My First 10K Run

My First 10K Run

Fitness has always been such an important part of my life. From being a little kiddo running around playing youth soccer to competing in sports during college to now finding time to run. How I have viewed fitness over the last few years has altered and changed so much - what once was a hyper-competitive lifestyle and morphed into a source of happiness and fuel.

Physical exercise can come in so many forms and looks different to so many people. For me, my favorite way to sweat is through running, hiking, and stairs.

I am by no means a super athlete, nor is this a fitness blog, but I love talking about how to integrate an active lifestyle - both physically and mentally. I am constantly amazed at what our bodies can do and how far we can push them - I see this everyday with my friends and with my self. 

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My 5 Fav Fitness Tips

I LOVE fitness & wellness! My heart racing from a run or the relaxation in my muscles while doing yoga, fitness is one of my favorite hobbies. As a former Division I athlete, I learned the importance of eating clean and all around fitness. While working at lululemon athletica, I fell even more in love with fitness and wellness, integrating my goals and aspirations into healthy lifestyle. I am so excited announce a new series: Fitness Friday. 

Every Friday, I will be sharing my favorite tips, classes, motivations, and all things fitness.  

 
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Life becomes busy quickly. After an exhausting day of school, work, friends/family, & other little responsibilities, hitting the gym is the last thing I want to it. There are five little fit tips I use to motivate myself to get fit and exercise! 

5 | PARTNER-UP 

The best way to work out is with a partner; someone to hold you accountable to your actions. Personally I like to pick a work out partner who inspires me and continues you to push me to be the best I can be. You don't necessarily need to work out together but simply talking about your fitness goals will motivate you. 

4 | RISE & SHINE

Wake me up with a cup of coffee and a solid three-mile run and I am going to have a good day! With such busy schedules, finding time and energy to exercise an be exhausting. Get yourself up twenty minutes earlier than you normally would and go run a mile! Think about it: the mile for an average, non-competitive runner is a 10-minutes. By getting up just twenty minutes earlier you can run a mile, shower, and still have time to get ready! Getting up earlier in the morning to complete your workout will help you complete your work out and boost your endorphins for the rest of the day. 

3 | GOAL SETTING

Set attainable goals for yourself. Try to move up in weights, speed, and endurance by setting weekly goals for yourself.  Use that deadlines to set a goal to reach before an exciting event! 

2| PLANK, PUSH-UP, & SQUAT

The reason these three exercises are so great is because if you have limited space (especially if you like to workout in private) all you need is enough room for your body. The plank is one of the most popular exercises for both men and women because it works and tones a majority of the body while focusing on tightening the abs. Push-ups also work a majority of the body but focus on arms and back muscles. A squat is an exercise that tones your butt, thighs, and the back of the legs. 

1| RUN

If you had asked a year ago my thoughts on running I would have probably half rolled my eyes and tried to crack a funny joke about how I hate running. Slowly I realized how much more satisfying and rewarding running is. Although it can be boring and is easy to dislike, the average time it will take 20 minutes for you to complete 2 miles. TWENTY-MINUTES. That's nothing. I have most definitely edited an photo for Instagram wayy longer than that.  Running, like with all fitness, takes time. If you aren't a natural runner, adjusting to running won't happen over night. I love running because it is the perfect time for me to clear my head, focus, and enjoy the outdoors!

Best Places to Eat, Washington D.C.

This past weekend, my parents came to visit (yay!). One of my favorite things about Washington D.C. is the FOOD. I LOVE delicious, healthy (and not so healthy) foods that are priced well and super yummy! I took my parents to my favorite places to eat in Washington D.C. and they LOVED it all. 

BRUNCH

Founding Farmer's: Everyone LOVES Founding Farmer's. It is nestled right in the middle of Foggy Bottom and just three blocks away from the White House. It is famous for it's fresh and delicious brunches! Make sure to book a reservation at least four days before hand if you have more than two people. There is always a line outside because it is simply amazing! 

My Favorite Dish: the Founding Farmer's Breakfast with Chicken Apple Sausage, Ciabatta Bread, Grits, & a side of Black Pepper Maple Bacon! YUM. 

District Commons: $16 Bottomless Mimosas!! Located in Foggy Bottom near GW and less than a mile from Georgetown, District Commons has delicious breakfast and $16 Bottomless Mimosas. 

My Favorite Dish: “Cast Iron Skillet” Huevos Rancheros   

Beuchert's Saloon: $16 Bottomless Mimosas!! This cute and intimate Saloon is in Eastern Market, just blocks away from the Capital building. After Brunch, check out the Eastern Market with artisan gifts and delicious fruits. 

My Favorite Dish: Beurchert's Breakfast

LUNCH

SweetGreen: Design-your-own salad or choose from their super healthy designed salad, this quick and easy lunch is super healthy and always has a long line! They are located all over the city. 

My Favorite Dish: Mexican Corn Elote Bowl

Le Bon Cafe: A cute little French styled cafe perfect to stop by after a tour of the Capitol.

My Favorite Dish: Southwest Chicken Wrap

District Taco: With three locations through out the District you can't miss District Taco, especially on #TacoTuesday!

My Favorite Dish: Steak Tacos

DINNER

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Old Ebbitt Grill: Right across from the White House, this delicious grill always has had a waiting line since the 1850s because it's just that good! 

My Favorite Dish: 5oz Filet Mignon (it's only $20). 

Ben's Chili Bowl: This classic restaurant is on U Street and has been dined at by some of the greats! President Obama has dined here too!

My Favorite Dish: Ben's Classic Chili Dog

DESSERT

Baked & Wired: Thanks to TLC everyone knows of Georgetown Cupcakes, but personally I LOVE Baked & Wire even more! The cupcakes are fresh, delicious, and huge!! 

My Favorite Cupcake: Carrot Cake

Momofuku Milk Bar: For a tasting treat on a hot summer day, I LOVE the milk bar! Being lactose intolerant limits how often I can have icecream, but thankfully this delicious milk bar uses Cereal Milk instead! It's delicious, healthy, & YUMMY. 

My Favorite Dish: Chocolate Malt Cake Shake

I LOVE food so if have any incredible food recommendations in DC, I would be more than happy to check them out!!