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Hills, Hills

This morning I got up early to run one of my favorite routes: the Massachusetts Avenue hill loop.

Mass. Ave., have you missed me?

This particular course was a favorite of several D.C. Capital Striders runners, and because they knew how much I disliked it, they would suggest we tackle it and then immediately look at me for my reaction. Thanks guys.

Hilly. Very Hilly.

Anyway, I learned to love this loop because it’s tough and a great workout. And it gets you ready for hilly races (Boston, Wisconsin). In fact, when I was training last summer, I’d run the loop twice a day. This morning was a challenge because not all the sidewalks had been shoveled, and Macomb St. hasn’t been plowed thanks to a downed power line. But man, did it feel good to reacquaint myself with this course.

And hey, what goes up must come down, right? There are a few sweet downhills on the back end.

6.59 miles, avg. pace 9:32. Not bad, given the hill and the snow.


In other news, despite predictions of just one more inch today, it’s snowing like crazy out. Everyone made it into the office, but I imagine most people will be heading out shortly to avoid the inevitable nightmarish commute.



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