Oct
13

Yasso 800’s in DC

Monday:
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Jason and I had a gorgeous run to the Lincoln Memorial, along the Potomac River, through Georgetown…..
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And ended at Founding Farmers for breakfast!
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The weather really has been perfection in DC, so I headed out for some shopping in Georgetown….
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Had a nice patio lunch….
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And walked back to the hotel.  I LOVE that I’ve been able to walk almost everywhere in DC!!!
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I met Jason for drinks and a bite at Teddy and the Bully Bar.
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And had the most amazing frosted Halloween brownie from Dean and Deluca for dessert!!!!
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Track Tuesday (minus the track):

If you remember, I wrote about doing some Yasso-style 800’s a couple of weeks ago.  Today, I did the full Yasso workout.  10 x 800m (400m recovery)
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Rather than hunt down an open track I opted to do my workout on the treadmill.  It’s not my first choice, but my hotel has a rad gym!
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2 mile warmup

10 x 800m (400m recovery) 1-9 @ 3:34, 10 @ 3:29
(1% incline.  My normal goal would be a 3:36, but I upped my pace to account for the treadmill.)

1 mile cool down
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I put on some dry clothes and met Jason for…wait for it…oatmeal!
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Oh, and I couldn’t let Taco Tuesday go by without a post for Instagram!
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And, the purpose of me coming to DC….we were finally able to have a birthday dinner for Jason!!!
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Of course, he requested Rasika.  It’s his favorite restaurant in DC.  This was the third or fourth time he’s been this month.
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One of my favorite things in our hotel is their nightly cookie table!
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Each night’s cookie recipe is from a different President or First Lady.  This was Michelle Obama’s favorite cookie recipe:
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Further proof that I’m a big dork: one of the guests staying on our floor requires 24/7 security to sit outside their door.  I’m fascinated and have been trying to find out who it is to no avail.  It’s time for me to head home and I haven’t solved the mystery.  Jason did manage to get a creepy stalker picture of the security guard, lol! It’s just further proof that he ‘gets me.’
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Indian food….yay or nay?  I’m really trying to love it.  It’s Jason’s favorite, but even the mild dishes are SOOOO spicy!

Do you do your speed work outside or on a treadmill?  This was the first time for me using a treadmill for a track workout.

#choosejoy

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  • http://www.thesimplepeach.com/ Alaina @ The Simple Peach

    The stalking is hilarious! D.C. is one of my favorite places! Speedwork on the treadmill takes some of the guessing out.

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      On the track I’m constantly watching my Garmin in an effort to hit my splits. It was nice to just set the treadmill pace and run!

  • http://www.pinkpaynefitness.com Jess at Flying Feet

    I can’t handle spicy food much. I’m a wimp!! I’ve done speed work on the treadmill due to child care and work issues. I like it because you just set and go. But, I feel like I can run faster on the track. It takes more discipline to run your paced on the track.

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      You’re so right! On the track, I’m constantly watching my Garmin. The treadmill makes it so easy to just settle into my pace.

  • http://www.sarahruns26.com Sarah @ SarahRuns26

    I do my speed work on the treadmill quite often. It may not be ideal, but it works. I like Indian food but don’t actually have any locally, so I don’t get it much. Looks like a fun trip! And the cookies look delicious!

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      I think speed work on the treadmill is excellent mental training. It was so much harder to not quit!

  • Sarah Beth Koonce

    I visited a friend in DC last month and loved running there! We went to Founding Farmers for brunch and it was delicious :) Enjoy!

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      We loved it!!!

  • Jennifer Caccamo

    Great post !

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      Thank you!!

  • C Jester

    DC is an excellent mini vacation in the fall! I love it. Oatmeal is ALWAYS a good option :)
    I would definitely have been walking by the door to see who was inside. Lol.
    I adore Indian food. Its so easy to find vegetarian options with Indian! I have few friends who share my adoration so I tend to cook it myself.
    I use to enjoy speed work outside but I’ve grown to enjoy it more inside on the dreadmill. 😉

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      Lately I’ve been using the treadmill for recovery runs, so my body was super confused when I had to run fast on it!

  • Kailey Hutchison Ingerman

    I’m fascinated by the security guards in the hallway as well! I wonder who it was!!

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      I guess it will remain an unsolved mystery. :(

  • https://bubblyrunner.wordpress.com bubblyrunner

    LOVE Rasika! And Founding Farmer’s oatmeal! Thank goodness the one in Georgetown isn’t super close to where I live, because I would be there every weekend. I do speed workout on a treadmill since I don’t have a track close by my house.

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      SO much good food!!!!

  • Jenn

    Glad you are enjoying DC! I think my favorite thing about living here is that there are tons of runners. That means races galore every weekend, and even some on the weekdays. :) I am, however, jealous of your running group. I’ve yet to find a group that runs weekday mornings, so I usually go solo. By the way, If you get a chance, POV at the W hotel is a fun spot for mimosas and a great view – if you haven’t already been!

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      I saw so many runners this morning, but you’re right…they were all solo. You should start a morning group!
      Thanks for the POV tip!

  • Beth

    So glad you enjoyed DC! Funny that you were at Founding Farmers on Monday, because so did I! I took my sister for brunch since I had the holiday off. And Rasika! Did you get the spinach chaat?! It’s my favorite thing on their menu!

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      That’s too funny! Yes, I had the spinach chaat and it was SOOOO good! I could have eaten 3 more bowls!

