Monday, July 04, 2005

Back in D.C.

I ran 7 miles yesterday at dusk (more mosquito bites despite spraying on DEET). Ran fairly slowly, and I had energy to spare at the end. So I ran up the gazillion steps of the Washington Masonic National Memorial, jogged down, then ran up again, repeating twice more, snorting like a horse on its last legs.

Whew. I thought my heart was going to jump out of my chest. The tourists taking in the sights from the top of memorial looked at me as if I was insane.

'Morning, Sunshine!: This morning was supposed to be my 10-mile long run. I woke up at 6:20 a.m., plenty of time to brush my teeth, wash my face and have some yogurt and coffee before heading out at 7 to run along the Potomac.

I sat up in bed, yawning. Gosh, I was tired; I didn’t sleep until 1 a.m. the night before. I lay back in my soft, welcoming bed, thinking, “I’ll rest just for a sec.”

I woke up again at 10:20. $*%@!! I’m such a slacker. Too late for a run, and I barely made it on time to meet my friend, S., for lunch and a matinee showing of "Me, You and Everyone We Know." Which is a great little movie, fyi. Very quirky and true.

When I got home in the late afternoon, I had the bright idea to clean the house - not an easy task, as we have 3-story place. (E.'s driving back from California, and will be home by Wednesday. And the house was a mess.) I finished at dark. Whaddya know, too late to run. I did do a few sprints up and down a nearby hill, though.

It’s mind-boggling what I'll do to get out of my long run. It'd be easier if I had a regular running partner. But if no run today, then tomorrow, after work. I have to put in the mileage.

Happy Birthday, America: By the way, I avoided the Mall for tonight’s Independence Day fireworks. Too much of a hassle. As a D.C. resident, you’re obliged to go once or twice to the Mall to see the fireworks. Then you avoid the tourist-heavy crowds and 15-mile radius traffic gridlock like the plague.


  1. How's that humidity down there?? Those steps would be a workout...maybe you just really needed that rest:)

  2. The Masonic steps ... aka the "temple of doom..." (No wait. That was a Harrison Ford movie.)

    Running those steps in this heat, DEET, or no DEET, is well, the tourists said it first, insane. And I mean that in the nicest possible way!

    You are a running machine! If I were wearing one, I'd doff my hat to you.

  3. Step workouts have got to tough ones. I know Dawn and Karen do them alot. I've wanted to get to a stadium somewhere and give them a try. Just don't want to fall and go rolling all the way down.

    So was there no 10 miler at all then? Maybe subconsiously you needed a rest after that step workout.