Of Food and Love running: lincoln memorial washington dc trip washington dc with kids
by Mommy Hobbies
In my napsack stash
So after running half naked, I was exhausted. The human body is so amazing, I have no idea how I was able to stay on my feet and think straight after that run. My emotions were all over the place, disbelief being the main one and I was so happy my family was there to be part of this huge accomplishment.
Let me rewind to the day before the race.
Online, I am a part of a wonderful support group of running mothers: HERE. One of those mothers saw that the D.C Rock ‘N’ Roll was going to be my first and that I was essentially running it alone. She offered to change her corral number so we could be next to each other. I was ecstatic. We met up on Friday evening at the Expo, where we picked up our packets and made plans. It felt good to have someone there that I *knew*.
Thank you Martha!!
It was completely awesome to be in a room full of crazy runner people like myself. A first. A wonderful, wonderful first.
So, back to the day of my race and what followed after. Luckily we were staying only a few stops away from the stadium so it didn’t take long to get back. I showered, we ate, sat in the sun for a bit, and conked. A two hour nap never, EVER felt so good. My muscles needed it and I was able to make it through the rest of the evening.
After my nap, I headed off for the coolest part of my evening. I got to meet up with one of my running idols, Gia.
She is a mother of twins and shortly after having her sweeties she ran the NYC ING Marathon. *starstruck* Her blog: HERE
Then, I got to meet another one of my favorite runners, Ashley. She has amazing determination and totally reinvented herself by running and eating healthier. She has a wonderful story. Check out her blog: HERE
And why, oh why did I not get these two wonderful ladies info?? They sat and chatted me up for a little while and I thoroughly enjoyed their company.
The next day, we rolled out of bed and had French toast (thanks, Papa for making it!). And, we were on a mission, per Cy’s request. We HAD to go see the Lincoln Memorial. There was no getting out of it. I’m glad he demanded it, because it was pretty stinkin’ awesome and if you have a family, make D.C a priority. There is so, so much to learn and be amazed by.
Poor Mr. Lincoln, there was barely enough space for us to shoot these photos it was so crowded. People dodge in and out of the frame and you’re lucky to find a space without someone telling you to get out of THEIR photo. hah. I had one lady wave me out of the way …uh, she came and stood right in front of ME while I was taking a shot!! grr
Then, we walked up through Georgetown. Ahhh, how it made me want to go back to school. It’s so beautiful and cozy there.
We found this AMAZING restaurant. An ugly hole in the wall (I kid you not), but their food was legit. It was called Mehran Restaurant. If you’re looking for authentic Pakistani, Indian food, that is the place. The naan bread was glorious. You know it’s good when it’s full of people from that culture. And it was.
After that, we headed back to the truck, where within 40 minutes of leaving D.C the kids looked like this:
And D looked like this:
I would run another half-marathon, for another medal and another exhausting, achy recovery after. Honestly, it was so awesome. I have my 13.1 sticker and a cute ‘Runner Girl’ magnet for the back of our truck. Can’t wait to add more!