Recovery Runs and Recap of DC day 2

Monday workout: 10 miles 9min pace 8.5 outside 1.5 on ghetto home treadmill easy slow & flat

How long to recover and yet not lose a day of training is the pondering on my mind. B Although I skipped my regular lunch treadmill run, I knew I wasn’t going to complete the day without a run. B My legs got really stiff from sitting at a desk all day and I knew a recovery run would be a prefect remedy.

I did my usual route that goes up and down on a very mild incline. B Although the rise in elevation felt easy and almost pleasant, even a mild decline re-awoke the muscle soreness in my quads. B I ran, and my muscles cringed! I started my run around 6:50PM and it started to get dark pretty quick after 7:30 so I picked up my pace more than I wanted to. The idea of being a 5ft tall girls while running on the side of the woods in the dark wasn’t too comforting and I wanted to get back on the city streets as soon as possible.

I called it quits around mile 8.5 and ran into my house due to nature call. B How I went a whole marathon without the need to pee (Not even once before the start) is still a mystery to me. B I knew I wanted to finish at a 10 mile (I’m OCD remember) so I wrapped up the final 1.5 on the ghetto home treadmill for a solid 10 as the cat watched me. B Majority of my legs and the rest of my body felt refreshed; however, my quads are still catching up.

Anyways, although I am still overdue for a race recap (my computer is still with my friend whose fixing it) I figured I’ll catch up on what I did after the race. B 26.2 miles of running wasn’t enough. B I had 26.2 more miles to cover. There was still a whole lot of sightseeing to do, and friends to see.

Race-Shower-Recovery Fuel

Lunch was classy and at the hotel as showered and rested our legs and inhaled subway footlongs.

Italian BMT footlong each for him and her. B I tried to convince my friends that compression socks and flip-flops should be a new trend, but they told me to change.

We passed by Chinatown. B I always love the gates!

We walked by two cool sculpture parks that close way too early (5pm) near the mall

I’m not touching him I promise. B His ear looks a bit infected too. B Rabbit you should have that looked at.

This house was super cool because its made of two pieces of cardboard but depending on which angle you look at, it has multiple dimensions.


We continued down the mall

We got lucky, the Cherry blossoms made their way out two weeks early and we got to enjoy the perks of its beauty.

We took a short break to enjoy the peace of life at the Tidal Basin.

However; hunger eventually roared and we decided to slowly wobble out for food.  After much debate we agreed on El Chalan; a Peruvian restaurant.

I have a deep love for Peruvian food after spending almost 3 weeks in Peru (Best travel trip ever)

We started with ceviche – Fish cooked in spiced lemon juices

And some Pisco Sours – a signature cocktail with Pisco (a liquor) lemon/lime and eggwhite with a small touch of cinnamon

I ordered Arroz la Chiclayana, chicken on the bone with rice cooked inB cilantro, peaces andB pimentosB

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Tony orderedB Lomo Saltado

Good butB alpacaB tastes better than beef =)

While we ate, the girls got serenaded

Overall we all had a wonderful meal and if I ever came to DC again, I might be coming back to El Chalan.

After dinner, we went back to the hotel. We walked to complete our added miles of the day, got dressed into something sexy, I calmed my hair (flat iron <3) and we went out on the town for the night life. I’ll spare you the drinking photos but I assure you it was fun =)

Day one of DC!

This was written Friday march 16 but posted now

I would like to repeat how awesome it is to fly 90 minutes vs driving 8 hours! This whole flying vs being cheap and driving/busing thing is still new to me.

Tony and I are staying at the Westin via hotwire at DuPont Circle. Plus side; close to the metro and awesome bed. Down side; no free wireless!! I refuse to pay since I got data on my phone. I also feel its a bit silly to charge wifi in four star hotels. Had there been a holiday inn option I would have picked it for for the free wifi alone…. And Tony loves their free breakfast.

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All I require are bleached white sheets and coffee… preferable one that doesn’t taste like charcoal, but sometimes you can’t be picky.

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On another bright side is that DC Westin unlike other Westin experience has let us check in early at 10AM with no groveling on our part! After dropping of our stuff at the hotel, we booked it for the Race expo, got my number and swag in seconds since we got there before noon. The expo was packed to the rim by 12:30.

The expo was a little bit disappointing in comparison to how many people that attended, but I heard you shouldn’t expect too much from RnR ones. I might also be a bit cranky because I was given the wrong size shirt after asking the guy five times for a small. Then again I think I almost never get the size I check off on the registration box so not sure why I felt sad. prob because I liked the USA design. Oh well I did make it out with some samples :).

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The best part was the Brooks carnival area. got a free Run Happy hobo hat and got to play skueball! It really doesn’t take much to make me happy 😉

After the expo we decided food would be a good idea since you can survive on coffee and gu chomp samples only so long. After some debate we decided on Roti Mediterranean Grill. Seems like a DC chain that we don’t have in Boston.

A grilled chicken pita sandwich for him.

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A Mediterranean chunky chicken salad for her with a side of lemon chicken soap

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The sandwich and salad were a good option and the grilled chicken was solid. I wouldn’t travel for it, but for 7 bucks each, it made a solid lunch for a day of walking. The soup; however, please avoid. It tastes like that butter lemon stuff you dip lobster in, only gross.

After lunch we originally planned on going to the spy museum but after finding out its $20 a person we decided to opt for one of the awesome free Smithsonian museums instead. The American Art Gallery was right across the street! It had a beautiful indoor courtyard!

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It also had a video game exhibit that was fun!

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These crazy things almost gave me an epileptic seizure!

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What do you think these people are doing?

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Playing video games! Stop thinking dirty things! They had Zelda, PACman, Mario and a few others set up and in the other room the faces of the video gamers were on display. Pretty funny!

One game I don’t remember was this; Maybe I’ll get an emulator for it.

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As always, no day is complete without a giant chocolate espresso cookie from Firehook Bakery. It had meh Yelp Reviews, but I needed sugar urgently and this was nearby. Yelp reviewers be damned, I was pretty content with the cookie
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It was raining, so stylin’s Geico hat for hair protection! Umbrella was one of things I decided not to pack last minute.

One museum wore me out so we relaxed a bit before V came to DC from NJ. Where we proceeded by getting empanadas at Julia’s Empanadas.

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Haha love that random woman’s face behind me. Sorry kids, maybe I just wasn’t drunk enough, maybe it was just too early in the night for this type of food, but not impressed. Either way it was filling, and I guess I can’t complain about a 3.59 priced dinner. Even if it wasn’t the smartest day before a marathon fuel. The inside was yummy, the dough was not.

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We then proceeded to walk over two miles to Georgetown and then over two miles back to hotel. Yes this is how I work and prep before race day. I eat crap and walk half a marathon.

While in Georgetown I ruined Tony’s iPad3 testing experience at the apple store. So he proceeded by drowning his sorrows in ice cream at Thomas Sweet. I may have assisted….

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Overall lots if eating, lots of walking, lots of seeing. Can’t wait for the race tomorrow!