Weekend Wrap-Up: Birthday Cake, Anniversaries and a Run

I’m linking up with Tara at Running ‘N’ Reading today for this week’s edition of Weekend Update! Here we go…

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Late April and all of May have been light on mileage as I’ve cut back on running to cure my shin pain, but I’m finally nearing some kind of normalcy! I’m sad to report, however, I didn’t run the Capitol Hill Classic 10K this weekend. It was a tough decision, but since I only ran a single 1.5 mile run the week before, I was nervous to throw a race in just as I was working to increase mileage. I got in a 3.5 miler, 5 miler and 4.4 miler! Yee!

Overall, I’m happy with my decision and still have plans to sign up for another 10K on June 13! This plan has reinvigorated my training and made me much more goal-oriented as I wait for my first half marathon cycle to begin in late June.

As I mentioned before, I was so looking forward to this weekend, and it did not disappoint. On Friday, Alex and I tried out a restaurant on the H Street Corridor we’ve been meaning to visit, Copycat Co., and it was so good. I ordered veggie dumplings, which were only 2 for $1.50, a couple veggie bao and one meat bao (I do this a lot during my first visit to a restaurant to see how the vegetarian option compares). I took a bite of a dumpling on the walk home, since we ordered them to-go, and I proceeded to rave about it for two straight blocks. It was amazing. The veggie bao has a similar or exact filling as the dumpling so I liked it just the same, but as a result, the meat bao was a nice change in flavor. I will, however, not hesitate to stick with the veggie options next time…which ended up being the next day. Judge me. It was that good.

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We took our take-out home, and I watched the McFarland movie and cheered on the Danny character the whole way through. I actually yelled out loud when he started passing runners on the hill during one of the races! I loved him. Highly recommend the feel-good movie.
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Saturday marked my six year anniversary with Alex, and we started off the morning with a gift-exchange, and it felt like Christmas! I received a pair of Hoka Challengers, and I felt enormously lucky for the generous gift, and I can’t wait to take him and the shoes on a beautiful trail run next weekend! Running shoes > flowers. We spent the rest of the day having breakfast at our favorite place in Union Market, catching a bit of the Liverpool game at the Queen Vic, walking down to Eastern Market for flowers, a trip to Capitol Hill Books and pizza at 7th Hill.

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IMG_3786IMG_3821IMG_3819Saturday also marked one of our very best friend Melissa’s birthday, who we have known years before we began dating, and thus finished off the evening with a party. We also found the most outrageous birthday candle on Amazon to top the cake I made, and I am still laughing over the reactions to it in the video I took. Allegedly, it plays music too, but we were much too loud to tell if it worked.
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I finished off the weekend with a run on Sunday, smack dab in the middle of the day, because I was not up early enough to beat the heat and Arsenal was playing Manchester United at 11am…so sure, I was a sweaty mess, but the sun was kind enough to stay hidden through most of my run. It wasn’t the Capitol Hill Classic, but it was good enough for me. 🙂
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How was your weekend? What’s your favorite kind of birthday cake? Mine? Chocolate, chocolate and raspberries.
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Thinking Out Loud Link-Up: Is It The Weekend Yet?

Today I’m excited to link with Running with Spoons for my first Thinking Out Loud Link-Up. Thanks for hosting, Amanda!

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Right now my brain is crammed full with plans for the weekend. From silly, little things — like watching Pitch Perfect 2 tonight in theaters or baking a tiered, chocolate birthday cake — to big things — like celebrating my sixth anniversary with Alex — I’m ready to enjoy the weekend. On top of that, I get thrown back into a normal schedule for the first time in much too long on Monday as I begin a research assistantship position here in DC. This will be take me one step closer to completing my graduate degree, and I cannot wait.

It’s also got me thinking about how training is going to get mixed in with my new position and a few shifts on the side at my local J. Crew (yes — I already have at least 10 things picked out that must be mine). I understand that there are men and women juggling much more on their plate, while running many times my weekly mileage, but this will be my opportunity to experiment with what works. I’m really hoping to get in the habit of dragging myself out of bed and running before work, especially as the humidity and head skyrocket. It doesn’t take a lot to make me melt — I get hot and gross and sweat away a wealth of salt and water — so I can’t even imagine what a mid-day run might look like for me.

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For this reason, I also tried my first hand at Nuun this week, which I am sure needs little to no introduction for veteran runners. I seem to accidentally have purchased Nuun Energy from my local running store, but my stomach doesn’t seem to mind the caffeine and I like the boost. I’m also debating purchasing a smaller water bottle and finding routes along the way to refill if necessary — around the National Mall, maybe? I’ve done it before with my larger hand-held bottle without too much trouble, but carrying 18 oz of water along for a short run seems heavy and running without anything might guarantee a little dehydration.

I suppose these are just things I need to figure out as my former regular 2 and 3 milers creep to 4, 5+ or over an hour. How do I want to carry water? What do I want to drink? Where do I put my phone to listen to my podcast? And eventually, what kind of nutrition? But you know, the running nerd in me is so excited to experiment with all of these things. I’m practically ready for honey stinger/gu/etc. formal taste test.

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Finally, I ran my first five-miler yesterday! As you may know, I am planning on running the Capitol Hill Classic 10K on Sunday, but after a little shin pain that started a couple of weeks ago, I took time off running to nip the pain in the bud before it worsened. I told myself that if I could finish a 5-miler this week, the 10K could be possible. Right now I’m considering a walk-run method to finish it strong and healthy and then really throw my weight into training for the Oakley New York Mini 10K.

What are your plans for the weekend? Any tips for rolling out of bed in the morning for a run?
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