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Hamptons Marathon Training – Week 9

Sunday 7/13

6.7 mi @ 9:13/mi

Another HOT day and late start 😦 The goal was 7 today but I elected to err on the side of staying alive and cut it short by 0.3. The good news is that aside from being generally irritated and a little dehydrated, everything (shins, knees, etc…) felt more or less ok.

Monday 7/14

rest 🙂

This was needed.

Tuesday 7/15

rest

Ohoh! So I know that I can’t let myself fall into the “but I’m so busy today and it’s not that nice out…I’ll just get the miles in tomorrow instead” mindset, bbbuuuttt… I was just so busy today and it wasn’t that nice outside, so I will just get the miles in tomorrow instead. :-/

Wednesday 7/16

5.4 mi @8:24/mile

This actually felt really good. I went out a little faster than I had any business going out, but what’s a girl to do when it’s finally <500F and 500% humidity outside? Never mind that I was going downhill! ( What smarter thing to do than start a run going quickly downhill ?!?!:-) 70F, 50% humidity and a modest decline never felt so good! Positive splits be damned.

Thursday 7/17

7 mi @ 8:38/mile

This also felt reasonably good, considering 1) yesterday’s “speedy” run and 2) the fact that the temperature and humidity are again joining forces and engaging in operation Drown Dr. Trot. 

Friday 7/18

8 mi @ 9:05/mile

With big weekend plans on the horizon I decided one of the two 8 mile weekend runs had to be done today. So, off we went after work…

Considering that this was the third run in a row on legs that haven’t been subject to that kind of “abuse” in a while, all went very well. The heat, humidity and hills all tried to get the best of me, but I wouldn’t have any of it. Well, maybe just a little…

Saturday 7/19

cross training and refueling…

…in DC with Dr. Allison and Sir Jack!
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Today’s regime included:

    1. Walking through old town Alexandria
    2. Shopping
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Anthropology’s absolute finest.

    1. Ice cream eating
    2. Swimming in a two-story pool with a current!
    3. Pho 🙂

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Total:  27 miles

Overall this week felt good although I definitely needed the cut back. Now I don’t like needing this so early in the season, but as long as it does the trick and the next weeks go well, I’m not going to think too much of it.

Considering that work is insane, it’s hot and humid outside and each weekend somehow gets overbooked before I know it, over the next few weeks I really have to be good about making a point to:

  1. Get the miles in — oddly, I wedding dances and mall-walking don’t seem to count
  2. Eat/drink right — ice cream and beer are apparently not the same as veggies and water 😮
  3. Stay off my feet for more than the 4 hrs (not a type-o…and a perfectly valid excuse for being grouchy at basically whoever I want to be grouchy at) I’ve been sleeping each night
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Columbia Firehouse (Washington DC)

As anticipated, Dr. A and I ended our Saturday (American History Museum + massage day) with a most perfect dinner at the Columbia Firehouse in Alexandria. CF is owned by the same people who have ….

The menu

To start with the wine and beer list was a fun place to start with draught and bottle beer from all over the US (although mostly from the NE) and wine from all over the world. My DC Brau Pauncy oatmeal stout was a good choice. The dinner menu for actual food had a short list of petite snacks, mussels, raw bar items, sandwiches, salads, small plates, supper items, sides, chop-house pieces and daily plates. There were only about two to ten items under each section of the menu, but they ALL looked delicious! It was great to have a bunch of different options for how to approach dinner without being overwhelmed.

Dr. A and I decided to share a few smaller items on the menu so we didn’t have to pick just one thing. I strongly recommend this approach as everything we got was delicious and plenty of other things were also calling my name.

In no particular order…

We each got a bowl of the pumpkin basil soup which was fantastic!

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pumpkin basil soup

It wasn’t so much that it’d be a good stand alone dinner, but it worked great as one of our many dinner parts 🙂

We also go the anson mills roasted heirloom hominy off of the petite snacks –

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anson mills roasted heirloom hominy

And the cornbread panzanella with buttermilk vinaigrette off of the sides –

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cornbread panzanella with buttermilk vinaigrette

This was so so so good, despite looking like it was saturated in too much dressing, which it was not. If there was a gun to my head and I had to pick one favorite dish, this one would probably be it. Who doesn’t keep talking about food with a gun to their head?

We also got the buttermilk brined onion rings off of the small plates.

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buttermilk brined onion rings + cornbread muffins

Dinner also came with the best complementary corn bread muffins (they are hanging out with the onion rings above).

The staff

The waitress was nice and helpful enough. There was nothing remarkable about her and that was just fine. The rest of the staff were nice and helpful as well.

The ambiance

So I’m not sure what the building used to be that the CF has taken over, but now it’s damn cool. We were actually seated in what used to be a big hallway leading from a door to the outside to another room in the back (now a dining room). There were benches for the sides of the table against the wall and chairs for the other sides of the table. The ceiling was super high with interesting old light fixtures, dark wood and bras lined the walls, and the whole restaurant was cozy and warm. There was a bar in another large dining room off of the hallway and additional rooms upstairs. The background chatter/noise level was nice, and there was no problem holding a conversation.

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Considering the quality and quantity of food we got the prices were VERY reasonable. To be quite honest, we both ate more than we probably should have (what would be fun if we didn’t do that though?) and I was drinking (as usual) and the bill was still less than $30/person (including tip). Of course, this probably isn’t the best plan for dinner every night of the week (as I would be broke and needing an ever expanding – in the wrong direction – wardrobe) but it was most definitely a perfect plan for our Saturday night!

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MLK weekend in DC

In stark contrast to what I’m sure Dr. MarkyMark wants me to doing this weekend (thanks to a surprise research project for which he wants data from me now/yesterday/last week, never mind that I found out about this little treat less than 48 hrs ago with an already full plate…yes…never mind that…), I am off to DC on the Amtrack!

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Apparently this isn’t the coolest thing to do at 6:40 am on a Saturday…

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I’m an Amtrak newbie, but so far this has been totally slick. Given that this continues and that I can capitalize on early/cheap (<$100) tickets, I could get used to taking the train as an alternative to driving (no offense Beetle). Of course the train is the way to go to NYC from P-ton, but the Amtrak can really get you to a hell of a lot of other places in the NE too (and otherwise…but at a certain point the cost and time factors become a bit rediculous)

The specific aims (sorry, I can’t help myself, and yes, I know that isn’t normal) for the weekend are as follows:
1. American History Museum (First Lady’s dresses and the Muppets) – this is one of my favorite Smithsonian museums and these are 2 of my favorite exhibits there! YAY!! 🙂
2. Apothecary Museum – I have been to a surgery museum in Chicago ages ago (and loved it in a creepy kind of way :-/) but never an apothecary museum, much less this one. I feel like the Smithsonian is a tough act to challenge in DC but my hopes are high.
3. Massages 😀
4. Walks with Sir Jack
5. Food!!! One of the many awesome things about Dr. Allison is her taste in food, ability to find/pick superb restaurants and bake like it’s her job (which it should be). Unfortunately this means I’ve basically been hungry since I packed my bags last night and I’ll return after only one weekend with extra padding to work off. Oh well!! Yummy DC restaurants and the best home baked goodies that you’ll ever have: HERE I COME!! 🙂

Any DC restaurant suggestions?
Any off-the-beaten-path sight seeing or touristy suggestions?
Any Amtrak advise?
Any fun/exciting plans for your weekend?

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