Weekend Fun: Hiking

I’ve done a lot of hiking in the last couple of weeks – tons of hiking on our vacation to Canada (more on that on tomorrow!) and two trips to Great Falls on consecutive weekends! Last weekend, I went hiking and camping with Vivian – we were supposed to go to Shenandoah, only to find out all the campsites were full :( So we called around and found Lake Fairfax Park near Great Falls had a few spots – perfect.  We drove over and set up camp in the late afternoon.

IMG_20171014_183103.jpgAnd then headed to Great Falls for a short hike. We opted to do the River Trail, which wasn’t too crowded at that time of the day.

It was a perfect hike, and the views of the falls were beautiful.  So grateful to have such gorgeous scenery not too far from home.  After our hike, we hurried back to camp to get the campfire going.  I was certain I knew how to start a fire, since I had seen my dad do it tons of times as a kid…but after going through an entire newspaper in my efforts to get it started, I admitted defeat and asked the family next door for help.  The dad was happy to help – he came over, restacked our wood, added some firestarter and tons of leaves/ cardboard, and we had a roaring fire in no time!

IMG_20171014_195204.jpgVivian prepped the food and brought hot dogs, veggies and baked beans in foil packets, and smores in a cone.  Nothing tastes as good as food cooked over an open flame, especially when you’re hungry after a hike.

First camping adventure was definitely a success, and we’re hoping to make it to Shenandoah in the spring!


Weekend Fun: Mike’s Bday!

We celebrated my amazing husband’s birthday this weekend with one of his best friends and friend’s wife – Charles and Cathy – who flew in for the weekend! Our celebration started on Thursday night with a dinner at Ruth Chris’s steakhouse.  Great views, okay food if I’m being honest.  I think their famous sizzling hot plates result in overcooked steak :\I had to work on Friday, so Cathy hung out at the Korean spa while Mike and Charles played a round of golf.  When we got home, Cathy cooked up an amazing meal of dukkbokki and odeng (she’s quite the chef and insisted on cooking for us) – Korean comfort food at its best!Followed by some games and cake for dessert.  Sweet potato cake from Tour Les Jours might be my new favorite.Saturday morning, I went for a run with Charles (he’s training for a 10 miler in October) and the miles went by quickly as we got caught up.  I love running with friends.  Lunch was a quick affair at our favorite “cheap” sushi joint Sushi Yoshi, and then the guys got ready to check out the new MGM casino in National Harbor, while Cathy and I headed over to Georgetown for some window shopping and dessert.  Treats from Baked and Wired – my strawberry ice cream sandwich was delicious but enormous – Cathy and I could have split it and still not finished it.We went over to National Harbor for some outlet shopping (I got a new vest from J.Crew factory #winteriscoming) and then met up with the guys for a movie! We watched the new Kingsman movie, which was entertaining if a little gross at times. We ordered Bonchon on the way home, which was amazing with some beer when we got home for a late dinner.  Cathy and Charles had an early flight the next morning – so sad to see them go after such a fun weekend together.

Happy birthday hon! Here’s to many, many more.


Last Week’s Workouts: 14.5 Miles

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a workout post, and suffice it say that I’m not running that much these days – and I’m okay with that.  I’ve always been a morning runner, but my schedule has changed lately (I leave for work around 6 AM to avoid traffic), so the majority of my workouts are done after work, at which time I don’t have a lot of motivation to get on the treadmill.  These days, rock climbing, Orangetheory, and other workout classes have sounded a lot more fun. Here’s how last week went:

Mon: rock climbing with Vivian after work.  We were both a little tired, so I stuck to 5.8s and 1-2 5.9s.

Tue: 3 mile run on the T/M – I mixed in a little speed after a 5 min warm-up – did 6 min at 6.6, 2 min recovery, 5 min at 6.8, 2 min recovery, then 2 min at 7.0, 2 min recovery, and jogged the rest of the way.  Gym was closed due to a gas leak, so no Insanity :(

Weds: rest (bad insomnia night)

Thurs: OTF! – It was a power day, so we did lots of hills on the treadmill, shorter powerful rows, and heavy weights.  For those counting, I add 1.5 miles to my weekly mileage for OTF days.

Fri: 4 miles on T/M

Sat: 6 miles outside (10:08 pace) – great run with Charles, Mike’s friend in town for the weekend.  My legs were pretty tired after a week of workouts, but he helped me power through.

Sun: rest

Friday Faves

Hey friends! We have a fun weekend ahead of us because it’s Mike’s bday! Our friends Charles and Cathy flew in last night and we have lots of activities planned – hiking, climbing, and lots of eating :) Here’s some of my favorite things from the week.

Hidden Singer show on Netflix – this is such a fun Korean variety show.  The premise is that there is one famous singer and five impersonators singing behind closed doors, and the audience needs to pick out the real singer.  The singers and host do such a good job making the show funny and warm-hearted.

this tee – my friend Vivian picked this up for me – she knows me so well! Something about fall weather turns me into the most basic girl on earth, lol.  I’ve already picked up pumpkin spice cheerios, pumpkin spice bread mix, and my first PSL.  This is pretty much me.  And I just bought the pumpkin spice deodorant mentioned in the article.IMG_20170919_171045

new TOMS – my first pair purchased in 2015 are well and truly worn out (and smelly), so I picked up this pretty pair for our trip to Vancouver in a few weeks.  I’ve been wearing them around the house to break them in before the trip.

