Destination Run: Georgetown & Potomac!

Thank you all so very much for the love you showed me in regards to the letter to my mother. In deciding to spend the anniversary differently this year, I actually had a very healthy day for my body AND mind. So much so, that I have started a new June 8th tradition–“Run Fast for Your Mother!”

That song by Florence + The Machine, Dog Days are Over, is on my iPod. I loooooveย  it. I especially love the hook:

The dog days are over
The dog days are done
The horses are coming
So you better run

Run fast for your mother, run fast for your father
Run for your children, for your sisters and brothers
Leave all your love and your longing behind
You can’t carry it with you if you want to survive

I always scream it out as I run–for some reason with my headphones on I think no one else can hear either–and it came to me on Friday morning: “I’m going to go run fast {eh, kinda} for MY mother. I’m going to leave my love for her out there on that pavement. I can’t keep it bottled in, sitting on the couch, in a corner, crying this year. I won’t survive if I leave these heavy feelings/stress in me and carry it around any more. My Dog Days, and this sluggishness every June 8th, are OVER.”

And, I’ve just always wanted to run here:

Just gorgeous, isn’t it? The waterfront along the Potomac in Georgetown in Washington, DC, is amazingly beautiful. Like, hurts my eyes because of the gorgeousness of nature that I just can’t believe I’m seeing, beautiful. I had been to this waterfront many times when I lived in DC for 3 years. But back in 2002-2005, I was no runner!! While I’d sit at an outdoor restaurant along the boardwalk, stuffing my face with fried food getting ready to puff on my cigarette after I ate, I’d watch others run. “Psshh. Look at those runners. Who do they think they are? I bet they wish they were sitting here eating and drinking and enjoying themselves like I am right now. Sucks to be them.”

That’s what I said in front of my friends. But secretly, I felt like it sucked to be me. I wanted to be healthy. I wanted to run. I just didn’t think I could do it. So why even try?

But I always held on to that hope that one day, if I ever was healthy enough, ready enough to do it, I’d run the hell out of that boardwalk. Just. Like. Them.

And this past Friday, for me and for my Mother, I did.

I made a little “destination run” out of it. Often when I’m sitting at my house in North Carolina, I think about magically transporting myself to Georgetown to do this run. So being that I was right there in the area for the week, I had to do it and Friday was the perfect day for it.

My sister lives right outside of DC in Maryland. I thought about driving into DC so I wouldn’t have to be all stinky on the metro after my run, but then again, I figured I’d smell better than some of the people on the metro. I donned my running gear complete with SPI belt, a handheld bottle of water, headphones, sunglasses and a Redskins t-shirt–no way I was going to look like a tourist!

I rode the metro from the Largo Town Center stop all the way to the Foggy Bottom stop.

I guess it took about 45 minutes but saved me the headache of dealing with traffic, gas and parking. I actually love riding the metro. Mainly because I enjoy people staring watching so much!

Waiting for my train….
I spotted a hair scrunchie!

After the metro riding fun, I hoofed it from the Foggy Bottom Station towards Georgetown. There is no metro stop in G-town, so I made the little 15 minute walk in the direction of where I wanted to run. I don’t really have that awesome of direction sense so thankfully from living in DC and visiting this area years ago, it started to come back to me.

I didn’t have an exact mileage in mind, but just wanted to run, be free, run for Mommy and take it all in. I ended up running 4 miles, crossed in Virginia and back, saw the Watergate, tried to keep pace with some chick I deemed fast and I did {I’m shocked}, cried a bit {I’m not}, and finally became one of those runners that people were watching as they sat at restaurants eating and smoking.

Some of the beauty I saw:

The girl on the right is the one I kept trying to pace with–I even beat her a few times!
A view from my turnaround point. So pretty!
So peaceful to sit here and take it all in after the run.
It was HOT after the run. I had to take off the Nike Pegs and soak my toes in the cool water!

And one of my favorite shots of all, the shoes the helped me get through the run took a little break, too.

Almost like they’re floating! {And that’s the Kennedy Center in the background.}

After this run, I was feeling AWESOME.

So peaceful, so proud of myself for FINALLY doing this run, so strong–physically and mentally. Cried again of course, because through the breeze, I could feel my Mommy hugging me. She knew.

