For my first official run, I did one of my routine routes – a 4-mile jaunt around my Alexandria neighborhood.
The area was originally settled in 1695. It has been a major tobacco port, a slave trade hub, part of the District of Columbia, occupied by Union troops during the Civil War. Today, Alexandria is both a D.C. suburb and one of the 10 largest cities in Virginia.
One of the things I quickly found out from running near home is that I live in a valley, and most distances involve at least some hills.
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