Month: February 2016

Enter: The Late Twenty-Something

It is official…I’m a late twenty something! This birthday, I was lucky enough to get to celebrate all weekend long. Steven’s sister, Cathy, and her fiancé, Ted, came into town to hang out with us and partake in the birthday shanagans which made it extra awesome. So here is what went down! On Saturday, I woke up early to get a quick run with City Fit Girls. It was so amazing running with these great ladies, but you can read more about that here. After, Steven, Cath, Ted and I took a quick drive over to Ronald Reagan National Airport to experience some serious aviation. If you are from the DC area, or are planning on visiting, I would definitely suggest swinging by Gravely Point Park. This isn’t your run of the mill park. Sure, there are picnic tables to feast on, fields to run around on and plenty of dogs to play with…but there are also huge planes landing right over head! Let me show you… It is amazing to watch them all come in from …

Running with City Fit Girls

Last year, if you would have asked me if I would go running in a group, I would have finished the pizza I was housing and would have given you a resounding “no”. A lot has changed since last year (not the pizza eating though) and I am now always excited to run with friends, family or complete strangers. Having the company and the accountability during runs is so enjoyable and makes the miles fly by. I was so excited when City Fit Girls announced they were having a pop up run in DC. I had been stalking them on Instagram for awhile and was always jealous of their community. Since they are located in Philadelphia, I never thought I’d have the opportunity to run with them, so when I saw the Instagram announcement, I immediately marked my calendar and started counting down the days. A little about City Fit Girls (CFG) CFG was founded in 2013 by Kiera Smalls  and Takia McClendon, two amazing women who have gained a large fitness following, and for good reason! They are …

I love lamp (and yoga, and caramallows)

Happy almost Valentines Day! Yes I know. It’s not a real  holiday but I’ve always been OK with February 14th; there is always an excess of chocolate floating around, people just seem to be very giddy (or very cynical), flowers are abundant (even though it is 20 degree outside) and it is nice to see an outpour of love (if even in the form of a cheap stuffed animal). I actually really enjoy seeing people loving so much! That said, I’m not especially into celebrating it. In fact, a few years ago I had all 4 of my wisdom teeth taken out (unplanned) on Valentines Day, leaving poor Steven to eat Chick-Fil-A by himself in a mall food court. Then last year,  we went to Chick-Fil-A (voluntarily) with friends to celebrate. It was super fun! (seriously, no sarcasm here…I’m serious!) This year, we planned on going to Chick-Fil-A (recognizing a theme here?) but V-day falls on a Sunday, so that plan is ruined. I guess we need to choose another fast food venue! So to appease both my Valentines lovers …

Chi-Town Date with Aziz Ansari

I dare say that Aziz Ansari has played a critical part in my relationship with Steven. When we first started dating, Steven and I were 24, both freshly returned from living abroad, newly employed in the US workforce, living on our own, and embodying everything there was to embody when you are a mid-twenty-something. Our dates consisted of cheap beers, taco nights, late nights out with friends and did I mention cheap beers? A live Aziz Ansari show was the first big date activity Steven and I did together that didn’t involve a bar. It was revolutionary. Ok I lied, there was a bar… but it only played a small part in the date. I don’t think Steven ever really found Aziz that funny… He tolerated how highly I spoke of the Parks and Rec star, and fake laughed as I repeated his jokes over and over again. Fast forward a few years, and Aziz has come out with a Netflix original series called Master of None. I watched the first season in a weekend (if you haven’t seen it, I highly …

Feeling Strong and Comfy (Review)

Hi friends! A lot has happened in the last week: I joined the DC Triathlon Club and became a member of their 2016 New Triathletes Program. I added two Triathlons to my race calendar (Peasantman, Sprint and Rock Hall, Olympic) I became an Fitfluential Ambassador, YAY! Annnndd most importantly, we finally got Super Smash Brothers for N64 (and have been glued to the TV ever since…like literally, having cables on the controllers restricts how far you can sit away). The addition of 2 new races has meant changing my training a bit to start re-incorporating more biking, swimming and circuit training back into my weekly routine. It was fantastic timing because my friends at Lipton Publicity sent me some goodies, including a TKO Jumprope. Jumping rope has always been one of my favorite pieces in circuit training. Aside from providing a great cardio workout and getting my heart rate up quick, it also has benefits in coordination, strength/stability training (especially for ankles and knees), and of course, is just plain fun. As I hop, hop, hopped along, I was taken back …