Matt’s New PDR: 12 Miles!

On Sunday morning, Matt set a new personal distance record for running: 12 miles!!


I’m so proud of him!

As you guys know, we’re currently training for the Pittsburgh Half Marathon in 2 weeks, which will be Matt’s first half marathon (and his little brother Drew’s first half, too)! My brother is going to join in on the adventure with us, too, as are a big group of our friends. It should be quite the party! This 12 miler was the longest run that we’ll do for training and Matt knocked it out with no problem.


We decided to do one of my standard favorite big downtown loops with all the touristy awesomeness. First step: run over Key Bridge and down to the Georgetown waterfront!



Loving all the tulips that are out now. So beautiful!




It was really windy out on Sunday morning – we had a pretty strong headwind for the first half of the run!


We stopped for a few quick photos at Lincoln.


I always love the view from this spot:


From there, we headed all the way down the mall. I think most people were off doing Easter things, because we had it mostly to ourselves!


The Washington Monument’s big fences have come down, but there are still some small ones. Hoping those are removed soon too so we can finally run right up to it again!



Matt had never run the loop around the Capitol, so we added that in just for fun.


I busted out a mocha Clif shot gel around this point and ate it slowly over about a mile.


For your viewing pleasure, here is an awkward sweaty/squinty in the sun photo:


From the Capitol, we headed back down the mall from where we came and jetted off to the 14th street bridge, which dumped us out onto the Mt. Vernon Trail in Virginia.


I love how GREEN it’s looking out there now!

We stopped to smell the roses daffodils up by Iwo Jima…



And then finished strong for our last mile uphill. 12 miles – done!


  • Mile 1: 8:50
  • Mile 2: 8:57
  • Mile 3: 9:08
  • Mile 4: 9:47
  • Mile 5: 9:23
  • Mile 6: 9:25
  • Mile 7: 9:30
  • Mile 8: 9:14
  • Mile 9: 9:15
  • Mile 10: 8:59
  • Mile 11: 8:55
  • Mile 12: 9:05 (great uphill pace!)


Matt says he’s feeling ready to rock in a couple weeks! Should be a fun race. :)

Did you get in a long run or race over the weekend? How’d it go?

Any of you run Boston?!


  1. 1

    Not related to this post (and totally random), but I was curious about the sizing of the Asics LA Marathon tees. I am running NYC this fall and the training tees are super cute and the same style as the LAM ones. I don’t know how to size, though! Sometimes I can be a small, or in Brooks clothes, I am a medium(because they are so short!). How did you think the fit was?

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      I found that the Asics marathon stuff ran large – I believe I got an XS in the race shirt/training tee vs. a small, which I would normally get.

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        Thank you! That is super helpful. I told myself that whatever size you ordered, I will order one size up because that’s about right. It actually seems, then, that their size charts are accurate! I feel like Brooks sizing can be all over the place.

        Congrats to Matt on his PDR, and I know you will have a great time at the half.

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    I have an internship in DC this summer, and seeing all the scenes of the city is making me so excited! I’m going to be training for a half while I am there, and can’t wait to run around the city! (Although I’m sure the heat will be killer…)

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    This is such a beautiful time of year to train! Love that you’ll do the half together. My husband said he’ll run one with me someday… we’ll see if it happens. He’s much happier running if he’s chasing a ball. :)

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    Congrats to Matt for his PDR! Looks like he’s ready for the half :)

    Spring is so pretty in DC. I was there a week ago, and the tulips were barely out

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    Aw what a fun long run! Good for Matt!!! You guys are going to do so good on this half Marathon! :)

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    Beautiful spring photos!! Congrats to Matt on the PDR! Sounds like you guys are going to rock that half marathon. Races are always more fun with friends. :)

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    I ran Boston :) it was an incredible experience! Definitely a challenge, but I’m so glad I did it.

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    My long run is going to be this weekend…12 miles! :) Love your run photos!

  9. 14

    Hi there! Unrelated to the post, but I am coming to DC this weekend with a group and was curious if you would recommend any places to do a quick photoshoot. Somewhere green or with a pretty background, preferably!

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    That’s awesome you guys are doing it together, I told my husband last week he has to do a half with me in the next year, so fingers crossed. Also I’m from Pittsburgh and have never run that race (I live in Philly now and we have the huge Broad Street Run that weekend too)…. so I can’t wait for your recap, hopefully there aren’t too many hills. Good luck!

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    Way to go Matt!! :D

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    Amazing!!! He’s obviously a natural born runner! How far away is his race now?

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    You’re going to love the Pittsburgh Half! I may be a little biased since I’m from Pittsburgh, but going over the bridges and through the neighborhoods is so much fun and the crowd support is fantastic. I’m definitely doing it again someday and making my Cleveland born husband do it as well!

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    Roadrunner says:

    Congratulations to Matt (and his coach)! Well done!

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    Congratulations Matt! Anne, as I’m moving back to Northern Virginia in June, I love seeing and reading about your running routes. Familiar with the area, it makes me yearn to move back even sooner. :) I, like Matt, am training for my first (and only) 1/2 marathon – the See Jane Run in Alameda – and am always amazed at how strong I feel after the long runs. Way to go on the splits! I’m literally running the race with my best friend a few days before I bid farewell to San Francisco and her. However, she is running the Marine Corp Marathon and I love showing her your routes so that I can give her a healthy running tour of DC! :) Check out my post on running/training if you’d like (it has a healthy protein bar recipe from David Lebovitz) that you may enjoy. The nutritional breakdown is perfect! Smiles!

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    Mercedes says:

    The Pittsburgh Marathon is a great race, but i’m biased. I grew up there. I’ve done both the half and the full. Prepare yourself for the hills! I recommend carbo loading at Girasole . Great gnocchi. Fatheads is really great too for a post race indulgence. You will run past it during the race on East Carson Street in the south side. I’m not doing it this year because i’m getting over an injury. Good luck! If you have time check out the nationality rooms at the cathedral of learning on Pitt’s campus.

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