Happy Sunday! This is an even happier Sunday because I have off tomorrow. So technically today is Saturday. Crazy pants. I’ve been telling myself since last weekend that I will run 7 miles this weekend. This is what I like to call mind control. It works. This morning I set out at 10am and ran 7.07 miles at a pretty steady, slow pace. Since this was a new distance for me, I was a little nervous about it and wanted to be careful. I could feel myself holding back, purposefully making my legs move slower than they wanted to at first. I got over the fact that I would be running a slower pace than I am capable for a distance of 1-4 miles because I knew that if I let my slow pace bother me, I would push harder than I should and end up not being able to complete my training run or ending up with an injury. Join me on my run below:
First, a couple miles on Connecticut to meet up with President Obama so he could join me on my run. (Even though I’m ready to try out a new city, the fact that I can just casually pop by the White House never gets old.)
Next, to the Washington monument, which is slowly being released from its chains. We Washingtonians gave a strong side-eye to the moment when it was fully encaged (see a photo I borrowed from the internet below), but we secretly grew enamored by the broken monument as it had a special way of lighting up the DC skyline (also see a borrowed photo below).
I haven’t been down to the National Mall in a while, so it was nice to revisit the sites that I lived close to for so long.
From the Washington monument, past the WWII memorial, on our way to pick up our other good friend, Abe.
Abe has recovered well, both mentally and physically, from the green paint incident this past summer.
Around the Lincoln Memorial to hook up with the path that parallels the Potomac river.
Hello Rosslyn! You look pretty from here.
5 miles in and this guy joined me on my run. This run was my first time using fuel and I think it was fine. I didn’t bolt ahead like when you have a lot of mushrooms in Mario Kart, but I think it helped me continue on as I was beginning to lag.
I ended my run feeling pretty good. Soreness in my hip flexors and feet, but nothing I can’t solve with some stretching foam rolling. And a cake.
Have a great day!