Hiking, OutRun-ing, Brunching and Boating

I love summer weekends so much. Even though DC gets really grossly hot and humid (especially by August) I love that everyone is out and about and there’s so much to do. A June Saturday is so much better than a February Saturday, just sayin’.

The weather was warm but nice on Friday, so Matt and I decided to mix things up and treat ourselves to a post-work evening hike. Such a good idea!

We hit up one of our local faves, the Billy Goat Trail in Great Falls Park (on the MD side). It’s hard to believe that this is so close to the hustle and bustle of the city!

We got to the trail around 5:30 so we packed some snacks to have a little picnic dinner. About 45 minutes into our hike, we stopped for some noshing on a nice flat rock. Fruit, veggies, hummus, crackers, cheese, pita bread, pepperoni, etc. Hit the spot!

Our dinner view:

It was so nice to get out and away from it all for a little while. Hiking has always been something Matt and I love to do together – as you recall, our engagement even occurred on a hike! Nature and quiet time with this guy = my happy place. 🙂

We ended our hike and got back out onto the canal to stroll back to the car just as the sun was starting to go down. Beautiful!

Saturday continued with the outdoor adventures, starting with a morning workout. I hit up OutRun, the Roam Fitness run club + boot camp combo (free all summer – Saturday mornings at 9 a.m. – join the OutRun Facebook group for more info on location as it changes each week) with my friend Lauren. We dressed identically for the occasion (lol – not planned)!

The red shirts are sold at Roam Fitness – super cute! Glad I picked one up a couple months ago. 🙂

I hadn’t been to OutRun in awhile since I’ve been traveling so much and it was so good to be back! We had a smaller group this week – 10 people – and met down on K Street to begin the adventure and run north (uphill, argh).

Pit stop on the steps of the Carnegie Institute for Science (thought of you, Kathleen)!

And up to beautiful Meridian Hill Park!

Turns out running steps with a little parachute attached to you is kind of fun, actually!

Our final pit stop had gorgeous views of the city. This photo doesn’t do it justice!

Such a great way to start the day! It was also wonderful to meet blog reader Aurora who just relocated to DC for the summer and was there for her first OutRun! Loved chatting with you, Aurora, and hope to see you out there again soon. 🙂

My friend Lauren and I headed straight to brunch after the workout to catch up and refuel. 90 minutes of exercise = ravenous! We walked up to Commissary on P Street, where I proceeded to pound a bacon, egg, tomato, avocado, and cheese English muffin sandwich and some fruit:

As well as their current drink special – a fresh cucumber, melon, and spinach juice (delicious)!

The rest of Saturday was spent on a friend’s boat! Best day ever. Also, really impressed with Kate’s selfie skills in this pic:

Matt and I took the opportunity to work on our mad tubing skills. Tubing is a serious workout – my hands and forearms were SO TIRED by the time we got back in the boat! In other news, if you never hear from me again you’ll know it’s because I got some weird infection/disease from swimming in the Potomac River. (Kidding, kind of?)

I’ll be back tomorrow to share Sunday’s adventure – I ran the Freedom Four Miler in Virginia! No new PR or anything but had a lot of fun, which is all that matters. 🙂

How was your weekend? Any great summer adventures or workouts/runs to report?

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