“It’s Tricky.” Run DMC seemed fitting for my theme this weekend. I travel for work a lot, I travel for volunteer work, and in between work and pleasure, I like to run. So how do I fit in a good run? It can be challenging and it can be tricky. Sometimes I run in the morning, sometimes mid-day, and other times in the evening. I have to be flexible to get in my workout and this past weekend was no different.
I was in Washington, D.C. for a conference representing the Young Survival Coalition as a YSC RISE Advocate. Stay tuned for my next blog post which will discuss the details of the conference. However, from the beginning, I knew I was going to get in a run- no matter what.
I would have loved to have gotten up early on Saturday and gone for a run but with the time difference, I knew I needed my sleep. Maybe in the evening, maybe tomorrow I thought. I knew I only wanted to get in 3 miles or 30 minutes, that was the goal which seemed doable.
After I spent a full day of meetings, I saw my opportunity. I had this perfect window – after meetings, before dinner. I checked in at the hotel to see if there was a safe path. I would love to run the DC mall but my hotel really wasn’t that close. To be honest, it looked a little far for the time I had but decided to just get out there and see what happens.
Turns out there was an amazing path! From the hotel it was about a mile and it took me past Reagan National, across the Potomac to the Washington Memorial…from there the White House was in my sites. Even though I was at 4.5 miles away from my hotel it was a great, fast run. Perfect weather for running – 60 degrees and overcast. It felt good, so my 3 mile run quickly turned into a 9 mile run. I took a few snapshots of the history and the beauty of my run along the way.
One of my favorite things about traveling is the things I get to see when I lace up my running shoes and just go for a run. The fresh air, the scenery can be a great break from the busy work. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to go out again. Although I did put in 6 miles on Tuesday walking around Capitol Hill – meetings at the House, meetings at the Senate. If only it would have been appropriate to wear my running shoes.