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Oh, hi! Remember me?

Hi-lo! Missed me much? (that had better be a nod yes…)

Yep, I’m back!

The last several weeks have been SO crazy and busy, and I’ve gone through many ups, downs, emotions, etc.  So, instead of boring you with all the nitty-gritty of my life, I’ll share the big ones.

  • Marine Corps Marathoning fear.  Yep, it’s alive and well.  And whats even worse is that I’m fearing my long runs as much as I’m fearing the race.  Last year I had the 18 miler from hell, and that broke ALL my confidence.  And I’m TERRIFIED its going to happen again.  I’m planning to do 16-18 this weekend, so let’s all cross our fingers…
  • Long run nutrition.  Along the lines of marathoning fear we have the inability to consume food/gels/chews.  Yes, I’ve used them in the past, but everything has always messed with my stomach.  And I’m not planning on stopping by the port-o-potties this year, so I’ve got to find something that works.  So far, I’ve managed to do all my long runs with just a bit of water and gatorade.  As much as I would love it, I dont think that’s going to hold me together for all 26.2 miles.  Any and all suggestions welcome!
  • Roommate transitions! A new roomie moved in in July, old roomie moved out in Aug, another new roomie moved in in Sept.  A lot of transition, but it’s all working out!
  • Unemployment! Sadly, I was laid off (whomp.) BUT it is certainly a good thing for me.  I had been telling myself I need to start job hunting for a while now, so now I have the chance to get SERIOUS about it.  And I don’t think I fit with the organization as well as I had in the past.  I’m pretty excited about what my next opportunity will be – but hopefully it comes soon! If anyone wants to do a lunch date in DC, let me know! My schedule’s pretty open right now :)
  • Ragnar Relay DC! Oh yeah, I joined a team for this year’s race! I saw a tweet, and jumped at the opportunity! I did Ragnar DC last year, and Hood to Coast the year before that, so I’m no newbie to relay races.  I am a newbie to a leg that’s long (20 miles total) and sorta hilly.  Oh yeah, and its next weekend (realized that on my run today).

As things start to smooth out a bit more, I will certainly be back to (more) regular blogging and blog reading! I miss hearing from you all!!!

Any big things happen to you in the last several weeks?

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More Food Truck Happiness

Yesterday, I visited a food truck for lunch.  It was so delicious, I thought “I must share this with everyone!”  And then I devoured all the food, sharing it with no one.  BUT, it reminded me that I also visited another food truck last week.  So now I have two food trucks to share with you! I hope you’re huuuuungry!  We’ll start with my experience from last week.

Last week, my friend came into town for a few days before we headed down to Charleston (pictures from that trip coming soon).  I immediately told her that we were going to hit up the food truck scene for lunch.  I’m pretty sure she has never been more excited.  We headed to Metro Center, since that’s where a lot of trucks gather.  And we happened upon this beautiful sight:

No, not that man, although I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder? Anyway, say hello to Wassub! They are an Asian-fusion sub truck.  It was the first time I had seen them, so I decided to give it a try.  I got the Regular Bulgolgi sub, and it came with provolone, lettuce, tomato and mayo.

It was soooooo good! But also super huge! 9 inches! As much as I wanted to, I could not finish both sandwich halves.  So not only was the sandwich delicious, it was s great deal! $8! Will definitely be searching for this truck again (and hoping they come to Rosslyn soon!)

I’d also like to share this sign with you, taken from the Wassub truck itself:

Haha, my friend and I couldn’t help but crack up as we read this.  Makes you really want to try their subs!

And yesterday, I visited another food truck for lunch, Red Hook Lobster Truck.

This truck is known for their lobster and shrimp rolls, either warm in butter (Connecticut style) or cold in mayo (Maine style).  I always go with the Connecticut style, and it certainly did not disappoint.

Just looking at the pictures now makes me hungry for another.  And after taking one bite, it wasn’t long until I had devoured it all.

The lobster rolls are full of delicious lobster chunks, and the rolls are soft, yet lightly toasted.  Just delicious.  But, then again, for $16, it better be.  I will DEF (and have a few times) go back the next time they’re in Rosslyn!

