My run yesterday was just so cold and miserable. My brother informed me that I was being needlessly stubborn by insisting on braving the wind and the ice, and I think he was probably right.
However, although I did not have the chance to redeem my running spirit, I did spend the day today at the Library of Congress, doing all manner of bibliographic research. I love it there and I think of the Main Reading Room, with all its grandeur and pink marble and solemnity (and moving Milton quotes), as a sort of second home. After all, my first job after college involved doing the same sort of obscure research into the practices of 16th-century English printers that I performed today.
In any case, I did a quick search for images of runners in the LOC Commons and a real treasure trove emerged. The picture above actually depicts a marathon winner speeding down the same block I walked this morning at 8 Constitution Ave. NE. Studying this scene, I was overcome with a real yearning for the trolley-years of Washington, DC!
These photographs all come from the George Grantham Bain Collection, which includes two decades worth of photographs taken by Bain in the early part of the 20th century for distribution through his news service.