Today is my last day in DC and I’m headed back home for a super fun weekend with Steph! I land at the airport just after 8, and she lands just before 10, so I’m trying to decide if it’s worth it to run home or just hang out in the airport (we do have live music in Austin!). 

While I was in DC, I stayed at the Omni Shoreham, which is a haunted hotel. 

Ghost Suite at Omni Shoreham, Washington, D.C.


It’s pretty creepy — the place just has a haunted vibe to it and I heard some crazy stories of weird voices in the middle of the night (luckily none that I’ve experienced). I’m half expecting that I’ll open the elevator and see the Shining twins at any moment. 

One of my favorite moments about being in DC is seeing all of the views! Yesterday morning, my coworker and I took a 10-mile run and checked out some of the best monuments in the city. 

Running in Washington, D.C.


Running in Washington, D.C.


Running in Washington, D.C.

I really think one of the best ways to experience a city is by foot… and running, of course. I like being able to take in the views at a slower speed, and it just gives you a bit of a different perspective than you get riding in a car. 

I didn’t get too much time to explore the city while I was here, but I did get to see some different parts of town and I would love to come back at some point to explore some more (maybe not while I’m here for Marine Corps Marathon since I’m sure I will be way too sore, ha). 



And also, one of the things I did here was speedwork on the treadmill! I’ve never done this before, but I think it might be a new favorite. I didn’t have time to look up to see where there would be a track nearby, so I opted to do some mile repeats on the treadmill. 

I really liked it for a few reasons –> but mainly because it didn’t let me get into my head and slow down. I noticed around .75-.8 miles, I started to get negative on myself and tell myself that I needed to slow down. Of course, it’s easy to hit the button to take it down a few notches… but definitely not something that pride lets me do very easily. 😉 

I am not sure if I would do speedwork on the treadmill that was shorter than 800m because it takes it a few minutes to bring you up to speed (I suppose you could time it so that you would still get the “true” 800m). I love the idea of doing mile repeats, or anything longer, just so that I can keep myself accountable for my pace. Plus as it gets hotter in Austin (yay summer), it just means that I will have to find somewhere to squeeze in those track workouts after work when the heat index is nearing triple digits. 


Ghosts —> do you believe in them? 

Do you ever do speedwork on the treadmill? Any tips? 

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