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And for a running update, yes I’m still doing that (haha, sort of…).  I actually will be running the Rockville Twilight Run tomorrow evening! It’s an 8k that takes place at night, and me and my friends have put together a team.  I randomly (or bc of vacation) have taken a week off of running, so this race will mark my official return.  The last time I did an 8k was in December, and I was hardcore struggling with ITBS (it had yet to be identified as such).  So, I’m hoping I can pull off a PR, despite my seriously long (and accidental) taper.  Oh, and yes, you can look forward to pictures featuring our “Night Crawlers” uniform. :)

Happy Friday!

Any fun weekend plans? I’m also hoping to go to a Nationals’ baseball game tonight, but the forecast does not look promising.  Keep your fingers crossed for me!

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A Plane! A Plane!

This past weekend, I found myself up in Baltimore for a Sailabration!  It was the bicentennial celebration of the War of 1812!  Kevin had heard about it weeks ago, and was determined to go.  So I gladly tagged along (and invited my sister and nephew).

It runs through June 19th, so there’s still time to go see some of the ships!

But before I share some photos from that with you, I’m pretty eager to tell you about my track workout last week.  I know, I know, again?  I’m sure you’re probably tired of hearing about my track workouts, but I’m going to be honest.  They make me super excited! It’s my chance to dig deep, and prove to myself that I can do it.  It’s also a chance for me to think about how badly I really want it, and how much I’m willing to work for it.  And that’s what I love about it.

So last Thursday, I headed to the track, with the goal of accomplishing 5×800.  This time, my goal was 3:55.  The last time I did the Yasso 800s, I easily got them all under 4:00, so I figured it’s time to up the pace.  I’m pleased to say, I was successful! :)

#1- 3:49

#2- 3:49

#3- 3:54

#4- 3:53

#5- 3:43

My first 2 were a bit faster than I wanted, but I was still able to finish all 5 strong, and (slightly) under goal time.  I’m hoping in a few weeks, I can shoot for 3:50 goal!

#PROOF! (i forgot my footpod in my other shoes, which is why the distance reads zero. i promised i did run that 800!)

Annnnnnyway, back to this weekend.  So, in honor of the War of 1812, there were tons of ships at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, and around Ft. McHenry.  In addition, there was an air show, featuring planes and helicopters from the Navy and Coast Guard, so we headed to Ft. McHenry to see what it was all about.

We saw some helicopters

And planes

And different planes

And then there were the dare-devil planes. You can see video clips of their stunts here.  Believe me, the Blue Angels are insane!

Every time they got close to each other, I held my breath! Those Blue Angels pilots sure are brave! (and very trusting of each other!!!)

In between the different planes, Joey and I tried our hand at a photo shoot.

Sadly, the 3-yr old beat me in the “look like a model” pose.  I was trying to channel Tyra and clearly failed.  Whomp whomp. (also, please excuse the wild hair, it was windy)

It was a great way to spend a beautiful day in Baltimore!  It was the perfect way to SAILebrate my great track workout! :) (haha, I’m obsessed, I know)

How was your weekend? Anything to SAILebrate? (yes, I will be using this for a while)

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Catching up!

Hey all! I hope everyone had a great weekend and an even better (or maybe just tolerable?) Monday!

About 2 weeks ago, Claire at Let’s Go On a Living Spree nominated me for the One Lovely Blog Award! I’m super excited and extremely honored! If you haven’t already, def go check it out! She’s so funny, inspiring and has amazing fashion sense!

And with the award, come a few rules I must follow:

  1. Link back to the blogger who nominated you (go check out Claire’s blog!)
  2. Paste the award image on your blog, anywhere
  3. Share 7 facts about yourself.

Since I have the first 2 out of the way, I guess this is the point where I share 7 facts about myself. Ooooookay, here goes…

1.  The first pet I had as a child was a guinea pig when I was 5.  And I made my mom buy a leash for it so I could take it for walks.  Poor Hatcher…

     2.  I can make my shoulders pop out of the socket.  When I was in high school, my doctor told not to do it because I’d end up stretching out those muscles.  As a 14-year-old, I could not, for the life of me, figure out why that would be a bad thing.

3.  Both my parents are from Haiti, so I grew up in a bilingual household.  Speaking both English and Haitian-Creole.

     4.  My sophomore year of college, this guy that lived on my floor convinced me to try cheerleading again (I had done it for 2 years in high school).  And then I fell in love with it during my college years.  To this day, I still love watching competitions on tv and seeing the level of stunts change!

     5.  I rarely go a day without eating any candy.  Today, I snacked on smarties, a lollipop, some gummy worms and a fire-ball (could only handle one!)

