Went hiking along the C&O and took Indie along. The Paw Paw tunnel is a little over half a mile. The majority of the tunnel is completely dark, when you exit you are greeted with a gorgeous view of the mountains. It’s a pretty amazing experience.
Running 184 miles from Washington, D.C., to Cumberland, Maryland, the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park offers as much adventure as you can handle. Hiking and biking on the towpath is a favorite activity for locals and visitors alike. With so much history and nature to experience, you should #OptOutside this week to enjoy the fall colors. Photo by Kathi Isserman (www.sharetheexperience.org).
The first four miles I ran with 2 other people. At the 13th hour last night I found a running group, conveniently starting at Teddy Roosevelt Island but only running 8 miles. So we’ll count those first two miles as ‘warm up’ miles and super conversational pace.
After they left I fell into my usual long run pace. But I stayed on the gravelly C&O canal path instead of the paved Capitol Crescent Trail. Harumph.
Looking at the maps last night I could have sworn that the trail eventually meets up with a road, and you have to cross it to go to Rock Creek Park. BUT I COULDN’T REMEMBER WHAT MILE. See that green patch above Washington? Thats where I was supposed to go.
Then at mile 12, there was a parking lot, bathrooms and the first map in 10 MILES. Lots of Lock Houses, a couple porta potties, no trash cans, and no running water fountains…
Then I realized that I was way far away from where I intended to go. I was a little annoyed, but since its not hot out, I had a bunch of water left and an extra gel.
Oh yeah, since there were no trash cans, I put the accel gel packets in my hydration pack pocket. It made a huuuuuge stain on my shirt and the pack is so sticky now!!!! Good thing it needs to be washed anyway.
This was probably a blessing in disguise type thing, because this is the surface both my races will be on and both out & back courses.
When I got to the parking lot my mileage was about 24.6, and like any normal person, I had to run a little longer to get a nice round number. I considered doing 26.2 but when you run that long, longer than you intended, THEN run past your car, you just really want to go home. Now is not a good time to have butt muscles.
I’m all showered and feeling fresh!
Taking Teddy to the dog park again so he gets his exercise in.
Another from Monday’s ride. Shade from the trees is growing. The transformation from brown and sparse to green and lush is swift. I notice these things every year, but after this winter I appreciate it more than ever.