On a Saturday afternoon in mid-March, I finished a terrible 3-mile run. It was one of many terrible recent runs.

I don’t have a sports agent. Speaking frankly, only one person would care if I quit running. I am married to him. So I called him. He answered from a chair lift in Beaver Creek. I got right to the point.

Me: Matt, I want you to be the first to know. I’m taking a break from running.

Matt: Does this mean you’re not running the Cherry Blossom Ten Miler?

Me: Correct. No more questions.

Matt: And you’re not running the Covered Bridges Half Marathon in June?

Me: Exactly right. This interview is over. It’s my turn to order at Muffins Cafe. Love you.

I hung up the phone and I didn’t run for a month. I still found myself in DC the weekend of the Cherry Blossom race since Matt was running and I love our yearly trip. I used to live in DC and coming back for a weekend is always a delight.

One of my closest friends, Tricia, lives in DC and is the chief of staff in a congressional office. Tricia had convinced her entire team to sign up for the race with her. Then she didn’t train for it. A natural born leader, she planned to run the race anyway. The day before the race, we had the following exchange:

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Oh hello, friends. I’m finally getting into a better workout groove. I’m so tempted by ClassPass that I end up over-committing to classes and not running enough (to prep for all of those races I haven’t written about yet). But I’ve got my head on straight now and my eyes on the prize(ish).

Last week I tried some new things and visited some of my regular fitness hangs.

Here’s what I got into:

Monday: I was in DC and finally got to take my first Barre3 class. I went to the Georgetown location with my friend Tricia (you may remember her from other fitness adventures). I arrived a bit late due to a minor Uber fiasco, so I was a bit scattered when I entered the class. It took me a while to get in the zone, but once I did liked the class. My triceps were sore the next day, which is a solid barre class accolade. I’ll definitely give the West Village Barre3 a try, too.

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