Thursday, March 19, 2015

DC Runcation Weekend

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I feel a bit bad filing this under travel and whatnot, because I hardly took any photos (blogger fail) and we didn't do anything 'touristy'. I didn't mind, I have been to DC twice before and have done all the touristy things before. This weekend was purely for running, good times and good food. Of which there was plenty.


Bright and early Friday morning I arrived at the Louisville airport.. to this. I had already been in line 10 minutes when I snapped this, it had moved about 6 metres. This is not normal for the ville, so I was freaking out. Thankfully, they threw out the rule book and got us all through quite quickly.


I don't know if I've mentioned it, but I'm not the best flyer. I used to be just dandy, but as I get older, I get more anxious. I can block out most of it, but turbulence makes me cry / laugh like a maniac. It's been awhile since I had flown by myself so I was nervous. I'm also kind of afraid of heights. But for some reason, when the plane is flying smoothly and there are no bumps, there is nothing more peaceful to me than looking out the window. I have no idea why, I just love it. I really wish I could have had my phone on flying into DC - you saw all the monuments and it was just a gorgeous day.


My flight arrived super early, so I got some chocolate milk and settled into a rocking chair to read a book. I love watching the planes take off and land, they look so smooth and not bumpy at all, I try and remember that when I'm in the plane.


After we all found each other and had to pay for a full day of parking even though Tracy was only in the lot for like 12 minutes, we headed out to get some fabulous food with the weirdest waiter ever. I highly recommend Busboys and Poets (they sell books!) if you're in the area, especially if you're vegetarian, gluten free or like organic food.


I might be super touristy here, but the train station was so pretty or at least not as ugly and boring as the ones back home, so I had to snap a photo.


We headed to the expo, don't ask me why I am standing like that, and I tried to get Alyssa and Tracy to take a silly photo but instead they just laughed at me.



Because we ate a really late lunch, we ate a really late dinner (after trying to park for like half an hour), and consequently didn't get to bed until midnight or so. We woke up bright and far too early for the half marathon we willingly signed up for. Just kidding.


Start line photo.. we're already wet and we haven't even started.


Now, I'm not gonna go into the race today, if you want to read more about it, feel free to pop over to Tracy's or Alyssa's. But this is basically what we did for the rest of Saturday:


I know, exciting stuff. We ate a lot of food too, because hot damn it we deserved it. Fast forward to Sunday and we headed over to Georgetown for some cupcakes and met up with Carly for brunch.





You might wonder why there are pancakes between Tracy and I. Because we shared them. The waiter did not like that I ordered 2 breakfasts. You want eggs and pancakes? Are you sure? Yes I'm sure, judgey mcjudgerson.

After that, we said our goodbyes. Not before snapping some photos as we drove by the monuments and of course it was a freaking beautiful day.



I'm still recovering from all the gluten I ate, but it was well worth it. I feel like the photos don't show how absolutely fabulous a weekend it was, and it was so fun to meet Tracy & Carly and see Alyssa again. Can't wait for the next one!

Have you ever gone on a runcation? Or to DC?

48 comments:

  1. Glad you had a fun trip to DC and the flight wasn't too bad! The weather looks absolutely gorgeous! And who is the waiter to judge if you order two breakfasts? What a jerk!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  2. Sounds like a really fun trip to DC! And because you've been before and already done the touristy things, you could just relax a little more (aside from that run of course!!). I love your hair by the way and those cupcakes literally are making me drool. I have such a weakness for cupcakes! Especially the cream cheese iced variety!

    Carly x

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  3. Looks like aside from the wet race...everyone had a great weekend! That train station is absolutely beautiful and I totally would have snapped a picture of it!!! And I hate when servers are judgy about what you order! Just give me what I want!! Haha :) Now I am off to go dream about cupcakes. Mmmmm.

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  4. Ryan lived in DC when we started dating, so I went down all the time to visit. I agree with you that the metro stations were pretty! I've taken so many pictures of that pattern they have on the walls and ceiling.

    That's surprising that your waiter wasn't on board with you having 2 breakfasts. He should have been - higher bill means higher tip. We had the opposite experience at a Cracker Barrel. Ryan ordered a breakfast and a dinner, because he couldn't choose. He told the waiter he was going to take most of it home and then ate all of it! The waiter came back to the table, looked at the mostly empty plates and said, "Good job!" No judgement, just admiration.