     6.  When I was younger, I HATED my first name.  I always promised myself that the following school year, I would start going by my middle name, Christine.  Well, that never happened and I’m still going by Daphne.  But its okay, my name has totally grown on me :)

     7.  I started running only outdoor track in high school only because all my friends were doing it, and I didn’t have a spring sport to do.  Well, I really enjoyed it and ended up doing cross-country too! And I still love it to this day! Gotta bring it back to the old high school running crew! It was the good kind of peer pressure!

Fascinating, aren’t I? Haha!

A few final rules:

4. Nominate some other blogs you like for this award.

5. Post a comment on each of your nominees’ blogs telling them about the nomination

I read so many blogs on the regs, but here are a few that I love!

What was the first pet that you had? Anything unusual?

My sister always wanted a dog, but instead we had parakeets, a gerbil, fish, hermit crabs, hamsters and we even babysat a chinchilla!

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I’m still here!

Goodness, it’s been a while since I’ve blogged!  Work has been crazy, life has been busy, and I’ve just needed every bit of down time I can get.  :)

Just a quick recap for the past week-ish:

Saturday : I went to the Great Grapes wine festival with Kevin.  We enjoyed some great local MD wines, some not so good ones, and even sampled a bunch of different olive oils! (Yes, I LOVE olive oil). The weather was perfect, so it was a great day to be out and drinking wine tasting. :)

Sunday: I got tricked into helping my mom with one of her “projects” for most of the day.  When I finally got back to my apartment, I promptly started my cross-apartment move (one of my roommates moved out, so I moved into her room).  Interrupted that with a quick 5ish mile run with KR (so sorry for being late!) and then back to my apartment to finish moving stuff.  Super proud of myself for taking my bed apart, and being able to get it back together. Without it falling apart while I sleep (well, not yet anyway).

You know, just being Daphne the Builder

Monday: Work, work, work.  Then met up for a “run”. But decided I wasn’t really feeling it, so we did a sort of modified circuit workout/run. We ran to the WWII Memorial, did some pushups, tricep dips, abs. Then ran to the Washington Monument, and did the same thing.  Finished up by running back to the Mall, and did another set.  My arms and abs were DONE!  I probably did a total of 3.5-4 miles, BUT I def did a total of 45+ pushups that day.  20 pushups is a lot for me, so 45 was CRAZY!

Tuesday: Run club day! Normally I go out with the 5 mile group, but today again, I just wasn’t feeling it.  Decided to just do 3 miles, which ended up being harder than I wanted.  We decided about halfway through, that we wanted to catch this guy that had sprinted ahead of the group and lost us (mostly bc we got stuck at lights).  So we were in a basic all-out sprint for about 2 miles.  It was rough, but so worth it.  For the record, we didn’t catch him, but it’s only bc we got stopped at all the lights he was able to keep going through. Grumble, grumble.

Wednesday: National Running Day! I should have been so excited to run, but I wasn’t.  So I forced myself through 2ish miles and then returned home to grab a burger with my roommate.  Good Stuff Eatery, thank you for being across the street.  :)

Thursday: Track workout! I know Wednesdays are supposed to be speed days, but we had to switch it around this week.  After work, work, work I dragged my butt to the track.  Imagine my shock and surprise when I went to change, and realized I had no socks! Waah! So I found these little gems at the nearby CVS.

Since I’ve been so tired of running lately, I decided to switch it up with the track work and stay away from the 800s.  Instead, I did what I guess you could call a ladder workout? 5 min hard, 5 min recovery, 4 min hard, 4 min recovery, 3 min hard, 3 min recovery, 2 min hard, 2 min recover, 1 min hard, 1 min recovery.  I’m gonna be honest, I totally thought it would be easier that knocking out 4 800s, but it totally wasn’t.  The first 2 sets weren’t bad, bc you got plenty of recovery, but the last 3 were def more challenging. I tried to make each set a bit faster (pace-wise) than the last.  I don’t know if I really succeeded, but I can def say that all the “hard” sessions were below an 8 min pace.  All in all I think it was a good, quick (30 min for the workout) speed session.

Friday (today): Planned to do a short recovery run this morning, but decided to nix it.  Instead, I will spend my post-work hours hanging out at the Bullpen (or whatever its called these days) and gorging myself on food trucks!