And I wasn’t done–I marched right up to M Street {where all of the shops are} and stopped in the second Lululemon in DC. Yes, as gross as I was, I went in to check out the merch. Honey badger don’t care. I couldn’t be that close to another Lulu and not go inside!

M Street in Georgetown–love the pink shorts, preppy guy.
Georgetown Lululemon!

Even though I totally REEKED, the Educators were so friendly! A very nice Asian girl {forgot her name, oops!} in particular was awesome considering how I looked and smelled like Pigpen from the Peanut Gang. NOT the way the normal Georgetown clientele is!!

After this pit stop,ย  I could think of nothing else but Sticky Fingers Vegan Cupcakes. Nope, I’m not vegan. But yes, oh yes, do I love those cupcakes. The only problem was that they were in Columbia Heights and I was still waaaaaaay down in G-town. I couldn’t remember how to get back to the Foggy Bottom metro with ease, so I knew what I had to do.

Actually, what I wanted to do and felt strong enough to do. My Dog Days were over, right? This was a day of getting out there and doing what I thought I’d never be able to do, right? If I wanted those cupcakes that bad, I was going to work to get them.

These didn’t last long. Actually this is a pic of the first batch I got days earlier. LOVE me some Sticky Fingers Cupcakes!

My sister still doesn’t believe that I did it, but I power walked from G-town to Columbia Heights to get those sweet treats. Heck, I’m still amazed. It was only 3.3 miles, less than the run I had just completed, but for some reason looking at it on a map or just knowing the area, it seemed crazy. I passed several metro stops along the way, and many, many buses, but kept on going. Cherie Runs {and Walks} This!!!

The destination run was amazing. The tribute to my Mother was fabulous. It was just a really, beautiful day. New traditions can be much better than old ones. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Have you ever gone on a destination run? Have you ever run along the Potomac? How do you honor your loved ones who have since passed?

Comments 13

  • I love, love, love this post! I live in the DC/Arlington area and often take this gorgeous run for granted. Thanks so much for sharing this beautiful post/pictures!

  • love, love, love this post. I live in the DC area and often take this run for granted. thanks for sharing your wonderful weekend run with us ๐Ÿ™‚

  • That was a beautiful run! What a wonderful new tradition! I’m glad you were able to turn that day into something positive. Way to go, sis!

    But… please stop posting pics of those cupcakes. They always look soooooo good! Lol. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Hi! I agree! What a lovely posting! It was a gorgeous-looking June 8th, just like Mommyโ€”gorgeous. No, I STILL can’t believe you ran all that way! I hope to follow in your footsteps one day soon!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Especially the path you took to get the cupcakes. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Love you!

  • Awesome job on the run!! And I love that you worked to get to the cupcake place ๐Ÿ™‚ I bet they were 10x better after the run and walk, haha!

    • Thanks! I’m not a “rewarding myself with food” person, but doggone it, I had to have those cupcakes!

  • Beautiful! I run along the Potomac, on the Maryland side on weekdays and the Virginia side in Alexandria on weekends. Iโ€™m not sure I would put my feet in there though, not on the Virginia side anyway. I see no harm was done though. My birthday cake came from Sticky Fingers and it was delicious! Red Velvet has vegan cupcakes also. I canโ€™t believe you walked from Georgetown to Sticky Fingers โ€“ wow, Iโ€™m impressed.

    • Thanks!! Oh–yes, I tried the Red Velvet cupcakes too. I was definitely making my rounds cupcake wise, lol!

  • I’m loving all your awesome pictures in this post! They are beautiful! ๐Ÿ™‚ When I first started reading your blog, you didn’t like running, and you had never been to lululemon. Look at you go!! We should totally be BFFs now. Haha ๐Ÿ™‚

    I have never been to DC (actually, I’ve been barely anywhere in the US…), but this looks like somewhere I would love to run! Good for you for having that motivation to get out there and just do it! And then walking for cupcakes! Woot!

    I really want a cupcake now… Haha ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks! I know…I’ve really come around, lol! It’s crazy to look back and see how I change with things. Thank goodness for the blog! I think I inspired many a cupcake run after this post… ๐Ÿ˜‰