You guys – this view was SO worth getting out of bed early to run for.
Every year, I eagerly look forward to the arrival of the cherry blossoms in DC. Spring is such a fun time to be in this city! Everyone is out running, shedding their winter layers, and reveling in the warmer weather, and as if the arrival of beautiful spring running weather wasn’t enough, we also get a week of these gorgeous blossoms.
One of my favorite things to do when the cherry blossoms are out is to do a morning run date with friends to see them. Not only do we get amazing sunrise views, but we also get to see the cherry blossoms without the hordes that show up later in the day and on the weekends. There were more people out this morning than there have been in years past (the row of photographers lined up with huge cameras to get the sunrise shot I included above was kind of comical – see below), but it was still awesome.
I really hope these are still out by next weekend for the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler – we’ll see! They peaked a little earlier than usual this year thanks to the warmer weather.
I was joined on this fun running adventure by friends Kathleen, Sarah, and Chelsea! Quite the crew this morning – made it feel like a very early party. 🙂
We met up at 6:30 in Georgetown since it’s easy to park there in the morning and ran to the tidal basin from there. The Georgetown waterfront was looking lovely as the sun rose!
And how cool is that moon?!
From Georgetown, we ran along the water and over to the tidal basin via our old friend Lincoln.
As you can see, we did a little running and a LOT of photo taking this morning. 😉
Tank is my new fave c/o Brooks: Brooks Ghost Racerback Running Tank
There were a bunch of people doing engagement photos out there, although this little dude was my favorite model. 😉 How CUTE is he?!
5 miles done! Ended up being a solid workout in addition to a fun adventure. 🙂
I was wearing a shiny new pair of Ravenna 7’s on this morning’s run, courtesy of my friends at Brooks! Cute, right?
I’ve been wearing the Ravennas for years and years now and always love them! These are no exception – they felt great right out of the box. These shoes are especially good for long runs since they are more supportive than my other favorite Brooks shoes (the PureConnect 4, which I wear mostly for the track/speed/races). Highly recommend!
Another pair of Brooks shoes I had the chance to try lately was the Neuro – crazy looking, huh? Also, apparently Brooks is all about the teal this year – love it! The Neuro is built for speed – those are propulsion pods on the outsole. They are relatively lightweight, too (not quite as lightweight as the Pure line but lighter than my Ravennas). They also have a cool hammock system in the shoe under the sock liner that eliminates extra volume and improves foot alignment.
You guys know I’m always honest with my reviews so I’ll say that these weren’t my fave – they didn’t fit my foot shape very well and I had problems with one of the tongues sticking into my ankle a bit. But, my foot is not the same as everyone else’s and what doesn’t work for me might work for others so I still wanted to share this cool new product with you guys!
Also worth mentioning: if you are looking for a basic, well fitting shirt, their Steady State LS which I was sent recently to try gets a big thumbs up. Love the airy mesh back and the DriLayer fabric wicking! It comes in a basic short sleeve and sleeveless version, too.
Brooks Running Shoe Giveaway!
And now – for a giveaway! As part of my Brooks Run Happy Blogger Ambassadorship and to help you guys join me in celebrating spring running season, Brooks has offered to send one lucky blog reader the running shoe of their choice. They have a cool new “Shoe Finder” quiz on their site that can help you to find the best shoe for you, so to enter to win the giveaway, try out the Shoe Finder and then follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter widget below! U.S. residents only, please. Good luck and run happy, my friends!
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