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Marine Corps Marathon Training – Week 5 (Fight like a girl and Trevor Noah)

#MotivationMonday: “A beautiful day begins with a beautiful mindset. When you wake up, take a second to think about what a privilege it is to simply be alive. The moment you start acting like life is a blessing, it will start to feel like one.”

My boss’s daughter has lymphoma. She’s 16. Being a teenager is hard enough. To have to deal with tumors, too? It’s a terrible thing. She has shown tremendous strength and courage these last several months though, and has been an inspiration.

We wanted to show our support and let her know that we’re pulling for her.

So last week started with a photo session in our studio. The team wore matching purple shirts that say “OPA for Catherine,” and we got some great shots. We gave her the photos, along with a shirt. Hopefully they make her smile.

Our setup for the photo shoot.

Our setup for the photo shoot.

Colleagues Jeff and Erin posing in purple shirts.

Colleagues Jeff and Erin posing in purple shirts.

Colleagues Jose and Jeff showing their support.

Colleagues Jose and Jeff showing their support.

Jose designed this. Pretty awesome.

Jose designed this. Pretty awesome. (OPA = Office of Public Affairs)

MCM Training – Week 5

The rest of the week focused on running. I didn’t hit 34 miles like I was supposed to, but I did get some strong runs in, including a 14-mile long run on the C&O Canal Towpath on Saturday. It left me exhausted. I took a two-hour nap afterward, and probably could have slept for a couple more. I did 30 minutes of yoga at home for cross-training on Monday. I really need to step up my cross-training. Co-worker Erin suggested I try spinning and lifting weights. I’m considering both (my weak arms could use some help).

Monday, July 20 – Yoga (30 minutes at home)

Tuesday, July 21 – 4 miles – treadmill (AM)

Wednesday, July 22 – 7 miles – treadmill (PM)

Thursday, July 23 – 6 miles – treadmill (PM)

Friday, July 24 – off

Saturday, July 25 – 14 miles – C&O towpath

Sunday, July 26 – off

Total: 31 miles
Cross-training: yoga

After the long run and nap on Saturday, my cousin, her husband and I went to dinner and then to the Lincoln Theatre to see South African comedian Trevor Noah. Have you heard of him? He’s Jon Stewart’s successor for The Daily Show. He’s hilarious. And cute.

Oysters from Peal Dive Oyster Palace.

Oysters from Peal Dive Oyster Palace before the show.

Trevor at Lincoln Theatre. Hard to see him in this picture.  These were the only seats I could get.

Trevor at Lincoln Theatre. Hard to see him in this picture. These were the only seats I could get.

Sunday too-much-Funday started with my friend’s baby’s 100-day party, followed by brunch at Del Campo. They have an awesome bottomless mimosa and Bloody Mary brunch. Worth checking out if you’ve never been. (bottomless anything is dangerous though)

Bacon cupcakes at the 100-day party!

Bacon cupcakes at the 100-day party!

Some sort of potato has at Del Campo.

Some sort of potato hash at Del Campo.

A pretty omelet.

A pretty omelet.

Blood sausage in polenta.

Blood sausage in polenta.

Fried egg on top of red meat. Amazing.

Fried egg on top of red meat. Amazing.

Pisco sour shots at brunch.  Totally normal.

Pisco sour shots at brunch. Totally normal.

Goals for this week: Stretch more. Way more.

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2 Comments

  1. I’ve never been to Del Campo – looks good! My friends and I going to try to get a table at Mike Isabella’s Pepita this weekend. Sorry to hear about your co-workers daughter – can’t imagine how she/parents feel. Let me know if you want to go spinning down here! I’ll join you.

    • Thanks, we hear she’s in good hands and is doing well. 🙂 Ooo Pepita! You’ll have to let me know how you guys like it. And yes, will definitely let you know if I try spinning somewhere in DC!

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