With only a couple days in Virginia, here are a the two biggest things I’ve noticed so far.
-It’s really cold here.
-There are tons of places to run in Northern Virginia.
The first is obviously a negative, but the second observation helps make up for it. Coming from a city with limited running routes, it amazes me how many places there are to run around here. There are tons of parks and you can’t go wrong with the rails to trails paths either. So far, everything has been within about a 20min drive from my house, which is pretty good considering it would take me about 25min to get to Burroughs park, aka the only park with good running trails around my house in Texas. To put in perspective, I did a longer run with Alan this morning and we did the entire thing on one big loop at manassas battlefield. We didn’t have to repeat a single section of the trail, and it was all on soft surface ground.
Besides that, I did my first real workout with the group on friday. We did a hill fartlek and it went very well. I hung in better than I thought I would, so I must be in better shape than I thought. The hills got to me though by the end. I’ll definately have to get used to running up and down hills here.
Finally, I’ve only been here a couple days, but now we’re off to Florida for some warm weather training. Should be fun, except for the fact that it’s more driving! I’m kind of getting a taste of what my friend Jeff felt like when he drove across the country.