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Hello, hello. Can you guys believe it’s Monday already? I don’t know if it’s just me but I feel like this weekend really flew by. I guess the combination of having a lot of fun plus daylight savings time really threw me for a loop (where does that expression come from, anyway?).

But oh well, it’s Monday again, so let’s take a little peek at what I did over the weekend shall we?

Friday

Fabio and I had a very relaxing evening on Friday, which was just what I needed after a crazy workweek. We started off by having some tuna quesadillas for dinner (basically tuna salad warmed up in a tortilla with cheese) since Fabio and I aren’t eating meat on Fridays during lent.

Tuna it is! Tuna salad is one of my favorite meals and I usually add a few craisins in the mix for some sweetness. Yum!! On the side we had some roasted potatoes and veggies. Great dinner!

After eating we settled in to watch a few episodes of Dexter and we are finally up to the last season. I can’t believe we are almost all caught up!! Crazy!

I also made us an after dinner treat in the form of this XXL Chocolate Cookie.

We wound up eating the giant cookie as if it were a cookie pie and we each had about 1/4 of the cookie for dessert. I intentionally undercooked the cookie a little bit so that it would be delicious and gooey inside. It was so delicious and not at all healthy (although I guess technically I did use whole wheat flour so that might help a little? lol).

Either way it was a really delicious treat and was a fun way to end the week. You gotta enjoy yourself sometimes, right??

Saturday

On Saturday morning Fabio and I woke up relatively early for the weekend (around 8:00 am) in order to knock a 4 mile run out of the way. We were all set to run into Georgetown along the water, but when we started heading along our route we noticed that the road was completely closed off and there were a few people walking in the middle of the street.

Although we thought it was pretty weird, we decided to join the people in the street and we moved our run from the sidewalk to the road. We didn’t realize at first what was happening, but then we saw that we had caught the tail end of a race. Weird!

Since the race seemed to be following the same path that Fabio and I were planning to run anyway, we continued to run in the street and eventually we caught up with the rest of the runners. Imagine my surprise when we came around the corner and saw hundred of runners in the street going the same way we were!

Once Fabio and I were right in the middle of the crowd, we decided to keep running with the group instead of following our original route. I felt a little bad about joining a race that we didn’t pay for or register for, but a few people weren’t wearing their race numbers anyway so no one really noticed us. We blended right in with the crowd of racers!

Fabio and I also weren’t sure how long the race was, so we planned to run two miles with them and then turn back. At around the two mile mark, we noticed that everyone was turning back and the course was taking us back toward our apartment. How perfect, right?

Once we got to the turn for my street, we realized that the finish line was right ahead. We didn’t want to cross the finish line with the crowd and risk getting in trouble for not officially registering, so we just headed home instead. It wound up being a perfect 4 miles!

When we got home I Googled the race to see what it was and it was called the Arlington Four-Miler. It was actually just a four mile race!! What are the odds of that?? It was so perfect for our run and I can’t believe we just accidentally ran it with hundreds of people. So cool!

Overall our pace was actually pretty good, despite a slower last mile as we trudged up the huge hill to my apartment (seriously, I hate this hill so much. It gets me every time.)

Check out that speed from mile one! We were speeeedy!

I was so glad we woke up early and got our run out of the way. It was so worth it to be able to enjoy our Saturday and to get to run in a race (accidentally!) haha!

This week was definitely great for my half marathon training!

After running Fabio and I sat down to a delicious breakfast of whole wheat banana pancakes. Yummm.

After breakfast it was time for some St. Patty’s Day fun!

A bunch of our friends came over and we spent the day at a bar-crawl in Arlington. We went from bar to bar with a ton of other folks celebrating St. Patty’s Day. It was a lot of fun and I had a great time with my friends!

We wound up drinking and hanging out for pretty much the whole day, which was a ton of fun! I love getting to spend so much time with my friends 🙂

Sunday

On Sunday morning Fabio and I woke up as early as we could (after drinking all day the day before this was somewhat of a challenge) to get a two mile run out of the way.

Let me just tell you that this run was awful. I was definitely hungover from the day before and my body was screaming at me the whole time. I felt dehydrated and exhausted during the entire run. I’m pretty sure I told myself more than once that I would never drink again (yeah, right).

Although the run was really bad, and I’m so embarrassed to even show you my pace, at least I got out of bed and did it. Seriously, sleeping in a few minutes longer would have definitely been better.

Ugh, I can’t even deal with this pace.

