Weekend Wrap-Up: A New Look, Set-Back & Working on the Weekend

Happy Monday, everyone! I’m linking up with Tara at Running ‘N’ Reading and Katie at Marvelous in my Mondays for this week’s weekend update. 

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Hi, friends! As you may have noticed, Ice Packs + Races had a tiny face-lift. I have started and dropped my share of personal or travel blog endeavors over the course of several years, even starting this blog on Tumblr before committing to WordPress, but this one is here to stay.

Since beginning to blog in this space about the ups and downs of learning to run and train and race, I have gained such support and satisfaction from interacting with other runners and documenting this piece of my life. It only seemed right that the blog begin to reflect the level of my commitment to it with a little update and its own domain. One day soon, I’ll see what other kind of design + code skills I can muster for a bigger update. 🙂

Anyway, let’s get to the weekend update, shall we?

I worked every day at the store this weekend but still managed to fit in the good stuff: an indulgent brunch (looking at you, lemon/raspberry compote pancakes), a couple movies, and a little retail therapy. Unfortunately, I didn’t take a lot of photos this week, so I might include a few from Thursday evening (which is practically the weekend, right?).

The weather in DC has committed to blazing heat and humidity, but in this occasion it chose bright sunshine and pouring rain — at the same time. What?

On a more sour note, I started feeling some tightness in my calves and a little shin pain post-Thursday’s evening run. I’ve since stopped running and committed to rest and foam rolling in an effort to convince my legs to cooperate, but I’m a nervous mess that they won’t heal fast enough to begin half marathon training on Monday. They feel much better today, but I don’t want to run until I can’t feel even a twinge of discomfort.

Internally I am yelling, “WHY? AGAIN?!” Did I not take enough time off after my 10K race effort? Should I have waited another day before that first two-miler back?! Was it just too much, too soon since my last break from running? I am somewhere between throwing my head against a wall and trying to play it cool. Keep all your fingers and toes crossed for me that this is just a little detour that will resolve itself soon.

When the sky opens up mid-run…you just keep running. And then pose for a photo when you seek cover.

Aside from that speed bump, I tried to keep busy with other weekend activities to keep my brain from obsessing about running. When I wasn’t at work, I took full advantage of my free time. I had my regular coffee and bagel at Buffalo and Bergen on Saturday and shopped for potential wear-to-wedding dresses on F ST. I also may or may not have scooped up a pair of shoes I’ve been eyeing for weeks at Zara. I nabbed them on sale!

Saturday morning bagels + coffee at Buffalo & Bergen at Union Market.
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Hello, lovers.

I also squeezed in some weights on Sunday. If I can’t run I might as well do what I can, right? I also took out my new Hokas (which actually deserve a long trail run — the original, pre-injury plan) for a short walk on the C+O trail on the way to and from brunch at Kafe Leopold. After writing about that place in last week’s Friday Five, I couldn’t turn down an opportunity to go. I ordered fruit, hot Austrian coffee topped with fresh cream, and my favorite lemon soufflé pancakes with raspberry compote. I also nibbled off of Alex’s avocado toast and eggs to satisfy my savory craving. I love that place! Plus, throw in a short, fifteen minute wait during Father’s Day Sunday and primetime brunch hours, and I was a happy camper.


How was your weekend? How do you stay busy when you can’t run?

8 thoughts on “Weekend Wrap-Up: A New Look, Set-Back & Working on the Weekend”

  1. I hope that your calves are feeling better. Injuries are the worst! My right calf has been tight for a few weeks and I’m not sure what to do about it. Oddly enough, it doesn’t seem to bother me when I run. I’m just trying to keep foam rolling.


  2. As the local Fleet Feet owner once said, if you run, things will ache, but they shouldn’t hurt. The trick is to figure out which is which. Also if you say your hips ache, that can be pretty normal, but if you say my hip hurts right where my finger is, that isn’t.

    Good luck!


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