Goodbye, long, wonderful Labor Day weekend…
I left for New Orleans with Alex on Thursday. We attended a wedding on Saturday, returned to DC on Sunday and spent all the time in between exploring the city. It was the perfect time to slow down, truly celebrate our engagement (!!!), and enjoy a little vacation. Here’s what we did…
Thursday: We arrived to our hotel in New Orleans around 1pm and proceeded to order pizza to the room, unpack and take a little nap before heading on a walk into the French Quarter. We met up with the bride at Pat O’Brien’s and finished off the night with beignets at Cafe Du Monde. They’re really that good.
Friday: After sleeping in, Alex and I headed to the hotel gym, which happens to have quite a nice circular view of the city + the Superdome. I chose to run my 5 miles on the treadmill, and the machine had a television, which was a new experience. Except watching Cupcake Wars on a hungry, grumbly stomach hurts.
Things we did that day? Split a po’ boy and seafood gumbo at Johnny’s Po-Boys, ate a second meal at Restaurant Stanley, more beignets and a cafe au lait at Cafe Du Monde, visited the French Market and attended a rehearsal dinner at Tujague’s.
Saturday: After a little cross training in the morning, we headed out for breakfast at Surrey’s Cafe and Juice Bar. We waited a whole hour (peak brunch hour problems) but stopped over at Mojo Coffee Shop while we waited. This tided me over temporarily, but as you can see…I was still starving when we sat down. I ordered a juice made from ginger, kale, apple and orange, their homemade granola, yogurt and fruit, as well as a sesame bagel with avocado mash.
Then we walked to District: Donuts. Sliders. Brew. and ordered a nitro cold brew and lemon, blueberry donut. Stuffed to the brim, we headed back to the French Quarter and crossed a few things off of our lists, including the terribly tourist-y hand grenades. That evening was the wedding, and it was beautiful. Congratulations, Kayla + Matt!
Sunday: We reluctantly left New Orleans and flew home to D.C. I napped, unpacked, did a load of laundry and grabbed take-out for dinner. I was supposed to do my long run, but I may have had a little too much champagne on Saturday. This meant I spent one more night really nervous about the mileage.
Monday: Long run time! I chugged out 9.25 miles along a portion of the Navy Air Force Half Marathon course and spent the rest of the day soaking in the rest of this long weekend. The long run went well, and I’m getting pretty excited for race weekend 🙂
How did you spend the long weekend? Did you take a trip or enjoy a staycation?