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!!

??? Marathon Training: Phase 1 Wallowing In Self Pity

So this week SUCKED. At work, I dealt with cancellation after cancellations as companies opted to limit their staff’s travel because of the Corona-virus. Instead of the usual team of 20, only 6 of my colleagues are now making the trip to D.C. for Satellite. We decided to cancel the customer dinner I’ve been working on for months. And customers have been cancelling meetings left and right. And at home, well, the Paris marathon is now officially postponed to October 18. I feel pretty deflated on both front and my week definitely reflected that. 


I did OrangeTheory in the morning and the class was just ok. I had a hard time pushing myself.


It was a warm winter night, perfect for a five mile run (I should have done 7 though) with Pacers Navy Yard. 


I got stuck on a conference call (to decide whether we canceled the dinner — which we did) and missed my OrangeTheory class 😦 We’ll call this day unplanned rest day then…. 


Work sucked with non-stop schedule changes due to people canceling their travel plans. And then the Paris marathon was officially postponed to October 18. I’d been looking forward to running Paris for my 40th birthday for years and training for it for weeks now so it was definitely a blow. I’ll be ok, obviously, but Thursday I just wanted to wallow in self pity and go for an angry run. I ran 7.7 km (4.8 miles) with Jess and Allison, at a pace of 5:50/km (9:23/mi) which is quite speedy for me. Maybe I need to be angry more often. And then I had not one, but two beers at Bluejacket. 


Make up Orange Theory Class!


I decided not to go ahead with my planned twenty miler and instead just added on a few miles to the route of the November Project’s Long Run Crew for a total of 16 miles. It was kinda cold and very windy and running mostly by myself sucked that day. But I did it!


Since I didn’t run twenty miles on Saturday, my legs were fresh enough to run 5 miles with loaner New Balance shoes as part of Pacers and Summit to Soul’s International Women’s Day run. It was such a fun and it was fun have such a social run after Saturday’s lonely run.

It was really hard to stay motivated this week but I still managed to run 57.3 km / 35 miles. I don’t really know what I’m training for right now, though I’ve penciled in a local race on April 19, hoping that doesn’t get canceled too as well. I’ll sign up as late as I can just in case.

What I’m reading/watching/listening to:  I’m not proud of this but I binged the entire first season of Love is Blind. Don’t judge me. I loved it 😉

I didn’t really have time to read much though did finish listening to So You Want to Talk About Race during my long run. 

What I’m eating/drinking:  Nothing fun to report.

What I’m looking forward to on week ?: During a normal Satellite conference I’d have absolutely no free time, but things are looking a bit more quiet this edition so I might actually be able to squeeze in a run or workout here and there. And I have not one but three races coming up this weekend: a four-miler, 5K and 10K. Very much looking forwards to my three medals. I really don’t want to have wasted the past few weeks of marathon training so I would still really like to run a marathon this Spring. I guess like everyone I’m just waiting to see how things develop… 

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!!

2020 Paris Marathon Training: Le Peak C’est Chic

It’s PEAK WEEK!!! Work is insane with Satellite 2020 less than two weeks away and everyone freaking out about the Coronavirus. But I did find some comfort in sticking to a routine and following my training plan and overall had a pretty good week. At least until I found out that the Paris marathon was likely to be canceled. But more on that later. For now, here is how the week went:


I walked out my apartment at 7AM ready to workout at OrangeTheory when I realized I was signed up for the 4:30PM class. Oops. That meant I did back to back OTF class and Pacers 14th Street run… not ideal but I lived. It was a beautiful day for a run and took it easy covering just 3 miles at an easy pace. My friend Christina (check out her wine blog) had one of her best run ever and that was awesome!


Another gorgeous evening for a run. I ran to Pacers Navy Yard and then with the group for a total of 11.5km/7.1 miles. Alexandra from the Berlin marathon was there so it was nice to catch up too!


I had been looking forward to the 12 minute benchmark run at OrangeTheory Fitness for weeks and I crushed it! I improved my distance from 0.75 miles in September to 1.27 miles and I feel like I could even have pushed myself a tad more… Feels great to see some concrete progress though!!

Of course, it was also New York marathon lottery day and I didn’t get in. Womp womp.


