As the snowflakes began to fall on Saturday afternoon, I cozied up at Off Road DC for their Inner Core Pilates/Yoga workshop. The studio is best known for their spin, TRX, and boxing classes, but they occasionally use their beautiful U Street space to host other special events to bring their clients a little something extra. Colleen – who regularly teaches spin class – led the yoga portion, and Jillian kicked things off with mat Pilates.
I really liked the combination of the precision of Pilates and the zen of yoga into one, core-burning 90 minutes class. I can’t say I broke a sweat during the session – which is completely a-okay – but I woke up the next morning with the acute sensation that I had worked quite a few neglected muscles to their max. The core and outter thighs, to be exact. Colleen and Jillian, I salute you for the sneak-attack workout that I’m still paying for. Loved it!
After class, V from Goûter, came by with a few tonic samples for us to try. I was so excited to see her again and loved hearing about how her business is bustling and growing all over DC. Hooray Goûter! I had the pleasure of reviewing a number of Goûter products back in December and was pumped that V brought Stretch – a tonic with tumeric – and a Mexican “hot” chocolate melk made with cashews, cayenne, and cacao. Delicious!
Of course I had to bring a few of these babies home with me. It tastes like a creamy milk chocolate shake with a cayenne kick. Definitely makes for a filling afternoon treat or something to sip after dinner in lieu of dessert. I love the idea of vegan “melk” and can’t wait to see what V and Steve come up with next.
Sunday was a day reserved for running. It was time to complete ten miles, so I made my way over to Rock Creek Park to join the DC Tri Club for their weekend group run. My friends Jenny and Joe are members and invited me to join in the snowy fun. I’m so happy they did, because the miles flew by and before I knew it, we were finished! No fuss, no stopping, no big deal. It’s not every day ten miles just flies by…but for today, I’ll take it!
Big thanks to Jenny for keeping me on pace and totally distracted with talk of wedding planning (and food, and running gear, and blogging, and puppies, and life, and anything else that came up over ten miles). She and Joe recently got engaged (hooray – congrats!) and I’ve taken it upon myself to offer all my best advice from watching one too many episodes of “Say Yes to the Dress” and “Bridezilla.” Regardless of my reality tv habits, I’m taking this official blog opportunity to extend happiest wishes to my best running buddy.
After warming up at home for a bit, I drove over to Union Market for some much-needed brunch. Something about long runs makes me insatiably hungry all day long, and this spot is every foodie’s dream come true. It’s essentially a big open space full of vendors selling every delicious thing you could imagine. Crusty fresh bread, smelly cheese, pastries, pickles, green juice, oysters, wine, fountain sodas, lattes…catch my drift?
First on the menu: caffein in the form of a hand-crafted soy latte from Peregrine Espresso.
Second on the menu: smoked hummus and avocado sandwich on a whole wheat everything bagel from Neopol Savory Smokery. This, my friends, is the most decadently scrumptious sandwich on the face of the planet and is currently number one on my list of favorite things.
A few other shots from the market:
It was a most awesome weekend. Tell me about yours!