Capitol Christmas Tree Run

Well I spent the last 30 minutes or so drafting a really awesome post about being at peace this Christmas season and taking time to be intentional and thoughtful.  Then I lost it.  Thanks cyber space…Maybe God was telling me something that it was for me and me alone and no sharing on the blog…

So well, it’s getting late so I’ll make this much shorter and instead post some photos from my lunchtime run on the National Mall where I stumbled upon the beautiful Christmas tree outside the Capitol.  A gift from the state of Colorado…filled with handmade ornaments by children. Capitol Tree 2

Capitol Tree 1

I spoke to two ladies while I was out there as well…one told me about when she was in college when President Kennedy was killed and that she waited for hours to pay her respects in the Capitol.  A sombering moment for sure. The other said that Kennedy was the only president whose hand she ever shook (although he was a senator at the time).  I mentioned that I saw President Clinton when I was studying abroad in Prague.  And then the conversation moved in another direction as one of the women told me that she visited Prague when it was still behind the Iron Curtain and what a beautiful city it was!  So although my run didn’t end up being the most amazing workout ever, it was nice to take some time to enjoy a piece of the season and a simple moment with strangers.     Capitol Tree 3 Capitol Tree 5Capitol Tree 4

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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