First Run of the Year.

It was a slightly cool, grey Sunday afternoon, perfect for a long run. Starting at 1745 Park Rd. we took it easy on the downhill into the Zoo and onto the Rock Creek pathway. We followed that South down to Georgetown then cut across via the C&O. The path was closed for a short section so we jumped down into the mostly dry canal, ran several hundred yards with a step here and there sinking an inch or two in the mud, then climbed up the stone wall and back out onto the track. After a km or so, we diverted off of the C&O, under a bridge and onto a dirt path. I’m not sure enough of our location in the city to describe it in this writing but it did include a long stretch through the woods and several intense hill sections until eventually putting us back on the Rock Creek Pathway. The run ended with a hard push up the big hill to Calvert then, having eclipsed the hour mark, we slowed to strolling pace, so as to soak in the first Sunday afternoon of 2005 in Adam’s Morgan and Mt. Pleasant. Tomorrow, speed…

Mark notes: I felt really good today for some reason. Took about 30 minutes to warm up but once we hit the C&O I felt like we could roll. The hills were nice, and the downhills back in Dunbarton Oaks felt great. Total run ~60 minutes