DC Weekend Recap + Food

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!

pre run

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!

post 20 miles

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.

thunder burger

We went to Georgetown (just on the other side of the bridge) and went to Thunder Burger thanks to Cori’s recommendation. It was the perfect post-long run meal!


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. 

baby falcon

They just had a baby in September, so we were excited to meet him for the first time!

lisa rob before dinner

We headed back to our hotel room for a quick change before going to dinner. 

blt 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!

mcm mile 1.5

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!

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45 responses on DC Weekend Recap + Food

  1. Your weekend looks so perfect. I love DC but I’ve never been to Georgetown. I keep struggling deciding if I want to move to Baltimore or DC…I suppose the job search will decide that for me. While I don’t always eat the same things before a big run, I make sure to eat bland and avoid anything that may upset my finnicky stomach.
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  2. I’m taking note of a lot of these restaurants since I pretty much half live in DC these days. I slept in too late to catch the MCM too, but it’s cool that you could see it from your window!! It looks like a fun weekend in DC :) Until Tim moved there, I never made it down even though it’s so close. I don’t know why, but it just felt like such a hassle. It’s a fun city to walk around in!
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  3. All that food looks amazing! Happy early anniversary. Your Honey Stinger picture reminds me that I need to stock up on those waffles. I was hangry after my run yesterday and didn’t have anything to munch on at home.
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  4. So glad you enjoyed DC! I’ve heard great things about BLT Steak but have never been. I typically eat the same thing before a long run: either a mint chocolate Clif bar, Picky bar, or a piece of cinnamon raisin Ezekiel bread with almond butter and cinnamon. And a shot of espresso!
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  5. Happy anniversary!!! I agree, sometimes you’ve just got to force yourself to go away so you can really enjoy it!! :) :) I love the area you live in. One of these days I’ll have to plan a trip down there to visit my cousin who lives there. And preferably around a race so we can meet up!! :)

    I will be forever jealous that you can wake up and go for a 20 miler with your husband! I have always wished mine was a runner :) OH well, he is pretty amazing as is so I shouldn’t complain! :)

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