Saturday, April 26-Another day of adventures!
We woke up somewhat early and started our day by heading to the zoo to see the pandas! This was one of the requests I made on the trip (luckily, Kathleen wanted to go to Georgetown Cupcakes also, and we didn’t have time to make it to the Martin Luther King Monument, which is one of the few stuff I haven’t seen in DC since it’s more recent.)
Off to the metro we go to head to the zoo! The metro, what an experience. I can’t believe how deep and STEEP the metros are in DC! And that fares are different depending on the times and days, and distance! Very different from Chicago-it’s one flat rate and you can go anywhere!
Kathleen read that we needed to go EARLY for this gets crowded pretty fast!
I’m just happy I was able to see the Pandas, since they’re my favorite animal! And they are only in 4 zoos in America (Atlanta, Memphis, San Diego, and DC) and now I’ve seen them all but Atlanta.
Can I just say-I know pandas are awesome, but I had NO IDEA the amount of attention they get! The amount of cameras there that were like paparazzi lens made me think TMZ was there and that someone famous like Oprah was out there instead! I had no idea there was such a huge following! I never saw this at other zoos, but now that I think about, DC is probably the only zoo that has pandas and is free, so people can go there more regularly and practice their freelance photography skills…
Since my friend Paige wasn’t able to meet up with me last night, she decided to join us at the zoo! It was so great to see her! And then she lead us to the bloggers brunch location.
The blogger’s brunch was held at Sequoia which was right back in Georgetown on Washington Harbour, and was hosted by Stephanie from http://catladyruns.com/ and Roaen from http://lovelifelogistics.com/
My BFF Lauren was contacted by Roaen to join, and signed us up to go! I’ve never been to this sort of thing, but I was excited regardless that I just started this blog weeks ago to meet other bloggers and hear about past participants about their experiences with this half marathon.
Brunch was awesome, you can’t go wrong with eggs benedict, and oh my goodness, did we get some swag or what!?!
Everyone got everything in this picture but the glitter headband, the necklace and compression sleeves, I won those from the raffle! I’m so excited to try out this stuff and being a new runner, I have a lot of stuff to learn about still!
There was some confusion when it came time to pay, and therefore we did not have time to go to the Holocaust Museum like we planned to, plus we had so much stuff to carry, so we decided to head back to the hotel to rest a bit before we head back to Georgetown for dinner with another one of Kathleen’s friends.
But, of course, we looked at saw there was not much of a line at Sprinkles Georgetown, so we stop by for a little sugar high 🙂
I got the special off the menu item that day-it was a carmel cupcake with brown sugar frosting! It was good!
Then after a nap, we head to dinner, or as I like to call it, carbo loading at Clyde’s.
Kathleen’s friend is Kathryn from http://dancingtorunning.com/, who along with her husband has had a lot of experience with run disney events. Kathleen is doing the Dopey Challenge, and Lauren is joining her just for the marathon part, so they found the information helpful! I’m not interested in that race (for Disney, I really want to do the Princess and Tinkerbell Half Marathon, in the same year so I can get the Coast to Coast medal). I’m not sure when I’ll do it, but since Lauren wants to do the Princess one also, I’m glad that they will both have run disney events under their belt so that when I do it, I can go to them for help also 🙂
Then it was off to bed, we have an early day before the race! But, we then found out that check out time is 11am and they don’t do late check outs 😦 so along with the stress of pre race but packing up everything so we can check our bags before we head to the race.
The pre race packing stressed me out, I’m one of those people I don’t like to bring a lot of stuff with me on race day, I like to avoid checking a bag (ever since I did the Color Run and found out the hard way that not every race does bag check) but with a half marathon, that’s a bit more difficult to avoid, since you’ve been running longer and be in some pain also. I also for other races just mainly bring an ID, my iphone holder and earbuds, nothing else. But, this time around, I have a water bottle to worry about, fuel, cash for finisher’s apparel, and a bajillion other things! And my clear race bag was ripping, I just couldn’t handle it!
After talking to Lauren and Kathleen, I got a better sense of what I needed and I eventually made it to bed, because I have to wake up at 4 am for the race the next day!
And tomorrow, race day and traveling back recap.