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Marine Corps Marathon Training – Week 3 (SUP yoga and food porn)

Tucked away in a run-down shopping center in the Glenmont neighborhood of Silver Spring, Md. is a hole-in-the-wall Chinese restaurant called Szechuan Palace.

It looks a little sketchy. And a little dirty. But their combination fried rice is fantastic.

It is so good that I have them on my list of “favorites” on my iPhone.

You have to be pretty special to make it on my list of favorites. Not many people do. Clearly.

List of favorites: Mom, Dad, Sister Valina, and Szechuan Palace (yes, it is misspelled in my phone)

List of favorites: Mom, Dad, Sister Valina, and Szechuan Palace (yes, it is misspelled in my phone)

SP’s fried rice is special. I think they put crack in there.

Ok, so fried rice doesn't really photograph well.  Also, note: we didn't eat the fruit. Sister added it in the photo to make us look healthier.

Ok, so fried rice doesn’t really photograph well. Also, note: we didn’t eat the fruit. Sister added it in the photo to make us look healthier.

I kicked off the week with SP’s crack fried rice for dinner with little sister on Monday. (carbs!)

It set the tone for the not-so-healthy (but delicious) eating the rest of the week, including amazing mac and cheese and burgers at Le Diplomate; mussels, donuts and more burgers at a boozy brunch at Lyon Hall; and homemade ribs from the boss (food porn after the training update below).

MCM Training – Week 3

Week 3 of training was good. I dialed back the miles a bit from the previous week, and (finally) got in some cross training — SUP yoga! It’s been on my list of activities to try for a while. It was awesome. I took the class with Potomac Paddlesports, near Old Angler’s Inn on MacArthur Blvd. in Potomac, Md.

SUP Yoga instructor's pink board

SUP Yoga instructor’s pink board

After intros, we grabbed our boards and paddles and carried them down to the water. We paddled about half a mile to the Widewater area of the C&O Canal to do our yoga. It was a lot of fun. And definitely a little harder than I thought it would be. Some poses that are easy on land required slow movements and patience on the water, including Warrior I and Warrior II.

Lisa-Marie was my SUP yoga instructor. She was awesome.

Lisa-Marie was my SUP yoga instructor. She was awesome.

About to do a pose... but first, a photo (of my board and the rock in front of me).

About to do a pose… but first, a photo (of my board and the rock in front of me).

Doing the poses on the board was challenging, but I think the hardest part for me was carrying my board from the parking area to the water, and back. THAT was a workout! SUP yoga boards are big (bigger than what I’ve used for regular SUP) and heavy. (Note to self: add arm workouts to training.) Overall, I enjoyed it a lot and hope to get a few more sessions in before the summer is over.

There was a paddle boarding race going on in the middle of our practice. Kind of hard to see in this photo.

There was a paddle boarding race going on in the middle of our practice. Kind of hard to see in this photo.

I did my long run on Saturday at the C&O Canal towpath. The 10 miles started in the rain and ended in bright sunshine. See post and photos from yesterday.

Monday, July 6 – 4 miles (AM)

Tuesday, July 7 – rest

Wednesday, July 8 – rest

Thursday, July 9 – 6 miles (PM)

Friday, July 10 – 6 miles (PM)

Saturday, July 11 – 10 miles

Sunday, July 12 – crosstraining – SUP yoga

Total – 26 miles
Crosstraining – SUP yoga

I struggled a bit on my evening runs after work, but overall, it was a pretty good week. I’ll probably decrease the mileage a little more again this week because I have the Rock n Roll Chicago Half on Sunday. Goals: foam roll, stretch, foam roll… and maybe PR in Chicago??

Now, for some food porn.

My boss brought in his delicious homemade ribs to celebrate summer.

My boss brought in his delicious homemade ribs to celebrate summer.

Ribs, y'all.

Ribs, y’all.

Had dinner at Le Diplomate  mid-week -- mmm burger...

Had dinner at Le Diplomate mid-week — mmm burger…

Le Diplomate's mac and cheese is fantastic.

Le Diplomate’s mac and cheese is fantastic.

Sunday brunch at Lyon Hall started with some oysters.

Sunday brunch at Lyon Hall started with some oysters.

And then some donuts...

And then some donuts…

I had a smoked salmon dish for my main course.

I had a smoked salmon dish for my main course.

Along with some of my cousin-in-law's amazing burger.

Along with some of my cousin-in-law’s amazing burger.

Lyon Hall's Bloody Mary comes with a shot of beer.  Cheers!

Lyon Hall’s Bloody Mary comes with a shot of beer. Cheers!

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2 Comments

  1. OMG everything about this post is amazing. After I try regular SUP, I’ll have to do SUP yoga 🙂 I like SP as well haha – their fried rice and sesame chicken is good. I actually have (and I have to admin their Chinese is not the greatest) Lees Kitchen saved on my phone 😉 Now I want to go to Le Diplomate to have the burger (always heard great reviews) and the Mac& Cheese! Good luck this weekend! I was thinking in the future, do you want to do Smuttynose for New Hampshire? They give out lobster rolls and clam chowder!

    • Yesss, do it! SUP yoga is a fun workout! Ahh good ol Lees. Haha. Le Dip has a great brunch, too! Yes to Smuttynose! Co-worker did it and liked it. And I mean.. can’t say no to lobster rolls and chowdah 🙂

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