While last weekend was terrific because of all the things I accomplished inside the house, this weekend was wonderful because I reached a big personal goal… I ran a half-marathon down in Washington D.C. It was SO fun! Plus, the family did some fun (educational) sight-seeing.
I ran the Rock-n-Roll 1/2 marathon. It was jam packed with people and music and had bands and cheering people all along the course including an awesome drum-band.
The start of the race was right near the Washington Monument:
I was so impressed by the guy below who was juggling balls as he ran the marathon. I asked if I could take (and post) his picture — and he said sure. Juggling and running — now that’s amazing. I wonder if his neck was sore the next day from looking up and concentrating while running.
The picture above right is the Capitol Building. We ran towards that for a long time before turning off and heading to the finish. I felt really terrific, though found it challenging because I had to weave back and forth through so many people, but I had a blast and was left wanting to do another one. And the best thing? My legs were just fine today (it’s Sunday night as I write this).
I’m still smiling — it feels so good to accomplish something that has nothing to do with the kids. Oh and a friend of mine asked how I managed this… When we moved here a couple of years ago, we bought a treadmill. With Hubby’s long hours, I knew I wouldn’t be able to get outside to train. I squeezed in runs whenever I could during the day (I can’t (won’t?!) run in the morning which would be the ideal. Sigh…)… Sometimes I had to be satisfied with running for just twenty or thirty minutes twice in a day rather than doing it all in one stretch. All but two of my runs were inside on the tread-mill, but I guess it was enough.
I’ll share more about the educational side of DC tomorrow!