Weekly Run Down: I’m a Stand Up Paddleboard Girl Now

So this week felt very blah. After logging in 50+ kilometers every week since the stay-at-home order started and after the virtual devil dog double 18 miler, it was time for a rest/cut back week. I planned on doing fewer and shorter runs, while still going out for at least a mile every day since I am doing a May running streak. And I must say I really struggled this week. I had NO motivation, all my runs felt sluggish and I had a hard time just getting out the door. The annual return of Ms Humidity didn’t help! Challenges and virtual races have given me a bit of purpose as well as the feeling of community that I love about running and crave more than anything right now but I’m also kinda done with virtual races right now too. So that’s for the down this week. On the upside, I took my brand new paddle board for its first float this week and I *loved* it. More of this below, as well as a recap of the week: 


I was still recovering from the Devil Dog Double 18.2 miles so I just did 2km around my neighborhood for my May running streak. I’m also participating in the November Project DC‘s QuaranTEAM challenge as part of Team Dazzo so I did a lot of squads, sit ups and push ups. Still no burpees but our team won this week (though to was close!)


I did my 30 minute run as part of Tammy‘s QuaRUNtine challenge. To be fair, I didn’t follow her training plan and do any of the speed work I was supposed to do since I was getting ready to run an 18 miles run the week before so it’s fair to say I’m off the wagon for this one. I may try and follow the plan later on my own but I’m pretty much out for the challenge. Didn’t feel like really trying for this 30 minute runs and logged in 4.84km. 


Work was really busy so I was actually glad to get outside and run my usual 8.2 km to Crystal City on the Mount Vernon Trail (there are just so many bikes at 5-6PM!). My run was pretty sluggish/slow but on the plus side I started listening to Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld and I was really into it!! 


The run back to DC Thursday morning was slightly more pleasant. If anything there was NO ONE on the trail 😉 I also loved listening to Rodham and I bumped into my friend Nathan by the Tidal Basin. He was biking and wearing a helmet, sunglasses and buff so when he first stopped and waved at me I had no idea who he was but then we chatted at a safe distance for a while and it was SO NICE to just talk to another person in real life. I miss people (and I’m an introvert, so I can only imagine how extroverts feel lol). 


It was supposed to rain all day Friday and I was kinda looking forward to a wet mile (sometimes running in the rain isn’t so bad!) Caitlin and I took Tammy‘s noon online workout and it was great as usual.

But then I waited a little too long to get out for a run and before I knew it it was sunny (again, it was supposed to storm and rain all day) so I was like ok, no excuse to do 3 miles instead of one. I regretted that decision. It was SO humid and gross. That was a disgusting 5.4 km 😉


So Saturday, my friends Molly, Emily and I took out our inflatable boards for the first time. We decided to stay close to home and try Columbia Island Marina by the Pentagon since we were just testing things out. The weather was beautiful (and I didn’t put sunscreen on my back so I’m totally sunburnt now!) and it was so nice to be out on the water. As I thought, Stand Up Paddleboarding is a very social distancing friendly activity since it’s hard to get that close to people on the water. My board felt great, I would have never known it was an inflatable board (though inflating and deflating it is kind of a process!). We’re already plotting our next outing and I can’t wait to discover new spots in the area to float!!  

Later that day, I ran 2.5km around his neighbourhood to keep the streak going. I was *shocked* to see SO many people out on 23rd street. I guess restaurants are allowed to serve outdoors drinks and food now in Virginia but I was just not expecting to see such a party scene so soon after re-opening. This is just my opinion, but people who act so carelessly like nothing has changed or happened over the past 2+ months are making a mockery of the 100000 people who lost their lives as well as the 35 million + Americans who lost their livelihood. Like, is getting drunk with your friends so important?


I meant to do a long-sh run, maybe 8 miles, but I just didn’t feel like it and barely made it through 9.2 sluggish kilometers to wrap up a sluggish week at 40.2 km/25 miles. The highlight of this run is that it tipped me over the 1000km (621 miles) for the year so far!! My goal is to run 2020km in 2020 so I’m almost halfway there and a bit ahead of schedule which feels great. It’s always great to hit milestones and feel like you’re doing good on the goals you’ve set for yourself! At least it was a nice, positive way to wrap up the week.

What I’m reading/watching/listening to:  I’m not a big fan of what-if types of stories and I’m no Hillary Clinton fans but I loved Rodham, Curtis Sittenfeld’s fictional account of what would have happened if Hillary Rodham had not married Bill Clinton after they dated in law school. Would he have become president? Would she have? I couldn’t stop listening to it until I knew what happened!  

