The waiting for warm days has finally come to an end. It reached 90-degree temperatures this week. So in one week we went from 30’s to 90’s! And the icing on the cake is that Wednesday was the peak day for the cherry blossoms in DC. So much waiting and checking on those buds and they are finally here!
Yesterday was a double-session workout day for me. SealTeam PT in the morning and a long run home in the evening. Both times, of which I got to see the cherry blossoms.
Wednesday’s workout theme was…you guessed it, Blossoms! So our instructor made sure that we got to run by the Tidal Basin where the majority of the trees stand. And we stopped for a number of photos too. Seeing as how I am photo obsessed, this was my kind of workout. I only wished I had my camera with me during the workout, but I did snap some shots post-workout just before 7 am.
We got in a 3.5 mile workout along with a lot of squats. I don’t remember much else because the beautiful trees enchanted me. As we ran along the tree-lined Tidal Basin and Potomac River, I truly felt at peace. There were photographers setting up shop early in search of the perfect photo. As we ran back to our cars the streets were becoming more and more packed with tourists making their way in to enjoy the spectacular scenery.
Then later that day I kept the blossom theme going. My friend Nicole and I ran home and had the chance to snap a few photos along the way. The congestion of people was much more intense from the early morning peace and it was in the 80’s compared to the morning 60-degree temperatures.
I am claiming the run to be this week’s long run since I won’t have time to get it in over the weekend. It was long and hard, my knees were throbbing a bit and I was really dried out due to the heat, allergies and a sore throat coming on. Towards the end of the jaunt, I stopped for a Gatorade which was close to being the best part of my day! Despite my aches and pains, 8.5 miles running home beats public transportation any day. Whew what a day it was–12 miles total and beautiful shots of the trees to document the arrival of spring.
For more photos, check out my 2011 post.