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.
Gas lamps line many of the streets in Old Town Alexandria. The lights add to the beautifully historic feel of the city.
Cherry blossoms are in full bloom, and the entire city of DC is spotted with the happy, pink buds.
Steeples poke up all throughout Old Town. Historic crosses and weathervanes decorate the blue sky.
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.
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.
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.
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.