Turn right again
And right one more time to see the front of the White House.
Oh and get scolded for running on the street instead of the sidewalks. “I’m going” I say and wave with a smile
I have been looking forward to this long run since I saw the Rave Run in Runners World. The 5 mile loop around the Mall with the monuments and the museums in Washington DC was going to be awesome and it was.
I got lucky when my hotel reservation in Alexandria, VA didn’t go through and I had to do some last minute planning to get a hotel for work and then change hotels for my mini-vacation. I decided to stay in downtown DC and the rate I ended up getting was $116 a night at a Hilton. Doesn’t that sound unheard of? I was 2.5 miles away from the mall which would equate to a 10-11 mile long run.
Around mile 5 I was out of water and after talking to a policeman, I found a street vendor selling water. The vendor had the cart for 15 years in that location and worked Monday through Friday for the offices in the area and didn’t like dealing much with tourists. She thought I worked in one of the offices and was out for my morning run. I ran for a couple minutes with a guy that lived in Fairfax County (everyone seems to live in Fairfax), left the house at 4:30am, got to the office, went for a run, and then started work. Traffic can be horrific unless you start early.
Speaking of sweaty while playing tourist yesterday I got caught in a heavy rainstorm. Again I was completely drenched. My shoes, jeans, hair....everything was wet. This morning my shoes, which are retired running shoes, were still wet so I took a hair dryer to them. Bad, bad idea. The heat brought out the sweat smell and now I can smell myself, smell my feet wherever I go. In the elevator, as I sit in the lobby and type this post and just walking. Its horrible and I'm terribly embarrassed that people will think I'm unclean and smell. Have you ever had smelly, running feet?