It’s a known fact that marathon training and having a social life do NOT go hand in hand. My plan called for a 7 mile run but I was also invited to preview Echo Park, a new beer garden and fireplace bar on U Street. So I did what any normal runner would do and run commuted home so I could do both 😉 

Echo Park is a joint venture between the Hilton brothers and Andy’s Pizza and those slices of Burrata Margherita and negroni on draft felt really good after my run!


Rest day ahead of my 18 miles run Saturday! 


The November Project’s route this week was just 9 miles and I had to do twice as much but given where it was set to end (Woodley Park) I felt pretty good about how to extend it on my own through Rock Creek Park, so I did and ran 30km! 

One of the highlights of the run was running through the Reflecting Pool which is empty at the moment for cleaning. The low however was finding out that France was banning all gatherings of more than 5000 people to help contain the spread of the corona virus and that the Paris marathon was one of the first victim of that rule. Questioning whether the race you’re training for in the middle of an 18 miles run is not the greatest motivator… Also, it was cold and windy, so it was just a tough run altogether.

I barely had time to rest before partaking in on of my favourite fun run of the year, the H Street Runners’ Running of the Street Car. I failed to outpace the street car last year and based on the fact that I was running 18 miles earlier in the day, I didn’t think I would this year either. But it was still fun! If you’re in DC and want to join the H Street Runners for some fun runs, they have a Pi Day run and a St Paddy’s Day run and Happy Hour on the agenda for March.


Every week I tell myself that I need to do more yoga and every week I don’t. Until this week!! I took the 5PM community class at Shaw Yoga, which is a donation based class and it felt class and now I’m wondering why I haven’t been doing more yoga this whole time lol

This week I added 66.4km / 41.3 miles to my Paris marathon training bank and have now ran more than 400 km / 250 miles so far this year (I ran a  total of 243.5 km / 151.3 miles in February). I feel pretty good about where I’m at right now and I feel really good about the week I just had, managing to be social AND stick to my training plan, which is not necessarily an easy feat…Now I just need to survive another high mileage week and a crazy conference now! And of course, keep my fingers crossed that the Paris Marathon doesn’t get canceled. I would be so upset.  

What I’m reading/watching/listening to:  I watched the second half of the debate in South Carolina. What a mess. And Ali Wong’s Dear Girls proved to be a great companion for my runs this week. Definitely a bit raunchy, but i you watched her Netflix special, you probably expect that. 

What I’m eating/drinking:  I tried Andy’s Pizza for the first time at Echo Park’s opening preview and it was really good! 

I had even more pizza the next day when Cecilia, Kaoru and I went back to Tonari. We tried the Kewpie mayo pizza with corn pizza this time and it was really good. Sadly, I can’t share any pictures because the table where we were seated was in such a dark spot that I needed the flashlight app on my phone just to read the menu 😦

What I’m looking forward to on week 9: One peak week down one more to go… and then tapper time!! I’m going to continue to train according to my plan but start looking for potential alternative marathons. I’ll be in Paris regardless of whether the marathon is maintained April 2-12 so I’m looking at marathons within driving distance of D.C. the weekends of April 19 or 26. I have a half marathon in Maine on May 9th but I’m not looking to extend that to the full, nor do I want to upgrade to the D.C. Rock’N’Roll full because that course if terrible (though the timing would be good…) If you have any suggestions, I’ll all ears!! 

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!!

2020 Paris Marathon Training: Less than 50 days to go!

So I didn’t have much to report for last week and skipped the recap. It was a rest week and it rained a lot in D.C. and I just couldn’t motivate myself to do much. Oh well, it’s a new week now and with less than 50 days to go until Paris here is how it went: 


After a lackluster performance last week, I was determined to kick off the week strong. It helped that the weather was absolutely lovely for mid-February. I ran to Pacers 14th street and left the 5 miles group at the Washington Monument to run home on my own, for a total of 11.7km / 7.25 miles. BOOM! 

I started the run kinda slow, 6:50-6:58/km pace (11:05/mi) but then I ran 3 km below 6/km, including one at a very fasty-for-me 5:32/km pace at one point (that translates to 3 miles below 10 at 9:56, 9:04 and 9:56) for an average of 6:19/km pace (10:10/mi) which is a pretty good pace for me. 


