"It's as safe as kittens!" I reassure Rebecca Rosenberg, who's a wee bit concerned about running along the urban-isolated Northwest Branch Trail. The only miscreants seen there have been underage kids drinking beer or snogging by the stream. So rendezvous Monday afternoon at the Adelphi Manor Park cricket pitch, after Rebecca's car navigation system sends her on an unscheduled orbit around the neighborhood. Two miles at ~10.5 min/mi pace, then heart-pounding hill climb to Oakview Dr followed by rock-scramble speedhike to gape at the underside of the dizzying-high Beltway bridge. Return, accelerating the final miles to 9:16 and 9:05. "All your fault!" Rebecca unfairly blames. The Marathon Deli is closed this evening, alas, so no reward dinner.
(cf. GPS trackfile, ...) - ^z - 2011-09-03