The Mall was packed! There were so many tourists everywhere. One thing that amazed me more than anything was what many of these groups chose for their outfits. It was humid and hot out and I saw dark outfits, long sleeves, corduroy, stockings, jackets, jeans, suits. These people must have been dying. I saw one of the groups again the next day with the same multi layered outfits. It is only getting hotter folks!
We ran by the White House, many of the monuments, through the streets back to Em's apartment. We "just" ran 5 miles but it felt much longer to me. When I ran at home Tuesday morning at 5ish it was 38 degrees. To say I am not acclimated is putting it mildly! After we changed we headed out to eat. I suspect between walking home from Metro, run and walking to and from dinner I put on a lot of miles on Wednesday!
Whew! I thought it was hot! Here I am glistening, Emily looks cool as a cucumber.
Thursday I took my time getting going (this is vacation) and then met Em for lunch. I got to go to the office where she works and meet some of her coworkers. Then we hit up Sweet Green always a good place for a great salad. It did not disappoint. I then headed off and did a lot of walking and visited The American Art Museum and National Portrait Museum. I enjoyed it especially the Impressionists. Then I walked and walked and walked and finally found the Metro and headed home. I changed into my running clothes and headed back out to meet Emily at Independence Avenue and 14th? Can't remember but I met her. We then headed to Hains Point where I ran and she biked. Perfect workout for both of us. She did 5 loops plus a little to my two. I had run here during the MCM Marathon a few years back but barely remembered it as I was pretty tired by that point. It had a ton of cyclists, not many runners. The loop we were doing was slightly more than 3 miles. It is a peninsula of land and you are running along the water. It was quite windy when we rounded the corner to go back but it felt good. When we finished I headed home via Metro and Emily rode her bike. Then out for another great meal.
Emily very kindly walking her bike to stay with me on the way to Hains Point.
Hains Point - another view
Today - Friday - I headed to the Mall to do the Runner's World rave run! I started out by going to the Jefferson Memorial, my favorite part. Then I visited FDR, another favorite. I followed the water watching carefully as the signs that say - careful low hanging branches - are not kidding. Last fall I bonked myself good! I got over to the WWII Memorial and spent some time there before I headed to the Korean War Memorial, Lincoln Monument, Vietnam Memorial and over to the Washington Monument. Then I headed along the Mall toward the Capitol before I headed back to catch the Metro. I was in heaven in spite of the very hot temperatures! It was magnificent! Then I caught the Metro, hurrying so I could get home, shower and get back to the same area to meet Emily. Well, I was just congratulating myself on how well I was doing with the Metro when I heard next stop Chinatown. Wait, I have never heard that and that is not on my way! I quickly got off to find I was going in the complete wrong direction. So up to the next level, down the escalator to the platform on the other side. Oh well, a mistake that was easy to fix!
Jefferson Memorial - I personally think it is the most beautiful one.
Washington Monument from Jefferson Memorial
Franklin D. Roosevelt - very impressive memorial
WWII another impressive one
Korean War Memorial
The White House
From Lincoln Memorial
From the Washington Monument looking toward the Lincoln Memorial
This afternoon after another lunch at Sweet Greens with Em - I had a Capitol Tour It was just Emily, myself and Ben, the tour guide from her office! He was a great guide with lots of fun facts. I love stuff like this and had a great time. Em had to go back to work so I went to The Natural History Museum for a quick tour. Back to the Capitol to meet Emily and at this point I was fading big time. I went to Happy Hour with Em and her coworkers and I must say a beer revived me! I should be getting to sleep to be ready for our race tomorrow.
At the Capitol standing in the center of the city, supposed to be good luck
The Museum of Natural History