It was endurance day at OrangeTheory and we had a solid block on the treadmill. I tried to push myself again with my pace and ran 4.5 km/2.8 miles during the class, at a 6:13/km pace (10:00/mi) which again is quite good for me.


Oh, Wednesday was a bit crazy! I had a 7AM conference call (downside of working for a French company…all your colleagues are on a different time!), a 9:30AM doctor’s appointment (to finally get that stupid medical certificate for the Paris marathon), a 3:30PM vet appointment and date night with Corey. So I did the best I could and that was 5 miles up North Capitol to the McMillan reservoir and back down through Howard’s campus and Shaw. My average pace was 6:09/km (9:54/mi) and I ran 2 km under 6/km (5:50/km and 5:51/km) which made me happy! Corey made me grilled cheese afterwards and that also made me happy too.


Lots of pushes and all-outs at OrangeTheory and a pretty challenging floor workout too. I got like 6 splat points on the floor/rower and 20 more on the treadmill where I ran 4.4km and stuck with my new base pace of 6.0.


Rest day!


For the second week in a row, I joined the November Project DC Long Run Crew for a stroll around the city. My plan called for 15 miles (24 km) but the NPDC Long Run Crew was only doing 8 so I ran about 4 miles on my own before meeting the group at Union Station.

My friend Jessica is training for an ultra and her plan called for her to do 19 miles. Her and her friend Sari also tackled some extra miles before the run and then the three of us added some at the end.

I’m a little nervous about next weekend’s 18 miler but the run this weekend went really well. In the evening, Corey and I got to dress up and attend my friend Jessica’s wedding. Felt good not to wear running clothes once in a while.


It was such a beautiful day ! I ran 2 miles to my friend Molly’s for some doggie kisses from her pup  Bruna and then we went on a short hike in Rock Creek Park.

I wrapped up the week at 57 km / 35.5 miles, which is maybe a bit on the lower side of what I should be doing mileage-wise but decent. All my runs have been faster this week which is giving me a needed boost of confidence. Of course, I don’t think I can sustain these paces over the course of a marathon, but it’s just really nice to see some signs that I’m improving a little… 

What I’m reading/watching/listening to:  I finished two books this week: La Tresse by Laetitia Colombani and The Bride Test.

And I’m still listening to The Water Dancer though I’m having a hard time getting into it and thinking I should switch to reading it instead of listening to it. I typically have a harder time listing to fiction….

What I’m eating/drinking:  We had a wonderful girls’ dinner at Nina May. I love the concept. For $44 each, the kitchen just brings you dishes to share until you can no longer eat. There were many stellar dishes though I wish I kept closer attention to what everything was 😉

What I’m looking forward to on week 8: I feel like I’m getting there! I had a good week training-wise. I have my medical certificate. I even finally bought my plane ticket! Now I just gotta tackle that 18 miler next weekend!

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!!

2020 Paris Marathon Training: Week Cinq

Officially less than two months away! This week threw a few curve balls by way of some calve pain, rain and special OrangeTheory Fitness classes (a 12 minute benchmark prep class and the 2000m row benchmark.) So I didn’t do as many 5-7 miles run as I would have liked during the week… but I still clocked in at 52km/32 miles or a little more than last week with some shorter runs.  Here is the details: 


I ran to Pacers 14th street than ran 3 miles with the group (well, mostly with my friend Christina) for a total of 9.1km/5.6 miles. The weather was beautiful so we had a huge group!


After the amazing Superbowl halftime show I could not not take Shane’s J.Lo vs. Shakira spin class at Cyclebar NoMa. It was awesome and I almost cracked the top 10, finishing 11th in the class which never happens to me.

Since it was basically run in t-shirt weather, I also could not not run that evening so I joined Pacers Navy Yard for 3 short miles, followed by a beer at Bluejacket next door. 


I took the 12 minute benchmark prep class at OrangeTheory Fitness Mount Vernon Triangle. My time to beat is 1.2km/0.75 miles from back in September and I’m really hoping to crush it. 

That evening, Corey and I watched The Joker since it has 11 Oscar nominations. 