My new office with a window – I got a promotion recently at work and subsequently  got moved to an small office with a window for the first time in my nearly 10 year career (not counting the short time I shared a window office with Alexa when I first started work in 2008).  The view isn’t amazing or anything (parking lot), but the natural light makes a huge difference in my mood – I look forward to going to work every morning so I can see the sunrise from my desk, and I feel calmer throughout the day.

My Poshmark obsession has been strong lately and I’ve bought a bunch of great clothes for fall and our Vancouver trip – an Athleta jacket, couple of sweaters, hiking pants, and a couple of other things.  Prices are amazing and the clothes often look like new – I got this BR dress for just $5!

Have a great weekend!

Weekend Fun: Billy Goat Trail

I’m back! I had a really intense couple of months at work, but it all ended on Sept 14 :) I spent the afternoon giving blood for the first time.IMG_20170914_150337

I had wanted to give blood before, but I didn’t meet the weight limits until a couple of years ago, and I wasn’t comfortably over the limit until last year.  One of the benefits of gaining weight, lol. The process was surprisingly fast (about 5 min?) and not terribly uncomfortable – definitely bearable, especially given the fact that my blood could save up to three lives! The Red Cross workers/ volunteers were so kind, and they had awesome snacks in the break area for afterwards.

I took Friday off and spent the morning hiking the Billy Goat Trail (A and B) in Great Falls Park.

It was a gorgeous hike, with lots of rock scrambling! I exercised some caution and brought along my mace just in case (for bears or bad dudes), but I felt pretty safe the whole time.  I started at the top of Billy Goat A, went on to finish Billy Goat B, then crossed to the Berma Road for an easy return back.  It was about 7.5 miles round-trip and took me about 4 hours with some short water breaks.

I was so hungry afterwards and craving meat, so I headed down to Annandale for some korean BBQ at Honey Pig.  I got a whole order of galbi for myself and it was amazing.  The ladies gave me extra side dishes for free because they thought I was a starving student, lol.  I waited till the end to let them know I was 30 years old, haha.

The rest of the weekend was pretty restful – I got a massage later that afternoon, church small group started up again, and I was laid up with a cold the rest of the weekend =\ Thankfully I’m feeling better now and ready for some new adventures this week!

This Week’s Workouts: 19.5 Miles

This week was pretty busy at work (I’m getting ready to hire a team), but I managed to get my miles and workouts in.  My workouts have been a mix of all sorts of stuff lately, but I’ve finally used up the last of my ClassPass credits, so I’ll be focusing on running/ strength/ climbing from now on.  I’m really enjoying climbing right now, and I’ll probably be signing up for a monthly membership since we’re going at least once a week.

Mon: rest day – slept in and missed Pump 

Tues: 7 X 400 meters on T/M – my speed is starting to come back; intervals at 7.3-7.6 felt more comfortable.  I’d like to see that number go up to 8.0 in the next couple of weeks!

Weds: rest day

Thurs: 6 easy outside (9:50 pace)  – this was a great run with some cooler weather (low 70s).  I made sure to carry water this time and zoned out to podcasts.

Fri: Elevate Interval Fitness class via ClassPass – this was similar to OTF but with a more involved strength training portion, which I liked.  I also tried a Woodway treadmill for the first time and I understand the hype – they’re so smooth and comfortable.

Sat: 4 miles on T/M (10:22 pace) and climbing! We tried some harder routes and my forearms were so sore after, so I think that counts as a good upper body strength workout.

Sun: 4 miles on T/M (10:20 pace)

I’m focusing on taking rest days when needed so I don’t get burned out or injured while my mileage increases over the next couple of months.  I’m happy I got in one run outside, and if we don’t get crazy thunderstorms this week again, I think I’ll be running outside more!

Last Week’s Workouts: 18 Miles

My mileage ramp-up is still going well! Whenever I’m coming back from injury, I generally stick to the “less than 10%” rule – any mileage increases from week to week are less than 10%.  This helps avoid ramping up too fast and getting re-injured.  Since I ran 16.5 miles last week, I ran 18 miles this week.

Mon: Body Pump

Tues: 4 X 800 meters on T/M – After a mile warm-up, I alternated 800 meter intervals with 400 meter recoveries.  This definitely pushed my fitness, even at a conservative 7.2 speed.  Hopefully I’ll see my speed and endurance improve!

Weds: rest day

Thurs: E60 class in Arlington through ClassPass – this was an intense circuit program that went by quickly! We did rowing, treadmills, medicine ball exercises, boxing, and lots of core work.  My core was sore for 4 days afterwards, lol.

Fri: 3.5 miles on T/M (10:33 pace) – Since I ran half a mile during class the day before, I cut my run short on Friday.

Sat: 6 miles on T/M (10:16 pace) – I wanted to do this run outside, but I woke up late and didn’t have much time before a rock-climbing date with a friend.  I’ve gone rock-climbing every weekend this month – it might be time to invest in some gear!

Sun: 3 miles on T/M (10:21 pace)

I’m glad I got in my miles and a decent amount of strength work this week, but I need to start taking my runs outside this week.  I know from experience that too much treadmill training translates into poor race times for me.  My goal this week is to do all my runs outside, with the exception of speedwork.  Hopefully the weather cooperates :)