At the end of April, my boyfriend and I headed up to Washington DC for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon. In case you missed my other posts, you can check them out here: my recap of our first day, my recap of the race expo, how we spent the second day of our trip and my race recap.
After I crossed the finish line of the Nike Women’s Half Marathon, my boyfriend and I decided to avoid the crowded finisher’s area and head back to the hotel. We stopped at a nearby Starbucks for some coffee and then jumped on the metro train. While on the train, we both decided that breakfast was WAY more important than me taking a shower. WE decided to try an Irish Pub located right next to Open City. Thankfully, there was no wait so we were able to grab a table right away.
Eggs Benedict was definitely needed after that race! The food was good but it wasn’t exactly fabulous. I would have loved to try the breakfast menu at Open City but the wait was an hour long and my stomach required food immediately. Once we finished our breakfast, we walked to our hotel so I could shower and get ready for the rest of the day.
When we found out that we would be going to DC, my boyfriend immediately started checking the baseball schedule for the Washington Nationals. We were hoping to catch a game when they were playing the Tampa Bay Rays but we were willing to settle for just a home game. I told you were huge baseball fans. Luckily, the Nationals were playing at home this weekend and we were able to score some really awesome tickets to Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Reds.
As soon as we were ready, we hopped back on the metro and headed to the Navy Yards. We ended up being a little late to the game but that wasn’t a huge deal. Our seats were along the first base side and really close to the field! Since we have both worked in a baseball stadium (he still does), we decided to explore the stadium and see how it compares to Tropicana Field. I must say that I would have really enjoyed an indoor stadium because it rained while we were watching the game! Besides getting rained on, the stadium was really nice.
After the game, we decided to FINALLY go see some national monuments. It is really strange to think that we had been in DC for two full days and hadn’t seen and of the national monuments. Yes, I did see a bunch of them during the race but my boyfriend hadn’t seen any yet. While on the metro, I checked to see how late everything would be open. My boyfriend’s only request was to visit the National Air and Space Museum.
By the time, we got to the museum, we had an hour to wander around before it closed. My boyfriend is absolutely fascinated by planes and flight so we spent the entire hour looking around the museum. I love the science behind the construction of aircraft. I also enjoy looking at the amazing accomplishments of my ancestors. Family legend is that we are related to Orville and Wilbur Wright but I haven’t been able to find concrete evidence … yet.
When we left the museum, we wandered around the National Mall for a little bit. Eventually, we realized just how exhausted we were. My legs were in desperate need of a break and I had been up for way too many hours. We got back on the metro and went back to the hotel room. Of course, we still needed to eat something for dinner. My boyfriend suggested we order a pizza from the place around the corner from the hotel. I think that pizzas have become my post race dinners of choice. The pizza was absolutely delicious and I had to resist the temptation to eat of the pie!
We went to bed fairly early on Sunday night. On Monday morning, we woke up and had the leftover pizza for breakfast. When we finished packing up, we checked out of the hotel and headed to the airport. We had such an amazing trip to DC and I can’t wait to go back. We experienced areas of the city that was entirely new to both of us. We loved walking around Georgetown and the Woodley Park area.
What is your favorite thing to do when traveling to a new place?