I’ve been feeling very unmotivated and tired, and just generally not in the mood to run.  While this isn’t particularly unusual for me, it does worry me a bit, since MCM training will start in a few weeks.  So, that being said, I’ve decided to discontinue with the RunStreak. :(  I obviously would have liked to see how far I could have gotten, but I’m more focused on MCM training and making my marathon goal.  I don’t want to burnout right before I have to start dedicating myself to my training plan.  So for now, I’m going to decrease my mileage a bit, so that I can make sure that my legs and head are ready to go come July.

Which leads me to the next thing…

I still need to put together my official training plan! Eeeeek! July is almost here!

I usually use Runner’s World’s SmartCoach.  Anyone have any good marathon training plan suggestions?

Fun plans for the weekend?

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Track Party Wednesday

I did it! I managed to drag myself to the track for the second week in a row.  And you know what? I actually enjoyed my workout!

I know, I’m just as shocked and surprised as you are!

I got to the track, a little nervous and a bit reluctant to start.  My track buddy was stuck at work (boo!) so I had to go it alone.  Track party of one? I pulled myself together and I started with a 3 lap warm-up.

3 laps? Why not 2, or 4?

Well, the plan was just to warm-up with 2, but I didn’t feel sufficiently warmed-up (which is odd bc it was hot and humid) so I did one more.  And then I stretched for a bit.  And finally, I was ready to step up to the line.

The plan was:

  • 3×800 @ 4:00 w/ 400 jog recovery
  • 2×400 @ 1:30 w/ 400 jog recovery

What actually happened:

  • 800 @ 3:58
  • 800 @ 3:53
  • 800 @ 3:49 (thought this was my last, but decided to do another)
  • 800 @ 3:45
  • 400 @ 1:38 (made me realize I’m not a middle distance runner anymore! ha!)

I was feeling good with the 800s.  It’s always a challenge, but I think I start out slow enough that I have a bit more pick-up in the end.  After seeing my time on the 3rd one, I was like heck! Let’s see if I can do that again.  And I went ALL OUT.  And it felt great! And then I looked at my watch and was like WHAAAAAAT??!! I know it doesn’t seem awfully speedy, but for me, that’s FANTASTIC.  Also knowing that I was able to bust that out after 3 challenging 800s just makes me feel super strong.  :)

So I decided to go ahead with the 400 to finish off the workout.  I’m doing an 8k in about 6 weeks, so I’d really like to work on my “short distance” speed and finishing speed for that.  Plus, one of my friends is convinced that our team can place, and that I’ll be one of the scorers! Ha! Talk about pressure.

Well, the 400 didn’t feel as good as the 800 did.  And I finished 8 seconds slower that I really wanted to.  But you know what, I’m still happy.  I ran it all out, and I ran it after doing 4 progressively faster 800s.  I’d say that’s a good start to my summer speedwork season!

I finished it all up with a 1/2 mile cool-down.  Serious happy face :) So glad I got out, and rocked it.  If I can keep this up, MCM will go exactly how I want it to!

I followed up my Wednesday night workout with a Thursday morning run.  Not going to lie, I really, REALLY considered just skipping it and going back to bed this morning. My bed is so comfortable, and I was just so sleepy… But then, I thought:

#RWRunStreak

So I got up, a jogged 2.5ish slow easy miles.  It was perfect bc I certainly needed to loosen up my legs.  So for me, the RunStreak is doing it’s job!  My route included a nice loop around the Capitol Building, where I stopped to take a pic, just like a tourist. :-P

Yep, it was 7:00am and the sun was out and ready! It was already a little warm, but I survived.  That’s day 3 of RunStreak for me! (and now I can go to hh guilt-free!)

Do you work out in the morning, afternoon or evening? I’ve been trying the mornings, but it’s so hard!

Favorite track workout? I’m looking for some inspiration and to change things up!

I don’t want to go into too much detail, but I do feel the need to mention why I decided to do the RunStreak.  I have trouble committing myself to my workouts, training plans, morning runs, whatever.  So something that will get me up, out, and on the road is a HUGE plus to me.  Also, with my training, I’ve been trying to incorporate more slow, easy recovery runs, and forcing myself to run the day after a hard run encourages that.  Without the RunStreak looming over my head, I probably would have stayed in bed this morning.  For me, the RunStreak is the extra kick in the butt I need to get my training on track.  It’s not about running a certain number of miles, or adding in harder miles, or even junk miles.  It’s about committing to something, and coming out strong.  Believe me, if I think I need a rest day, I’ll take a rest day.  RunStreak or no RunStreak.  So let’s all be happy for those willing to attempt it, because each person has their own reasoning, but each person could probably use some support!

