– by Sam@Empire-
I can’t believe this weekend went by so quick, but I’m glad to be back in the cozy Bay Area, avoiding the snow storms that are now blizzarding the east coast. Last weekend, my high school sis, Kat and I met up in DC to run the Rock’n Roll Half marathon! She now lives in Alabama, so we thought it’d be a fun idea to meet up “half way” to share our passion of running together. We both flew in Thursday night to ensure a full day of recovery before the race on Saturday.
5:30 am and below 30 degrees, we got up to get our shakeout run in while being tourists at the same time. Most of our run included pit stops all over the National Mall. If you followed me on IG stories, I was playing “On Your Left” (from Captain America).
We were so in awe of all the historic monuments and open space. Another plus side of running so early meant zero crowds and photo ops.
After we ate breakfast at a Baked Joint, we freshened up and picked up our race packets at the DC Armory. On the way back to Capital Hill, there were so many signs that promoted love, equality, and freedom of speech. Both Kat and I were all for it.
For lunch I was so excited to try Momofuku. I knew they were known for their amazing desserts, but how perfect that they had such yummy savory foods as well. We also met with my friend Lalida who made the time to meet up with us. Oh, and in case you’re wondering we did get a dozen cookies. And if you’re also wondering, no there are no more left. I didn’t even photograph them…
Did you know majority of the museums in DC are Free?! Neither did I! After lunch we had to stop by the National Museum of Natural History and the Freer Gallery of Art. We also made a stop by Hirshhorn Museum Saturday afternoon which featured some of the wackiest pieces I’ve ever seen.
Saturday, Race Day.
Woke up at 6am and it was a cool 26 degrees. yikes. I wasn’t as much nervous for the race as I was of the cold, but we both layer up and made it out to the start line. I actually changed my corral (start time) two lines up so that I could start at the same time as Kat, which was a little motivation to run faster. I honestly hadn’t trained as well for this race, and there wasn’t any turning back now.
RUNcations are just my favorite. For those of you who haven’t ran a race before, I would totally recommend a Rock n Roll Series race do to all the entertainment to keep you distracted from how many miles you’re doing. Music was at nearly every mile. Oh and spectator signs were obviously political too. My favorites included “Make America Chaf again” and “you’re running better than our government.” DC specifically had some of the best race support and views I have ever seen during a race.
Not sure if it was the cold or the little itty bitty hills (compared to San Francisco) but I both Kat and I ended up PRing by 5+ minutes! Pro Tip, always pack extra clothes to get out of your sweaty ones in your check in bag. Luckily I had my “Stitched Logo Drop Tee” to flex with my well earned medal at the Finish Line.
It was getting colder and windy after the race, so Kat and I got warm and cleaned up at the hotel before heading out for lunch. We took lyft to Union Market to get a little taste of local DC. Around the corner they had a few murals that we couldn’t pass up. Kat looked into the Metro Trail that she researched and turned out they hosted POWWOW DC 2016!
Sunday, Last Day in DC 😦
Our hotel was in the Navy Yard, so we took a morning stroll around the area before checking out of the hotel. The area was newly renovated, similar to the Yard at AT&T park, but I came across this bench facing the waterfront. I noticed a little notebook underneath and got curious. The bench was apart of “Open Spaces Sacred Places” where you can share bench stories. I kept it short and sweet to leave note of our purpose in DC.
We spent our last hours up in Georgetown, which I could not compare to any little town I’ve been to. I was skeptical, but seeing how Georgetown Cupcakes is on TLC (lol) I think we had to try at least one cupcake while we were in town. I got the Cherry Cheesecake and Kat got the Vegan Apple Cinnamon. We didn’t eat them until we had lunch at the airport but they were the most moist and decadent cupcakes I’ve ever consumed! I think if you believe cupcakes are overrated (me) you’ll be proved otherwise. Don’t be discouraged by the 20+ min wait, it goes by fast!
Going to DC for this Runcation was amazing despite the cold. Kat and I had been friends since 05′ but I believe this was our first trip on our own ever. I don’t have too many girl friends but I value the little ones I do have. This trip won’t be our last.
Until we run again,