A Run in the City

25 Apr

Sometimes running on different ground with new sights is all one needs to rev up a workout.

While visiting family in DC, I’ve been hitting the city pavement, and it’s been awesome. I don’t even know how far I’ve ran because even though I’ve been running seriously now for four months, I still haven’t bought a tracking watch or device. I haven’t been worried too much about that, though, because I always tend to run longer on new or more exciting trails.

The scenery on my city runs has been breathtaking and unique. So while I ran, I snapped a few photos to capture Old Town Alexandria from the eyes of a runner.

As I ran along the water, I watched planes land at Reagan International Airport. I loved how the sun shining through the clouds silhouetted the planes.

Sights of Old Town Alexandria as seen on a morning run. @zealousmom.com #running

Gas lamps line many of the streets in Old Town Alexandria. The lights add to the beautifully historic feel of the city.

Sights of Old Town Alexandria as seen on a morning run. @zealousmom.com #running

Cherry blossoms are in full bloom, and the entire city of DC is spotted with the happy, pink buds.

Sights of Old Town Alexandria as seen on a morning run. @zealousmom.com #running

Steeples poke up all throughout Old Town. Historic crosses and weathervanes decorate the blue sky.

Sights of Old Town Alexandria as seen on a morning run. @zealousmom.com #running

I love how architects and builders have preserved the look and feel of the city as it once was. Pieces of years past peak out along walls and in alleys.

Sights of Old Town Alexandria as seen on a morning run. @zealousmom.com #running

My feet are so accustomed to pavement or a treadmill, it felt wonderful to run on different surfaces. As I crisscrossed up and down streets, my feet pounded brick and cobblestone.

Sights of Old Town Alexandria as seen on a morning run. @zealousmom.com #running

This little tavern caught my eye. There’s a sign on the door that says George Washington was served here. I was exercising, however, so I didn’t’ stop for a cold beer.

Sights of Old Town Alexandria as seen on a morning run. @zealousmom.com #running

I’ve had such a good time running this week that I’ve decided it’s something I want to do more often. When I travel somewhere, I want to learn the streets on a run. Even though tennis shoes make a suitcase heavier, it sure is worth it if along with exercise, I learn a little about the culture and feel of a city.

18 Responses to “A Run in the City”

  1. Carly B April 26, 2014 at 8:40 am #

    Amazing pictures! The old lamps get me everytime. I can’t help but to snap a shot when I have my camera with me.

  2. Lindsey @ Redhead Baby Mama April 26, 2014 at 8:47 am #

    I love the exterior of the grain office. It’s so well preserved.

  3. Felicia April 26, 2014 at 10:11 am #

    This is beautiful! I bet a change of scenery is very welcomed!

  4. Terin Garrett April 26, 2014 at 10:15 am #

    We were just in DC last weekend. I love it there! :)

  5. kim April 26, 2014 at 12:20 pm #

    Is that a Cherry Blossom Tree ? Those pink flowers are so pretty. I love old towns!

  6. sweetsavant April 26, 2014 at 3:27 pm #

    What a beautiful city. I could run through those Cherry Blossom trees all day. I love the look of the old fashioned gas lamps, too. So romantic.

  7. mickey coutts (@ahelicoptermom) April 26, 2014 at 11:05 pm #

    So pretty! It reminds me of how gorgeous my walk to work always was in Charleston, SC. :)

  8. Robin (Masshole Mommy) April 27, 2014 at 8:00 am #

    I spent a lot of time in DC growing up, but I haven’t been back in years. This makes me want to go back!

  9. gaynycdad April 27, 2014 at 11:03 am #

    I agree. In a similar vein, working out at a different gym, or changing my routine is necessary to keep me form getting bored during my exercise time!

  10. Debra Fazio-Rutt April 27, 2014 at 12:24 pm #

    I always love exploring new places. Those cherry blossom trees are super pretty, they must be spectacular in person.

  11. Debbie L. April 27, 2014 at 3:17 pm #

    Looks like a great place to run…the blossoms are beautiful!

  12. Marvelous Mommy April 27, 2014 at 4:46 pm #

    Beautiful pictures! I have a 5K coming up soon that I need to get prepared for! Getting outside around new places is always more fun than the treadmill!

  13. Shell April 27, 2014 at 7:46 pm #

    I can keep going longer if I have something interesting to look at. I just downloaded the Runkeeper app for my son so he can keep track of his distance.

  14. Dawn Lopez April 27, 2014 at 9:31 pm #

    Wow, what a beautiful run. Looks like such a wonderful place to soak in ;) Thanks for sharing some running motivation.. I could use it ;)

  15. Amanda H. April 28, 2014 at 12:17 am #

    I have always wanted to see the cherry blossoms in DC up close. You got some gorgeous views on your run!

  16. Virginia Higgins April 28, 2014 at 9:16 am #

    The cherry blossoms are beautiful. What a great way to stick to your fitness goals, and all it takes is some tennies and motivation. Good job!

  17. Aimee April 28, 2014 at 12:07 pm #

    Such a beautiful city! I would love to visit DC soon!

  18. Ashley M April 28, 2014 at 2:35 pm #

    I love those old gas lamps – so timeless :)

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