I absolutely loved DC! The weather was absolutely gorgeous, it’s so easy to get around and the sites are incredible! I definitely want to go back again soon with Michael. It’d be nice to be there for vacation so we could spend more time sight-seeing and check out Georgetown!
It was noon time by the time I was ready to head out and explore so I made my way to the National Mall. On my agenda was the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Memorial, The Korean War Memorial, The Washington Monument, The White House and I even squeezed in Arlington National Cemetery and the changing of the guards!
Saturday night I met up with friends for dinner at this amazing farm to table restaurant. The food was incredible and tasted so good after a full day of sight-seeing!
Early Saturday morning I had meetings for work and a reception to attend but as soon as they were over I headed out to take in more sights. My first stop was to see Congress which when you get up close and personal is pretty breath-taking! Then I went to the National Archives to see the Declaration of Independence, The Constitution and The Bill of Rights. The Rotunda where they are housed is gorgeous and it was amazing to see those documents in real life. After that I had lunch of the National Sculpture Garden since it was so beautiful out and then headed to the Natural History Museum. I only had about an hour to spend there so I took the dinosaurs, the minerals and gems and made a quick pass through everything else. I really want to go back there and take my time going through it!
Sunday was an early day! I was up at 4:15AM to see my team off for the race. Then I met up with other TNT staff to head to our cheer zone. I spent most of the race at mile 10 which was really close to the Jefferson Monument. We were there so early and were able to see the sunrise over both the capital and the Jefferson Monument! It was amazing.
Race day was long and busy but in the end my team had an incredible time. In all there was 2,300 runners with Team In Training and they raised over 6 million dollars. I’m so proud of them and they should be so proud of themselves! It was really cool to be working the event as a staff. Friday I worked at the expo helping to deal with registration issues and issues with bibs. It was neat to see the back-end of things. Race day was very similar in terms of being able to see the back side of the event. So much work, effort and coordination goes into putting on a race for 16,000 runners!
I was exhausted when I woke up and my feet were killing me. I was on my feet pretty much the entire time I was in DC and it was really catching up to me! I took it easy in the morning, had brunch and coffee and then headed to the Newseum. It was rainy and cold so it was the perfect day to spend time in the museum. The Newseum covers the history of the News and was awesome! They have pieces of the Berlin Wall there, lots of 9/11 information and remains and so much more. The highlight was the wall of over 200 front pages from the day after 9/11. It is incredible to see how the world reacted.
If you have never been there I highly recommend it! I loved every exhibit! After spending hours in the museum I headed to the hotel and then made my way to the airport!
I was exhausted last night and slept so good! Today I’m playing catch up and getting my yoga on…my body desperately needs some twists and stretching and my feet need some rest!