Quick turn-around after a 4:30PM OTF class… I was back at 7:15AM the next day to crush that 2000m benchmark row. I beat my previous time by 37 seconds and at 8 minutes and 13 seconds I was the 3rd women in my age group. I guess this is 40 😉  

I had initially planned to take a 6PM yoga class since it looked like it was going to pour rain non-stop for 2 days… but then at 5PM the sky looked pretty clear and I felt like I needed to do a few more miles so I made the last minute decision to head to Pacers Navy Yard. Of course it started pouring rain as soon as we started running. Oh well.


Rest day. 


The rain finally stopped, and I joined the November Project Long Run Crew for their Lincoln to Lincoln run. Their route covered 10.5 miles and I had to do 16 so I covered close to 2 running there (my alarm clock didn’t ring so I got a later start than I meant to), then added 3+ miles at the end. Since I’m always slower than everyone that meant I missed coffee at Baked and Wired with the group afterwards. But I made my own fun and stopped at Ladurée for treats instead before taking the circulator back home.  


Oops. I missed yoga (again). The weather was beautiful, especially after all the rain during the week, so Corey and I met up with two of his friends at Paradise Spring Winery. I had rosé outdoors it was glorious!

What I’m reading/watching/listening to:  I finished The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead and started On the Clock: What Low-Wage Work Did to Me and How It Drives America Insane by Emily Guendelsberger. I have that one both on paper and audio so I’m going back and forth between the two but I mostly love listening to it during my runs. After Joker, I needed something a little lighter so I watched the Taylor Swift documentary on Netflix. You can judge me, but I thought it was quite good! And of course, I watched the Oscars on Sunday (I’m SO thrilled that a non-English language film won for the first time, especially since Parasite is such a good movie) and the Democratic debate on Friday. I mean, what else would I do on a Friday night? 

What I’m eating/drinking:  The owners of Daikaya just opened a new restaurant called Tonari in the former Graffiato space next door. It’s the first restaurant in Washington, D.C. to showcase Japanese-style or ‘Wafu’ pasta and pizza. My friends Kaoru, Cecilia and I went to check it out on opening night and I must say the Uni pasta with soy, mirin, butter, sake, and kombu dashi made for the perfect pre-long-run meal!!

What I’m looking forward to on week 6: More longer runs during the week. Only one OrangeTheory Fitness class and a shorter long run next weekend! I’m excited for next week 😉 Also, I need to make a doctor’s appointment so I can finally submit my medical certificate for the race! 

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!!

2020 Paris Marathon Training: Bonjour Février!

Four weeks down, eight more to go! Slowly figuring out what works for me and what doesn’t (ie. taking an OrangeTheory class on Thursday AND Friday AND doing your long run on Saturday is no bueno!) and tweaking my scheduling accordingly. Here’s what last week looked like: 


I took Tammy’s OrangeTheory Fitness class after work. She recently started teaching more 4:30PM classes at Tentleytown and these really work with my schedule. And while I don’t normally love the 3G format, I actually had an awesome class, getting almost half of my points on the rower (I rarely get any points at all on the rower usually !!)


The fourth Tuesday of the month is neighbourhood Shake Shack night so I ran 5 miles with Pacers Navy Yard (well, with Allison really… we got left behind by all the fast kids pretty quickly lol) before enjoying a glass of rosé on the house at the local Shake Shack.

I’m SO excited that Shake Shack serves rosé now!!


I ran to Summit to Soul, with Summit to Soul’s Hill Runners and then back home from the hill for a total of 11.3km/7 miles.

It was nice to have company for 2 miles.


I had plans to catch up with my friend Colleen and celebrate my (belated) birthday after work so I took Tammy’s noon class at OrangeTheory Tentleytown. It was a strength day and I pushed myself both on the treadmill and with the weights. I thought I had a pretty awesome class though looking back at the report afterwards I saw that I spent 12 minutes in the grey zone and 14 in blue, which is a little more than I like… 

Dinner afterwards was  super fun. We went to Little Coco’s. They have a $35 salad, pasta and bottomless prosecco deal on Thursdays that’s pretty fabulous. 


Rest day. 


