Last week one of my on-line running friends was in town for a conference. Her hotel was conveniently located near the Mount Vernon Trail, and she didn’t mind getting up early to run, so I ditched my regularly scheduled training runs to play running tour guide in Washington D.C.
Running Tour Guide Run #1
For our first run, we started at her hotel in Crystal City and picked up the Mount Vernon Trail at National Airport. We ran north, and then crossed the Fourteenth Street Bridge.
Our first stop was at the Jefferson Memorial.
Her boss joined us — how cool to have a boss who runs!
We also visited George Mason.
Did you know he refused to sign the Constitution
because it didn’t include a Bill of Rights?
Running Tour Guide Run #2
For our second run, I picked her up at her hotel and drove to Iwo Jima (officially the named the Marine Corps War Memorial) so we could see some other monuments.
Our first stop was at the Lincoln Memorial.
Lincoln has the best view in town!
From Lincoln, we ran over to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and then ran back along the Reflecting Pool to the World War II Memorial. From there, we headed over to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.
As my friend said, you can’t help but be hopeful in his presence.
We made a final stop at the Korean War Memorial, and then headed back over Memorial Bridge, through Arlington National Cemetery, and back to Iwo Jima.
I’m so glad our schedules worked out for these “tour guide” runs. If you ever come to D.C., let me know–I’d be happy to take you around the monuments too!
NYC Half Training Plan Update
As far as my NYC Half training plan goes,
I went to OTF Monday,
did strength workouts Friday and Sunday,
and did a 10 mile long run Sunday.
I also made it to indoor cycling on Thursday.
I’m starting to psych myself to do
hill repeats this week so I’ll be ready
for the north end of Central Park.
What sights would you show me in your home town?