Vacation-Bound + Back At It

Hi friends – thank you for your kind words about my sprained ankle on Sunday! I’m happy to report that as of Wednesday it felt normal again – whew! I got lucky.

I celebrated on Wednesday night by meeting my friends Kathleen and Karen for a fun new class at Urban Athletic Club via ClassPass: a HIT (high intensity) yoga class!

I wasn’t sure what to expect from the class, but it ended up being AWESOME. I loved the instructor, a nice, upbeat woman named Laura; she also teaches at CorePower Yoga, so it was a lot like a Sculpt class – a mix of yoga and strength training/fun bodyweight cardio.

Thank you to fellow DC blogger Mar for letting me borrow the two pictures above!

The class was definitely more challenging than I thought it would be! Two thumbs up – we’ll definitely be back for more. Apparently starting in September the class will be offered on Monday and Wednesday nights at 5:30 p.m., and if it’s popular they might add additional times. Nice!

Flying high on endorphins, my friend Kathleen and I strolled down to Sweetgreen for a post-yoga dinner. Delicious, as always!

On Thursday morning, I was up early to meet up with my 6:30 a.m. track group! The Washington & Lee track is officially back open after being closed the past couple months due to turf field repairs. Hooray!

On Thursdays we do a group warm up with side shuffling, butt kicks, ankle stretching walks, etc. etc., which I always like. Then, it was time for the main workout! The coaches had me do about 18 minutes of the following: 3 minutes building speed to a nice quick pace, then 2 minutes recovery, repeat, repeat, repeat until the time was up. They alerted us to the time by blowing a whistle. Then, we did four 150’s at as fast a pace as we could manage. Whew!

It felt really good to run again, and thankfully my ankle felt totally fine!

Yesterday was a busy day with lots of AnneTheRD client sessions, so the day flew by. When Matt got home, we whipped up dinner! This was another Blue Apron meal – a Seared Cod & Fregola Sarda with Braised Veggies. It was good, but not my absolute favorite of the Blue Apron meals we’ve had over the past couple years, mostly because I’m not hugely into the tiny, pearl-shaped pasta… maybe it’s the texture? I’d always rather just have normal pasta… or rice!

This morning, I was up super early to meet Kathleen and Chelsea for a 6 a.m. Urban Athlete class at Urban Athletic Club! It makes me sad that it’s starting to be dark again at that hour now… boo! The Georgetown streets were dark and quiet when I arrived shortly before 6.

Today was one of those awesome mornings were I randomly felt really energized and had no problem getting up at 5:15 – that rarely happens, trust me! Especially because I didn’t exactly get to bed super early last night. It must have been because I got a lot of sleep earlier this week? I’ll take it!

The class was great, as always – engaging, fast paced, and a really good, varied workout. It FLEW by!

We knew we had to make it to a class this week because sadly our favorite instructor, Andrew, is moving away! His last class is tomorrow. Wahhh!! We’ll miss you, Andrew! Thank you for all the awesome workouts over the past year and best of luck in Houston. Come back and see us sometime! 🙂

Post-workout breakfast – cheesy scrambled eggs with microwave-wilted spinach (put spinach on a plate, microwave 1 minute), avocado, and a piece of toast.

And now – time to meet with a few more AnneTheRD clients, wrap up some work, and then start packing because Matt and I leave on our big summer vacation tomorrow night to celebrate his grad school completion!! We will be heading to Malta to go scuba diving with my college BFF Kris and some of her friends! Matt and I are flying there via an overnight layover in Istanbul on each end, which should also be super cool (and it made our flights really cheap, which was a nice bonus). When we get to Malta on Monday, we’ll be spending the first two days on our own at a fancy resort on the beach before meeting up with the rest of the group for scuba diving adventures! We’re renting a huge Air BnB house and it should be a blast. So excited for a little R&R!

I decided that in order to give myself a real break and not spend the whole trip buried in my laptop, I’m going to take these next 2 weeks off from the blog. I will really miss you guys, but look forward to coming back refreshed in September and resuming regularly scheduled programming. I’ll be popping back in tomorrow with a “farewell for now” post, so we don’t have to say goodbye yet, though. 🙂

For those who have been to Istanbul or Malta – any must-do recommendations for adventures or food? We’ll only have an afternoon/evening/morning in Istanbul on each end of the trip so we’re hoping to just hit a couple of the big sights there, but will be in Malta for quite awhile so recommendations are welcome! In Istanbul, we’re staying in Sultanahmet in the main touristy area. In Malta, with the big group for the diving portion of the trip we’ll be staying in Mellieha, and then a smaller group of us is heading down south to Sliema for a few days, too.

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