Orienteering (Foot) 1:00:09  8.0 km (7:31 / km)
QOC: Summer Short Series on the Mall in Washington, D.C. Gary Smith continued to expand his map of downtown Washington and set another nice course. With rest and eating more, my strength was better. Having my light orienteering shoes seemed to help too. I was able to turn over my stride more efficiently, kicking forward with a lot more ease. It helped that this was about as flat a course that one gets. After hitting the first 2 controls, I took a detour to a restroom and stopped my watch for that. There was a line and the only real way to compare w/others was the running time. I didn't stop my watch for traffic lights, of which there were many. With my stop, I had to pass Peggy, who'd started behind me. I saw several others along the way, including the Hessons, Darcy Good, David Onkst and Don Fish. Going to a control at the American Indian Museum, I technically mispunched. I approached it from the wrong place, on the wrong side of a forest garden. Seeing through the trees, I could see a fence around a construction area. Gary had mentioned that there was something to look for around the last control and seeing David Onkst appear to be running away from the same area, I made the wrong conclusion, that I couldn't get to the control. Had I come around from nearer Independence Ave. I could have gotten in and would have had to go back out the same way. This was probably resulted in close to a 2 minute shorter run for me than others who went to the control. I made a slight error on the next control, coming to it from an inefficient direction and getting confused for a few seconds. Running in was fun. I passed some of the places that I walk through during my work lunch hour. Unlike recent runs, I felt that I could run strongly up the hill to the Washington Monument. I had to dodge the kites and kite strings from there. It was a fun map and course. Gary could add a lot more detail to it for shorter sprints but we all got in a good run on a very pleasant weather (70s F, sunny) day.