DC Day 1

For our first day, we booked an 11 mile running tour through City Running Tours.  We needed an early breakfast, so we opted for ease and ate at our hotel.


We had a lovely view of the Potomac.


Shockingly, I had oats with berries.  Isn’t it sweet how they tucked my English muffin in it’s own little blanket to keep it warm?


Pause to enjoy the beautiful flowers in the lobby…orchids and hydrangeas.



We met our guide and ran through the National Mall, Downtown to DuPont Circle, through Rock Creek, Georgetown, George Washington University, etc…You get the point.  We ran a lot!  When I travel, I always check to see if I can book a running tour.  I think it is THE BEST way to learn your way around a new city, get a history lesson, and get some recommendations for your stay.

How stunning is our Capitol?!  Awe inspiring.


Oiselle Mac Roga, Cross Top Mesh Tank, and Strappy Bra.  Saucony Kinvara 5.

We opted for lunch at the Tortilla Cafe by the Eastern Market and stopped for gelato at Pitango (espresso and vanilla…heaven).  I loved this little neighborhood and we happened to catch it when the roads were shut down for a street market.



From there, we decided to walk through the national mall to see President Lincoln.

Another 5 miles, but totally worth it.



A bunch of folk recommended Founding Farmers…thank you!



They have so many great veggie options….






Everything we had was great, but these fried green tomatoes were some of the best I’ve ever had!



And no vaca dinner is complete without dessert. I was too full at dinner, so I took this gigantic slice of carrot cake to go. It rocked my world!


Have you been to DC?  Feel free to share your recommendations for run routes, restaurants, activities, etc…


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  • ooartist1234

    Okay. The food looked amazing, especially the carrot cake (my fav). I like how you stay active & balance that with indulgences. Life does not have to be strict all the time. We stay healthy & work hard. Indulgence is part of rest. 😉


    • jenchoosesjoy

      It’s my favorite, too! I think it’s all about balance. I love staying active, but I also have a major sweet tooth!

  • chrissynichruns

    What do you do for a living? I wish I had time to do what you do. I am so miserable in my job and wish I was a coach or personal trainer or something like that. Sitting at a desk all day long sucks the life out of me. I want to make a change. I’m curious though what other women out there are doing and how I can get involved and started!!

    • jenchoosesjoy

      I’m sorry to hear that you are frustrated in your career. I stayed in my last job a little longer than I wanted so I could afford to leave it. Now, I stay busy running, training other runners, and being a wife. It’s the happiest I’ve ever been, but it definitely took a while to get to this place. I’m not really sure if I helped or even answered your question…let me know what I can do to help!

  • Running ‘N’ Reading

    Jen, carrot cake is my ABSOLUTE favorite and that slice looks amazing! Love all of your pics and I’m so excited that you all took a running tour – such a great idea. Hope you’re having a BLAST!!

    • jenchoosesjoy

      It’s my favorite, too…especially when it has rich cream cheese frosting!

  • Kelly Anderson

    Girl….my mouth is literally watering!!! Great posts! I’ve never been to DC but now i want to go!!

    • jenchoosesjoy

      Will travel for cupcakes!