Last weekend Rob and I took a trip to DC to celebrate our 3 year wedding anniversary a few weeks early. You would think that by living in Baltimore it would be pretty simple to get to DC which is only like 50 miles away or something, but the two cities’ ridiculous amounts of traffic make it rather difficult. I’ll skip all the travel details, but we ended up meeting at the metro stop near our hotel on Friday around 7:15. We stayed at the Key Bridge Marriott, which happened to be right near the MCM marathon start line! So we got to see lots of runners and even part of the race (more on that later).
We checked in to our hotel and immediately headed out for dinner. We chose Piola which was a casual Italian restaurant within walking distance from our hotel. We each started with a drink (sauvignon blanc for me, heineken for Rob) and ordered brushetta. We also shared a house salad, which didn’t get documented. I ordered a pizza with arugula and grilled chicken- which was a change from my usual pre-long run fuel but I figured I wanted to try something different!
We had a little issue at our hotel with a leaking bathroom sink that involved the maintenance guys in our room until after 10pm…but we were asleep immediately after that!
On Saturday morning we woke up and got ready for our long runs. I ate a banana and two honey stinger waffles, and drank coffee.
We headed out to a trail and ran an out and back for 20 miles total. We were definitely glad when that was over!
When we got back to the hotel it was around 10:30am so I drank a chocolate milk and ate a cliff bar to begin refueling before heading out to lunch.
Beers, sweet pita bread that was complimentary, and burgers with fries. My beer was the Rogue hazelnut brown nectar, which our waitress recommended (it wasn’t on the menu).
After lunch we walked around Georgetown and eventually ended up in the GW area. We stopped at a bar for another beer, and then went to the metro to head out to my friends’ house to visit with them for a bit.
They just had a baby in September, so we were excited to meet him for the first time!
We headed back to our hotel room for a quick change before going to dinner.
Our reservation was at BLT steakhouse. It was a great meal, and there was great service. The restaurant was a little dark which made it difficult to take pictures! I didn’t even get a picture of my steak, but it was really good. They knew we were celebrating our anniversary so brought up champagne and petit fours at the end!
We slept later than planned on Sunday, and when we woke up it was raining. We had planned to go out and watch some of the race, but didn’t make it out there in time. However, we did get to see some of it from our hotel window!
Before making the trek back to Baltimore we fueled up with breakfast (and coffee) at the hotel.
It was really nice to get away for the weekend. We both agreed that we could have easily accepted a weekend at home to relax and catch up on things, but sometimes you just need to force yourself to get away so you can relax a bit. Not that running 20 miles is “relaxing” but you know what I mean:)
When was the last time you went away for the weekend?
Do you feel weird being around a big race when you are not actually running?
Do you always eat the same things before a long run?
Thanks for Meaghan for hosting this week!