Last week’s H Street Runners’ Winter Sunrise Run (and bagels!) was postponed and I was actually excited to have some company on my long run for a change (downside is less audible time though…) so I got up super early to meet up with the group. It was a good 2 miles for me to run to H street then 5 miles to the Lincoln Memorial and 4 back to H Street. Since I had to cover a longer distance, I missed the bagel portion and ran a little more so I could cover my 14 miles.  

There’s such a feeling of accomplishment when it’s 9AM and you’ve tackled your long run. I was pretty lazy after though and binged Next In Fashion for quite a while 😉 


Apparently there was a big football match going on… but February 2nd is also La Chandeleur ie. the holiday when French people make crêpes!! We had crêpes for breakfast then Corey, Stout and I headed out to Loudon County to visit a few wineries. I did a quick recovery run in the morning, rounding up the week at 55 km / 34.1 miles. Not bad! My January total was 171 km / 106 miles which I’m pretty happy with as well.

In the evening, Calla came over and we made savoury crêpes. We watched I Lost My Body, an animated film from France that is nominated at the Oscars and the Superbowl half time show while drinking cider. Overall, it was the best day!

What I’m reading/watching/listening to:  I finished Red to the Bone, which is good because it was waaaaay overdue at the library (sorry!) and started the Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead. I binged all of Next In Fashion on Netflix and watched I Lost My Body and The Irishman.

What I’m eating/drinking:  I had some left over cherry tomato so I whipped out this delicious burst cherry tomato pasta (recipe from Bon Appetit) for lunch on #MeatlessMonday and Tuesday.

And I highly recommend the bottomless processo/pasta/salad deal at Little Coco’s! Obviously, I also had a lot of crêpes 😉 

And like many people, I’ve been trying to cut out dairy from my life, or at least reduce my intake of milk since I’ll never give up cheese and I do like yogurts. This article breaks down the better milk alternative options and explains which are better choices for the planet. Sounds like I need to give oat milk another try… 

What I’m looking forward to on week 5: I’m gonna be switching my schedule around a little bit again this week to accommodate some special OrangeTheory workouts (a prep class for the 12 minute benchmark on Wednesday and the 2000m row benchmark on Thursday.) I still didn’t take any yoga classes this week and that has to change!!

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!!

2020 Paris Marathon Training: Week Trois

Oops! Looks like I skipped last week’s recap 😦 I basically was recovering from the Charleston half marathon AND had to take 4 OrangeTheory classes to use up my monthly allotment so it felt like kind of an off week anyway. But I am back on track for week 3 and finally feeling like I found my marathon training groove!!! Now I just have to sustain it for 9 more weeks 🤣


I ended up skipping my long run on Saturday so I got my 10 solo miles done on MLK Monday instead. It was a beautiful, sunny day. But man, it was COLD! And windy. There were very few other runners out it felt a bit lonely. I finished listening to Chanel Miller’s Know My Name while on the run. It’s a great read, but a heavy topic so that didn’t really help lifting my mood…


I took Shane’s 7AM spin class at Cyclebar NoMa as a recovery ride.


Wednesdays are typically my date night with Corey so I had to be a little creative to get my run in. Before work was NOT happening (I’m slow so I’d have to get up at 5AM to get 6 miles in and still make it to work on time… and it’s just way too dark and cold for that right now!) leaving me with only one option: a run commute! Initially, I wanted to run to REACH at the Kennedy Center to see the Chinese New Years lanterns but I left work a little too late so I had to adjust my plans and ended up metro-ing home from Foggy Bottom after my 6 miles.


Broke up my run in two: 4.3km during my lunchbreak, on the treadmill at OrangeTheory and 5.8km in the evening with Pacers Navy Yard.

It was Power Day at OrangeTheory 🍊 and since the longest push was 2 minutes and the all-outs just 30 seconds I decided to push myself and it felt awesome. It was also Robin’s first class (she’s one of Corey’s best friends and manages the CorePower studio next door to OrangeTheory Tentleytown) so that made the class extra fun.

In the evening, I (slowly) ran 5.8km with Pacers Navy Yard, with Anna and Allison for the most part, before meeting up with my friends Nicole and Madalene for a special Lunar New Year tasting at Ice Cream Jubilee nearby.

I loved the Red Bean Almond Cookie flavour, and got to take a pint home!


