A Running Tour of DC

Good morning, my friends!

I had a great run last night with my college friend Tom. He was in town for a quick work trip and is also training for a marathon, so we decided a run would be a way better (and cheaper/healthier) way to catch up than dinner/drinks! (If you’re new to the blog, I’m running the Richmond Marathon in November as my first full! Here’s my marathon training plan & some talk about running nutrition.)


Matt was hoping to join us for the run but sadly got stuck at work, so we were on our own. We set off around 6 p.m. and I took us on one of my favorite routes in the area, showcasing D.C.’s finest for my guest. :)


It was a perfect night for running! Sunny but low humidity. Running felt a million times easier than it did on Monday morning at the beach!


I love this shot I snagged as we ran by the Lincoln memorial. I took all these photos while we were actively running (using my trusty point and shoot camera) and totally didn’t plan to have the sun setting so beautiful to the side of the photo like that! ;)



Here’s an action shot of Tom as we ran past Lincoln & the reflecting pool:


Tom has been a runner most of his life (he’s crazy fast and was a cross country star in high school), but broke his ankle after college and then stopped running for years just because he got out of the habit. He just recently (last year) started running again after a runner friend convinced him to get back on the wagon. He’s since lost 30 pounds and is aiming to BQ (Boston Qualify) at his marathon in January! Obviously, he dialed the pace wayyyy back to run with me. ;)


We ran back along the Mt. Vernon Trail on the water and then our last mile was the lovely hill of death up from Rosslyn to Courthouse on the Custis Trail. He said he doesn’t get much hill training in Portland (Maine) where he and his wife live… I told him we had plenty to go around. :)


7.25 miles – done and done! Average pace of 8:45, too, which was great considering that factors in the big hill at the end.


  • Mile 1: 8:37
  • Mile 2: 8:46
  • Mile 3: 8:30
  • Mile 4: 8:39
  • Mile 5: 8:48
  • Mile 6: 8:44
  • Mile 7: 9:21 (great pace for the hill of death!)
  • 0.25 nubbin: 8:19 pace – sprinting up the very end of the hill!

Thanks for the great run, Tom! Good luck with that BQ in January. :)

When I came home, I found Matt just about to head out for his own run. When he was back, we threw together a late dinner.


Matt made us a variation of my Corn Flake Encrusted Chicken Fingers, using  similar seasonings but with a mixture of bread crumbs & ground chia seed (it’s a flour-like consistency!) instead of crushed corn flakes since that’s what we had on hand. They were great with ketchup for me and hot sauce for him! On the side, we had some leftover roasted potatoes and sautéed zucchini. Tasty dinner.


Time to get to work – I have a few in-person AnneTheRD clients today which will be nice to mix things up since the rest of the client meetings I had this week were via the phone or Skype. I meet local clients at a coffee shop in the area since I don’t have an office yet. It works out nicely on days like today when the weather is beautiful since we can move our meeting outside!

Have a wonderful day, my friends! I’ll leave you with some fun reading:


  1. 1

    As always, I’m super jealous of your views!

  2. 2

    Sunny and low humidity is always my favorite running weather! I live in Florida but when I visited California this summer it seemed as if I could run for DAYS. 1 humid mile = 3 non-humid miles haha

  3. 4

    What a great way to catch up and see the city! I’d choose this over drinks any day :)

  4. 5

    Running is such a great way to tour the city!

  5. 6

    I love taking out of towners on running tours of DC =), it’s such a fun way to see all the sights!

  6. 7

    More beautiful pictures! I love the idea of catching up over a run or some other fitness activity. I usually find it’s tough to squeeze in time with friends during the week after work and a good workout. The idea of combining the two is great.

  7. 8

    You have such amazing views on your run, so jealous! I have houses and sometimes the Charles River if decide too! What a great run!!! :) 8 and change minute miles for 7 miles go you! :)

  8. 9

    I’m always so jealous of the scenic runs you take. With a little research, I too was able to find some scenic runs and it makes a huge difference motivation wise. It is definitely worth the effort to search. I just wish there were better websites that one could search for reliable information.

  9. 10

    Love running dates as an alternate to dinner/drinks! But sometimes I like to do both – a run that ends with food and drinks. :)

  10. 12

    I love that Tom got back into running after being away from it for so long. 30 pounds is awesome progress and I hope he qualifies!

    Ps. That run is beautiful! I put myself in your shoes every time you post photos from that route!

  11. 13

    Great run! I’m trying to figure out your route since I usually stay on the same side of the river and start at Goergetown to run DC or somewhere along the parkway to run in Va. ;-)

    • 14

      We just ran through Rosslyn/Iwo Jima, past Arlington Cemetery entrance and onto Memorial Bridge, then down past Lincoln/reflecting pool to the Washington Monument, then back the same way, back over Memorial Bridge, down around to the left and onto the Mt. Vernon Trail, along the water past Roosevelt Island etc., up to Rosslyn, then up on the Custis Trail towards Courthouse/Clarendon. Hope that helps!

  12. 15

    Hey Anne! I live in Arlington and usually run the Mt Vernon trail and could not agree more about that first mile on the Custis trail. That is killer! I do actually really enjoy the Custis Trail (and some parts of the Four Mile Trail right after Custis links up with it) for all those hills, I tell myself it’s making me stronger!

  13. 17

    I have yet to visit DC so thanks for sharing those pictures! Looks like you had a beautiful run!!! Off to check out your post on Gina’s site!

  14. 18

    Cool reunion! Hi Tom :)

  15. 19

    Questions: Why do you always say “done and done” when you get to the end of a run in the recap? What are the two things you are done with?

    • 20

      It’s just a slang phrase I use a lot… it just means “complete” or “finished!” It’s not meant literally like I’m done with two things. :)

  16. 21

    Is college friend Tom single? ;) Haha

  17. 23

    It looks like such beautiful weather! Well done on another great training run :)

  18. 24
    Roadrunner says:

    Great training run, Anne. Very well done! Establishing a goal for the full yet?

  19. 26

    I love the idea of catching up with a friend over a run. So much better than happy hour! You are really keeping great paces these days!

  20. 27

    This week has been amazing for running! We need to schedule our next early a.m. run date ;)

  21. 29

    I would never have thought to put chia seeds in a crust for fish…sounds like a fabulous idea! I will def have to try this out over the weekend :)

  22. 30

    Gorgeous running shots! Makes me want to take a point and shoot vs just my iphone for pictures. I love chicken fingers and usually use oatmeal vs corn flakes but never thought about adding the chia seeds. I’ve been on a mission to incorporate chia seeds into everything!
    Just read your blog tips links as well. Thanks! Very helpful.

  23. 31

    What a beautiful run! I don’t know how you take such nice pictures while you’re actually moving. I can barely get a good shot when I’m standing still! LOL

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    Paula Argento says:

    Beautiful DC run! Used to run from the Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial and back most mornings before work – so inspiring and peaceful!

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