My #1 tip for staying in shape? Find a workout buddy.
Or in my case, find numerous workout buddies. ðŸ™‚ The more the merrier, as far as Iâ€™m concerned! Over the years Iâ€™ve accrued quite an arsenal of local running buddies, Matt is my usual CrossFit workout buddy, and Iâ€™m happy to have added Gena as my yoga class buddy!
Gena and I have had two yoga + lunch dates over the past couple weeks and theyâ€™ve both been awesome. Our goal has been not only to have some fun friend time, but to get in a workout, try some fun new lunch places, and check out some new yoga studios, too!
Before I left for Florida last Friday, Gena joined me at Stroga so I could use up my very last class on the 10-class pass deal I bought ages ago from LivingSocial. I had a year to use up the pass and we took the class on the very last day my deal was valid. Just in the nick of time! ðŸ™‚ After Stroga, Gena took me to Tryst, a coffeehouse in Adams Morgan with a cool vibe and vegan-friendly menu options. Iâ€™d never been and was excited to check it out!
Tryst was jam packed with people and we had to wait a little while before jumping on the first table that was vacant. As soon as we sat down, we ordered a big hummus platter to share. Food, please!
We also each had a salad on the side â€“ for me, their kale salad with cranberries and walnuts. Very tasty!
Our next yoga date was this past weekend â€“ which also gave me a chance to try out my new Womenâ€™s Active Compression Leggings from Old Navy!
I introduced Gena to one of my favorite yoga classes in the area â€“ a power yoga class at Edge Yoga taught by their owner, Mark. Heâ€™s AWESOME and the classes are insanely hard. We were both sweating bullets! And I have to say â€“ the leggings got two big thumbs up. Really comfortable and most importantly they didnâ€™t budge an inch all class. Nothing worse than having to pull leggings up every second when youâ€™re working out!
After yoga, we walked over to Le Pain Quotidien in Clarendon for lunch. I enjoyed some green iced tea:
And the two of us decided to split two different entrees. I love sharing â€“ so much more fun than just eating one thing! We shared the vegetable quiche:
And the lentil salad, which was fantastic (I meanâ€¦ fANNEtastic, obviously).
Next on our yoga tour of DC, Gena and I are planning to hit up Epic Yoga â€“ itâ€™s her new favorite in the city and Iâ€™ve been wanting to check it out for awhile now!
I also had two great running dates last week! The first one gave me a chance to try out my Womenâ€™s Active Compression Jacket from Old Navy.
The jacket was a big win â€“ cute, the thumbholes kept my hands warm without needing gloves, and most importantly, it didnâ€™t ride up. I donâ€™t think it moved at all during the whole run!
4.5 super hilly miles â€“ done.
The second run was on Sunday morning with my friend Ashley! This time, I tried out my final piece of Old Navy gear â€“ the Womenâ€™s Active GoDry Running Top.
I should probably work on a new poseâ€¦ I look exactly the same in all these pictures!
Again, loved it. Really soft and comfortable and it didnâ€™t ride up. Ashley and I had a great run â€“ chattering on the whole time as per usual. Itâ€™s our favorite way to catch up with each other. Any time sheâ€™s in town we always opt for a run over any other sort of hang out! Might as well catch up while getting some exercise, right? ðŸ™‚
Despite both of us being kind of tired, we managed to keep a good pace! Another benefit of not working out alone. I totally would have been walking if I were by myself!
Average overall pace: 8:28. Good times!
Do you use workout buddies to keep you motivated, or do you prefer sweating solo?
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