So Monday-Thursday felt awesome… and I think I should have definitely taken a rest day on Friday or done a yoga class. Instead, I took an Orange Theory Fitness and my body hated me. To make it feel a little better, I had a lovely get together with my friends Kaoru and Cecilia for happy hour at SushiKo after work. I love sushi so much!! 


I had initially planned to do a part of my 12 mile run with the H Street runners but that plan was pushed to the following week because of the weather. It ended up not actually raining so I headed out for another solo run (well, just me and Amy Klobuchar I guess…). I did bump into Seth from the H Street Runners outside of Georgetown and we ran a mile together (my fastest of the run for sure!) which was nice. Overall, it was a really slow run. My left calf is hurting me a bit and I still have a little bit of pain in my right leg too… but I got it done

At 5PM, I headed to Summit to Soul, a local woman-owned fitness boutique on Capitol Hill for their first book club. We discussed Confessions of an Unlikely Runner by Dana Ayers and it was pretty fun. The author is a local D.C. runner so it was neat reading about routes I’ve done and races I’ve participated in as well. It wasn’t a great work of literature by any means, but definitely a fun, quick read (it’s 150 pages!)

After that, Corey and I grabbed dinner and headed to a friend’s birthday party. I was pretty whipped from the week, so we didn’t linger too long.


A most glorious and needed rest day!! Corey, Stout and I went to watch the planes take off at Gravelly Point for a bit.

In the afternoon, I went to pick up my first wine of the month order at Gran Cata, a Latin American focused wine shop in Shaw, and had a quiet evening setting things up for the following week.

What I’m reading/listening to:  I finished Chanel Miller’s Know My Name as well as Confessions of an Unlikely Runner by Dana L. Ayers, which we discussed at Summit to Soul’s book club and Amy Klobuchar’s The Senator Next Door, the almost-last installment in my attempt to read all of the democratic candidates’ memoirs. Cannot. Wait. To. Be. Done. With. That. 

I got tons of great books from the library (including Red at the Bone and The Water Dancer) so I’m looking forward to a good week of reading! 

What I’m eating/drinking: Nothing too exciting to report here this week so I’ll just leave you with this picture from sushi happy hour at SushiKo.  

What I’m looking forward to on week 4: Another week like week 3 would be great, perhaps with a little more yoga. My legs feel a bit sore and tight. I’m still trying to sort out my schedule and find a good decent work-life-marathon training balance, which is really hard (and is going to get harder as training ramps up, I know!) Has anyone here found the magic formula??

It’s been a while but now that I’m writing again, I’ll be back to linking with Kim of Running On The Fly and Deborah of Confessions of a Mother Runner for their weekly wrap-up. Anyone else getting started with their Spring marathon training??

2020 Paris Marathon Training: Première Semaine

New year, new me, new marathon training season! In 2020, I will be tackling my first Spring marathon, and I’m a little anxious to see how training through the winter goes. That being said, the race is officially less than 3 months away so I officially kicked off training this week. 


I signed up for the 8 classes/month membership at Orange Theory Fitness and since I was away for two weeks over the holidays I have a little bit of catching up to do. So I kicked off the week with a 7AM class.  I came back from London with a bit of a cold, though it was a bit rough but it felt good to be back in class.


3 easy miles with Pacers Navy Yard. 


Orange Theory Fitness class. 


I had some class pass credits I needed to use so I took a spin class at Flywheels City Center.


Travel day! I had an early flight to Charleston, SC and just enjoyed a nice day off exploring (and eating my way through) the city. The expo for the O2 Fitness Charleston Marathon was not the most exciting though it was in quite a beautiful venue! Oh, and of course, I turned 40. 


I knew the Charleston half marathon would probably not be my best race so I treated it more as a long training run… one that came with cool swag and a medal 😉 It was uncomfortably humid in Charleston that morning and the course was not the most exciting, with basically no crowd support anywhere. It’s probably not a race I would recommend though I don’t regret doing it. I mean, when else am I going to have shrimp and grits at the finish line?


Recovery slash eating our way through Charleston day 😉

Between being sick, traveling, racing, catching up on OTF classes and celebrating my birthday it was a bit of an unusual first week and I’m looking forward to settling into a bit more of a routine as training progresses.  

