Rock ‘n Roll DC Half Marathon – the food

Enough with the boring running details, you’re here to see and hear about some delicious food!

I don’t blame you. D.C. has some incredible and tempting food options.

Our planes landed within 30 minutes of each other, so our first goal, after getting to the hotel (shoutout to Holiday Inn Washington – Capitol for letting us check in at 9:30am!), was to find coffee. I drove to the airport in Raleigh at 3am, so it was coffee or death at that point.

What goes well with coffee? Doughnuts, of course! We took the metro to the Eastern Market station and walked to District Doughnut (in the snow).

Top, clockwise: Baklava, Brown Butter, and Salted Dulche de Leche

My sister was the doughnut winner with the Salted Dulche de Leche (it had a cream filling that was delicious).

Our next stop was picking up our race packets. If you’re interested in the expo, you can see this post.

For lunch we ended up snacking at The National Museum of Natural History cafe because we had reservations for dinner. We split some chicken tenders and fries and probably looked pitiful, but we didn’t want to waste money on meh-food, just enough to hold us for a bit.

We needed to carb load for the race, so I made reservations at Ted’s Bulletin – hello, all day breakfast! This is also the home of the Ted’s Tart, a homemade and much tastier version of the poptart. They also have adult milkshakes (yep, milkshakes with alcohol!), and if I hadn’t been prepping for a race, I totally would’ve indulged in one!

Instead, I had The Big Mark Breakfast (eggs, bacon, sausage, hashbrowns, toast, and a Ted’s Tart). My sister had The Walk of Shame Breakfast Burrito (looking back at these photos is making me hungry!).

A blueberry Tedtart!


The race was the next morning and my breakfast/dinner (brinner? dinfast?) was a perfect choice to keep me carbloaded without upsetting my stomach during or after the race.

After the race we went back to the hotel to clean up and get warm and then headed to Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar and Eatery. IT’S SO CUTE and in an old carriage house!


If I lived in D.C. this is a place I would want to spend a lot of time in.


I ordered the beignets to split with my sister (because one should always order beignets) and the buttermilk biscuits and gravy. We also picked up bags of bacon popcorn to take home to our guys. I highly recommend a stop here!


After our lunch we headed back to The National Museum of American History (more about that later) and went through exhibits until they closed and then spent some time walking around the Washington Monument. It. Was. So. Cold.

This is a food post, but I still feel like you’re thinking, is eating all they do? The answer is yes, and now it’s time to talk about dinner. We had dinner reservations at Founding Farmers which ended up being another excellent choice!

Life is short – eat good food!

Since I basically memorize menus before going to the restaurant, I knew we had to have the bacon lollipops as an appetizer, and we had no regrets.


For my meal I had the chicken and waffles (and look at that delicious sweet potato covered in pecans and fig butter – that’s been replaced with green beans on the menu so maybe it’s seasonal?). My sister had the goat cheese ravioli which was also so amazing.


The table beside us ordered a couple desserts, but at that point we couldn’t hold anything else. But we definitely ordered a piece of red velvet cake to take back to the hotel.

Don’t worry, the food isn’t over just yet. We had reservations the next morning at The Hamilton for brunch, and it was a perfect way to say goodbye to D.C.

The inside of the restaurant is beautiful, and our waiter was so kind and helpful! We started our breakfast with coffee and split a caramel pecan sticky bun.

We totally didn’t need that sticky bun because as you can see from the picture below, we had a ton of food! I had the bananas foster french toast with LTD fries (our waiter explained that those were really popular and were limited, so once they sold out they were gone) and my sister had goat cheese biscuit sliders. Both of these entrees aren’t on the current menu, so I’m assuming they were seasonal for winter.

It’s a good thing we burned calories from the half marathon and all the walking we did!

What are your favorite restaurants in Washington, D.C.? Any must-eats that we missed on this trip?

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Motivational Monday – Half Marathon Training Begins

Let’s face it – Mondays are difficult.

This Monday is particularly a struggle because my half marathon training officially begins this week (yikes). Back in January my sister and I thought it would be a great idea to sign up for our second half marathon. With doughnut in hand, I registered for the Rock ‘n Roll Savannah race that takes place in November. Last year we survived the Rock ‘n Roll Nashville half marathon (I’ve never seen so many hills – and I’m from the mountains…), and I guess the pain of that race momentarily escaped us.

I’m certainly not the fastest, and I don’t think anyone will ever look at me and say, “oh, she’s definitely a runner,” but I try, and that’s what counts, right? However, ever since that last half, I’ve really struggled with running. I’m not sure if it’s mental, or if I’m just getting old (what happened to motivational Monday??). Either way, I’m determined to use this training to make me tougher, as an escape from the craziness of work/life, for my own health, and hopefully beat my time from Nashville!

I’ll be using the Sub 2:30 Half Marathon training plan on runkeeper.com if you’re interested or would like to find a plan to suit your running skills. Look me up (Autumn L.) and we can be running pals (i.e., keep me accountable)!

If you have any helpful tips for staying motivated during the training process, I’d love to hear them. Have a great Monday and happy running!

Thanks to GoneForaRun.com for this motivational quote!

Thanks to GoneForaRun.com for this motivational quote!