One of my favorite running routes here in DC is down 16th Street from my house, through LaFayette Park, and around the White House or around the Ellipse. However, living in the U.S. capital means that traffic seems to be redirected more often than not, and hence my jog around the White House often implies a detour around an extra block. So also today. I of course discovered too late that the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and 17th Street was closed, which meant that I almost run into a security fence and a police on guard in front of a few hundred tourists that were hanging out in front of the White House. I really should avoid running there in the weekends….