Springtime Outings


It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged and there is no excuse except for the fact that life has been busy!  But I have maintained my workouts, incorporating more weight lifing into my routine.  I was starting to feel kind of scrawny from all my running (strong in the legs but weak in the upper body) so I am making a concerted effort to hit the weights and to show the muscle heads that I am strong too!

This spring has been exceptional.  Along with summer, it’s my favorite time of the year and I’ve truly been trying to make the most of the beauty that surrounds me. Amazingly the pollen has not bothered me too much this year for a change!  Lunch time runs on the Mall and home from work have been great with beautiful views of the tulips and fountains in the city.

Last weekend my dad and stepmom were visiting for Easter and we took a day-trip 23 miles southwest to Manassas National Battlefield.  Here was where the first battle, the Battle of Bull Run, of the Civil War occurred.  For 3-hours we followed a knowledgable park ranger on a guided tour hiking the path that Union and Confederate soldiers passed on that infamous day (and to top it off the Union soldiers had to trek a near-marathon distance to get there from the nation’s capital).  Through the woods, along Bull Run Creek, and out into the open fields–it was a truly incredible experience that words quite simply cannot do justice.  Anyone with even an ounce of patriotism would feel a deep sense of history visiting this site.   This summer marks the 150th anniversary of the battle and I would encourage all to visit.  I am eager to return again at some point to explore the peacefulness of this setting.  

  

About mileoneandcounting

I'm a young professional living in the Washington, DC area. Since moving here in 2007 I have honed a passion for running and fitness. Growing up I played soccer and softball (and tested track & field for one year). After college I ran a few 5K races, but running was really only a means to staying in shape for me. Never in my wildest imagination had I thought I'd ever run a marathon, let alone three. Nor did I think I'd get the running bug after doing so, but I'll admit I'm hooked! Over the years my blog has grown into so much more than a running blog though. Sometimes I have deep thoughts. Other times I'm simply sharing a training story or a review of a product. Here's the place where you'll learn about me through my many adventures--even I enjoy going back to re-read some posts from time to time. I've also been able to hone my love for health and wellness through my business called IDLife which stands for Individually Designed Life. I'd love to help inspire you to live your best life yet so please don't hesitate to reach out to me and may my words resonate with you. See you on the trails...
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