Hey friends! Happy Monday! I had another nice weekend around here – the weather was so fall-like and puuuuuurty – and I’m excited to show you guys what I was up to.
Friday night was quite relaxing at casa Chelsea and Fabio. For dinner I made a homemade pizza using the cast iron skillet method (always a hit!) and then we caught up on episodes of Gotham. Has anyone been watching this show? It’s a little different from Batman and so far I’m really liking it! Plus Ben McKenzie from the OC is in it (aka grown up Ryan Atwood), so I knew right away the show couldn’t be too bad.
Then we went to sleep around 10:30 or 11:00, and it was glorious. It’s an exciting life we lead, folks.
This was my first year not going to homecoming, and although I did feel a little sad, none of my close friends went this time so I didn’t feel like I was missing out on too much. Fabio had a bunch of friends there though, so he definitely wanted to go down.
After Fabio left and I walked Jack, it was time to head over to the 10K! Since the run started right in Georgetown, I opted to run the 1.5 miles to the start instead of take a cab. What’s another mile and a half, right?
As soon as I arrived at the City Sports in Georgetown where the run started, I was greeted at the door and told to go sign in with the folks from Women’s Health.
Everything was very organized and checking in took about 30 seconds. The organizers of the run asked me if I wanted one of the limited edition FEED bags filled with health and beauty goodies, but since they already sent me one in the mail I declined the offer so that someone else could have my bag. They looked great though!
After checking in, I was told to go wait outside the store where the run would start.
Fun fact: I actually didn’t realize this 10K was a “fun run” until a couple days ago. Although it was still a 10K distance, it was untimed which was kind of a bummer. Oh well, it was still an opportunity to run around my favorite city with a bunch of new people, so I was game!
Finally at 10:00, we were off! Here’s the route we “took” (more on that later).
Although one lane of M Street right by the store was blocked off, the rest of the route was not closed to us in any way (in fact, I don’t even know if that lane on M Street was actually closed for us or if that was just coincidence, haha).
Of course I don’t really mind running on the sidewalks and I do it all the time when I run around DC, but it made it really difficult for the group to stay together because of all the intersections. For pretty much the whole run we would run a block, and then have to wait at a light so we could cross the street. Sometimes part of the group made the light and other parts didn’t, so we all got split up pretty quickly.
Luckily there was one run leader from City Sports in the front of the group and one in the back, so usually at least someone would know where we were going.
At around mile 4.5 the group I was running with got a little confused (we kept running down Pennsylvania instead of turning onto H street) and we got totally separated from everyone else. You would think this wouldn’t matter as long as you were with one of the running guides from City Sports, but even he was confused about where to go. Finally a couple of us who were more familiar with the DC roads suggested either running along the Georgetown waterfront to get back to the store or backtracking a bit to cross into Arlington like we were supposed to, which would add another 1.5 miles or so to the 10K planned route. The group sort of split ways here, but I decided to run back into Arlington since I had to head home that way anyway, and at this point I realized that finishing this 10K was sort of pointless. Plus I’d already run an extra 1.5 miles to get to the start, so I was more than ok with calling it quits early.
With a new game plan, our group ran over to the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Bridge, which was really pretty. It was such a great day for running!
The sun was out but it wasn’t too hot (maybe 72ish degrees?) and you could see some pretty fall colors in the trees.
Bridge selfie FTW!
After we crossed the bridge we ran up the Mount Vernon Trail, and when I got to the top I went left to head back into Rosslyn while the rest of our scattered group headed back to Georgetown.
All in all I would not say it was the most successful 10K ever, but at least I got the miles logged. At the end of the day I did somewhere between 7.5 and 8 miles. Not too shabby!
The rest of my afternoon was spent cleaning up the apartment (vacuuming, dusting, mopping, etc.) but I did make sure to spend some time outside with Jack since the weather was so gorgeous. I wound up just taking my kindle and a blanket outside behind our apartment, and let Jack off his leash. We stayed out there for about an hour and a half and there was only one squirrel-chasing incident. I’d call that a success.
Later in the afternoon Fabio came home from College Park, and then it was time for dinner!
As I mentioned on Friday, Fabio and I had plans on Staurday night to meet up with my mom, stepdad, stepsister, and her boyfriend. Fabio’s birthday is exactly four weeks after mine, so we usually combine the celebration into one culminating event right in the middle. It seems to work well!
Our dinner reservations took us to 1789, a fancy (delicious) restaurant in Georgetown, but we all agreed to arrive early so we’d have time to pop into Tombs, the college bar right next door.
I know I’ve mentioned before that my family really dresses up for dinner, and although we didn’t look out of place at 1789 we were totally overdressed for Tombs. Maybe we are weird but being way overdressed in seedy bars is our idea of a good time, haha! I guess we enjoy the irony?
Soon it was time for dinner and we headed next door to 1789. Once again the food was phenomenal, and we had such a great time.
For my appetizer I got a seafood dish with a really interesting “squid ink” pasta, which was great.
And then for my entree I got the roast duck. I don’t normally go for duck but the waitress was talking it up and I was sold! I’m glad I got it – it tasted amazing.
Lastly for dinner, our nice waitress Megan surprised Fabio and me with a birthday dessert. So nice! Thanks, Megan!
It was a delicious frozen chocolate thing (ice cream? mousse?) with bacon on top. Yes, bacon.
All in all it was a fabulous night, and I had so much fun with my family!
Sunday was a lazy day filled with sleeping in, football watching, blogging, reading, and meal planning. Mostly we were recovering from all the wine we had with dinner
Oh! We also finally saw Gone Girl which was fantastic. I highly recommend it!
Questions of the day: Have you ever run a “fun run?” How does your family celebrate birthdays?