Monthly Archives: June 2014

Wrapping up June

Start time: 6/30/2014, 5:38am
Location: National Mall
Distance: 7.25 miles
Average pace: 9:41 min/mile
Total Miles For June: 81 miles
Total Miles For 2014: 385 miles
Current Shoes: 183 miles

One final run for June, and I squeaked in the extra mile. Definitely was feeling tired before even starting this morning, so it was a nice mini-victory to push through.

Small Group

Start time: 6/28/2014, 7:15am
Location: National Mall, Capital Crescent Trail
Distance: 8.05 miles
Average pace: 10:15 min/mile
Total Miles For June: 74 miles
Total Miles For 2014: 378 miles
Current Shoes: 176 miles

Ran with John and Stephanie this morning, although for the first half it was just me and John. There were some accidents that snarled up traffic and Stephanie was trapped on the far side of the slow down, so she ended up letting us know to start without her, and then she headed out after us and caught us as we were coming on our way back. She ended up with 6.5 miles under her belt so it wasn’t too much of a loss, and it was nice to have her with us for the second portion.

Chewing the Air

Start time: 6/25/2014, 5:37am
Location: National Mall
Distance: 6.05 miles
Average pace: 10:24 min/mile
Total Miles For June: 66 miles
Total Miles For 2014: 370 miles
Current Shoes: 168 miles

Ran my first two miles by myself on Wednesday and was doing ok, but then the humidity leapt into my lungs and it was all over. Honestly, just finishing the run was a real accomplishment. If there was any doubt on how much I was dragging on Wednesday versus Monday, let’s put it this way; I ran one less mile but came in one minute per mile slower.

This one goes to 7

Start time: 6/23/2014, 5:37am
Location: National Mall
Distance: 7.09 miles
Average pace: 9:24 min/mile
Total Miles For June: 60 miles
Total Miles For 2014: 364 miles
Current Shoes: 162 miles

Been thinking about pushing up the Mon/Wed mileage just a tad, from 6 to 7 miles. (Or at least for non-spinning class days, but we’ll see.) Bit the bullet and did it this morning; of course, it was also a day where it was just me and Steve, and we were pushing each other a bit early on before dialing it back a bit. Good run.

Metropolitan Branch Trail: The Return

Start time: 6/21/2014, 7:15am
Location: Metropolitan Branch Trail
Distance: 8 miles
Average pace: 10:33min/mile
Total Miles For June: 53 miles
Total Miles For 2014: 357 miles
Current Shoes: 155 miles

It’s been ages since I ran on the Metropolitan Branch Trail — I think about a year or so — but I tackled it today with the help of my neighbor Justin. It was a nice run and good company, and hopefully next week he’ll meet the rest of the group (everyone of whom was unavailable for various reasons today). As an added bonus, we beat the rain this morning by about 10 minutes. Woohoo!

Humidity Has Returned

Start time: 6/16/2014, 5:37am
Location: National Mall
Distance: 6.16 miles
Average pace: 9:54min/mile
Total Miles For June: 45 miles
Total Miles For 2014: 349 miles
Current Shoes: 147 miles

This morning the radio said that, “Humidity will return later today.” Um, guess what? It was already back.

Obstacle Course

Start time: 6/14/2014, 7:00am
Location: National Mall, Mt. Vernon Trail, Georgetown
Distance: 8.39 miles
Average pace: 10:43min/mile
Total Miles For June: 39 miles
Total Miles For 2014: 343 miles
Current Shoes: 141 miles

Between multiple road closures in getting to the Mall, followed by encountering three different races (Lawyers Have Heart, a Dragonboat race, and a race to raise money to fight pancreatic cancer) it really kept Ben, Stephanie, and me on our toes as we had to repeatedly start, stop, and double-back in today’s run.

Rain Rain Go Away

Start time: 6/11/2014, 5:37am
Location: National Mall
Distance: 5 miles
Average pace: 9:57min/mile
Total Miles For June: 31 miles
Total Miles For 2014: 335 miles
Current Shoes: 133 miles

The plan was to run the normal 6 miles today, but it started raining about 2/3rds of the way through, coupled with flashes of lightning, so we decided discretion was the better part of valor and turned around a little early.


Start time: 6/9/2014, 5:50am
Location: National Mall, Capitol Hill
Distance: 6.12 miles
Average pace: 9:20min/mile
Total Miles For June: 26 miles
Total Miles For 2014: 330 miles
Current Shoes: 128 miles

Steve was out of town and Ben hadn’t gotten any sleep, so it was a run with just me and Ira Glass buzzing in my ears. Hoofed it up and down Capitol Hill for part of the route, which clearly I need to start tackling a little more often.

Lost in Southeast DC

Start time: 6/7/2014, 7:00am
Location: Capitol Hill, East Capitol Street, Anacostia Riverwalk Trail, Navy Yard, Waterfront
Distance: 8 miles
Average pace: 10:22min/mile
Total Miles For June: 20 miles
Total Miles For 2014: 324 miles
Current Shoes: 122 miles

Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time: try out a new 8-mile loop where we ran down East Capitol Street all the way to RFK Stadium, then run back up the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail to Navy Yard and the Waterfront. Except we took a wrong turn on the Riverwalk Trail and were suddenly ejected out into Barney Circle. Oops. We found our way (eventually) back to the trail and it all worked out in the end. Next time I’ll try and memorize the route a bit better, though!