We meet again, Monday, but let’s talk about the weekend…
A and I finally made it to The BEACH exhibit at the National Building Museum after work on Friday! What’s that giant ball pit, you ask?! The BEACH covers 10,000 square feet of the museum’s great hall with an “ocean” of nearly one million recyclable translucent plastic balls. It’s so cool. I have to say though…I think I prefer watching other people enjoy the “swimming.” I didn’t enjoy feeling stuck, but it was worth the adventure.
After The BEACH, we walked to A Baked Joint, Baked + Wired’s sister store that recently opened in Mount Vernon. This place could mean trouble. Some of my all time Baked + Wired favorites, including a Bakedwich, is now just a walk away. In addition to the sweets, they sell baked bread, granola, and a menu of breakfast/lunch items. I’ve got my eye on their smoked salmon sandwich for my next visit. A and I already made our way through a small bag of their Hippie Crack granola this weekend.
At home, we made a Blue Apron meal, and it was the perfect Friday night meal: heirloom tomato and fontina grilled cheese sandwiches. Delicious, cheesy and different enough to make it special. We also watched Finding Nemo because I had that little-kid urge to watch something silly and animated. I also foam rolled my still-sore legs to ensure they’d function properly for Sunday’s long run.
I slept-in the longest I have in weeks on Saturday morning. Last week racked up 55+ work hours between both of my jobs, and I think my body insisted I sleep. After I woke, I headed to Union Market for my favorite bagel + coffee, but the place is definitely twice the capacity at noon (I usually try to get there before the 11am rush).
After breakfast, A and I walked to Eastern Market and did a little of our grocery shopping. We always make the mistake of visiting after we’ve shopped elsewhere, and it was nice to stock up on local produce (plus…a couple peanut butter cookies from inside). I finished off the evening at J. Crew, and it went as well as working on a Saturday night can go.
On Sunday, I hit the snooze button at least twice before waking for my long run, but I got up, dressed and headed out the door before 7:30. I was disappointed by how high the sun had already risen. Long runs are better enjoyed with a little glowing color. This run had a few more hiccups than last week.
First, I removed my Superfeet inserts from my Hokas (since I think they defeat the point of the shoe’s low heel drop), but I couldn’t find the original shoe inserts. I ended up taking the pair from my Hoka Challengers, but they kept sliding up toward the heel as I ran. I had to stop to correct it during the first quarter mile. The moving inserts are also likely to blame for my new, matching blisters. Then despite the fact that I was drinking the same amount of water I always do, I had an abdomen cramp for almost 3 straight miles.
They were little discomforts in the long scheme of things, and I consider it good practice to push through a little, reasonable pain. Most importantly, I wouldn’t want 12 weeks of perfect long runs (does that exist?)only to have race day throw me a curveball. On the plus side, nutrition is going well! I tried a gel with success last week and Clif Bloks on Sunday. I like the Bloks best but want to try one more type before deciding on a winner.
I worked at 2pm after my long run so I took the rest of the late morning nice and easy: homemade oatmeal for breakfast, a movie, a nap, meal prep and off to work. Lunch was another super delicious, Blue Apron meal. Win, win, win.
How was your weekend? What did you meal prep on Sunday?