The 2016 Broccoli City 5k included 3.1 miles of absolute awesomeness paired with a few fun, healthy, and challenging post-run activities. Upon arriving to the Anacostia Park Skating Pavilion, participants gathered amongst themselves with the normal pre-run jitters, but there seemed to be an unusually densely populated area near a large Under Armor tent. For obvious reasons, my nosiness led me toward the masses, and I soon discovered that not only was Under Armor willing to check my bag, they were also allowing me (and the other runners) to try out a nice new pair of running sneakers. At that point, I knew we were going to be in for a treat that day!
As the DJ rocked on the ones and twos, folks began their race warm-ups with dancing, laughter and stretching. Shortly after, Captain Jason led us in an official “Sho-Nuff” good warm-up, then we headed to the start line. We were given the green light to go, and off we were along the beautiful Anacostia River. With DRC having closed the route, runners were able to run comfortably without the normal interruptions of traffic, stop lights, and dog walkers!
After a strong finish with my homegirls, Goûter was there providing us with bottles of their delicious alkaline water, and Curate Snacks made sure we were fully supplied with four flavors of their snack bars (the sweet & tart quinoa berry was my personal favorite)! Per normal DRC tradition, we hung out near the finish line and cheered our friends on as they closed out their run.
Once everyone was rehydrated and refueled, we were invited to participate in fitness activations, which included hula hooping, boxing, and CrossFit training. I thought I would try the hula hoop first, as I knew it would bring back some fond childhood memories. I quickly learned from the burning of my abs that hula hooping as an adult is a little more difficult than it was as a child. Nonetheless, it was still a good time! While I was working my hips, my friends on the lawn adjacent to me were doing jabs, planks, v-ups, and other intense exercises. My curiosity led me in their direction, and I would say the activity was…EXTREMELY CHALLENGING! For roughly 20 minutes I experienced a full body workout, from my arms, to my abs, to my glutes, to my hamstrings. Let’s just say, I won’t be doing any push-ups for a very long time!
When it was time for us to wrap-up with our final activity, yoga, I was more than ready to center my mind, body, and spirit. The sun was high, and the energy from everyone was incredible, so the breathing exercises and salutations were the perfect way to end a wonderful and eventful morning. Once again, District Running Collective outdid themselves, and provided their crew with tremendous experience. I am excited to see what next year brings, as I know DRC will definitely bring their A-game again!
About Brittany Henderson
I first started running DRC on March 12, 2015 (shout out to IG for now showing dates on pictures)!
iRun DRC because it gives me LIFE!!! I love being healthy and active around incredible individuals. We all support each other in not only our running endeavors, but in all aspects of life. DRC is my family, and has made my time in the District one that I could have never fathomed. I am an advocate for DRC, and wholeheartedly believe in its vision and mission. I feel incredibly blessed to have found this group – they have made my Wednesdays and Saturdays awesome!