Run by DC monuments in the day, see DC monuments at night

It is hot and humid in Washington, DC. Considering that the temperature in Phoenix is hovering around 100+, I’ll take the weather in DC.

Early this morning, I headed out for my long Saturday morning run. We are staying at the Hyatt in Arlington, Virginia and I am not familiar with the roads. I looked up a map and had a general idea of the landmarks and monuments.

I started my run on the North side of Arlington cemetery at 7AM. There was a run group starting out at exactly the same time. I was running just in front of them as I ran right by the Iwo Jima Memorial, down the hill by the cemetery and back up the hill on to Memorial bridge to cross over from Virginia to DC behind the Lincoln Memorial. Just before the Memorial bridge, a couple of runners from the group caught up to me. I tried asking them a couple of questions about running routes and their group but there were stand-offish. “East Coast” I thought to myself as I ran a few feet behind them.

As I crossed the Lincoln Memorial, my pace was averaging around 8:20 per mile. It was a warm 72 degrees and humid outside but I was running comfortably. The reflecting pool was to my right as I ran east towards the Washington Monument. There were tons of people already out and about. Most were in small groups of 2 to 5 people and were of all ethnicities and races. Dozens of runners and bicyclists were also out and about. I felt good!

I ran on around the Washington Monument and back west to towards the Lincoln Memorial. I stopped a couple of times to take pictures. I had run about 5 miles when I reached the Lincoln Memorial and decided to go south on the banks of the Potomac river. I had seen a map and had a general ideal about this route but wasn’t totally sure. I ended up near the Jefferson Memorial as I turned back North towards the Washington Monument again; and onwards back to the Lincoln Memorial.

When I crossed the Memorial bridge back towards the Arlington cemetery, I had only run about 8 miles. I still had 4 miles to go and I was starting to overheat. I ate my Gatorade endurance gel bars as I ran back and forth on the perimeter of Arlington cemetary before heading back the hotel.

Overall, I ran 12 miles at an 8:28 pace. It felt good to run in he nation’s capital by some of the historical monuments. I am envious of the folks who live here; for running here is simply superb. There seems to be a pretty active outdoor community, although the folks I ran into to today were somewhat rude. Maybe it was me…

After a short nap in the afternoon, we met up with old friends from Cleveland, Kruri and Shruti. We had a few cocktails at Naman’s house, and then went out to Zaytinya, a superb Mediterranean restaurant in DC. We had a grand time talking of old times, new times and everything in between. We noticed that there were a bunch of Indians in the restaurant. Today is India’s independence day. 68 years ago today on August 15, 1947, Indian gained independence from the Great Britain!

At midnight, Kruti took us out for a night tour of the monuments. We went to the Lincoln Memorial, FDR Memorial and saw the Jefferson and MLK Memorials from the reflecting ponds. If you are ever in DC, I would recommend a night tour. It is quiet, serene and even somewhat spiritual. Coming from me, that’s a pretty big deal!!

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