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Hiking Great Falls Park & Biking to Mt. Vernon!

Posted Aug 13 2013 12:06pm

Hello and happy Tuesday!

Besides running the ROC Race , I had a really fun and active weekend. It was so nice to be in DC for once and not traveling! On Saturday afternoon, it was beautiful out, and Matt and I had plans to go hiking in Great Falls Park with my college BFF Turner & her husband, Will.

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Turner has been in DC for the past year doing a fellowship for her PhD program; sadly, this was her last weekend in town. She moves back to Philadelphia in 2 weeks and I’m so bummed! Glad we got to squeeze in one last weekend outing before she heads off.

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Turner had “hike the Billy Goat Trail” on her must-do DC list before leaving, so the four of us set out in the late afternoon to tackle Section A of the trail, which is the prettiest/most fun. :)

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Enjoying the view! This trail will never get old.

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We started hiking around 4, so by the time we were finished around 7, the sun was just starting to set. Gorgeous!

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We finished our evening with dinner out (fish tacos + a beer for me!) and a spontaneous movie outing, still in our sweaty hiking gear. :) Such a fun day!

On Sunday, Matt and I had another adventure on the docket – biking with our friend Pete!

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In Virginia, lining the Potomac River with pretty views of DC, there’s a beautiful running/biking trail called the Mt. Vernon Trail that you guys have seen me run on a lot. On Sunday, our mission was to bike all the way down to Mt. Vernon (the beginning of the trail) and back, with a stop in Alexandria for lunch.

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It was hot out but we felt great on the bikes. It was so nice to get out for a ride – since I’ve been gone on the weekends so much I haven’t been on a bike ride in way too long. I’d forgotten how much I love it! The boys were speedy so that encouraged me to pick up the pace, too. I kept up with them for some of it and hung back for some, too. :)

After making it to Mt. Vernon, we turned back and then stopped in Old Town, Alexandria for a little rest and some refueling. By this point we’d already biked about 30 miles!

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We went to a place called Virtue Feed & Grain, which was delicious. I had the single crab cake & a goat cheese/beet/heirloom tomato salad (obsessed), plus some unpictured cornbread biscuit muffins we got for the table. I also had an iced latte for some caffeine!

Shortly after getting back on the road, Matt had a little mishap taking a curve too fast and ran into a fence. He was totally fine but his bike got a little misaligned; as luck would have it, there was a bike shop 2 blocks away! We swung into Wheel Nuts Bike Shop in Alexandria and a few short minutes later and his bike was back in business. When he asked how much he owed the bike technician, he said it was on the house. A big thank you to them for the friendly service!

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The rest of the ride passed without incident and by the time we got home we’d covered almost exactly 40 miles. Wow – a new distance record for us on the bike! We’re hoping to make long weekend bike rides a more regular occurrence again, especially once the weather gets really nice. We’ll see! So much to explore. :) The rest of Sunday was spent relaxing at our apartment pool. I felt like I was on vacation!

How was your weekend? Any great hikes/bike rides/runs? I have my marathon training long run of the week – 14 miles – on the docket for early tomorrow morning. It will be a new distance record for me – exciting!

Some random fitness-related items of interest before I go:

Have a great day!

Hiking Great Falls Park & Biking to Mt. Vernon! originally appeared on fANNEtastic food on August 13, 2013.

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