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Christmas Lights Run

With temps in the mid-50s last night (it’s December, I KNOW), I pretty much had to go for a run. Shorts and a T-shirt, yes please!

There’s almost nothing I love more than running in D.C. at night (maybe rivaled only by running at sunrise). The monuments are lit up and everything is so peaceful — and it reminds me why I truly enjoy living here. And this time of year there is an added bonus: lots and lots of Christmas trees. I set up my 9-mile route to take advantage of as many festive displays as possible.

[Sorry for the poor picture quality. iPhone 3 fail.]

I started out with a 2-ish mile stretch to Union Station via Mass Ave. and then crossed over to the Capitol. Christmas tree #1:

One of my favorite things about running the Mall is the endless view:

And in one run, you can hit most of the key monuments. From the Capitol to the Lincoln:

Up 23rd, through Foggy Bottom and past GWU (I thought there was a tree here, but I couldn’t find it), and over to the White House:

I had to see the display before the whole government shutdown thing (a threat, but since resolved) turned off the lights at the WH Christmas tree village:

I don’t remember the train from last year, but that was a fun addition.

I finished up my holiday run with a trip back down the Mall, up 7th St. through Chinatown, back west to the lights on 16th St. and then home.

D.C., I love you. Don’t ever change.



9 thoughts on “Christmas Lights Run

  1. I can’t wait to be in DC area to see my parents in just a few days. We always go see the trees and then do dinner at the Willard. nom nom.

    I am running the Reindeer Run tomorrow here in Savannah…. great weather today, high of 78!!

    Posted by VTB | December 16, 2011, 1:16 PM
  2. Aren’t you glad you’re not in SD with their stupid 50º days and christmas trees with no snow? oh, wait.

    Posted by katie | December 16, 2011, 1:21 PM
  3. I ran around the mall in shorts and a t shirt last night too!

    Posted by Liz | December 16, 2011, 1:49 PM
  4. We ran over to check out the trees at lunch today. I love doing that every year and seeing the trains (they have been there for at least the past few years). I don’t live close enough to check everything out at night though. Thanks for sharing the photos!

    Posted by Kandi | December 16, 2011, 2:38 PM
  5. I would absolutely love to live in city that is so beautiful! Lit up Christmas trees are the best to see out while running

    Posted by Shannon @ Mon Amour | December 16, 2011, 3:57 PM
  6. I’m doing my hangover run around the mall New Years day I have decided

    Posted by jon | December 16, 2011, 4:40 PM
  7. Very cool! I’ll eventually do a post like this once we get some snow to stick on the ground. Don’t get me wrong, I’m good with no snow until December 24th. Then snow for 2 days. Then all melt.

    Posted by Kevin | December 16, 2011, 9:26 PM
  8. Running the monuments anytime there are no tourists is amazing. I love the mega Christmas tree run!

    Posted by Beth | December 17, 2011, 8:11 AM
  9. Seriously, that’s my regular run — 2 or 3 times a week, sometimes 4 or 5 times a week, from the SCotUS past the Capitol down the Mall, sometimes doglegging around to the White House, and around all the monuments. I take it for granted all too often.

    Posted by hombrequeso | December 17, 2011, 10:58 PM

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