What I’m reading/listening to:  I’ve been struggling to go through Meg Wolitzer’s “The Female Persuasion.”

I’d hate to DNF it but I’m also not really enjoying it and I have so many other books waiting to be read (I just borrowed Chanel Miller’s Know My Name and I can’t wait to start listening to it.) How do you decide to give up on a book? 

What I’m eating/drinking: Charleston is an amazing food town and I had so many great meals there starting with biscuits at Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit, brisket and ribs at Lewis barbecue, beer at Palmetto Brewing Co., and clam liguine at Le Farfalle. And that was just Friday 😉

After the race, we had an amazing brunch at Big Bad Breakfast (the tomato gravy in the breakfast “crumble” was spectacular!) before capping off the trip with brunch at Husk on Sunday and oysters at both Leon’s Oyster Shop and The Darling Oyster Bar.

I feel like I was stuffed all weekend, good thing I also ran a half marathon in there somewhere 😉

What I’m looking forward to on week 2: Like I said, I have to take a lot of Orange Theory Fitness classes this week, 4 to be exact, so that’s going to take precedence over running. Tuesday is the monthly Shake Shack run with Pacers though, and I am looking forward to that as well as hopefully a nice, long trail run over the (three day!!!) weekend. 

My Running Goals For 2020

It looks like all I did in 2019 is run! At least, if you look at my instagram top 9 😉 I feel like I did a lot of other things too – I mean I read 74 books! – but it’s true, running was a very important part of my life and I want to keep it that way in 2020. Though I wouldn’t hate it if my #bookstagram posts got as many likes as my medal posts lol

With that in mind, and based on some of the goals I did or didn’t achieve last year, I jotted down my running resolutions for 2020. Here they are:

1. Make Running a Regular, Consistent Habit

2. Have Fun, Enjoy Running and Make Some Running Friends!

I’m carrying these two goals over from 2018 and 2019 not because I didn’t accomplish them but because I think they’re great goals to have every year and there’s definitely room for improvement (you can always have more fun right?).  I’ve met a lot of great acquaintances running, but I still don’t really have a core group of running friends I can call on for runs or to travel to races with (well, outside of my bestie Caitlin of course). Being an introvert is tough… and being a slow, self conscious introvert runner is even harder 😉  That being said, I did run a 5K in formation, dressed like a reindeer and pulling Santa and in sleigh in December… so I think I’m on the right track as far as fun and friends is concerned!

3. Run at least 2020 kilometers (1255 miles)

Last year, I ran 1665km or 1034 miles, just a little bit over my goal of 1000 miles — YEAH!! It would definitely be too much of an increase to shoot for 2020 miles in 2020 but 2020 kilometers (1255 miles) seems challenging enough, yet doable. ie. the best kind of goal!

4. Participate in a Ragnar Relay

Carrying this goal over from last year and maybe tying it to the be-better-at-making-friends goals. I was asked to participate in a Ragnar in Sweden last year at least. I just couldn’t swing it with traveling to Germany for the Berlin marathon but I really appreciated being asked and hopefully someone will ask me again to join their team. Or I’ll muster the courage to create my own team… ok, that might be a little much…

5. Cheer on Others and Volunteer with Local Races

I did a little bit of that last year when I volunteered at the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler packet pick-up and when I cheered on the runners at the Rock’n’Roll DC half and full marathon. But I can definitely do more so I’m carrying this goal over from 2019 too.

6. Run my Hometown Marathon

Paris 2020 was supposed to be my one and only marathon. If all goes well with training, it will be my fourth marathon… and hopefully not my last. I can’t wait to run through the streets of my beloved hometown on April 5th!

7. Finish a Marathon in less than 5 hours

Speaking of marathons… I came kinda close but not really in Berlin so I’m carrying this goal over from last year. Getting through one training cycle injury free would be amazing as well.

8. PR in the Half Marathon Distance

Last year I only ran one half marathon… In 2020, I would like to focus on the half marathon distance again and I’m already signed up for three. I’m running my first spring marathon in April and I think I will dedicate fall to shorter distances and hopefully crush my current PR of 2:12.

