a favorite run – Washington DC

by Monica on April 14, 2009

courtesy of Alexander Anderson photography

courtesy of Alexander Anderson photography

Spring in Washington DC is magical.  Cherry blossoms, magnolias, and rows  of tulips sit at attention among beautifully manicured lawns.  I spent a fabulous weekend there for Easter with family and friends (visited the must see Newseum and spent my injured early mornings hours engrossed in The Help by Kathryn Stockett-a great read).  And although I was unable to run this time, I have fond memories of the trek we made last year to run the National Marathon.  A few days before the race I ventured out from my hotel room alone in the early am to try and find a few miles to get the blood moving.  We were staying at the Westin Grand on M street and the hotel provided a running map card sponsored by Runners World (some Westin locations actually provide a running concierge who takes you on the run! -see RunWESTIN for locations).

I stayed true to the map as it took me down M street to the waterfront near Georgetown and found myself on the path along the Potomac river.  I stayed on the path past the Kennedy Center until I could see the Smithsonian mall ahead.  Surprisingly,  I was almost alone as I began my loop around the mall.  It was almost spiritual being among these great monuments with only a few people in shouting distance.  I have been there so many times with thousands of other tourists.

It was the perfect pre-marathon moment and one that stays with me.   I re-ran a shorter version of the route the next day and had a great marathon a few days later, but that was the run I remember most. (@5 miles round trip)

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Jean April 21, 2009 at 1:25 pm

I love the picture.

Jamie April 23, 2009 at 11:07 am

The Newseum is worth the admission price, we saw sections of the Berlin Wall and Michael Isikoff’s notebook with the beginning of his big story: the words Monica Lewinsky and intern. Our 13 year old did not want to leave: high praise.
Alex Anderson’s photo is lovely, a classic.

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