Running (Street & Trail) 1:20:57  10.58 mi (7:39 / mi) +115m 7:24 / mi
slept:6.0 weight:172.5lbs (sick)
From 14th & Independence Ave. to 17th St., along the Reflecting Pool to the Lincoln Memorial, to Ohio Dr. to the Rock Creek Trail, to the C&O Canal Towpath, to the Capital Crescent Trail, to the Little Falls Trail, to Masachusetts Ave., to the Capital Crescent Trail, to Bethesda Ave. to Woodmont Ave. to Edgemoore Ln. Like many in the DC area today, the 62 F sunny weather (that I started with) motivated me for a longer run than I've been doing lately. I set out trying to keep things comfortable. I can't recall having been passed so much in the past. It was partly a sign of being older, being sick and being amongst people with Spring Fever. A pair of women passed me along the Reflecting Pool but it seemed like they were doing intervals. I almost passed them again as they slowed at the steps leading up toward Lincoln Circle. Another guy passed me along the Potomac River on the way to Georgetown. He kept slowing down and when he noticed me catching him again, he'd speed-up. Leaving Georgetown, another guy moved past me quickly. I could see him continually pulling ahead to Fletcher's Boathouse where he turned up toward MacArthur Blvd. Once I got off the towpath, I moved steadily up the grade and felt like I was cruising pretty well. It had gotten too dark to read my watch. I put more effort into it as I neared the first crux of the water treatment plant. On the Little Falls Trail, I could feel myself slow a bit--it was hard to tell what kind of pace I was doing and it was much cooler--I even felt a heat island approaching Bethesda. After finishing, I went into a nasal drip hacking fit that was so pronounced and continuous (until I finished driving home) that I was on the verge of getting out of breath from it. I think it had been September when I last did this route, and before that, last April. Available measured splits: 7:34 (1 mile), 7:51 (1.02 mile), 3:51 (half mile), 3:51, 3:51, 3:49, 3:55. I missed seeing the last two mile markers in the dark. Overall, the splits were faster today but I'll still look for improvement.