WORKOUT – Ran
part trails, part roads
My last run in DC before heading home: hilly and slow even though I felt like I was hauling.
I’m not sure if I came across as disappointed in my performance on Saturday, but I’m not. My goal wasn’t to PR, I had hoped to run about a 3:20. I knew by starting fast I was setting myself up for a tougher finish and I did that willingly. Pacing is a mental discipline and I was ok with it and what I was doing.
I definitely struggled in the last hour of the race, but that’s what makes marathons so dang addictive – not enjoying the first 2o but suffering the last 10k.
After the race R and I did some stretching, I ate a free granola bar and then took off in search of food.
We took the Metro to a farmer’s market area, walked around for awhile and finally ended up at Banana Café on 8th Street because Matchbox Pizza was too long of a wait and it was already 2:30pm. By that time we were both getting mean angry hungry meaning you wouldn’t want to run into us in a dark alley.
It was really crowded and the service was a little off (J was nearly finished with his meal when we got ours and his margarita was served after his meal) but the grilled chicken salad was pretty good – simple but hit the spot.
A little interesting tidbit of information that you didn’t want to know: I knew it was warm out and I was dehydrated when I realized I peed at 7:30am before the race and didn’t go again until 3pm despite pounding bottles of water after the race and taking 2-3 cups of water/Gatorade at each aid station.
Is it bad when your urine looks like a GU gel?
After lunch we took the Metro back home where we started celebrating properly… with green champagne.
Happy St. Patty’s indeed. Running a marathon on a holiday, like Super Bowl Sunday which is practically a holiday, is a fantastic idea.
R had to do some massive work and studying; I told her to quit making me look bad and while she was it, quit her MBA program but she doesn’t listen to me. probably for the best. maybe.
So J and I drove into DC and went to a couple Smithsonians. First we went to the Air and Space museum.
I enjoyed the air part with airplanes and the history of Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earheart much more than space part.
The Wright Brothers 1903 plane. And I complain about Southwest being a crappy airlines.
Then we walked over to the Museum of American History which was awesome; I really enjoyed it and learned tons of educational stuff:
Not sure what Dumbo had to do with anything, but I loved the First Ladies exhibit which displayed inaugural dresses, presidential china and other small First Lady things.
First Lady Obama’s Jason Wu dress, Mrs. Bush’s red dress and Hillary Clinton’s inaugural blue dress.
This was an exhibit on the Vietnam War and how it was a televised war. For the first time, Americans watched a war in almost real time.
Other huge, life-like exhibits about the history of transportation and the different modes of it.
There was so much to check out and the Star Spangled Banner exhibit was pretty amazing. Photography wasn’t allowed in the exhibit to preserve the 200 year old flag, but this is the entrance to it:
And a picture from the website:
After about an hour and a half, we left with our museum fill for the day and walked to the White House since I hadn’t seen it.
Leaving the museum, another sunny afternoon, feeling all smart and educated and like I actually belonged in DC instead of inside a gossip magazine.
It was pretty cool to see the White House and I was surprised at how close we were to it. For some reason, I thought it would be more blockaded from the public. I mean, no one was going up ringing the doorbell, but every mansion in Santa Barbara has higher privacy fences than this. But it was sweet to get to see it.
Last night after dinner we drove to the Lincoln Memorial which was amazing lit up at night. What isn’t amazing? My camera. It sucks so these pictures are sucktastic too.
We also walked over to the Vietnam Memorial which was moving and incredible to see how many names are on the wall (over 58,000).
Now we’re going to try to fit in a little more site seeing before I hit the airport and head home to Cali. Can’t wait to get home.