A Run in the City

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.

Comments

  1. 9

    says

    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!

  2. 13

    Shell says

    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.

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