Run Like the Wind

Out of town guests kept me pretty busy this past weekend: Nance and Len came to visit!

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It’s always fun to show them around my favorite DC hot spots; and this trip they were also able to see me in the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler! More on the race below. First, the visit highlights!

We really nailed the trendy, classic and off-the-beaten path museum trifecta. Starting with the renovated Renwick Gallery! This place continues to get great coverage in the news media. With the “photography encouraged” signs we couldn’t resist a few snapshots of our own.

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We also re-visted the Portrait Gallery in Chinatown. That place is always so delightful. Traveling exhibits never disappoint, and the collections cover a lot of ground – from Guilded Age paintings, to folk art and bedazzled contemporary portraits, it has a bit of everything in a convenient and beautiful center-of-downtown location.

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Our third museum of the weekend was the Postal Museum. The exhibits enlightened us on the latest in postal security, PostSecrets and the Pony Express – all with the “air and space” feel far from the traditionally tourist Mall museums.

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In other notable mentions: the cuisine. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to show them my favorite fast-casual establishments. They were big fans of Cava, Roti and Beefsteak, where Nance even posed for a dinner action shot! Note, we also ate non-fast dining meals through the course of the weekend.

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And in between our fine dining adventures and sightseeing escapades they once again experienced the thrill of race weekend. First up, picking up my bib at the Building Museum. We were able to meet 2014 Boston Marathon winner, Meb Keflezighi! Meb was also running in the race and pacing with the amateur 6 min/mile group to “beat the hour”. Next year.
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Then Sunday was race day. It was so cold. And windy! The thermometer read 35 degrees, but with super-high winds it felt more like in the 20’s! I bundled up in a hat and gloves, two layers of cold-weather tops and my most fierce running pants. The various layers were all good choices – and helped me run the way to a new personal best! Despite the super packed course (16k other runners) and high winds (which caused other issues in the area), I was able to get a new 10 mile best of 1:23:20, which was an 8:20/mile pace. The new pace is a whole 35 seconds faster than last year’s time!

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After the race I met back up with Nance and Len (who spotted me cross the finish line!), grabbed a water and banana, snapped a few commemorative photos and hit the road to Dunkin’ Donuts for much needed hot beverages and recovery fuel. And since I really can’t emphasize enough how gosh-darn cold it was out there, one last mother-daughter photo for good measure:

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Cheers!
– EmPan
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