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Marine Corps Marathon Training – Week 2

Long holiday weekends are the best. Especially ones that involve fireworks.

Fireworks!

Fireworks!

I feel like I crammed a lot into the past few days — dinners with friends, jazz in the garden, cookouts, some family time, and even a little running.

My weekend started Thursday evening. The girls and I had dinner at China Chilcano in Penn Quarter, where I spotted some festive bathroom art.

Awesome bathroom art at China Chilcano in Penn Quarter.

Awesome bathroom art at China Chilcano in Penn Quarter.

The food was so-so.

We tried some samples from China Chilcano last month during Dine-N-Dash, a charity food event where you tour participating restaurants and sample food and cocktails. We liked what we sampled at the event, so decided to go back for dinner. I wasn’t super impressed with dinner though.

These fried dumplings that look like mini empanadas were pretty good.

These fried dumplings that look like mini empanadas were pretty good.


One of our entrées: Peruvian dish called Ají de Gallina (chicken in a spicy sauce)

One of our entrées: Peruvian dish called Ají de Gallina (chicken in a spicy sauce)


This dish is called dancing yucca -- those little

This dish is called dancing yucca — those little “bonita flakes” actually swayed back and forth in the bowl.

I met my cousin and her husband in the city on Friday. Our original plan was to go to the Nationals/Giants baseball game (he’s from San Francisco and is a Giants fan). But she didn’t buy tickets in time, and they sold out.

So we ended up at Jazz in Garden. We had pitchers of sangria and listened to a band called Speakers of the House (old school funk, boogaloo, and rock). We stayed until it started raining.

Jazzing in the rain at the Sculpture Garden

Jazzing in the rain at the Sculpture Garden (IK’s selfie skills need some work).

And then we went to Daikaya for ramen. Totally hit the spot.

There was 1.5 hour wait at Daikaya. The ramen was worth it.

There was 1.5 hour wait at Daikaya. The ramen was worth it.

After ramen, we went to their apartment and sat on the rooftop with some champagne and ice cream (celebrating America’s birthday). Yep, it was still raining. We were under pool umbrellas.

Celebrating with ice cream and champagne  (do you see the Monument behind us?).

Celebrating with ice cream and champagne (do you see the Monument behind us?).

Fourth of July was spent at a friend’s house. They had a cookout, and we set off our own fireworks. Sadly, I don’t have any food photos. We ate everything before I remembered to snap a pic.

On Sunday, I hung out with an old friend and then went to a sushi restaurant with little sister. No photos of the sushi rolls, which is unfortunate because sushi photos are always amazing.

I feel like I spent the entire weekend eating. Seriously.

MCM Training Week 2

Week two of marathon training went well. I got in some quality runs during the week (on the treadmill), and even made it outside for a short, painful run around the neighborhood. It was so humid, I felt like I was gasping for air the entire time.

I did my long run (8 miles) on the treadmill Saturday morning. Back-to-back episodes of Property Brothers on HGTV made the 8 miles go by a little faster.

I didn’t do any cross training this past week. I was planning to try SUP yoga on Sunday, but ended up skipping it to hang out with that old friend that was in town for the weekend. I did manage to squeeze in a little speed work though.

Monday, June 29 – 4 miles – treadmill

Tuesday, June 30 – 4 miles treadmill

Wednesday, July 1 – 6 miles – treadmill

Thursday, July 2 – rest

Friday, July 3 – 3 miles – outside in the humidity

Saturday, July 4 – 8 miles – treadmill

Sunday, July 5 – 4 miles – treadmill – speed work

Total: 29 miles
Cross training: none

Overall, it was a productive week mileage-wise. I don’t think I’ve logged over 26 miles in a week since last summer.

Goals for this week: Do some cross training and a lot more foam rolling.

How was your Fourth of July? Did you eat as much as I did??

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4 Comments

  1. yuenjennifer says

    So impressed with your mileage! My legs are starting to feel tired -yours? I also thought the same of China Chilacano, some dishes were good but I think his other restaurants are better. I would def wait 1.5 hours for Daikaya 🙂

    • Yeah, legs are pretty tired. I’m dialing back the mileage a little this week. 🙂 Totally agree – his other restaurants are better. We had such high hopes for CC, too. Haha

  2. Great week of training! I have missed Jazz in the Garden every week, but I’m going to try and make it this month! Sangria + music sounds wonderful That Ramen place is also sooo good too.

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