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  5. I have been to DC but not for a runcation and certainly not to meet up with other bloggers! What fun!! Looks like a good wait to celebrate post run! Glad you had fun!

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  6. I'm totally with you on the flying thing....like why does there have to be weather and stuff that makes them bumpy -- and can't there be a rule, no flying when it's not beautiful?!?! Looks like you had an amazing time -- I love DC, it's so beautiful around this time!! And those cupcakes...yum!

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  7. Sounds like you had a great trip! My brother and sister in law are moving to the DC area soon. I have been before, but I can't wait to go again when I go to see them.

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  8. I've never been to DC but it looks like a beautiful place and I am glad it wasn't too cold. At least it didn't appear to be lol.

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  9. So sorry the race was a washout but the weekend looks great otherwise!

    I take all the touristy photos all the time - even in my own city. That's what that shit is there for!

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  10. A runcation!!!?? Lol!! I'm pretty sure that is an oxymoron. :P So glad you had a great time with your blogger buds! And OMG- that security line is insaaane!! Glad you made it through on time!

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  11. I agree, as much as I hate flying, if we're up in the air and everything's going fine, I kind of like it.
    I totally forgot you snapped that hotel photo! Totally representative of our post-race. Honestly though, that was the best. I'm really bad at resting/recovering after races or even just long runs so a whole day of ordering food for delivery and sleeping was probably the best thing I could have done. Not like we could have done anything exciting with the crap weather we had that day anyway.
    Haha that waiter! I'm sorry you had to be the one to order two breakfasts - I tried! That guy was just not having any of our 2 breakfast nonsense. Apparently he's never run a half marathon?

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  12. I've heard D.C. cupcakes are amazing! I was thinking about going to D.C. this summer & I can't wait. The train station is beautiful!! Glad you had such a good time!

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  13. OK are those the DC cupcakes like from the famous Georgetown Cupcake that I used to watch on TLC all the time? I love that show! Looks like you guys had a great time! At least they gave you a beautiful day to make up for your rainy race day. I love that all you ladies did this together and you are making me seriously hungry! I've never been to DC, but I'm on the right side of the continent now, so a road trip might be happening this summer.

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  14. Looks like a great trip, lady! I'm sooooo like you about flying, eek so not a fan. And flying alone is not very fun, bah!

    Glad y'all had a great time, minus the race. The food looks amazing!

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  15. What a fab trip!! I mean I know you were there for a race, but you guys look like you had a ton of fun pre and post race too!!! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

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  16. So fun you all got to meet up!! :) And those cupcakes look so delicious! I have been to DC twice, once in 8th grade and once for less than 24 hours on our way driving down to the Outer Banks...so I'd love to go back sometime and do all the touristy things again as an adult! I'll probably appreciate them much more than when I was 13 ;) haha! xx

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  17. I want a cupcake! This is so fun that you were able to spend the weekend together and got to meet up with Carly, too! And I'm surprised the waiter was acting judgy - the more food you order, the higher you have to tip so you would think he would be happy!

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  18. It does look like you had a great weekend!! Those cupcakes and that delicious breakfast look amazing! Plus, a sign that you had lots of fun is, unfortunately, the lack of pictures, lol.

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  19. Ah! That looks like such a fun trip. Congrats on another half marathon! I'm in need of a girls trip! Luckily I'm meeting Paige for some shopping today! ;)

    Uh... sometimes I want some variety, ok? Pancakes AND eggs. Deal with it. Ha!
    And as always--you're gorgeous!

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  20. I'm the same as you-anxious about flying, but when a flight is smooth I love looking out the window. It's so beautiful!

    Your runcation looks like so much fun! Drooling over those cupcakes!

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  21. Nice trip to DC! And I hope the race went well! (I would have probably snapped nastily at that waiter. Ugh.) I lived in Maryland for about 9 months, and we hopped around the DC museums for a bit. It was good to visit once, but I don't think I'd go back. As for flying and getting anxious, I used to LOVE flying when I was a kid. So much fun. Now? Now my anxiety gets me too, not sure why.

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  22. I love DC. Weekend girl trips are the best. DC Cupcakes is my FREAKING FAVORITE! In the Summer they make a banana split cupcake that is to die for. If you ever go there and it is on the menu you must try it.

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  23. It was such a great weekend and I'm so glad to have spent it with you!! I love how it basically seems like all we did was eat. Because all we did was eat. Well, and run a half marathon. But mostly eat.

