Flight, Run, Soccer, Bike…oh, and tailgate.

A busy weekend was in store…but first, I had to get myself home from a brief 24 hours in Charlotte.  Actually, I think it was more like 22 hours to be exact.  Either way, a 45 minute flight is so much easier than the usual 14 hour flights.

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Despite arriving home Friday night, before I knew it, it was Saturday morning and time to run.  While I had originally planned to run downtown around The DC Mall, I ended up sleeping in a bit and just running from the house for my 11.5 miles of easy long run.  This led to lots of sorta random loops because I was too lazy to plot out a real route for the allotted time.

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There was the usual trail, and then the park, and then the park again and the trail again.  It was one of those mind-numbing runs where the route just makes it seem so much longer than it actually is.

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But soon I was done and ready to go on with the rest of my afternoon – which included highlights like Chipotle and Dairy Queen (did you know they have liquid peanut butter there?) – and lowlights like getting my oil changed, registration and emissions done.

My evening was far better though – which was ushered in with tailgating at the DC United soccer game – the first home game of the season.  The Girl made up a bunch of mini-cupcakes as well, which were quickly devoured by all.

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We got some pretty sweet seats for the game, made even better by the fairly large group we had.

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Ultimately DC United would end up winning 3-1, though the only goal scored on them late in the game was a PK that was on a fairly cheap call.  All good though…still won.

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Sunday came along which meant ‘long-ride’ time.  Except, with a minor taper for next weekend’s National Half-Marathon pacing effort (I’m pacing The Girl), I got a good break and only had to do 90 minutes.  So we headed down for a few loops around Prince William Forest National Park.

One of the great things about the main 7-mile loop in the park is the roadway is one-way for vehicles, with one lane for cars, while the other lane is divided for cyclists and runners/walkers (who both can go both ways).

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Even in the normal sections, it’s still dead quiet with very little car activity.

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By this time a week or two from now, the park will look entirely different with the trees around here just starting to bloom.  In fact, as we drive through downtown DC today, you could just see the beginning of the buds starting to pop out for the main cherry trees around the basins (though no color yet).

After my ride, there was really only one thing left to do…reward myself.  Not that I really had a reason to reward myself.  But since we just happened to walk by (well, actually, we may have drove directly to it, prior to walking by it) a place in Alexandria that sells cupcakes – might as well, right?

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(My cupcake from Lavender Moon Cupcakery)

Mmm…

Have a good week all!

10 Comments

  1. Sounds like a great weekend. I mean if it ends with cupcakes it must be awesome!

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  2. Looks like a very fun weekend and great weather you all are having!

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  3. DMV stuff...you need to get hooked up with a new triathlon car to review!

    Ford Kona maybe?

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  4. A comment: Nice looking cupcake . . . yum.

    A question: When you go for your weekend long run, how much slower is it than your tempo pace?

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  5. Whenever I see pictures of windy roads through the trees, it makes me itch to get my bike out. But then I get lazy.

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  6. YNWA Steve

    Looks like you ant the girl were sitting close by for the DC united game! Charlie Davies and the 'stanky leg' are back!

    Sounds pretty similar to my weekend, except my taper for next weekend's half didn't include anything resembling training. I think I'm doing it wrong.

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  7. That cupcake looks heavenly. Totally hedonistic.

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  8. Dude, You really like cupcakes. Cupcakes in the mornin', cupcakes in the evenin', cupcakes at suppertime.

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  9. what a great weekend with some great looking cupcakes.

    my runs typically are bunches of random routes because i'm too lazy to plan things out haha

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  10. Thanks all!

    Hi Richard-

    Typically my long runs are at a conversational pace, as dictated by heart rate (Z2) for me. In my case, my long runs tend to be at about a 7:00-7:20 pace, and my tempo work tends to be at about a 5:50-6:00/mile pace.

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