18 February 2012

How to celebrate Presidents' Day weekend: Day 1

After contemplating for two weeks where I should go for Presidents' Day weekend (or Washington's Birthday weekend as the Federal Government apparently calls it) I ended up going nowhere.

After seeing this tweet 

I realized I was in the best city for celebrating this holiday and I should take advantage of it. Today the weather is beautiful, high of 55, sunny, not a cloud in the sky (calm before the storm I hear). So I decided to go visit all my favorite Presidents.

Starting out from my apartment I ran about a mile before waving hello to Obama, I continued on another mile to salute Lincoln, Jefferson just got a wave from afar, but I went up to and around Washington's twice, for good measure I went down to the Capitol, and then back to the Whitehouse in case Obama didn't see me the first time around.

I went 7 miles! That is two miles more than I've ever run. I thought it was going to be a 6 mile run, but when I wasn't going to make it back to my apartment in 6 I decided to keep going because I felt good. I credit, runner's world training calculator for telling me I should run at a 11:30 pace (oops missed it by a minute), jog.fm for suggesting songs perfect for a 11ish pace, the sightseeing along the way (both the statues and the people), and the beautiful weather.

In case you didn't believe me
The weathermen are calling for nasty tomorrow, so I might try to take in a museum or two.


  1. Sounds like a perfect day to me! I opted to stay in town this weekend too and relax...it's the perfect way to use a long weekend!

  2. Sounds like a good run. Are there any monuments to presidents you didn't want to commemorate?

    1. There are no presidents that I purposefully left out. After Mo Rocca's piece this morning I feel like I should try to seek out some lesser known monuments.


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