My run commute was awesome this morning! I overslept a bit because I set my alarm like I normally do for my long run on Sunday – except today isn’t Sunday. Duh. I left the house at around 6:40 and got to Arlington Cemetery by 7. I stretched out and took off towards the Lincoln Memorial. I tried to get a picture but the sunlight was so bright that it didn’t quite work out.
I ran across the bridge into DC and of course got confused about which way to go to get around the traffic circle in front of the Lincoln Memorial. I picked left, but I should have picked right. There was no cross walk but thankfully traffic wasn’t too bad. I zipped over onto the National Mall, ran past the Vietnam Memorial and made my way up to the Washington Monument where I stopped for my first quick picture break.
I headed over onto Madison and ran up towards the Capitol. I finally had a little shade and just got into an awesome groove. I stopped at about 3rd Street, took some pictures of the Capitol and back across the Mall:
And then turned and ran up Pennsylvania Avenue. At about 7th Street I realized I was running on a diagonal so I wasn’t going to be at 5 miles if I turned onto 14th Street to go to my office so I ran over to the White House to wave a the Obama family and take some more pictures:
I finished up by running over to Farragut West, looping around the park and then heading to my office. It ended up being about 5.15 miles and I know I negative split the crap out of it because I felt amazing at the end and my pace was quicker – but of course I forgot to turn autolap back on my Garmin after Monday’s track workout so I have one gigantic lap with no mile splits until I log into Garmin Connect tonight. Oh well. I finished in just about an hour.
Everything went really well and easily. It was a great start to the day. I’m extremely happy with the new shoes and really glad I just walked on Wednesday because my legs feel really fresh.
I’m also at the point where five miles is starting to feel really easy. I never thought I’d say that but I felt amazing the whole time today (well after I got out of direct sunlight/heat). I’m also at a point where it feels so weird to NOT be running on the weekend. It’s only 3 weeks into training for VA beach and I’m so used to it.
I hope everyone has a great weekend! I’ll be eating my face off and celebrating BF’s birthday. What are your weekend plans?