Running (Trail) 47:52  5.07 mi (9:26 / mi) +19m 9:20 / mi
Glen Echo, MD. From the Lock 7 parking lot, to the C&O Canal Towpath, then south to the pumping station below Lock 5, then back. I had passed Lock 8 when driving away from Carderock yesterday and thought about going there today. I forgot that I would have had to join the Clara Barton Pkwy. outside the beltway to make it to Lock 8 so I parked at Lock 7 instead. It was actually fortuitous since the towpath had been officially closed (still passable) above Lock 7 for rehabilitation construction. I'd actually seen the other end of this at Carderock.
Today the towpath was better to run on. It was a mix of ice, slush, and gravel. My foot hit the gravel often but that happened probably only about 1/4 of the run or less. The weather was in the 30s F; 36 F when I finished. I rarely run this section of the towpath but should do so more often. The one-way driving access to it, had been part of the problem but it's actually the closest stretch of towpath to my home. I'd forgotten how many little islands were visible in the Potomac River, and pretty much forgotten about the low dam 1.25 miles into the run too. Lack of foliage gave me great views most of the way. Like yesterday, the river was looking cold and beautiful. There were hints of green, white and blue in the water. I had opportunity to make a loop if I wanted to tackle the steep and snowy hills across the parkway and run into the neighborhoods. I also could have taken some small dirt trails along the flood plain, closer to the river. The trails along the flood plain showed evidence of a mountain biker track, but I figured the added slipperiness, ups and downs, and wetness, wouldn't have been worth it. I felt stronger running back, than running on the way out, but I still felt like my legs were pounding too hard.