Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Fall Traditions: Running Races

There is something about the crisp autumn air that makes the idea of a long run with a friend seem almost dreamy. It's the time when running pants, gloves, hats, and jackets are pulled out of the closet from where they were tucked away all summer long. Running through the District in the Fall is beautiful, as the leaves change colors and the air is filled with the fragrance of wood burning in fireplaces.

The Veterans' Day 10k is a race I ran a few years ago with my friend D, and this year Ken decided it was time he try his hand at running a Fall race. It was a gorgeous day near the River and the sun was peaking over the horizon as we left for the venue. After a quick warm up and a last minute sip of water, Ken lined up with his fellow runners (including the Mayor!) and waited for the start of the race. Here are pictures of the venue at sunrise, Ken at the starting line, Ken at the beginning and the end of his run, and a final shot of him gulping down water after finishing 6.3 miles in 52 minutes. I keep telling him he's a natural runner. Maybe now he'll believe me!

Planning our next race together,
-Domestic in the District

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