So early this morning, I found myself downtown Washington DC a bit before dawn and decided to get out and get a run in, the first since I damaged my leg a week and some change back.
I do love DC in the early hours. The bums and panhandlers are off sleeping on steam grates somewhere and even the Capitol is silent; the legislators and their staff are mostly still home sleeping and the disturbances in the Force that they normally cause are at a minimum. The city is silent--it's mine for an hour or two. So on rare occasions likethis morning, I like to get out and enjoy it.
I ran a nice circuit of the National Monuments--the Jefferson, the Lincoln and the Washington--and I also took in the World War Two and Vietnam Memorials. I ran the length of the Reflecting Pool with just the ducks for company, and then rounded the Tidal Basin and ran along the Potomac for a spell. Traffic was light on the roads, and all I encountered was just a few other hard-core early morning runners. I say "hard core" because it was lightly raining, and while I had to watch my step because my running foot doesn't get the best traction on wet surfaces (like the Lincoln Memorial steps), it also kept me cool and let me run longer. It was a great run, and I was sorry to reach the end-point in a little under an hour, just as the sun was coming up behind the Capitol dome to the east. If you absolutely have to be in Washington DC, this is the time to do it, IMHO.