And yes, that means I spent pretty much all day Saturday running around the city. More specifically running from one European embassy to the next.
Saturday was the European Union’s embassy open house, which means you can tour the various embassies, try lots of delicious food from the different cultures and visit a bunch countries without ever leaving DC.
The DC Capital Striders, one of the local running groups, organized an awesome group run where we got to run from embassy to embassy, skip the lines that wrap around the block to get in and eat some delicious food.
I didn’t know a single person going, but the run sounded way too much fun to pass up.
So I headed over to the French embassy bright and early Saturday morning and found myself surrounded by about 40 other runners.
We did a quick warm-up, ate some delicious French cheese and then set out to our next destination.
In total we ran to nine other embassies: Sweden, the UK, Denmark, Finland, Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, the Netherlands and Austria.
Most of the distances between embassies were pretty short — about a mile or less. There were two fairly long stretches between Finland and Poland and from Poland to the Czech Republic. Those stretches were probably closer to 2.5 or 3 miles.
Nothing that wasn’t manageable, but by the end of the day the lactic acid was definitely building up and my legs were toast on some of the nasty DC hills. All the stopping and starting and walking through embassies was definitely taking a toll.
Being on your feet for seven hours is exhausting, but this run was 100 percent worth it. I got to see parts of the city that I didn’t even know existed (and I’ve lived here for a pretty long time at this point), I got to tour some really cool embassies without waiting in line and I met a ton of new friends.
Seriously, runners are the most awesome people ever. I showed up not knowing a single person and by the end of the run I felt like I made 40 new friends.
Despite the fact that we got poured on at a few points during the run, I honestly can’t think of a better way to spend a random Saturday in May. We covered about 13 miles of running and 10 embassy visits in just about 7 hours.
Thanks to Chito and Orlando and everyone else who helped organize and lead such a fun run! And thanks to Catalina and Skvora Limited for sharing the awesome photos! I’m looking forward to lots more events with this group!