And this week has been a good one for running.
I've taken the liberty of running in Washington, DC lately, in large part because I really like being around the Memorials and other historical stuff, and because there are so many other runners and bike riders down there all trying to be healthy as well.
Tuesday I parked on Hains Point and ran a route up to the Jefferson Memorial and around the Tidal Basin to the Washington Monument. From there, I went up 15th Street to Pennsylvania Avenue and turned to run past the White House, a place I've always enjoyed. But somehow it just seems to be more sinister and less Presidential now. Damned shame. I ran back down 17th Street to the World War Two Memorial, then went west along the Reflecting Pool to the Lincoln Memorial before turning south and running back down the Potomac River to Hains Point again, detourling slightly to run through the FDR Memorial. This was about a five mile run and I did it in 51 minutes, which was not exactly a speed run, but hey--vehicle traffic and pedestrians tend to interfere.
I laid off running on Wednesday but just went back out again today. From the same parking space on Hains Point, I ran up the Potomac River to the Lincoln Memorial, then across Memorial Bridge towards Arlington National Cemetery. On the west bank of the river, I ran north along the bike path past Theodore Roosevelt Island and up to Key Bridge, where I crossed back into the Georgetown section of Washington DC. Ducking down through Francis Scott Key Park, I got onto the C&O Canal towpath and ran it down to Rock Creek Parkway, dodging one set of mules pulling a canal full of tourists along the way. I then ran back down the parkway past the Watergate and the Kennedy Center and finally past the Lincoln Memorial again. I followed the Potomac back to Hains Point and my ride. This was roughly a seven mile run and it took me an hour and twenty minutes. (I lost some time trying--and failing--to find a working drinking fountain or someplace willing to part with a cup of water.) The weather was great today--a nice sunny 65 degrees or so, but with one hell of a wind coming off the river. It was in my face on the outbound run and I had to work against it, but coming back, it was a nice tailwind that both cooled me and gave me an appreciated push when I was tiring.
I'm feeling good now, and I think that I probably burned off enough calories this week to justify grabbing a burger and fries at Five Guys in Winchester, VA when I go in tomorrow to get my running foot re-soled. I seem to have worn through the rubberized tread again and it has to be replaced.
But the best part? I got to run around, through and past all these places and things that people come from all over the word to see, and it was all free!