I woke up at 7am on Monday, thinking that it was 10am and quickly jumped out of bed. I drove out to Great Falls Park and went for a trail run. The run was awesome, half of it was of easy/moderate technical difficulty, the second half that I took was just a dirt road. Overall, a great place for a beginning trail runner like myself. I could go for days out in the woods, the pressure to always be running isn't there, so when my body says to walk, I have no shame hiking up a steep incline. I'm not entirely sure how far I ran, but I think it was about 3 miles. I would have gone for more but : 1.the heat was suppose to reach 95, 2: it was memorial day and I knew eventually the trails would get crowded. 3. I had a few other things I wanted to do as well.
But Great Falls Park is totally worth a visit, I'm hoping to making it there again this week while my receipt is still good.
|the river trail|
|Great Falls, VA|
Later, I spent a lot of the afternoon cleaning the apartment for my new roommate (gasp, a guy!) I also began the clearing out process of my own crap to help make the move easier. I've already removed 50 articles of clothing to be donated, and ALOT of paperwork from my current school that I plan on recycling. I created a bit more of a mess in my room than progress, and promptly gave up.
Mallory and I decided to venture up to Arlington National Cemetery to watch a wreath laying ceremony and the Changing of the guards. Being up there on Memorial Day was a great reminder of why we actually have the day off from our daily lives. Arlington National can be overwhelming with just the size of the cemetery with each stone a representing our armed forces, not just your average Joe's. I think this is the first time in my life, that I've truly taken a minute remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and I am very grateful that we went. Not only do we owe it to our fallen to remember them, but a thank you to the families behind the soldiers that have also made significant sacrifices.