A Body at Rest, and a Body in Motion

I hope you all enjoyed your 4th of July holiday!  By Thursday I was ready to rest (haha!)  But if you follow me closely you know how much I enjoy little excursions through the Zoo.  It’s close, it’s free, has hills (!!) and the animals are darn cute.  So instead of traditional “rest” I laced up my walking shoes for a little hot and sweaty 4th of July Zoo adventure:zoo_collagecopyI was pretty spent by the weekend and worked Friday (with an early dismissal) so the next couple of days went a little like this (plus furniture shopping gone awry):

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Sunday I had the pleasure of participating in an Outrun session with Roam Fitness DC.  Just a few months old, Roam is “an innovative fitness concept and community, created to promote functional fitness both in the gym and outdoors.”  The Outrun program is “an outdoor training group-run which includes core, upper & lower body strength exercises.”  Outruns take you to different locales around the city.  I along with a few other DC Bloggers were invited to a session to try out.  We met up at 9 am at their facility located at the Savoy Suites Hotel in Glover Park and were greeted by Graham and Chris:

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Our Tour Guides!

After introductions and gearing up we were ready to go!  Our particular session was to be about 4 miles and the email confirmation from Chris told us to bring our “A” game.  Can’t say that didn’t scare me a little 😉  We started off running complete with tunes – courtesy of the speakers in Chris’s backpack (that’s how you bring the party!)  We ran along the streets of Glover Park and through the woods where we traversed gorgeous trails, creeks and hills.  Throughout the run we stopped every 1/2 mile or so to do a series of bodyweight exercises.  Exercises included pushups, calf raises, ski lunges, tricep dips, hip thrusts, mountain climbers, parachute runs and bear crawls on logs.  We also did partner exercises utilizing resistance bands and cables.  tricep

IMG_2587One of my favorite parts of the session was when the axes came out.  Woodchops anyone?088

woodchop2It was really fun to discover a new area of the city and the scenery and trails were phenomenal!  If that doesn’t encourage you to get out and enjoy the outdoors, I don’t know what will.  We also made some new friends 🙂 deerI now have a desire to go back out and explore more of the trail route we took.  As a distance runner I am used to running solo and just zoning out.  But the good part of this is you start and finish as a group, with no shortage of dirty high fives!  Not going to lie, this was a really intense work out and we were all drenched in sweat by the end – trainers, included!!  I loved how they participated right alongside us and made the morning fun and enjoyable.  DC peeps, listen up, I strongly encourage you to check out Roam Fitness DC!!!  (FB and Twitter).  They offer a 7-day free trial where you can use their gym facility or try a class.  Huge thank you to Graham and Chris for organizing this session and their general awesomeness.  Will I Outrun again?  Yep, definitely.  See you on the trails 🙂

Tired, sweaty bloggers and Mimosas.  Outrun - DONE!

Tired, sweaty bloggers and Mimosas. Outrun – DONE! (w/sweetlifeericka.com and whyfoodworks.com)

 

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7 thoughts on “A Body at Rest, and a Body in Motion

  1. So too funny – I was looking through this entry and thinking how fun this must have been, and wondering if the tall blonde with you was my old coworker Sarah – lo and behold, it is!

    I really want to try something like this. I am terrible at getting in my cross training, and this would be a fun way to do it.

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