Although there are things I don’t like about this area (too much traffic and expensive houses to name just a couple), there are a lot of things I like about living where we do. One of those is that a decision to head into the city requires little more than grabbing my bag and a stroller and heading out the door.
Saturday was a beautiful day and we’ve all been going a little stir crazy with the boys being out of school. On a whim, we decided to go into the city and grab lunch and check out the train display at Union Station. We walked to the metro and hopped a train. Cool thing #1 – our metro cards from the day have Barack Obama on them in honor of the upcoming inauguration. I made sure we had a few extra cents on them so that the boys can have them as souvenirs.
It was lunch time when we got downtown, so we headed to one of our favorite restaurants – Capital City Brewing. They have good food and excellent beers. As per usual, they did not disappoint. Cool thing #2 – when you bought a beer, you could get a glass commemorating the inauguration. Obviously, we had to get a couple.
After enjoying our lunch, we took the boys to the train display, which was small, but entertained them for a bit. In order to avoid transferring trains on the way home, we walked past the Capitol building. As we were walking, Beer Geek asked me if I’d run on that particular road for the marathon. I honestly didn’t know. I remember seeing the Washington Monument (or the big pencil as my boys call it), but that’s about all I remember from miles 16-18 LOL. We snapped a few pics of the boys with the Capitol in the background and made a quick detour into the new visitor center to use the bathrooms (Gorgeous building, BTW. Hopefully soon we can do a tour).
A quick ride on the metro, a short walk, and we were back home.
Yesterday was a rest day, but I think I walked about 2 miles, plus I carried Shoo up and down a few sets of stairs. I also did a short upper body work out.
Today, I had an eight mile run on my schedule (the one I’m making up as I go along ’cause I haven’t gotten around to choosing one). I decided to try to run by feel, rather than using Garmin’s pacing. I wanted to see if I could run a decent run without being dead at the end. I wore Garmin just to track mile splits and distance, but tried not to pay much attention to it. At mile 6, I picked up the pace and ended up doing negative splits. Overall time – 1:18:00, with mile 7 being 9:16 and mile 8 being 9:02. Woot! My legs were still sore from the hill work and lower body strength training from Friday, so I was quite pleased. I did abs today, so I’m still on track for some new socks. ;o)
9 thoughts on “Enjoying the Nation’s Capital”
sounds like a great day out! Awesome run too! 🙂
I’ve never even been to D.C once in my life and all you have to do is walk…
I didn’t know you lived in DC. I have been reconsidering running it instead of LR because I’ve read its flat and fast. Any advice on the marathon?
Sounds like a nice day! Are you guys gonna brave the forecasted congestion for inauguration? I hear it’s gonna be the biggest crowd expected (ever!) for it. Of course, the metro will be a nightmare, but if you can walk, it might be worth it.
You had the right idea! We’ve got to get to DC BEFORE the inauguration so hopefully we can score some of the memorobilia without the crowds. You’re lucky you can walk to the metro!
YAY!! What a great day! The kiddies are super dupa cute!! Love love love it! ;D
I love that city. Sounds like a good day.
Love the pic of the kids in front of the capitol. I really want to visit D.C. someday. Great run!
That IS awesome about where you live. I wish we were a Metro ride away from Philly. I feel like my kids are missing out on the city living we can’t replicate out in the sticks.