the Sky Adventures Park and driving to our next destination at the beach.  We were staying at the J.W. Marriott, Guanacaste and it took us about 4 hours to get there.  We arrived right as the sun was setting over the ocean.

The hotel had an amazing pool that overlooked the beach

Guanacaste is a province right by the Pacific Ocean and has a lot of beach towns.  The resort we were staying at was beautiful but pretty remote.  It took around 30 minutes each time we wanted to go to the closest town, Tamarindo.  We were definitely glad to have the car.  The resort was beautiful and had everything you could want but we also wanted to get out and explore the area while we were there.

 Plenty of opportunities to relax at the hotel

The first evening, we just settled in, had a swim at the amazing pool, had a relaxing dinner at the hotel, and then called it an early evening.  Friday was our first full day in Guanacaste.  I woke up early and went out to explore the beach.  I meant to go for a run but the beach was really rocky so it was definitely more of a walk as I had to watch my footing.  Still, it was beautiful.

My dad joined me at the beach later in the morning for some photos

We spent some time enjoying the pool, had lunch at one of the poolside bars, and then spent some time at the spa for massages.  It was a gorgeous spa, with a lot of connection to the outdoors.  There were outdoor showers and even our treatment room was like a huge balcony with one side facing the outdoors.  The sound of the wind and water added extra relaxation to the massage.

Lunch at the poolside bar

In the evening, we got dressed up and drove into Tamarindo to check out the town, do some shopping, and get some dinner.  We found a sushi place that had good reviews and a lot of vegan options in addition to the seafood.  Tamarindo is known as a surfing town so it was pretty laid back.  We also found a mini-golf place so spent some time enjoying friendly competition.

Another beautiful sunset

Saturday started the same way.  I woke up early for a swim.  The pool was pretty quiet in the morning and I got in a nice work out. 

Compilation of pool time photos

We had breakfast at the hotel restaurant again and then Mike, my dad and me drove off to the Monkey Jungle Canopy Tour for some zip lining.  This was a lot of fun!  It seemed like a pretty small operation but that just meant a lot of individualized attention.  There ended up being a group of 6 of us and three guides.  They drove us up on ATVs to the start of the zip lining.  There were 7 different zip lines and we ended with a "tarzan swing."  Afterward, we relaxed back at the main area with some water and freshly cut fruit.  We heard howler monkeys while we were zip lining though didn't actually end up seeing them.

Mike's first time zip lining

Saw this guy while we were having lunch at the hotel later

We went back to the hotel to clean up and relax before driving back into Tamarindo for dinner.  I had read about a Mediterranean restaurant that had good vegetarian food so we tried it out and it did not disappoint!  They even had amazing vegan options for my mom, including an Apple Crumble with coconut ice cream for dinner.


Sunday, I started the day with another walk on the beach for around 3 miles and pool time. 

There were cows grazing by the beach during my walk

Then we went off for a sunset cruise that started around 1.  It was a beautiful ship and it included an open bar.  We drove out to a nice cove and people were able to jump into the ocean for a swim or snorkeling.  Mike and I went into the water but after 15 or 20 minutes we noticed the jelly fish.  I ended up getting stung by one but it wasn't too bad.  We got out of the water after that but it was good timing as they were setting up lunch on the ship.  Lunch included rice and beans, chips, salsa, chicken for those that wanted it, lots of fruit and home made cookies.  Yum!  Then we took our time sailing back to town.  We saw whales on the way back and it was amazing.  The sail ended with a stunning sunset over the water.


We went back to the hotel and cleaned up for dinner at one of their fancier restaurants for our last night in Costa Rica.


And that was it!  We got up early on Monday to drive back to the airport, maybe a 90 minute drive.  We got there pretty early and then had to wait around a bit before the airline opened up their desks so we could check our bags.  We did some last minute souvenir shopping (definitely more expensive at the airport so get stuff in advance if you can), had some lunch, and then boarded the plane to fly back home.

So that was Costa Rica.  We all absolutely loved it.  It's a beautiful country with really friendly people.  We had a lot of fun and it was a nice blend of active things and relaxation.  I would highly recommend it as a vacation spot to anyone.