I had big plans to go visit my parental units in Harrisburg this weekend and then this guy got sick.
He said “pweaase don’t leave me!” so we canceled our plans.’Twas a bummer since we were looking forward to Chef Bob’s cooking and finally getting my Keurig to DC. But these things happen for a reason so we carried on at home and gave Gatsby lots of extra snuggles. Fortunately he is on the mend but he is too embarrassed for me to share what the issue was.
Despite the last minute change of plans it was a pretty nice weekend. I did a killer Crossfit inspired workout on Saturday that left my back and shoulders feeling the burn. I forgot how difficult endurance weights can be!
This morning I woke up dreading my long run. But with half-marathons looming in the near future backing out was not an option. I had pretty tired legs from yesterday so I bargained with myself and ran 6 rather than 8.
I ran from Virginia over the Key Bridge and then along the National Mall to take in all the Inauguration prep before the fun starts tomorrow. It was a beautiful day for a run and once I crossed the bridge I started having a great time taking it all in. I took some great pictures to share!
Tourists by the reflecting pool.
The Washington Monument is still fenced off from the earthquake, but it appears that they barricaded another portion of it and fenced in all the geese so they have a safe place from the crowds.
I can’t even begin to tell you the amount of porta-potties that line the streets. It is quite a sight.
On the mall facing the Capitol.
The CNN tent!
Running up to the Capitol where past and future presidents have been/will be sworn into office was one of those moments where I thought “Holy Moly! I get to be a part of this because I live here! This is so cool!” It was more profound than that in my head, but nevertheless it was quite breathtaking to see in person.
A quiet Pennsylvania Avenue. The presidential motorcade will bring President Obama from the White House to the Capitol along this road tomorrow.
I finished the run in 1:03, or a 10:37 pace, which is great! I think the excitement of being out there on the mall really helped me run faster!
While most people have the day off tomorrow I have to work. It’s really no big deal except for the whole getting there thing. I’m nervous to say the least. I’ve heard rumors that the trains will be full before they even get to my station so I am braving the road closures and setting out via car. Pray for me.
Question: Will you be watching the Inauguration?