So I might be falling in love with DC. Shhhhh….
Spring is probably my favorite, followed in close second by Fall. And the copious amounts of sunshine, warm weather, and beautiful scenery made this weekend completely awesome.
Saturday, I completed my first obstacle race in Virginia with a few folks from work. Yeah, I work with some awesome people!
It was the Fitathlon challenge which has multiple races across the country. What drew me to it was the fact there wasn’t any electrocution, fire, or mud. Well a little bit of mud. The 5K route had 17 obstacles including tire flips, a wheelbarrow push, wall climbs, a rucksack run, monkey bars, and balance beams. I was a little nervous for a few of the obstacles because heights really freak me out. But I went in with the mindset to at least try each obstacle. I gave each a go and walked past the rest if I just wasn’t feeling it. Mostly I walked past the wall climbs – I ended up freezing when I got to the top of the first. I’m pretty sure the guy manning that obstacle got a little nervous seeing me just sit there staring at the ground. Poor guy.
My favorite obstacle? The tire flip! It was so stress relieving! Maybe I’ll join Crossfit just so I can do that more often. Yeah….
It was nearly 80 degrees by the time we finished and some of us were feeling a bit crispy (and hungry). We stopped for some food at Jason’s Deli and found out there were free soft serve cones with every meal. SCORE! Nothing like a swirl cone to give you a little nostalgia.
It’s Cherry Blossom season here in DC and because it’s my first year living here, I HAD TO SEE THEM!!! Yep, typical tourist actions. But I knew that in order to beat the crowds, I’d have to go early. So I enlisted Nikki and we set out for an early morning run along the tidal basin and monuments.
At first, we didn’t see any and I got nervous that I screwed up in mapping out our route. Well good thing Nikki is always up for an adventure because we had to do a little re-routing to see these beauties.
The blossoms were a lot bigger than I imagined and even at 7:30am there were still quite a few people out to take some pictures.
I think my face was as pink as the trees…it was warm this morning!
We continued our run along the Mount Vernon Trail and through Georgetown.
Iced coffee from Starbucks was well earned
Nikki had to coach a lacrosse game and I had promised Maria I would meet up with her at the Dupont farmers market, so we hurried home.
An hour later I was back in the district ready to do some serious food shopping.
Its still pretty early in the season. so the selection was mostly lettuce and root veggies. Surprisingly, I ended up really enjoying the dairy farmers selections and purchased cheese and yogurt. I have a delicious recipe coming on Wednesday with the feta I purchased! Be on the look out!
I also didn’t eat much more than a scoop of peanut butter before rushing out of the house, so I stopped at a brick oven pizza vendor at the market for a fresh foccacia egg sandwich. UM DELICIOUS!!!! I definitely recommend stopping by Dupont’s farmer’s market if only to have one of these sandwiches or other delicious pizzas they make fresh for you on the spot.
It was such a beautiful weekend. I hope you’ve enjoyed some spring like conditions where you are!
What were your spring weekend plans?
Have you ever run an obstacle race?
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