|4 electrolyte capsules, 2 energy gels, 1 donut — with temps in the 80s & dew points in the 70s it's a soggy jog mainly along Rock Creek. The ramble begins at home, at 5:36am. Neighborhood streets lead to the Capital Crescent Trail, to Rock Creek Trail, and then Candy Cane City. Gayatri Datta and I trot together along Beach Dr to the restrooms just before Military Rd, where I draw my initials "MZ" in GPS-graffiti on the fields.|
|Then it's back upstream to Candy Cane again where at my mile ~10 we meet others in the gang. Most decide to turn back after half an hour or so, but Megan O'Rourke is training for an Ironman and wants extra today. I accompany her farther along RCT, but she's faster than me and needs more, so I turn back early. Rebecca Rosenberg meets me near Cedar Lane and we dither a bit until Megan reappears. We join her for the return journey.|
Just inside the Beltway I branch off and, approaching the Forest Glen Annex, add a little distance by diverting the southern way along Ireland Drive in the woods. A sign marks a polluted stream. Nearby the remnants of an old stone building — kiln? oven? — remain. The gate at the top of the hill is closed and the fence there is distorted, as though someone climbed over or a tree fell on it. I turn back and take the usual path homeward.
|Angles and colors in the roofline of "The Pagoda" at National Park Seminary catch my eye, so it's another pause for photography, and then a final dash. The Garmin wrist unit reads a quarter mile more than the Runkeeper iPhone GPS.|
Splits from the Garmin: 10:49 + 10:29 + 15:47 (pause at CCT to meet friends) + 11:17 + 13:08 (including GPS graffiti) + 12:08 + 13:23 + 12:44 + 10:43 + 15:53 (another CCT pause to rendezvous with others) + 11:09 + 10:28 + 10:21 + 11:34 + 13:01 + 13:21 + 11:18 + 12:03 + 12:41 + 13:00 and a final half-mile fraction at about 10:11 min/mi pace.
^z - 2013-08-04