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To Streak Or Not To Streak?

I’m sure many of you have heard of the RunStreak that is being hosted by Runner’s World.

Basically, it’s a promise/challenge/opportunity to set a running streak, and run every day from Memorial Day until July 4th.  That’s 38 days of running.

Originally, I was like “Psssssh, RunStreak is not for me. No-way-Jose!”

And then I was like, “Hmmm, 38 days of running could be a fun challenge…”

And now I’m like, “Yes! RunStreak, I will!”

Except, there’s one problem.  The RunStreak started yesterday, on Memorial Day.  And I didn’t run.  So, now the questions is, how do I make up for it?  Run an extra day after the end of official RunStreak? Or run twice tomorrow?

I’ve never done this before, so I’m pretty excited/nervous to try it.  I think the most days I’ve run in a row is probably 6 or 7.  But the key is here that you only need to do a mile.  So even on rest/gym days, I can warm up on the treadmill, and then go about my workout as usual.

Are you doing the RW RunStreak?  What’s the longest running/workout streak you’ve held?  Think its a good idea or bad idea?

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Fixed!

Remember when my watch died like forever ago.  And I was planning on fixing it/ earning myself a new one?  And I did? Well it was time to fix that.

Finally, I gathered the necessary materials and brought my Garmin FR60 back to life!

It was a pretty easy process.  But I will say, I took several laps around CVS to find that eye glasses repair kit.

But now we’re ready and back in action! Just in time for my attempt at running intervals tonight! Hopefully this will help me stay on track for my future runs and through MCM training.

(I’m still hoping to “earn” a newer, better watch, I’ll post soon about my upcoming race for that)

However, after running 2ish months without a watch, I kind of like the freedom and the back-to-the-basics feeling it gives me.  I think I will continue to do many runs without it, but still using it for intervals, tempo runs and long runs.

How often do you run with a watch?  Necessity or distraction?

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Taking the plunge

Well almost.  It’s more like I’m getting my feet wet.  But still, it’s a step!

I joined a gym! (again – almost, I’m in the testing phase)

I’ve been thinking about this for a while, but with our office moving, I didn’t want to join the one in Dupont.  But then I found a Gold’s Gym in Rosslyn.  And, it’s like 3 blocks from my office!

My plan is to use it for lunch-time yoga/pilates classes, some strength training in the evenings, and the occasional spinning class.  I’ve been told I should try out body pump too, but it sounds a bit intimidating right now.

Are you a part of a gym?  What classes do you take?

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Food Truck Love

When I found out my office was moving to Rosslyn, I complained. I complained a lot.  And then I realized food trucks go to Rosslyn too.  And suddenly the move to Rosslyn didn’t seem that bad did.

This week, I’ve had the chance to visit TWO food trucks, and I can honestly say I enjoyed them both!

On Tuesday, I checked out Something Stuffed.

I got the CTM Empanada.  It’s made with local, free-range chicken, flavored with Indian spices and a rich tomato cream sauce.

I gotta say, I was a huge fan of the crust.  Light and flaky, but didn’t feel toooo greasy.  It was delish!

I enjoyed 3 of those! I will def check out Something Stuffed when they come around toe Rosslyn again!

On Wednesday, I had the pleasure of visiting with Seoul Food.  My boss had tried it a few weeks ago, and just RAVED about their bibimbap. So naturally, I was itching to try it.

When we got to the truck, there were a number of options I was interested in trying, one of them being the kimchi quesadilla.  However, I decided on the chicken bibimbap with medium sauce.

It was DELICIOUS! As soon as I started eating, I couldn’t stop! Everything just tasted so good! The chicken was amazing, and the sauce was just right.  Not too spicy, but a little bit of a kick.  I will ABSOLUTELY be going back to visit Seoul Food! And what makes it all even better is that it was only $8.00!

I was hoping to check out another food truck today (what 3 in a week is too much?) but there weren’t any here. :( That’s okay though! Next week, the Po’boy truck will be on my radar!

So far, Rosslyn, you are treating me well… :)

How do you feel about food trucks? Any favorites?

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