According to the American Fitness Index, the 2012 ranking of “fittest cities” put us Washingtonians at #2! Minneapolis inched us out of the top spot this year, but we’re doing our part to regain the crown. If you find yourself in the District on any given day – sunny, raining, post-hurricane or post-snow-pocalypse – you will see us out there. We run, ride, walk, hike, stretch, lift, dance, crossfit and/or take the stairs (<– only in the daylight…)!
A few of those activity options combined over the weekend to leave me slow-movin’ and full of lactic acid today. We kicked things off with a free bootcamp class, courtesy of Jaime Andrews Fitness & lululemon Logan Circle. This month you’ll find Jaime teaching complementary lululemon community classes each Saturday at 9am – all levels welcome!
But, you’ve been warned…
We took the workout outside since it was pretty warm (50+) and pretty crowded! Our group of 20 walked the block down to Thomas Circle where we warmed up with this:
Stretch! Arm circles, active stretching (not static), etc.
30 mountain-climbers + 5 burpees - 5 sets
Then we hopped over to the stairs. If you’re in Thomas Circle in the morning, evenings and/or on the weekends, you will see these stairs putting people to work!
Our workout included everything from squats, lunges & leg-lifts to 10+ minutes (total) of stair-running, jumping and squatting. We ran one loop around the block and even had a dose of Tabata.
An hour later Kate & I slowly walked to Dupont for coffee and an hour of downtime before our next agenda item: stretching it all out.
Studio DC: Level 1 Yoga @ 12pm – taught by none other than one of my favorite DC yogis/trainers, Johanna.
Those “easy” poses feel anything but when your muscles are fresh off of a boot-camp workout, but the stretching and savasana were much needed.
Sunday morning marked the last race in this gal’s 2012 season, coincidentally finishing right where things started. Another 8K, another morning on Freedom Plaza with thousands of running friends. DC gives us plenty of opportunities to toe a starting line – the challenge is picking & choosing (read: budgeting)!
The annual Jingle All the Way 8K (Pacer’s event) brings out the best of the best in holiday costumes! We saw Santas, pink rabbits (?), elves, bells and gingerbread men. Our running attire wasn’t quite up to par, but we’re working on that (please note Danny’s skirt & Emmie’s festive headband).
Clearly our intention was not to rest up and run this on fresh legs (see above), but it was to have an excuse to run downtown and put jingle bells on our shoes and brunch.
Mission: accomplished. We lucked out with no rain and a warm December morning to round out the season. Huge thanks to Pacer’s for the well-run event & holiday spirit!
How are you active in your city?