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.