Hola folkies! Sorry for the long delay – revision, you know the drill…but my next exam isn’t for 3 weeks now, sooooooo..more DC yeh? More photos, less chat 😛
I. Love. my. mum.
The plane ride went super duper quick – we chatted, played cards, watched a film (Toy Story 3 for me – not impressed) and before we knew it, at 4.12pm we landed at Dulles! For some reason however, the bloke at the passport check stamped my card thing with a B or a P or some letter; upon the next passport control, my mum and I were ordered into a scary waiting room and told to leave our suitcases at the back and sit down (with about 6 other people). 1hr later, and lots of worry at watching 2 or 3 other people get baaasically kicked out of the country and having NO idea why we were there, we were called to the front desk. Why? Apparently, my finger prints hadn’t gone through right. Wtf?? Anyway….
We arrived at our first hotel (a cheapo right near the airport) tired and hungry:
A lovely guy at the front desk drove us to Wegman’s for free though, so we could go to their salad bar (like the Whole Foods ones!!) and get a proper dinner. Oh my, real food had never tasted so good!!
In the morning, I did the sweatiest, most rough 4mile run in the treadmill in the ‘gym’ (a room about 2m square with a treadmill and a swiss ball!!). I would have gone outside, were we not surrounded by main roads….I hate the treadmill.
After a LOT of delicious coffee…
…and a pretty cheap breakfast of instant oatmeal and tinned fruit, we moved to our proper hotel in Arlington, just outside of DC. MUCH better!!!
The room was so beautiful…and CHEAP too! We got a special marathon discount package 😀
Best beds ever 🙂 And – STARBUCKS coffee, which I became OBSESSED with!!
The days leading up to the marathon involved lots of this:
The accidental discovery of an amazing place called Chopp’d! Basically, a big salad bar – you pick your leafy base, a load of add ins (tofu, chicken, shrimps, fruits, every veggie under the sun, nuts, seeds, pitta crisps etc, a million natural fresh dressings….), they bung it in a bowl and chop it all up! I became obsessed with avocado and walnuts in my bowls 🙂 Along with huge wraps on the side for carbs:
We also hit up the museums in a big way – Air and Space:
My mum wanted to go in the space simulator 😛
It was SO hot that day….
(Flashback three years ago – my BFF Jenny and I!!!)
Me as an ancient breed of human….
….quite an improvement right?
We also had a wonderful late lunch (we got lost!) at Le Pain Quotient – famous for the bread! – which was mentioned on Kath’s blog a while back.
My mum had an amazing turkey avocado thing:
Whist I got an incredible quinoa/chickpea salad, with sprouts and pesto and tofu:
With extra vegan butternut squash soup and carbs!
I ate every last bite 😛
It was incred 🙂 My mum even did the American thing, and had pumpkin pie!
We paid a visit to Obama:
And hit up Whole Foods for dinner….Just for my squash-loving readers out there:
There were millions of KABOCHAS inside too 😛
Saturday brought with it the MARATHON EXPO!
(blokiest top ever, it looks terrible on!)
And a ton of swag!
So much good stuff, I could have spent a bomb of money there 😛 Luckily, I restrained!
After the expo, we took a trip the Spy Museum. My best friend Jenny, who I stayed with in Washington DC with three years ago, went last time and said it was amazing – so off we went! Walking through the street to get there, I started to smell something…
…’I smell Chika. No wait..I smell horses!’ Sure enough, as we turned onto the next street –
Not just any old horses, but nice horses. Like, real nice.
In fact, about 3 streets had been shut down and were replaced with temp stabling!
Yep, we had stumbled across the Washington International Horse Show!!! My mum and I were both pretty gutted that we hadn’t realised earlier, and bought tickets…but we had a spy museum to get to 😛 Which, FYI – was INCREDIBLE! I wish we could have spent much longer in there, but we had an event to get to.
The Marine Corps First Timers Event in fact, for all marathon first timers. I wish I had a ton of photos and great stories, but to tell you the truth, it was awful. We stayed for about an hour and a half, talked to 2 blokes running for their first time, and then left. It was very disappointing.
Insert Saturday Here (ie see last post!)
Insert Marathon Here (again, see last post :p)
POST marathon – Monday!
I can hardly remember what happened on Monday – very little! We had a lie in, a lovely breakfast, and went and explored Crystal City. On the way, we stopped at an amazing vegan restaurant/take away called Java Green – it was basically either raw, vegan, or both! I had my first taste of kelp noodles in my box:
Well. What can I say? AMAZING!! The flavour was outstanding, and the texture was so cool. I fell in love!
Fast forward to the plane ride home – we upgraded at a cost of about £30 each to Economy PLUS! Oh boy:
I don’t care how much it costs, I’ll sell Chika* if I need to – I NEVER WANT TO FLY LONG HAUL ECONOMY EVER AGAIN!! (*nothing will ever make me sell Chika. She dies with me!)
Now I’m going to fast forward again, to some DC-inspired eats from home 🙂
PEANUT FLOUR from Trader Joe’s! In peanut butter form on pumpkin oats:
Tastes so, SO similar to normal peanut butter, but with a ton extra protein…love.
In peanut butter form, as a dip for roast veggies:
And in peanut butter form, mixed with cocoa and various other bits, as a tempeh topping:
Ever had Dark Chocolate Dreams PB? It was the spit!
I’ve also had an incredible sea spaghetti + steamed courgette/celeriac, with lemon juice and agave:
There’s been lots of orzo, after I discovered it in Whole Foods:
With caremalized pear, vanilla and thyme…
It was as good as it sounds!
Very missed Green Monsters:
Bagels with soy yogurt:
And finally, BAKED APPLE! With date syrup and cinnamon:
Quite possibly, the best thing I’ve ever eaten!!
Ok…looking back, this is one MEGA long post. But quickly – I’ve had some good runs since the Mary, including a fab 7miler, and I’ve been going mad for my new Jillian Michael’s DVD. LOVE HER!
Now I’m done 🙂
How have you all been!??
Have you ever seen Toy Story 3? Thoughts?