I happen to be in Washington, DC for this Independence Day weekend, and how better to celebrate than an early morning run.
Of course, you are reading this on July 4th, the traditional Independence Day, but I went for my run on July 2nd, which, as everyone ought to know, is the real Independence Day.
I’m not much for scenery while running. My gaze usually centers on the ground about 15 feet in front of me, but it’s always great to discover a new place while running. This is a step-down week for me, so I didn’t have to worry about creating a long, complicated route.
I headed out from my hotel at 6:30 am, before the heat and humidity took over, and slowly warmed up down 14th Street, past the Department of Commerce. Traffic is thick in DC, so you’ll spend a lot of time waiting at traffic lights.
Before long I reached the National Mall, which is the kind of mall you hang out in. Come to think of it, that’s not much different from the other kind of mall. It’s pretty good for running, too, and even the Wikipedia page has the distances for you.
I turned east to see the sun over the Capitol. The path is pea gravel, and wide enough to accommodate many more runners than I encountered at this early hour. There are some undulations, so you need to avoid too much sightseeing or you’ll end up with a scraped knee.
Turning around at the front of the Capitol, you head for the Washington Monument, and a couple of miles later, you’re at the Lincoln Memorial. That’s a lot to see in a mere three-mile run.
It was so pleasant I wanted to keep going, but my schedule wouldn’t permit. Let’s see if I can top the feeling by going for a little run through Boston on Patriots’ Day.