Tag: Washington DC

White House Garden Tours

White House Garden Tours

Every spring and fall the White House opens its gates for the public to come and tour the grounds. This means you can see the Rose Garden for yourself, check out Michelle Obama’s famous vegetable garden (Friend of the Blog Olivia was reposted by MO herself […]

Washington D.C. Monuments at Night

Washington D.C. Monuments at Night

Visiting DC? Long time resident? There are things in the city you just can’t miss while you’re in town. We’re here to share what we know with you! Hopefully it will help make your experience in our wonderful city is the best it could be! Have a […]

DC Area Run: GW Parkway Classic Edition

DC Area Run: GW Parkway Classic Edition

Hey current or future runner! Have you ever heard of the George Washington Parkway Classic? If not…I’m here to tell you that you need to run this race sometime in your life. 

The Distance

First of all, it has two distances. You can choose to do the 5k or you can go big and do the full 10 miler. There’s no shame in whichever distance you full comfortable with. There are runners of all levels who run the 10 miler. Some people will even walk it.

The Course

If you know nothing about DC or Northern Virginia, you don’t know about the GW Parkway. It’s one of the main veins into the city and it is gorgeous. Two lanes into the city separated from two lanes out of the city by nicely groomed medians. It “starts” at Mt. Vernon aka George Washington’s home. This is the same place the 10 miler starts. It ends in Old Town Alexandria and you spend the majority of the course running along the Potomac River. At 8AM everyone lines up and starts their journey into the city. The course is fairly flat with the exception of a hill that feels much steeper than it actually is. This is only because it’s at mile 9 (how rude). There are bathrooms all along the course and water stops with water and Gatorade, as would be expected.

The Energy

This is what sold the race for me. I don’t take a lot of joy in running 10 miles but there is something so intoxicating about being around a bunch of other runners all working toward the same goal. People are incredibly supportive of complete strangers. Even though there are parts of the course that aren’t full of many spectators, I didn’t even notice a change in the energy. Everyone is just genuinely excited to be out there together.

The Weather

There are few times in DC when the weather is usually perfect. But the end of April is usually when that happens. The weather was a bit cold at first, but as you warm up, it seriously could not be better. I wore a Nike pullover with full length leggings and a short sleeve shirt. I was a bit warm towards the end but wasn’t willing to rip off my pullover.

Before you know it, you’ll be rounding the final corner into Old Town Alexandria and you’ll be done! It was an amazing feeling and I canNOT wait for this years race. Registration is open now, so get in before it sells out!

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Neighborhood Guide: Georgetown

Neighborhood Guide: Georgetown

History Georgetown is one of the historic neighborhoods in DC and has something for everyone. There is so much history in this neighborhood–there are whole books written about it. The neighborhood, situated along the Potomac River, was founded in 1751. Until 1871, it remained a separate municipality […]

Neighborhood Guide: Eastern Market

Neighborhood Guide: Eastern Market

The Washington, DC metro area (or the DMV) is full of fun, independently unique neighborhoods. For our first Neighborhood Guide, we’d like to start in Capitol Hill. Because the ‘Capitol Hill’ neighborhood is so large, we’re going to break it down for you piece by piece- […]