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DC Bucket List

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. :-D 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

I really, really want to do this! I had an opportunity to do it last summer, but I was just crazy busy and exhausted when I wasn't working. I'm hopeful that I can squeeze it in this summer.

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

Love, love, love hiking this trail! I went a few times last year, and each experience is always different! My favorite way to hike it is to pack lunch and snacks, start in the morning, eat lunch by the time I'm about halfway done, and walk the towpath trail on the way back. (I'm usually wiped out by the time I get to the end, since it gets hot out there on the rocks!) The best way to go is with friends!

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!

Sweat at [solidcore]

Thanks to Fitt DC, I've got inspired to try it out (despite my wussing about). I signed up for my first class, and actually completed it this evening! Can't wait to tell you guys all about it! 

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?

Out of 16 things, I've done 10. So here's my updated list:
  • 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
Not too shabby! Most of the things I haven't done I'd actually never heard of, so I'm feeling optimistic!

What Would I Add?

Off the top of my head, I'd add these (in no particular order):
  • 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
There are so many fun, active things to do in DC, and because this area is seemingly overflowing with Type A personalities, everyone tries to one-up each other. It's no surprise that in recent years, we're consistently voted one of the most active cities in the US! 

Have you done any of the things on this DC Bucket List? Are there any things you would add? What's your favorite thing on the list? If you haven't been to DC, are there places in your neck of the woods that you just have to do if you're into fitness?

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