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  24. I read about the race from the other blogs... all the rain! UGHHHHH!!!!
    But glad you still had fun & got to meet awesome blog peeps.
    What the heck happened in Lou airport? That's crazy!!!!! I've seen long lines before - but not back to the escalators!

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  25. Meeting blog friends is the best! I'd love to make it to DC one day - hopefully soon. My first stop would for one of those cupcakes! haha

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  26. No runcation for this lady but it seems like you all had so much fun and yay for cupcakes and weird waiters. Also, I love DC. If I could live in any city, it would be that one.

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  27. Fun! I love D.C.! Last summer we did a segway tour there and it was so much fun!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  28. Sounds so fun! I hate flying, I get extremely anxious and I hate how it makes me feel, I get motion sick pretty easily so I just don't like anything about it, but we always fly when we travel?! Looks like you guys had such a blast though!

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  29. isn't that what vacations are really about? eating ALL THE FOOD in a different city? that's usually my modus operandi

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  30. What a fun trip!! Drooling over those DC cupcakes and that brunch! Glad to hear the race went well even if you got a little wet! So cool you go to hang out with some blogger babes!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

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  31. Awwww all that AND you got to brunch with Carly? Damn it I'm jealous! Totally not about the marathon, but everything else over that weekend looks so fun. Holy traffic jam at the Louisville airport; glad you got out of there quick!

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  32. Yayyy you were in my city!!!! Busboys and Poets is one of my FAVORITES so glad you ate there!!

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  33. Erin from Love, Fun, & Football was there for the race too!

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  34. How fun!! We went to DC a couple of years ago and it was like a record breaking heatwave over 4th July week.

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  35. Sounds like you had a fun weekend!!! Lots of good food for sure!

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  36. I've been to DC a few times and just love it. I have a friend that lives there. Every year he posts pictures when the cherry blossoms are blooming, and every year I look at those photos and say "ahhhhhhh how pretty". I've never been on a runcation. I don't run. But I'm really happy for those that do! Glad you had a fab girls' weekend!

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  37. How fun!!!! What an awesome meetup between the 4 of you!!! I definitely would've treated myself to some cupcakes, too! :D

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  38. Looks like a great weekend! I love DC...so much history and cool things to see there! Also, those cupcakes look amazing! I need to go to Georgetown cupcakes!

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  39. So cool that you met up with Carly!! And seriously, aint nothing wrong with pancakes AND eggs, puh-lease. :) Breakfast food is just the best. haha... Looks like a great trip and beautiful weather to boot! XO

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  40. I SWEAR I commented on this post- I remember saying something about the metro shot being artsy not touristy... or no? haha I guess I didn't because the comment is no where to be found, but anyway it was seriously so fun to meet you guys (I feel like I've said this already too, LOL). I'm so glad you guys had a good trip-- and also so weird about the waiter at brunch trying to skip over Tracy, haha. Seeing these pictures again makes me want another cupcake!

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  41. I really love the trip recaps. That line looks insane. I love to fly but airports do me in. You guys all look so gorg in the first pic. Super cute. Glad you all had a fun weekend in spite of the weather. PS that breakfast looks AWESOME!!! And now I'm hungry.

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  42. so glad to hear you had a wonderful time!! i get kinda claustrophobic on planes. i don't like sitting still for so long.

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  43. I wish we'd been able to meet up somehow.... but we won't go into the finish line "party" and how insane things were. Jared and I definitely went back to the hotel, showered, then ate food in bed while watching Cops and took a nap, BAH! It was necessary.

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  44. This looks like the perfect girls trip! Sometimes being "non" touristy is the best! :)

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  45. Fun!! You ladies are so cute and congrats on the run. The cupcakes look delish. I have to say I really miss cute cupcake shops. My small town is seriously lacking

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  46. This sounds like a perfect weekend (minus the running -- that part sounds like death to me, but hooray for you, you awesome runner!)! DC Cupcakes. Brunch. Waaahhhhh!!! :'[ I miss these things.

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  47. I'm so jealous of all the bloggers you've met in real life! Sounds like so much fun. Well, maybe not running the half marathon but everything else! Can't wait to hop on over to their blogs and read about the race!

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  48. I've never done either, it looks like you had a blast though! Pinning this for the restaurant. Love knowing places like that in advance. :) XO -Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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