13.1 Tough Miles

Good morning, my friends! I hope you all had nice weekends. Matt and I ended up staying in DC over the weekend after all and postponing our NC visit for a couple weeks. We were held up on Friday with work and such and Matt also had a cold, so we didn’t want to go and get our nephew sick!

I was bummed we weren’t going but it was good to be here and get some work done in the end. On Saturday, I spent most of the day doing prep work for the Basic Nutrition course I’m teaching at GW (starting tomorrow!).

On Sunday, I got in a nice long run for LA marathon training with my friend Sarah.


I had around 13 or 14 miles on the docket, and Sarah said she’d be down to do about 8 of them with me, so I figured I would run to/from her to add on the extra distance.

As such, I started solo with a run down to the Lincoln Memorial to meet Sarah.



It was lovely weather here on Sunday – a welcome change from the extremely cold, dreary days last week!



Made it!


Good morning, Mr. Lincoln.


I found Sarah, and the two of us set off together down the reflecting pool, which was partially frozen! (The people out on it were doing some sort of official cleaning.)


We ran all the way down the National Mall to the Capitol, then back the other way.


And over to my favorite, the tidal basin, where we did a big loop.




From there, we ran back over to the mall and then up 21st street until we hit P street, where I said farewell to Sarah and forged on on my own.


I ran west along P street, over the bridge towards Georgetown. By this point, my watch said around 10 miles.


It was hard to end a run by myself – you guys know I’m a really social runner and I get bored/discouraged easily if I’m out there alone, especially if I’m already pretty tired, like I was yesterday.


The pretty views in Georgetown helped…


… but I was already thinking about how my last mile would be the mile long hill of death from Rosslyn back up to Courthouse/Clarendon. UGH! I was considering walking up it, feeling rather defeated and exhausted even thinking about it, when I heard a text message come through on my phone in my water pack. At a light, I stopped to look at it, and saw it was my college friend Tom (remember him?) sharing that he had just Boston Qualified at the Disney Marathon yesterday – his goal! (amazing!!!)

“Wow,” I thought. “If Tom can BQ, I can certainly finish out my run strong…!” So that served as my motivation to finish the damn thing out and not give up. Perfect timing!

I ran over the Key Bridge (look at that ice!)…



And then got ready to conquer the massive hill. I made a deal with myself: run as slow as I wanted, but no walking. I could do this.

And I did. :) 13.1 miles (couldn’t just do 13 even, obviously), done.


Whew! That was a HARD one. I was so spent by the end, but proud I didn’t give up.


  • Mile 1: 8:54
  • Mile 2: 8:34
  • Mile 3: 9:00
  • Mile 4: 8:47
  • Mile 5: 8:53
  • Mile 6: 9:17
  • Mile 7: 9:07
  • Mile 8: 9:15
  • Mile 9: 9:09
  • Mile 10: 9:08
  • Mile 11: 9:00
  • Mile 12: 8:59
  • Mile 13: 9:47 (hill of deathhhhhhhhh)
  • 0.1 nubbin pace: 8:33

Total distance: 13.1 miles. Total time: 1:58:50. Average pace: 9:04.

I think next time, I might be smarter and run far enough before I meet up with my buddy of the day that I don’t have to finish a long run alone… ;)

How was your weekend? Anyone else get in a good run or race? I spent the rest of yesterday doing some errands, and it was so nice out Matt had the fun idea to go to the driving range for a couple hours, too! I’m terrible at golf but it was a blast. :)



  1. 1

    Good job finishing strong — I agree that it’s hard to start a run with someone then finish alone. I ran 14 on Saturday morning. Meh. The weather held off, though, until mile 10. The last four miles it was POURING. Definitely not the way to go, but those last few miles were some of the speediest – I was just so ready to be done.

  2. 3

    GREAT JOB! I ran a really disappointing half marathon in WDW but got it done! Sometimes that’s all that matter!

