Hello Polar Vortex! Welcome back.
Two new DC adventures to report.
Oh Hi Chris! I tricked him and got him to look at the camera. I was instantly intrigued by this cafes location as I have not spent much time in Shaw, so I was excited to explore a new neighborhood. Plus, a cafe located in a cute townhouse rather than a stuffy office building is always a plus for me. (HOWEVER, I must say that Bourbon Coffee, which is located in one of those said stuffy office buildings between 21st and 22nd on K Street NW, still gets my thumbs up as its ambiance is stellar.)
I am also a sucker for stores that use chalkboard signs. I appreciate the creativity and the effort. For whatever reason, I just think that hand-drawn signs add a personal feel that is more likely to draw me in.
The first room of the cafe and the cafe bar.
My cappuccino was awesome. I added a bit of cinnamon to it just because I’m obsessed with cinnamon. For whatever reason, the cup and saucer they used were really lightweight, and I appreciated that as I had to walk to the next room to find a seat and I am always nervous that I am going to slosh my precious café everywhere.
Overall, Blind Dog Cafe gets a thumbs up from me. The front room had a more modern feel, while the back room that I sat in reminded me of Tryst, as it had an eclectic collection of chairs, sofas, futons, and armchairs for which to sit in. I think that the next time I go there could be a completely different experience depending on which room…and chair…I sit in. Another plus? They played good music.
Monday night was adventure #2 of this post: Glen’s Garden Market Beer Run.
Glen’s has been holding these runs since November, but this was the first time I was able to join. I tried to join on the first run but I chose to take the bus to Glen’s, which is only a mile from my apartment, and I was late due to the insane traffic during rush hour. How could I forget about rush hour?! I still ran that night, but I was bummed to miss out on the group run. Here is the deal with these Beer Runs: if you pay $5 and run an untimed 5k with others who show up, you get a pint of beer and a slice of pizza. For FIVE DOLLARS! Pizza, beer, and a workout with new friends who also like pizza and beer? How do you beat that? Here are 5 reasons I liked my first Beer Run with Glen’s:
- It was my first time, besides during soccer and field hockey practices, that I participated in a group run. Our group was comprised of approximately 10 people and I was impressed with this number as it was pretty cold on Monday night. Chris and his roommate participated as well, so I knew two people but got to meet about 7 others.
- While Glen’s Garden Market is not a fitness venue, I appreciate and admire the fact that they create and provide events such as this that bring all different people from the neighborhood together.
- There were ten different types of craft beers to choose from. I chose a cranberry saison and it had the perfect punch.
- They gave me 2 slices of pizza even though they only advertised one! Win.
- The pizza was made at Glen’s. We could choose from a Margherita pizza, a Red Beet pizza (ick, I don’t like red beets) and a pizza called ‘The Bully,’ which had sausage and pastrami on it. Obviously I chose that one and it was delicious!
While the group run was only 3 miles, I ran 7.5 miles in total on Monday night. I knew I needed to rack up some miles on my legs for my training. When I got home from work, I ran a quick 3 miles on the treadmill in my apartment gym and then took a break to do laundry. Instead of getting stuck in rush hour traffic on the bus again, I decided to run 1.5ish miles to Glen’s. I took a slightly longer route because the most direct route involved a bridge that scares me at night. Because it was cold outside, I decided to use my lululemon vinyasa scarf. (This is one of the only products I own from lululemon. I am not a fashionable exerciser.) Before I left, I used the video they provided that shows the different ways in which you can tie the scarf.
The video is very helpful, but I still failed at it. While running the first mile to the run, I had some of the snaps undone on the scarf. As I ran, more snaps came undone. Needless to say, I looked like a dementor prancing through the streets of DC (Yes, Harry Potter reference). Actually my scarf probably would have functioned better as Snape’s cloak.
So in total I had a disjointed 7.5-mile run. And on Tuesday, she (me) rested.