Did you have a Pride-filled weekend? Did you maybe have one too many adult beverages? Did you brunch to your equal opportunity heart’s content? That’s okay, because this week we’ll be easing you back into the active mindset your body needs but, if you’re like me, vehemently rejects until forced into submission. This week’s fitspirational lifestyle offerings kick off with a run that immediately rewards your belly afterward, then continues with a number of classes and events that will get you back on track. That is, if you ever left the course to begin with.
Well isn’t this one a double-edged sword? But what else is working out if not an excuse to gorge ourselves later? Lace up the trainers and join Pacers Running at their location at 1821 14th St. NW at 7 p.m., and huff and puff your way over to the Dupont Circle Shake Shack. The community run snakes for about 3 to 5 miles, and when you get to the Shack, you’ll receive a free drink (Shackmeister Ale?) and free fries! Get ready to say “Wow, I really do deserve this meal.” You can RSVP here.
Every year, Golden Triangle has been offering free Yoga and Pilates classes at 5:30 p.m. in Farragut Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays, respectively. This year, they’ve added a Barre class on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. in the Plaza at 2100 M St. I still don’t really know what Barre classes are but they seem to be on trend and Golden Triangle is following suit here. So get outside and feel good about your fad workouts because any sort of working out is good, right? You can preregister on their site.
I hope you’ve got some neon spandex to rock to this event. On Thursday at 7 p.m., Yards Park on the Capitol Riverfront is hosting a free Jazzercise class, presented by Balance Gym and Jazzercise, Inc. Get ready for a guided workout that may make you feel like a geriatric, or maybe a 1980’s fitness warrior. Whatever motivation you need to get going, I guess.
Just up the road from D.C. in Fort Washington is one of those 5k color/paint/glitter jizz events that are the bane of my existence but somehow manage to always attract customers. Maybe you’re into this sort of thing? I’m not judging you. The entry fee is actually rather modest as far as these events go. Obviously you get a free t-shirt, and they’re promising every racer “the best night of their life.” If you haven’t skipped past this paragraph already, I suppose you’re one of the people that might allow them to fulfill that promise.
It’s the weekend! So why don’t you take the opportunity to feel like a kid again, before you’re violently thrust back into the land of adulthood a short 48 hours later? At RFK Stadium from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., you can participate in an all-out inflatable obstacle course, with no less than ten different blown-up barriers on your way through the up to 3-mile course. This sounds ridiculous. You’ve maybe seen one of these blow-ups rented out for a big event, but all of them, in one place, with a portion of the proceeds going to charity? That’s a whole different story.
This is a little bit out of the way, but it really is beautiful out there and might be worth a weekend trek. It’s Virginia Yoga Week! All during this week, there are so many free, $5, and donation classes throughout NoVA. If you’re looking to get involved during the week, you can see a full list of events and locations here. On Sunday, the week culminates with an event at The Montgomery Park in Old Town Alexandria. According to their site, the outdoor jam will feature a family yoga class, music, dance, bamboo flute, a meditative music recital on Bansuri, and surprise gifts to the first 100 attendees.