|I don't get the internet obsession with this guy, but I would totally hire him as a porter if it meant doing less laundry.|
The first hurdle I faced was packing. I wanted to have enough clothes to run or do something else active every day if I felt like it, but with everything else I needed to pack, that desire did not mesh well with my determination to bring a single suitcase.
In the end I decided that as a fellow runner / active person, Monica must have some strategy in her life for converting foul clothes to clean ones & I could just do a load sometime mid-week if I needed to.
First, I understand now how it's so easy for Sweaty Emily to sweat once/thrice/twelve times a day. We walked to lunch & back the first day I was here & I had to shower again when we got home. After that first day I understood why Monica told me that it was probably best to just plan on wearing running clothes for general walking around. If you can go outside for any reason in DC in the summer and not sweat, you are probably dead.
On Saturday we ran the Nation Mall together. Monica is recovering from a stress fracture so we're pretty well matched right now.
Four miles is of course another post-marathon personal distance record for me, and since Monica hasn't run in a month and has just been cleared to start again, she was happy to get through it pain-free as well. I didn't pay as much attention to my posterior chain stuff as I have been; to be honest I really just wanted to get in some miles with Monica, and it was hot & humid enough that the run was hard enough as it was. Whatever; I spent 20 minutes abusing my glutes with a Lacrosse ball later that evening so I'm sure it all balanced out.
It isn't my first time in DC so I didn't go too crazy with the monument pictures:
World War II Monument, which is new since I was last here.
Washington Monument is under construction to fix earthquake damage.
Same with MLK Jr.
Definitely the best quotes of anyone.
Since the running the monuments, there've been a few other quality field trips:
Everybody loves Uncle Franklin
Eleanor is my homegirl.
There's also been a solid amount of good eating & drinking, which are two of my favorite things:
Zaytinia for Mediterranean
Mike Isabella's Graffiato for Italian
Lamb shank at La Diplomate (French)
Lobster at La Diplomate
Cocktails at Zaytinia. I recommend the Harissa Fizz! (middle)
"Smokin' in the Boys Room" at The Passenger. Mezcal, bourbon, bitters, honey, lemon, Cocchi Americano, & fresh peaches.
The bartender at Passenger made this one up for me on the fly, so I don't know what it's called. Rye, sweet vermouth, Averna, & Swedish herb bitters.
"Buffalo Soldier" at Graffiato. 2 oz cachaca, 1 oz falernum, 1 oz Cardamaro, 1/2 oz lemon juice (my favorite so far).
My goal this week is to run twelve miles. Monica & I will probably get one more run in before she leaves for Greece on Wednesday, & hopefully I'll be able to wrap up the rest before & after conference sessions.
Hope you're having a good week!! :)