Yesterday was a rare opportunity to celebrate several of my favorite activities exclusive of the ocean… music, running, and beer.
And, it was a fantastic sunny and 75′ March day in Washington, DC!
And, I had a relatively great run (the 1/2, not the full), considering I trained for 2 days- which consisted of abstaining from exercise so I wouldn’t be sore and chowing down on carbs the entire day before the race.
If you ever get the opportunity to run the streets of DC, through Adams Morgan, around Dupont Circle, up Capitol Street along the Mall, under the shadow of the Washington Monument- you should seize that chance. And if you can arrange it on a day when the sky is a blinding blue, then it just might change your life.
I found it a little disconcerting to run past the bands set up along the way. I’m the girl who runs toward the stage, not away from it. The music was definitely a fun element- live cover bands played AC/DC, Train, and Taylor Swift. There were also marching bands, a capella quartets, dancing drum groups, cheerleaders, and- in honor of St. Patrick’s Day- plenty of bagpipes and Irish folk music. The last band I remember seeing, around mile 11.5, really gave me the kick I needed. Music works wonders for cramping calves.
Having been to several poorly organized races in the past (DC Hot Chocolate 15k anyone?), I thought this race was excellent- plenty of parking, drink stations, snacks and swag. Michelob Ultra was distributed in the Beer Garden after the race, and throngs of green-cloaked St. Patty’s revelers were ready to begin binging the day away by 10 am. Love my Irish heritage.
Overall a great St. Patrick’s day was had, especially in the company of my runner-girls.
Viva la leprechaun!