Sunday, February 26, 2012

I Went For a Run!

So, no travel this week, but it was still exciting since I ran my first 10K (6.2 miles)! My friend, Kelly, and I have been training for this for a few months and yesterday was the day that we tackled the Cowtown 10K!

My goal was to finish in 1 hour and 15 minutes. My secondary goal, which I really never thought would be possible on my first attempt, was to run the entire way. Well, we did BOTH! We finished in an hour and 12 minutes (11:30 mile) and we only took a quick hydration break (20ish seconds) at mile 4. Kelly was a great running partner - we kept each other motivated and at a good pace. Thanks Kelly! Thanks ALSO to Jason for coming out and supporting us at 7am (and being a great photographer).

This is us right about to finish!

So, I have asthma pretty bad. This made the first few months of training TORTURE. Once I pushed past it (when I started running around 4 miles), it actually became fun. I would definitely encourage everyone who can run to do it! It's amazing!

It's honestly a GREAT feeling to be so proud of something that I've worked so hard for. I'm not stopping here either! I'm looking forward to running many more 10Ks; the ultimate goal is a HALF-MARATHON! I'm thinking the Bryan-College Station race in December sounds like a perfect fit. I even think Kelly and her husband will be running it too!

Back to traveling in 2 weeks! We're thinking Key West, but who knows where we'll end up! Thanks for reading!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Washington D.C.

Our trip to Washington D.C. was in a word - exhausting! We did SO much in our 2 days there. I feel like we need to take another trip back to explore the city since we really only had time to do the touristy things. Jason and I were talking and I think we literally walked between 20-25 miles in two days.

We got in late on Thursday night after grabbing the Amtrak to get to Union Station in D.C. Taxis - The only annoying thing about our time there. First, they only take cash - fair warning! Second, everything is negotiable. They didn't have a meter and would just pull a number out of thin air. We used the fine art of haggling in these situations.

First thing Friday morning, we walked over to the Capitol area and made our way to the Library of Congress. This might be the most beautiful building we went to in D.C.

Next, we went to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum where we got to see the original Wright Brother's plane (with new canvas). This was Jason's favorite place we went, especially since he works for Southwest. They had everything from rockets to astronaut gear, airplanes to balloons.

This was the day that we walked to ALL of the monuments/memorials along the National Mall - Vietnam Veterans, Lincoln, Washington, World War II, Korean War, MLK, and Jefferson. This was my favorite part of our trip! We walked until pretty late on Friday, which might have been a bad idea. Our feet were SO SORE! The monuments at night were amazing though, so it was definitely worth it! We grabbed a quick dinner at Z's Burger where we had some great hot dogs and shakes - simple and delicious!

The reflection pool was drained for renovations

The Jefferson Monument at night

We woke up pretty early on Saturday morning because we had reservations to tour the Capitol. We got to walk around the old House of Representatives and Senate halls, so this was really cool! I don't know NEARLY enough about American history, but it was really interesting being in the place that so many important things were decided.

After that, we headed to the National Archives, International Spy museum, another Smithsonian - the Natural History museum, and the White House. We even got to see Obama's motorcade pulling into the White House :) One great thing about D.C. is that so much is free; all of the Smithsonians and all government buildings. We finished the day in the Penn Quarter area where we grabbed some sushi and champagne at a place called SEI. It was a great end to our time in D.C.

As you can see in this picture, we were SO bundled up. It was in the 20s with 30 mph winds. Our next vacation will be to a beach for SURE. One amazing benefit that I forgot to mention is that Southwest owns Airtran now. We can also fly standby on Airtran and go anywhere they fly. This includes the Dominican Republic, Aruba, Puerto Rico, Jamaica and more.

As a side note, we ran into our first standby travel problem. We got stuck in Houston for around 4 hours since one of the flights back to Dallas got cancelled. We were in the top 10 on a list of over 80 standby people...unbelievable! I feel really bad for those people further down the list. I'm not sure if they even got out of Houston that night.

Our next travel is in a month since I will be running my 10k during Jason's next available travel weekend. Not sure where we're going - any suggestions are welcome. Look for a few more posts between now and then. Thanks for reading!