On Tuesday, my friend Calla put together this super fun activity that I want to mention. She’s been spending some of her extra at home time getting a feel for different creative activities and she bought herself, me and Nicole a water coloring kit from the Shop Made in DC. It featured a basic set of watercolors and 4 illustrations from Marcella Kriebel (I have some of her prints already on my wall) and we spent some time colouring them while chatting on zoom. It was actually super fun. In regular times, we would probably have just gotten together at a bar and not done something like that. So I appreciate that this crazy time has enabled us to do slightly more interesting and different things together… even if we’re apart.

What I’m eating/drinking:  My friend Justin posted a picture of his Ethiopian take out order on Monday so I picked up dinner from Habesha Market And Carry-out. I didn’t think I ordered *that* much, just the Regular Kitfo (I’ve been craving steak tartare!) and the taste of Habesha combo and I had food for the whole week. Like, literally all I ate was Ethiopian left overs all week lol. I also got lunch at Chaia Tacos. Love that spot.

What I’m looking forward to on week ?: Hopefully just getting a bit of my working out mojo back. I’ve gotta figure out something that motivates me again… and maybe that’s going to be more stand up paddle boarding for a bit… and I’ll have to be ok with that… 

How was your week? How are you staying motivating? And how are you feeling about whatever stage of re-opening you’re at in your area? We’re still under stay-at-home orders in DC though there’ s increasing talks those could start getting lifting as early as the end of next week and, honestly, I don’t know how I feel about that…. 

Back to linking with Kim of Running On The Fly and Deborah of Confessions of a Mother Runner for their weekly wrap-up. Check out everyone’s posts and join the community if you’re blogging about your fitness journey too!!

Weekly Run Down: (Virtual) Devil Dog Double Week

It’s (virtual) race week … again 😉

DC’s Stay-at-Home order was set to expire on May 15 and I was getting pretty stressed drafting my office’s return to work policies and thinking about leaving the safety of my own home to rush back onto the metro and the outside world before I felt ready or comfortable doing so. But on Wednesday, the Stay-at-Home order was extended to June 8th and I feel relived by this decision. I understand the privilege of my position, but I feel safe at home and if I’m being honest I’m also enjoying living at a slower pace, not rushing from physical place to physical place all the time. I’ve definitely been reflecting on the new normal lately and which parts of the old normal are worth rushing back to… But back to looking just at this past week. I’ve been pulling 50K+ week for a few weeks now and my legs are definitely starting to feel heavy and tired. Nonetheless, I ran 57.2km / 35.5 miles this week, including 29.4km/18.26 miles on Saturday for the Marine Corps Devil Dog Double challenge. Here’s how it went:


I’m doing this November Project DC QuaranTEAM challenge (I’m #TeamDazzo) so I did a bunch of squats, sit ups and pull ups (no burpees… but I’ll do some next week!). Every Monday for the next four weeks we’ll be competing in randomly assigned teams to see who can collectively log in the most reps of all 4 exercises. I figured it was something to do (besides running). I also ran a mile because I guess I’m doing a May running streak now (I just need to find ways to keep myself motivated at this point!)


I also signed up for my friend Tammy’s QuaRUNtine 30 minute run challenge. Basically she provides a training plan and some online group sessions and we all see how much progress we can make over 4 weeks when running for 30 minutes. I was supposed to do my baseline run on Sunday or Monday but I didn’t so I did it Tuesday (30 minutes = 5.19km/3.23 miles.) Also, Tuesday marked the return of Pacers’ monthly Shake Shack #shacktrackandfield runs so I got a free Cherry Blossom shake at the Chinatown Shake Shack. Not as much fun all by yourself though 😉


I was going to have Corey pick me up but work was super busy and I didn’t get to go outside all day and the weather was just beautiful so I ended up running 7.63km/4.74 miles to Crystal City. Corey met me at Gravelly Point and then we headed to the Pentagon City Shake Shack because he hadn’t gotten his free shake yet.


The run back to DC Thursday morning was SO much more pleasant than the run Wednesday night. The Mount Vernon Trail is just a lot less busy at that time so I had a lovely 8.30km/5.16 miles run back home. In the evening, I took Tammy’s foam rolling zoom workout, which wasn’t a part of the QuaRUNteam challenge she’s doing but part of a weekly zoom chat series she’s been doing for Pacers on Thursdays. As I mentioned in the intro, my legs had been feeling really heavy so I needed someone to force me stretch and foam roll and Tammy provided just that!


