|US Capitol Building. |
|Looking past the Capitol Building along the Mall to|
the Washington Monument.
|Looking the other way from the Washington Monument|
along the Mall to the Capitol Building.
|The Jefferson Memorial and the path along the shore of|
the Potomac Tidal Basin.
Apart from the impressive buildings and monuments, the area is characterised by expansive views and vast green lawns which, depending on the weather and time of day, can be very popular with tourists and locals alike. I have a memory of running, one balmy summer evening, past countless games of mixed gender baseball and ultimate frisbee, played by people of all shapes, sizes and ages (mostly public servants, I would guess), running, shouting and encouraging each other. A very happy scene.
|Looking from the Lincoln Memorial over the Reflective|
Pool to the Washington Monument.
I plodded around 5km in Copa today, feeling a little stiff and sore after yesterday's exertions, particularly my chronically injured right knee. For the first time, I wore a new heart monitor linked to my smart phone to collect data about the run and my associated effort for later computer upload. It showed my average heart rate as 140bpm, with a maximum of 162bpm, and an average speed of 6 mins/km - pretty slow!