Hi, friends! The weekend kicked off Friday morning because I was lucky enough to have the whole day off. Alex and I took a walk to Bagels + Baguettes for a little caffeine and breakfast, and I couldn’t have thought of a better way to start off the day. Sidenote: Alex’s office closes at noon every Friday in the summer (!!!). How nice is that? I spent the rest of the morning and afternoon finishing odds and ends I had put off during the week (cleaning, writing, e-mails, packing) until dinner rolled around. We were hoping to head to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival: Peru, which I originally heard about on Courtney’s 5 Free Things to Do in DC post, but time got away from us. Hoping to catch it next week!
Alex and I grabbed dinner at Indigo to satisfy our craving for Indian food before heading to a local biergarten on H ST to catch the U.S. Women’s World Cup game vs. China. They won! Who else will be watching them play Germany tomorrow? We called it a night after the women’s win since I was preparing to leave for Chicago early the next morning.
My good friends Kelsey and Amrit are getting married in July, and Kelsey’s bachelorette party kicked off Saturday in Chicago. I was going to be in the city for just under 24 hours so there wasn’t any room for error or delayed flights. In the week leading up to Saturday, my weather app warned of all-day thunderstorms and rain, and I was nervous I’d have trouble leaving the city. Luckily, the flight took off without a hitch, but I’ve never come so close to missing a flight before. I will never inflict myself to that kind of stress again! I was still in the security line when the the overhead speakers start spouting, “Last call for Frontier flight to Chicago!”
After I pulled on my sandals post-security check, I flew to my gate. Training to run: keeps you fit and prepares you for mad dashes at the airport.
Upon landing in Chicago, I met one of my best friends from college right outside my gate (who had just arrived from Denver), and we proceeded to unabashedly hug, yell and jump in circles. Why hold in the excitement?! In true form, we were wearing the same exact jacket — unplanned. Once we made it into the city, we met the bride-to-be and her bridal party and headed out for brunch, shopping and a look at the beautiful skyline. Chicago makes you proud to be from the midwest: the architecture and its skyscrapers are incredible, the people are kind, and its food is fantastic. It was good to be back!
When we returned from shopping, we dressed for the night, and headed out for tapas and drinks at Taverna 750 in Boystown. Boystown was dressed and ready for Sunday’s pride parade; equality and pride flags were flowing and rainbow was the color palette of choice. What a perfect place to celebrate! The tapas were delicious, and my drink had a rosemary sprig that they set on fire upon delivery. It made the whole table smell wonderful. We then proceeded to the obligatory bachelorette party “male revue,” followed by dancing and a late night pizza order. I fell asleep for approximately one hour before taking a middle-of-the-night cab ride back to O’Hare for my very early morning flight back to DC. I formally apologize to my seat mates for threatening to fall asleep on their shoulders.
I came home to eat, sleep, shower and recover…with pie. Haha!
On the running front, I walked all of my intended miles last week and stuck to my core + strength regimen. Today is supposed to be the first day of my half marathon training plan — a day that I have been looking forward to for months. I feel about 90% pain-free, but because it’s not 100%, I’m considering walking my planned miles again this week. I need to sit down and figure out an adjusted plan that will let me train but won’t re-injure me if I jump right into new mileage again. Has anyone else tried walking their miles? Should I consider a walk/run method for the first few weeks? Help!
How was your weekend? Are you beginning a new training cycle for an upcoming race?