Running (Street & Trail Commute) 1:01:30  6.83 mi (9:00 / mi) +165m 8:23 / mi
From 14th & Independence Ave., SW, Washington, D.C. Independence Ave. to the Reflecting Pool, to the Lincoln Memorial, to the Rock Creek Trail, along the Georgetown Waterfront to the Capital Crescent Trail (CCT), to the Glover Archbold Trail, up to the Tenleytown Metro Station via Van Ness St. and Wisconsin Ave. It had been a long time since I'd done this variation (August 2014) and mostly that's been because I'd been injured or not strong enough. I started out better than expected with a 7:52 first mile. I didn't feel like I slowed after that, but I did. It was very comfortable out, being sunny and in the low 70s and upper 60s F, but it was getting dark as I went along. I had to keep focusing on the ground getting up Glover Archbold Park. There were a good number of other runners and as it was really getting hard to see, some deer came out. Once back on the pavement on Wisconsin Ave, I moved faster again. I had been wanting to do some longer runs. This was fun and hit the spot. I have been having some aches and pains in my lower back lately, which I hope have more to do with the weather so I'll proceed cautiously. Though I had some cramps in my right calf near the end the dirt trail felt good and my legs felt sturdy--nice even, not having to strain like I've been pushing when bicycle commuting.