d.c. area trails training

Running the Capital Crescent Trail

Early morning run on the Capital Crescent Trail in Bethesda, Md.
Early morning run on the Capital Crescent Trail in Bethesda, Md.

It is mid-March (four days until spring), and it’s snowing. Again. So far, we’ve gotten about 6-7 inches today in my part of Montgomery County.

But fortunately, we had beautiful weather this past weekend and the weekend before—perfect running weather. A friend and I decided to run part of the Capital Crescent Trail (CCT) in Bethesda. We weren’t the only ones with that idea in mind. The trail was packed. No surprised though.

The CCT is a super popular off-road trail that’s built upon an abandoned railroad, extending 11 miles from Georgetown in Washington, D.C. to downtown Silver Spring, Md. The trail consists of hard surface from the Georgetown to Bethesda stretch, while the section from Bethesda to the town of Lyttonsville in west Silver Spring is crushed stone.

Runners, walkers, and bikers crowd the trail on weekends. On some days, it’s so packed, part of the challenge is trying not to run into other people.

We ran about 4 miles and then went to get coffee.

Despite the crowds, I like running on the CCT. I plan on heading back out there once this snow melts. Or maybe if I go now, I’ll have the trail all to myself…

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