Awkward and Embarrasing Race Photos

31 03 2011

Last weekend I ran the D.C. National 1/2 Marathon.

If you have ever run a race or competed in a triathlon that has race photos, you know that the VAST majority of the pictures are not flattering. Not only are they unflattering, they are frequently awkward and catch you at the exact moment when you feel like you are about to drop down to your knees and collapse. So I thought I would share some of my finest moments with you. Enjoy…

How’s that for taking one for the team?? Please…do share your oh so flattering race photos! Every once in a while (only because the race was over in my case) do you get a nice shot. I stood in line… legs aching, heart still racing and with complete cotton mouth to get this nice shot taken 🙂

Moving on…I started off my week with my head held pretty high! Its not every day you can toss your breakfast halfway through the race and still PR! Tuesday evening however,  I was put back in my place in just 10 short minutes! I joined a gym this winter so that I could continue running and biking spinning despite the D.C. winter weather. Along with the most ridiculously expensive gym membership, I received one free training session. At first I blew off this training session, assuming that the trainer would just have me to some push ups, sit ups, etc. and that I really didn’t have time (or motivation) to schedule a training session. ***I am very aware that strength training is a really important component of triathlon training but have been AWFUL at incorporating it into my training plan! After a few months at the gym however, I met a few triathletes who also were using the gym for their winter training. As it turned out, there was also a personal trainer at the gym who had competed in a number of marathon and Ironman races.  I decided to just go ahead and do it and that is just what I did on Tuesday night. And boy was I right! I did push ups, sit ups and squats.  But boy was I wrong…they were TOTALLY worth my while. Apparently my ability to swim a lot, run a lot and bike a lot does not translate into overall body strength. I AM SORE SORE SORE.

This was the “simple” circuit that he had me do.

Put on a timer or start your stop watch for 10- minutes. For the next ten minutes…do the following…without stopping.

30 squats.

10 pushups.

10 situps.

When I was finished, my arms was shaking, my heart was racing and my legs felt like this dudes:

And the next day…I couldn’t walk. Turns out that just because you can run a 1/2 marathon does not mean you can do a few push ups, sit ups and squats. I think that I will be incorporating this little number into my weekly training schedule.

Moral of my little story: push ups, sit ups and squats are good for EVERYBODY! so DO EM!

Question of the Day: Do you strength train? If not, why? If so, what types of exercises do you do?

My favorite city

31 03 2011

Hello Friends! I’m (Steph) back! It’s crazy to me that I haven’t posted in an entire week! Kudos to Chloe with the help of Elizabeth for writing some great posts while I was out of town! 🙂

Where was I you ask? Take a peek at some shots I took of my favorite city:

Yup my friends, I was in Chicago! I was attending a conference Saturday through Tuesday in downtown Chi-town. The extra bonus of this business trip was that my college roommate and best friend Leah lives there!

I had a super trip. The conference was great; I attended a ton of interesting presentations. Unfortunately though, I didn’t really get to workout (I’m a wuss when it comes to running in the cold; it was in the low 30s). I did however, walk the 2 miles to the conference site a few twice, since I knew I’d be sitting all day.

Of course, the best part of my trip was hanging out with Leah, even though the time was squeezed in before and after conference sessions. On Sunday night, we went to dinner at this hip Indian restaurant, Veerasway. It happened to be the last night of “Chef’s Week,” which, if you’re familiar with Restaurant week, it’s basically the same deal. We got 3 courses (1 appetizer, 1 entree, and 1 dessert) for $33. Not bad, considering some of the regular prices!

One of the things I love about Leah is she shares my love of food, so we decided that we’d each order different things and share them all. That’s my kind of friend:)

We got:

crispy cardamom pork belly: duroc pork, upma, raisin chutney, micro cilantro

bindi chat fry: crispy okra, house chaat masala, red onion, fresh tomato, cilantro, lemon

tandoori roasted chicken: bone-in chicken, paprika, yogurt, ginger, cardamom

goan seafood curry: scallops, mussels, shrimp, coconut milk, garlic, serrano, red chili, lime

chocolate cardamom bread pudding

passion fruit meringue tart: cashew praline

We also got some garlic naan and goat cheese, onion & sweet pepper naan. Our waiter also brought us a selection of pickles:

There were pickled cauliflower, pickled mixed peppers, and pickled kumquats:

I think the kumquats were my favorite. They were an interesting combination of sweet, spicy, and sour. You can see a chili in there, and that’s some star anise and a bay leaf.

I also got a mango lassi:

I was really glad I ordered the lassi. Though it was super sweet, it definitely helped cool my mouth after the spicy seafood curry!

All the food was delicious here! I’m a big fan of Indian food, and I liked the modern twist on the cuisine:)

We also went out to eat the night before at The Publican. Unfortunately, I didn’t take any pictures of the food; we ate it too fast!! I did have THE BEST brussels sprout salad that I’ve ever had. I hope to recreate it in the near future!

I love Chicago. The sights, the sounds, the smells. And, of course, there are all these great restaurants! Something about this city just draws me in. I will be back for sure, you can count on that!

Question of the day: What is your favorite city? Why?