I work in DC but I live about 25 miles out (up the Baltimore-Washington Parkway). For those who have driven through or live in the area, you know that the parkway is pretty but can be painful. Crawling along at 5mph, just wanting to get to work on time, or get home at a reasonable time. I live in one of the worst traffic areas in the US (major ugh and sometimes tears).
Every month or so, I drive back into town after an exhausting week of commutes to run with the City Fit Girls Run Club. But why do I drive about 1.5 hours round trip for about a 45 minute group run?
I drive in, I work, I drive home. Rinse and repeat. Even when I'm stuck in traffic, I can't focus on the scenery. So being able to take a Saturday morning to see the monuments, the cherry blossoms (when in season), or just the beauty of the streets is a treat.
Ok, admittedly I could get 3-4 miles in anywhere. But I like my built in recovery breaks aka stoplights and the slight elevation around the monuments.
I'm not really a group runner. Well, maybe I'm a little bit of one. I like chatting with other run club girls. I learn something or they learn something. I'm definitely the much older sister of the group but I'm totally cool with it. No one is judgey. Plus, I don't let the little fact that I'm in the last year of my 30s wreck a little fun. Plus, I do love jump shots (and really, is there a better reason to have fun and run?).
Girl, join me!! We meet at Independence & 12th at the Smithsonian metro station. Check out the deets here.
I firmly believe that fitness and well being is a journey. I love strength training and running. I tend to eat clean, and I'm currently practicing flexible dieting (IIFYM)!