I ran my required 11.5 miles on Saturday, so I should almost be ready for the Zooma Half Marathon in less than 2 weeks. Eeek! It’s my third half, but I feel oddly unprepared. I’m confident I can run the distance, but I also have a feeling that Annapolis is not nowhere near as flat as VA Beach was and it might kick my ass. So I don’t plan on any PR’s and I have a feeling my time will be much worse than my previous two half marathons…
Kimberly is in DC, and we’re trying to get a couple of runs in so I can show my local trails to her! If the time allows, she’s meeting me in DC tonight and we’re running back to Pentagon City.
My computer was on the fritz, and I just got a new hard drive from Dell last week, so I can finally post the pictures of my run home a couple of weeks ago! I should have taken more pictures though, as there’s basically nothing from my first mile…
Anyway, I start my run downtown, right by the building I work in, and usually just run towards the Mall. Once I reach the Mall, I take the shaded trail along the road, and turn right in front of the Lincoln Memorial. This is the “dodging tourists” part of my run. They cross the path from all directions, with cameras, in groups, and not once look up to make sure there’s no one coming their way.
From there, I take the Memorial Bridge, and hop onto Mt Vernon Trail, then take the trail following Washington Blvd (that I didn’t even know existed until a few weeks ago!)
I don’t think the Pentagon is an attractive looking building, but it’s always a sense of relief in seeing it — it means I’m almost at the end of my run! Less than a mile to go!
Another great sense of relief? When I see Karl waiting for me, and I know that it’s officially over, and I don’t have to tackle the mile uphill leading towards our place. One day I’ll get the courage to try that again, and remind him not to pick me up. Right now, save for that one time I told him to meet me at home, this is still one of the favorite sights of my run:
Lets hope the rain spares DC today (at least until after 6:30pm), so I can run home! I got all my gear, and I’m excited to run with company again!