Granted, I did have to stop and wait for two stoplights during this run, but that pace is just not ok. Ugh. Oh well, at least I did it.

After our run Fabio and I showered up and then headed into DC to meet his sister Diane and her boyfriend Alex for brunch! We went to a new-to-me place in U Street called Tabaq. The brunch was served on the rooftop and the views of DC were beautiful!

The food was pretty great as well and there were a ton of reasonably-priced options to choose from. Fabio and I both wound up getting the chicken and waffles since 1. we’ve been dying to try them and 2. we needed something to soak up the alcohol haha!

It was delicious and exactly what I needed 🙂 I only wound up eating about half of this so we got to take the rest home. I am currently hoping Fabio will take it into work and finish it off because fried chicken and waffles is not really something I need to be eating about a month before my trip to Punta Cana. Seriously. It was delicious though!

After brunch we said goodbye to Diane and Alex and headed over to my dad’s house. My little sister had a basketball game and we were going to cheer her on!

Before the game she had a little extra time to practice with Fabio. The weather was gorgeous so we enjoyed the time outside.

Then it was time for the game!

(Sorry for the crappy picture!)

The basketball game was a lot of fun and I loved watching all the kids run around. My sister’s team is all girls and they played against a team that was mostly boys, so unfortunately they lost. Luckily they are all so young (only about 7 and 8 years old) that they didn’t pay attention to the score too much and just had fun running around with each other. So cute!

We spent the rest of the evening hanging out with my family and it was perfect. We had the most delicious steaks for dinner and watched my sister’s favorite show, America’s Funniest Home Videos. It was a perfect Sunday evening with the family!

Question of the day: Have you ever accidentally run a race that you weren’t expecting to? Have you ever had a really, really bad run? How did you recover mentally?

 

 Posted by on March 11, 2013

  13 Responses to “That time we accidentally ran a race”

  1. I ran that race on Saturday. It is called the four courts four miler. That hill was killer! I don’t know how you run it. I was cursing the hill on Saturday–I ended up running the hi but had thought about just walking it haha

    • That’s so cool that you ran the race too!! And yes, that hill is absolutely awful. I live right by the Four Courts bar so there is no way around it either haha.

  2. Fun weekend! Way to go on that first mile! My fastest mile time is about 8:40…haha, I’m trying to get it down, but I’m just not very fast, LOL!

  3. Hahaha running a race by accident… that’s a new one! I think it’s so cute that you and Fabio run together. It makes everything so much more enjoyable! I can’t get past the idea of chicken and waffles though. They just aren’t meant to go together in my book.

    • Haha I was really worried about how I would like the chicken and waffles together and it actually wasn’t bad! The only weird part is that they were served with BBQ sauce AND syrup and I couldn’t decide which one I was supposed to use lol. I wound up using the syrup and I liked it a lot!

  4. Undercooking your cookies a bit is THEEE only way to go!! 🙂

  5. Sounds fun to accidentally run a race! Your hungover pace is much closer to my pace than your normall running pace. Maybe I should be embarrassed talking about my slow runs on my blog, but we all run at different speeds. Hopefully one day I will be able to increase mine but now i’m just happy when I finish regardless of my pace.

    • Definitely! Everyone is different. I was embarrassed of my pace because I know that for ME it is bad. I know I could have done better and I was embarrassed at my results, but at least I did it!

  6. Omg how weird that must have been to have come round the corner and seen a load of runners! Haha I would have freaked out. Very cool though to get to run a random race though!
    I really wouldn’t worry about your Sunday run. It’s not like you ran a rubbish run after a good night’s sleep and proper hydration the day before – that would be really demoralising. You enjoyed yourself the day before, as you should, and it had a bad effect on your run the next day. Just don’t let it get you down, just move on to the next run! I’ve had quite a few runs that have been terrible and I almost rang Ben to pick me up. It happens to everyone at some point I think. You just have to remember that a rubbish run this time means a better run next time!

    • Haha it was really weird to see a race going on but it was a lot of fun to join! And thanks for your encouragement on my bad run…at least I actually got out of bed and did it even if my pace was awful. Better than nothing! Plus it leaves lots of improvement for my next run 🙂

  7. How crazy that you were able to join in a race!!! Maybe because I never get up early to run (haha, I’m lazy like that), I’ve never even SEEN a run going on unless I’ve been participating. Plus there aren’t a ton of races that happen around me. But dont worry about the bad run – everyone has one every once and awhile. The point is you got out there and did it!

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