I almost forgot to post this one! I ran it two whole weeks ago. So without further ado, I present to you: Takoma Station!
|It's not a very exciting station.
|The platform looks like every other platform.
The station itself is down a couple of escalators and seems to be pretty much under construction.
|I just noticed that painting, but I don't think it is part of the station. I think it is across the street.
I headed off on my run, actually in the opposite direction of home, but there was a dog park a couple of blocks away that I wanted to check out. It was disappointing though because there were only two dogs wandering around.
My route that day cut through Rock Creek Park on the Valley Trail. I love running through Rock Creek Park so much because even though it is in the middle of the city, it can seem like you are completely alone in the woods. I mean, if I were dumping a body, I'd do it here.
|You can see the road there in the middle of the photo, but once you're a quarter mile in you're alone.
This is my route map, which shows my path through the park. The dotted part indicates that it is trail, but doesn't differentiate between dirt and asphalt.
|I ran bottom to top.
I don't do a lot of trail running, largely because it's easier to find a road to run on than a trail, but also because I am prone to tripping on things and I feel as if it would be a lot easier to lose a tooth on a rock or break a shin on a log out there than on a sidewalk.
That said, I might have to do more of it, because good lord it is beautiful out there.
Many of the Rock Creek Park trails converge and dump out at the DC/Maryland line, which is about two or three miles from my house. This trail did as well. The trail turns into asphalt when you enter Maryland and it is much closer to roads and also a route I run so often that I could run it with my eyes closed. You know, if I wasn't likely to trip on the first crack in the trail.
I passed another dog park, but there were no dogs there either. Fortunately, the trail to my house passes a horse stable, so at least I got to see some large mammals.
|They fetched nothing, however.
|They are rarer than dogs in my neighborhood, so I felt pretty good about them.
|But look! I ran a mostly uphill slope and didn't complain about it! Too much.
Metro station: Takoma
Line: Red Line
Distance: 6.39 miles
Crow sightings: One!
Interesting tidbit: I ran into my friend Vickie partway through my run, which not only gave me an excellent opportunity to chat with her, but a nice pause in my run.