I had the most wonderful privilege of representing Harrisburg Area Road Runners Club (HARRC) at the 60th Annual Road Runners Club of America Convention down in Washington D.C. last weekend. It was a 3 day meeting of representatives from Road Runners Clubs all across the nation. There were seminars, group runs, and guest speakers. It was a great opportunity to meet other runners, learn what other clubs are doing and to just be around a lot of like-minded people.
I made it into town Friday afternoon and got myself settled in my room and I was ready to explore! I had a hard time deciding what I wanted to do first. lol 🙂 I was excited to be on my own for the weekend and to have a chance to soak it all in.
The weather was absolutely beautiful. It was in the 70s and the sun was shining, so I figured it was the perfect time to head out for a run. I looked up the route that they had run that morning from the hotel and chose to do that. It felt good to be out moving since I had spent the last two hours driving. It was a little weird to be out running in the sunshine and warmth…..it felt like it’s been forever since the warm weather!
One of the perks of registering for the convention, was a guaranteed entry to the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler. If you aren’t familiar with the race, it is run every year in D.C. when the cherry blossoms are in bloom. It is quite a popular race and hard to get into due to the number of entrants. After my run, I had to get myself cleaned up and ready to catch the shuttle to packet pick up. Afterwards, I had the chance to wander around the city a little. I stopped at the National Mall and enjoyed dinner from a local food truck and took some pictures of the monuments.
Shortly after, I was off to the hotel again to head to bed and prepare for my first full day of the convention!! My day was to start bright and early to meet for the group run at 6:30am! Ugh……I love to run……I don’t love getting up early! Below are some more pictures from my first day down in D.C.