I did just a little bit more than my daily mile (1.77km/1.1 miles) delivering banana bread to friends in the neighbourhood.


So Saturday was rough. I’m too slow of a runner to actually complete the Marine Corps’ Devil Dog Double in normal time (you have to run the Semperf5ive in less than 52 minutes before running the Historic Half marathon basically immediately after crossing the finish line of the 5 miler) but I thought I might be able to do it virtually. So after the race was canceled, like all of the races, I signed up. Of course, this weekend was hot AF so I got up at 6AM to do the 5 miler and thought I was gonna die. I did, however, run 8km/5 miles in 50.48 minutes and I’m pretty proud of that.

After the 5 miler, I took a 20 minute break at home, which I wouldn’t have been able to in real race conditions. I went to the bathroom. Changed from a t-shirt to a tank top. Had a little coffee and some banana bread that my friend Anna had dropped off. Picked up my hydration pack. It was hard getting back out. But I figured, I got up at 6AM. I might as well get this over with. So I headed out to run a half marathon and it was hard and it was hot. I made it home after 15 km for another quick bathroom break and then I got back out and it was even hotter but I. got. it. done. Hopefully next year I’ll be able to do the real race though. Virtual races REALLY are not doing it for me.


Just did my daily mile (two actually). I’m going to be taking it easy next week (it’s supposed to rain every day anyway) and I’m kinda looking forward to that!

What I’m reading/watching/listening to:  I finished two books this week: The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai (cute, rom-com type book) and Oona Out Of Order by Margarita Montimore. Both were light, easy reads which is kinda just what I needed right now.

My friend Courtney of Eat Pray Run wrote this great article about her experience as a black long distance runner in Women’s Running. It definitely got me thinking about how white my running groups and what we could do to change that. I don’t have any answers, obviously, but the article challenged some of my perceptions and I hope you’ll read it too.

What I’m eating/drinking:  I’ve been on a green onion pancakes kick. I’ve been using this recipe for Korean scallion pancakes and made it a few times last week. I love scallions. 

I ate “out” quite a bit last week. On Monday I treated myself to sushi from Nama DC after seeing my friend Madalene post about her dinner in her instragam stories (she’s a great gal to follow by the way!) I paired it with a fabulous little Lafken Riesling from Chile that was a part of Grand Cata’s wine club picks for this month.

After a three month trial, I’m so glad I chose to renew my membership through September. I love how Grand Cata helps me broaden my horizons beyond French wines. I also picked up lunch at the Columbia Room on Thursday. They’re currently offering a “Get a Hero Be a Hero” sandwich pop up and for every sandwich sold, one is donated to DC-area hospital workers and first responders.

I got the club sub and loved it. Thinking I’ll go back this week for the Mort & Mozz.  I also couldn’t resist ordering the granchio  appetizer  (umbo lump crab crepe cake, gruyere, chives ) from  Centrolina  DC on Friday. 

I also got a Sicilian rosé to go with it, duck breast for a later diner and farm eggs. The photo app at City Center was too good to pass too 😉

What I’m looking forward to on week ?: So I did a thing and impulse bought an inflatable Stand Up Paddleboard.

I’m looking forward to taking it out for swim over the 3-day weekend. Otherwise, like I said, I’m going to be taking a bit of a much needed break from running this week. I’ll still do my daily miles and some longer runs but at an easy pace and a much shorter long run Saturday. And I’m also going to be looking for new challenges I can take on… they do really help me to stay motivated and right now I really need something…

Back to linking with Kim of Running On The Fly and Deborah of Confessions of a Mother Runner for their weekly wrap-up. Check out everyone’s posts and join the community if you’re blogging about your fitness journey too!!

Weekly Run Down: Maine Coastal (Virtual) Half Marathon Week

It’s race week! Sort of. I’m running a virtual half. Womp womp.

Virtual races allow participants to run a particular distance from anywhere in the world and usually during a more flexible time frame. I really don’t see the point of them. What I love about races is that festive community atmosphere, the crowds, the high fives, the funny signs, crossing a finish lines, the race pictures, the friends, the post race beers with said friends, the shared experience basically. But with all the races being canceled or in the best case scenario postponed to fall (whether they happen or not then is still very much up in the air) virtual races are as good as it get! Some friends and I had planned to travel to Kennebunk, Maine to race the Shipyard Maine Coast Marathon and Half Marathon this weekend. Both were canceled. I was supposed to run the half and since they mailed out my race sweater, bib and medal I figured I should actually earn them and so this week was kind of a race week. Here’s how it went:


It was May the 4th. I marked #StarWarsDay by running four miles in a Star Wars t-shirt.

