How was your weekend?! Mine went from DC to Baltimore to Columbia and back. Phew! Here’s a quick recap:On Friday I took the train to Charm City, where I met Alanna and Meredith for a girls’ getaway! The three of us went to college at Hopkins together, they were both bridesmaids at my wedding, and we try to meet up regularly to party hard.
When we got to Alanna’s on Friday, we had a lot of catching up to do. The night was fueled by ample amounts wine and Thai food, neither of which photographed well but tasted great.
After our lovely brunch, some daytime strolling was in order. It was gorgeous outside!We walked all the way from Alanna’s place in Mt.Vernon to the lovely streets of Fells Point.For lunch we settled in at Bertha’s. It’s locally famous for its mussels, so we had to get some!Meredith and I got awesome chef’s salads, which were made amazing by herby homemade dressing and sweet black currants.After lunch, we walked for hours more. We must have covered over five miles!
Before we knew it, the sun was setting and I needed french fries.Brewer’s Art always hits the spot! Their signature beers and garlic fries are the best in the world.
One last group shot before Meredith headed back to NYC:Alanna and I finished off the night with dinner at Gertrude’s (where I used to be a waitress!) then crashed into bed. We were up early and in the car — because we had to get me to the start line!The RRCA 10-mile team challenge is an awesome race which is attended by local running clubs in the area. I ran it last year, and came back again for more hilly torture with the DC Road Runners.The course winds through suburban streets with a downhill start, grueling hilly midsection, and flat finish. My splits speak to the route:
I’m pretty pleased with my time, which was officially 1:13:42 — four minutes faster than last year, which means I shaved about 25 seconds off per mile. Woot!
The best part of this race is that it’s free for all running club members AND DC Road Runners rented a bus to drive us all home. With beer.
What a weekend. I guess it’s time to get started on this whole Monday thing. Have a good one!
- Did you race this weekend?! How’d it go?
- Locals: Ever been to Baltimore? Favorite spot?
- Post-race beer: yay or nay?