  3. 4

    Congrats on getting up that hill – it is seriously a beast! I used to live in Rosslyn, and sometimes, I would conveniently end my run at the Starbucks at the bottom of the hill. :)

  4. 6

    Nice work getting the miles in! You seem to be taking the ‘shortened training’ for LA really well! I’m so jealous you get to run around the monuments in DC all the time (I’m pretty sure I write that on all of your running posts!).

    Running last week was good, and Sunday did my first double digit run in 5 weeks, feels good to be back into things more after some downtime.

  5. 7

    I’m so glad we met up! I would never have run an extra 2 miles to make my loop at 10 miler if I wasn’t chatting with you. Next time I’ll meet up with you later in your loop so you don’t have to run too far alone. I’m excited for our next one!

  6. 9

    I have recently learned how lonely I actually was running alone! So I know how tough it can be to finish a long run (and run up that hill of doom. I live at the top of it!) I just joined the DCRR half marathon training program and running my long runs with people makes a HUGE difference. I can’t fathom how I trained for 2 marathons and 6 half marathons by myself. What was I thinking? Running with this training group definitely has me dreaming of running another full marathon this fall! Can’t wait to see how yours goes in LA!

  7. 11

    Finally over my cold, so I’m getting back to the workouts this week! I’m trying Flywheel for the first time tonight.

  8. 12

    Great job Anne! We need to meet up. We run the same LSD training pace!

  9. 14

    pretty sure we did the same loop this weekend! it was such a great day to run Sunday morning so i sucked it up and did some 14 solo miles. The scenery always helps!

  10. 15

    Wow talk about amazing time for that text! Good job…. on your run! I got a 6.2 miler in on Sunday… it was such a nice day for a run.

  11. 16

    You go girl!

  12. 17

    I probably say this every time but your pictures are gorgeous. I’ll have to try running in DC some time. Good job on finishing the run even though it was tough, with a great pace too!

  13. 18

    Congrats on finishing the 13.1! I love all your pics of your runs around DC. It makes me want to fly there just to go running!

  14. 19

    Congratulations on the new teaching gig!

    I actually just moved to NC from Ohio last month (a suburb of Raleigh-Durham)! So far I’m loving it, especially the weather compared to the ‘real’ winter I’m used to from the Midwest. ;)

  15. 21

    Is that top golf?? Also I HATE the Rosslyn hill of death. Sometimes I will make my run one mile longer before I cross the Key Bridge so by the time I’m in Rosslyn I can just cool down and walk, but then I hate how long it takes to walk home. You can’t win where we live!

  16. 24

    Well done missus!

  17. 25

    Running alone is hard! My consistent running buddy is my dog :) He keeps it interesting; lots of stop and go! My husband will sometimes join and time flies when we are running together. What fuel gels, if any, do you take? Good luck with your first day tomorrow!

    • 26

      My fuel varies from gels (I like Hammer Gels in espresso and Clif Shot gel mocha flavor), or gummies (the Clif Shot Bloks in margarita flavor rock) to sometimes granola bars and things. And thanks!

  18. 27

    Woohoo! Good for you! I love finding little motivators along my runs to keep me going. That’s why I enjoy running on the path by our house on Saturday/Sunday mornings. Lots of encouraging smiles!

  19. 28

    You did it and that’s the most rewarding feeling!!

  20. 29

    You’re so lucky to live in such a cool spot! Must be pretty inspiring running by landmarks of such immense national importance :)

  21. 30

    I love when you post pictures of your routes. I lived in DC a few years ago and definitely miss it from time to time. My best friends live there so I try to visit at least once per year. My friend used to own an apartment at 21 and P so I got a smile I my face when you showed that corner.

  22. 31

    Your running has been awesome lately! You are killing it. I am so in love with all your views too. DC is such a great running city.

  23. 32

    congrats on conquering the run and the hill of death! ps. I love Top Golf, it’s the only time I can beat my husband at anything!

  24. 34

    OMG I used to HATE running up that hill when I lived in Courthouse! Let me know if you end up heading down to San Diego at all when you’re here in Cali for the marathon — it’s only a couple hours from LA!

    PS. Just read about the class you’re teaching at GW- how exciting!

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