9. Go On More Trail Runs

I live in the city and I don’t have a car so trails aren’t easy for me to get to (circle back to goal # 2 again about making friends who do trail runs and have cars!). I did my first trail race with Caitlin last year, a 10K outside of New York City, and I’ve been going on some weekend runs with Corey and his trail running friends occasionally. And it’s been a really nice change of pace and scenery. I would love to do more of that!

10. Be Kinder to Myself and to My Body

This is the hardest one perhaps… it means both listening to my body when it needs a break and not listening to my head quite as much 😉 I know everyone’s journey is different and that I am not competing again anyone other than myself, but it’s still difficult not to compare myself to other runners. And that really only hurts one person: me. Failing or not doing as well as you thought you would is always better than not trying at all.

I’m excited to keep working on becoming a better version of myself, both mentally and physically in 2020. And hopefully I’ll also do a better job at keeping up with this blog too! If you have a running blog or instagram account, please drop it in the comment and/or let me know what some of your 2020 goals are! (I’m laetitiabrock on insta btw) Yes, I want to make more IRL connection, but I also love following other people’s running/fitness journeys online 😉  

My Summer Running Plans

For the first time in a while, I don’t really have anything to answer when people ask me  when my next race is. My next race is Berlin. That’s in 15 weeks. Until then I’m just training and settling into a routine of workouts, tracks and long runs. Feels a bit weird 😉

Since we’re almost half-way through the year, it seems like a good time to look back at my running goals for 2019 and see what I have left to accomplish. One of the items I was able to cross off recently was running my first trail race. My friend Caitlin and I ran the Rockwod Ramble 10K in Rockefeller State Park. It was probably one of the smaller races I’ve ever participated in and one of the hilliest (though I think Paris-Versailles and its Côte des Gardes was still worse!) but it was super fun and not too too far from New York City.

I definitely want to do more trail running in general, though it’s always difficult since I’m a transportation challenged city-girl (ie I don’t have a car). 

I cheered other racers at the Rock’n’Roll half and full marathon back in March and volunteered at the expo for the Cherry Blossom 10 miler so I can technically cross off that item.

I’m looking forward to doing some more cheering at the end of October since Caitlin and basically every other runner I know will be running the Marine Corps Marathon (pretty sure some version of the “Pain is just Bread fr Pain” sign will be involved again!). Unfortunately I don’t think I can commit to volunteering at that one since I do want to be there for Caitlin and cheer her on at a couple of spots along the course and at the end but I’m going to see if I can volunteer at some smaller races here and there… 

Completing on the Abbott World Marathon Majors and running a marathon under 5 hours will have to wait until this fall. I have two opportunities to cross that one off since I’m running Berlin and Chicago but I just have to make it to those starting lines injury free first. And as I ramp up marathon training for these races, I’m well on my way to achieving my “run 1000 miles” goal. I’m currently a little over 700 kilometer (430 miles) in so I’m getting close to the halfway point. However I’m not doing great on running a Ragnar Relay. Corey is currently signed up for the Ragnar Trail Vermont mid-August and has extra spots on his team but the timing isn’t ideal for me and the trails may be a little over my abilities since I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve ran trails.  I may settle on getting a team together for the Washington DC Growler Relay on September 7th. Most legs are 6-7 miles, the race takes place over one morning and I would only have to travel to Reston so it wouldn’t be too disruptive to my marathon training while still giving me a taste of that team-in-a-van running thing. And that brings to one of my first goals for running this year: having fun, enjoying running and making some running friends! I participate in a lot of group runs because it just make running seem more social but I still struggle to go beyond having running acquaintances from the running groups. I hate being an introvert sometimes 😉 I also hate that I run so slow and can’t seem to get over feeling so self-conscious about it. I feel like I can’t really ask people to run with me because everyone is so much faster… 

So that’s where I stand with running right now… just settling into a marathon training routine for the summer months, hopefully running my first relay race in September (and then back to back marathons!) and trying to get over being shy, awkward and self-conscious and make deeper connections with local runners. 

What are your summer running plans?

ps: this is my first time doing a link-up post! I recently started following Kooky Runner, read her summer running plans post (she’s also running Chicago and just in the same holding/training pattern as me right now) and thought it’d be fun to participate in the Link-up  post she does with Zenaida.