If you’ve been following me on the ‘Gram, you know that I’ve been loving the Fitt (and especially FittDC) website! I’ve been checking out their Official DC Fitness Bucket List, and thought I would recap some of my experiences on this #ThrowbackThursday, and brainstorm some of the items on the list I haven’t done yet.
Flex on the Mall
I’d actually never heard of this before, but it sounds like a good time! If I’m not recovering from surgery this summer, I may try to check this out! I’ve only done CrossFit once or twice, but I think this could be a cool thing to try with friends.
Plan a Bike Trip on the C&O Canal
This is a lot of fun, and is surprisingly easy. Did you know that you can rent bikes for free through their Bike Loaner Program (on the Maryland side)? You can also donate bikes to this program. I learned all about this when I was volunteering last year. Check it out!
Take a Free Class at Meridian Hill Park
This one is also new to me, though I should be a little embarrassed. I used to live within walking distance to this park, but I never took any fitness classes there. Maybe they weren’t hosting them when I live there? I’ll just keep telling myself this to feel better. 😀 I have actually done workouts on my own at this park in the past, and have run through it. Guess it’s time for me to venture back out there!
Paddleboard Around the Jefferson Memorial
March in a Protest
Of course I’ve done this! C’mon! I’ve been marching in DC since I was a little kid. Next!
Run the Watergate Steps
I can’t say that I’ve done this one. In fact, I’m just now learning this is a thing! I’m going to add this to my summer to-do list because it looks pretty cool. Check out this neat history on the Watergate Steps (not that Watergate) if you’d like to learn more.
Run the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler
This is something I have done, and I’m planning to run it again this year! I was supposed to run it last year, but sadly I couldn’t. We ended up moving that weekend, and I just didn’t have the energy to bust out 10 miles after all of the lifting, stair climbing, and cleaning I had done the day before the race. I’m looking forward to it this year, though! I really loved the race when I first ran it!
Hike the Billy Goat Trail
Cruise Through DC Bike Ride
I’m a big fan of WABA, so I need to figure out a way to participate this year! This is another one that I am just learning about! I’m really starting to feel lame, you guys! I have a lot to check off this bucket list!
Climb the Exorcist Steps
Does driving by them and pointing out (every time, without fail), “hey! Did you know those are The Exorcist steps?” count as climbing them? No? Then, nah, I’ve never managed to get to that specific location to climb them. Definitely have to check this off the list soon!
Yoga on the Mall
This is so much fun! I haven’t been in a few years, but I hope my schedule will allow me to go this year! When I went the first time, I ended up going by myself (my friends were afraid of rain or just totally ditched me, but the weather was perfect!). Hopefully I can get a few friends to join me the next time I can make it.
This event is great and just makes you feel great! There is a thriving yoga community in the DC Area, and you can learn so much more about it by participating!
Train for the Marine Corps Marathon
So… this is something I’ve been doing for the last two years, and failing miserably at it. Until I know if I’m really going to be having surgery this summer, I won’t really know if I will be able to run the race. In the meantime, I’m going to at least start training like I will be running it. I can’t defer the race forever!
Explore Rock Creek
Heck yes! I actually live right next to part of the Rock Creek Trail, and I love hiking, running, and biking the trail. It’s such a cool feature for such an urban area!
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Run the Monuments at Night
This is a must for all DC Area runners. Seriously. There is something so magical and humbling about running around these national landmarks at night. I love the way the lights hit the marble at night. Nerd correction: The Washington Monument is the only monument that people refer to. The rest are called memorials (e.g. Lincoln Memorial).
Cycle at Zengo
Ooooh! I’ve done this one! I’ve actually taken Zengo in a couple of different locations. It’s so much fun! I’ve gone to the Bethesda and Cathedral Commons locations, and they’re both different, but cool in their own way. Check out my throwback review of Zengo here, and keep in mind that this was the first “party on a bike”/boutique type of indoor cycling class I’d ever taken.
How Did I Do?
- Flex on the Mall
- Take a Free Class at Meridian Hill Park
- Paddleboard Around the Jefferson Memorial
- Run the Watergate Steps
- Cruise through DC Bike Ride
- Climb The Exorcist Stairs
What Would I Add?
- Play Volleyball at the Lincoln Memorial Courts
- Play in a Flag Football Game
- Run an Obstacle Course or Theme Race around RFK Stadium
- Play a Game on the National Mall (e.g. soccer, ultimate frisbee, softball)
- Use Bikeshare
- Walk the Longest Metro Escalators
- Explore Theodore Roosevelt Island
- Play in a DC Social Sports League/Game