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Weekender: Autumn Running

U.S. Capitol - Washington, DC

U.S. Capitol – Washington, DC

In my opinion, autumn is the best season in Washington for outdoor enthusiasts.  By late September, winds and lingering summer storms have swept the haze and humidity out of the city making room for crisp days and chilly nights.

For someone who loathes summers in Washington, I welcome autumn not only for the weather but for the abundance of races like the Army 10-Miler and neighborhood Turkey Trots on Thanksgiving.

Last week, The Washington Post ran an article about Washingtonians’ obsession with running.  The article suggested that the reason there are so many runners in the city is not due to the climate and terrain, but because Washingtonians are (stereotypically) more competitive and driven.

I don’t necessarily agree.

Washingtonians deal with extremes:  oppressive summers, crippling traffic, and self-induced job stress, to name a few.

We also know how to blow off steam, whether it’s checking out the newest neighborhood watering hole or getting up early to run on the mall, through Rock Creek Park, or along the Potomac River on the Mount Vernon Trail.

This autumn, consider walking, running, or biking the sights and take advantage of Washington’s history and flat terrain while lifting the mood and reducing stress.

Our days are numbered as we inch closer to the gray winter months.  Set a personal goal, sign up for a race, and get out there.  The city’s sights, set against blue backdrops and accented with vibrant oranges, reds, and yellows are yours for the taking.

Weekender: Postcard from the Edge

Thomas Circle, Washington, DC - 1940

Thomas Circle, Washington, DC – 1940

I grew up in the Washington, DC area as did my parents and grandparents.

Looking for work as young adults, each of my paternal grandparents moved to Washington from central Virginia.  It was in Washington that they met, got married, and started a family.

After visiting in-laws in Richmond, my grandfather sent this postcard as a thank you for a pleasant visit.  The postcard portrays Thomas Circle along 14th Street in 1940.  It was taken on the edge of the now re-developed part of the 14th Street corridor along Thomas Circle.

The three-story building on the right is now a hotel, but the National City Christian Church on the left and Luther Place Memorial Church in the middle still stand.  The statue of General George H. Thomas, erected by the the Society of the Army of the Cumberland also stands and is encircled by snarling rush-hour traffic and office buildings.

Interested in learning more about the neighborhood’s history?  Check out the Logan Circle Heritage Trail.