  • http://www.momontherunsanity.com Paria@momontherunsanity.com

    I need to “un-see” that frosted halloween brownie, because now I’m going to try to recreate it…. I love Dean and DeLuca. I used to love Indian food in my 20’s, but in my 40’s, it’s just too heavy for me and my stomach does not feel good after I have it (my stomach does however handle brownies and wine perfectly fine…it doesn’t make sense but it it the truth)

  • Angie @ Pace with Grace Blog

    Yay to Indian food! It is spicy but I surprisingly like it! I do my speed work on the treadmill. Looks like you had a great trip to DC with a lot of yummy food :-)

  • Whitney

    I just really want to know what’s in those shopping bags 😉

    • elawruns

      Me too! I’m nosy :)

  • http://www.planestrainsandrunningshoes.com Christy

    I used to love Indian food…and then I went to India and ate nothing but Indian food for a month and haven’t been able to stomach it since. That was 4 years ago! Looks like a perfect weekend in DC! Glad you enjoyed it! I find that I sometimes prefer 800s on the treadmill because I’ve never lived close enough to a track!

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      I’ve always wanted to visit India, but I just know the food would kick my butt!

  • https://instagram.com/jkitch314 Jenny K

    Love this post. So fun you get to travel sometimes with the hubs! Back in the day I used to do speed on the TM… I could knock it out of the park, and than coach was like get on the pavement — that’s where you race LOL.

    p.s. I WANT THAT COOKIE! <3

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      I’ve noticed that some runners do their speed work on the road for that reason. Most of us don’t race on the track or treadmill. It’s a great point!

  • elawruns

    What a fun trip! I can’t stop looking at all the food pics :) The birthday dessert looks FABULOUS!!!
    The treadmill looks really cool. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one like that.
    I’m kind of afraid to run really fast on the TM. I’ve never done actual speed work, just tempo paces. I like to do my easy/recovery runs on the TM.

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      The hotel gym was super fancy and spoiled me.
      I can totally relate to fear of running fast on the treadmill. I was afraid I’d fall off!

  • Louise

    I love your blog! I’m completely with you about who the security guard is guarding, it could be anyone in a city like DC! I would have been all over that too. I really like Indian food but hate treadmills. Good job on your workout. You inspire me! :)

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      I’m learning to love Indian food and treadmills, lol!
      And, thank you SO much for your sweet words!!!

  • corrie

    This is my kind of trip! A little investigative stalking with a side of dessert and running :) I now need to know who was in that dang room! Hope you and Jason had a wonderful Birthday celebration dinner! I can’t wait for you to get home! Safe travels!

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      See you in the morning!!!!!!!!!

  • Jamie Whittendale

    I am obsessed with Indian food – if only my GI would tolerate it… And I usually do my speed workouts on a treadmill because I have no one else to do them with outside! I fear I would totally lose motivation…
    http://www.idonteatthat.wordpress.com

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      Having a track group works wonders for me!!! I was actually nervous to do this workout without them.

  • Heather Davis

    Never tried Indian food other than a few failed attempts in my kitchen. I love the picture Jason took for you and it is funny how he “gets you.” I love watching your travels through food. I know I always have a resource readily available if I ever go out of town. Thanks

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      Is it sad that trying new restaurants is one of my favorite parts about travel?!!

  • http://www.suzyhastheruns.com Suzy Slane

    I love Indian food, but I grew up eating it so I’m used to it. And I have never done track work on the treadmill because I am SO SLOW on that thing. I run at a harder effort but at a slower pace on the treadmill and I would get so discouraged. Where I could run 3 min 800s on the track, I’d only be able to do 3:15s on the treadmill, etc.

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      That’s so interesting. I felt like I was able to run faster on the treadmill. Then again, I’m nowhere near your paces!!!

  • Lynn B

    I have a running question for you if you do not mind. You run a ton of miles. I am crazy jealous that you body tolerates it, that you have the time, and that you have the love of running to do it. My question is if it is ever a struggle for you? Do you ever not feel like running? You seem to run with friends a lot which I am sure helps with motivation. I often run alone and week day 6-7 milers become a mental struggle at times. Just curious what gets you out there day after day and running the mileage that you do?

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      I absolutely have days where I don’t want to run!!! You’re right that meeting up with friends makes a huge difference. Sometimes its the accountability and other times it’s just knowing that it will be fun once I’m with them.
      More than anything, when I have a day that I don’t want to run, I just remember how crappy I’ll feel if I skip the run. I try to keep 2 days a week to run by myself and I don’t care how many miles or what my pace. Those ‘easy’, laid-back runs help to keep me motivated.

  • http://laurainlou.wordpress.com Laura Olinger

    I’m always like, “Bring on the spice!” I love spicy food, especially Indian. When my husband and I started dating, his favorite flavor was “plain” but now he loves Indian too. He still orders everything mild, with about 3 glasses of water, though. I just love that there are so many vegetarian options.

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      I’m determined to like Indian food. It’s definitely growing on me, but I think I’ll always be a spice wimp!

  • Robin

    Looks like a fun trip. We love DC! And the security was priceless. LOL. Indian food… my absolute favorite but I love spicy.

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      I’m trying to embrace the spice!

  • Sue Tate

    OMG, Rasika is my absolute favorite Indian place in DC! And Founding Farmers is another favorite. Do you guys come here often?

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      My husband has been working there a lot lately. I try to tag along when I can!

  • http://www.thelittlerunnergirl.com Erin W (The Little Runner Girl

    DO is one of my favorite places! Haha I love that you were trying to find out who was staying there. I would’ve done the same thing! My husband LOVES indian food but I just do not. I’ve tried many dishes and many times but if we order in, I usually make myself something else and eat lots of naan!

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      I’ve really been trying but I mostly fill up on rice and naan, too!

  • Regina Mcwhirter

    I hardly ever run on a treadmill, 2x’s for my past marathon training. And that was more of a self punishment for sleeping in and not being able to run before 5:40am when I have to get ready for work.