In the evening, I zoom-ed (that’s a verb now right?) with my friends from Pacers 14th Street. We normally have run club that night and while we can’t have run club right now, we still get together for virtual drinks afterwards.


I was tempted to do a Cinco de Miler but instead ran to my friend Colleen’s. She has a big back yard so we could chat for a few minutes while being far apart enough from each other. She just got a new job and like everyone has been going through a really tough time so it was nice to see her, even at a safe distance. Altogether that was a 6.83 miles / 11km run.


It was kinda gross in Washington, D.C. so Caitlin and I took a Runner’s World instagram live class together. Caitlin and I don’t live in the same city, so we don’t normally get to take workout classes together. Having additional shared experiences like this has been one of the highlights of this whole stay-at-home ordeal.

I also realized that I had ran every day in May so far. I know we were only 5 days in but still, I figured I might as well try and get a streak going so I ran a mile.


5 miles run back home from Crystal City. I love running the Mount Vernon Trail on Thursday mornings, it’s so peaceful with hardly any other runners or cyclists.


I should have been eating at Eventide Oyster Company in Portland Maine and attending the expo for the race. Instead, I ran/walked a slow 2.23 miles in honor of Ahmaud Arbery, a young African American man who was murdered while out of a run two months ago. The two white men who stole his life for no apparent reason but the color of his skin had still not been arrested as of Friday (they did Friday though, in no small parts thanks to everyone’s outrage at the situation.)

In evening, my Girls Night In Together Apart Movie Night crew watched Becoming on Netflix.


Race day (ish)!!! I had mapped a 13.1 miles route starting at my place and ending at Corey’s. That took me 2 hours and 22 minutes, so far from a PR and that’s ok. I’ll push myself a lot more when I can go back to real races! Also, it was super windy that day, but nice and cool which was great for running.

At 5PM, a bunch of us got on zoom to chat and share a virtual post-race beer. Well, the beer was real at least 😉


I ran 2km during an afternoon hike in Manassas Battlefield National Park to keep the running streak going. It was a beautiful day and it was great to get outside though there were definitely a lot more people out than I was comfortable with and I wish we had gone earlier in the day to avoid some of the crowds. After the hike, we swung by the Winery at Bull Run and curbside picked up a bottle of Viognier. Almost like hanging out at a winery post hike…. almost 😉

Altogether, I ran 54 km/33.5 miles, which is right where I want to be every week so I’m pretty happy.

What I’m reading/watching/listening to:  I do have a couple of interesting things to report here.

First, I loved Mindy Kaling’s new Netflix series Never Have I Ever. It was SO cute and just what I needed right now!

My girlfriends and I also watched the new Netflix documentary on Michelle Obama’s book tour, Becoming, and it was a very pleasant watch too (though it made us all really miss the Obamas and wonder how different things would be right now if Barrack, not Donald was in the White House.)

On the book front, I read The Dutch House and The Girl with the Louding Voice. Both great reads!! I don’t love listening to fiction on audiobook but The Dutch House was narrated by Tom Hanks so that was neat! And I read this “Oral History of Center Stage.” Essential, obviously 😉

What I’m eating/drinking: I made the most amazing bourbon spiked banana bread with chocolate chips:

On Friday, I picked up bibimbap from Mandu (I’ve been doing pick-up from local restaurants once a week to support them) and had a little Korean feast at home all by myself.

What I’m looking forward to next week: I’m signed up for another virtual race. Well, two technically. I am signed up for the Marine Corps Historic Half Weekend virtual Devil Dog Double, which consists of the Semper 5ive 5 miler and the historic half marathon. I haven’t yet decided if I’m going to do them back to back, which is what would happen on race day, on the same day but with a break or over two separate days… I guess I still have a few days to decide. I’m also participating in my friend Tammy’s QuaRUNtime challenge, a 4-week challenge to see how far we can run or run/walk in 30 minutes (and how much progress we can make over that timeline) and the November Project DC‘s #NPDCQuaranTeamChallenge  (I’m team Dazzo) where we compete to do the most squats, burpees, pushups and sit-ups as we can. Hopefully that will keep me accountable and motivated over the next week or so. How are you staying motivated right now? Any fun challenge out there?? Open to all suggestions 😉

I’m excited to be back to the weekly recap blog post format! And as usual, I’m linking with Kim of Running On The Fly and Deborah of Confessions of a Mother Runner for their weekly wrap-up. Check out everyone’s posts and join the community if you’re blogging about your fitness journey too!!