|Sign for Potomac Heritage trail and other trails..|
|View of Potomac River from PHT...|
|Normally I'd have to drive out to Shenandoah for views like this...|
|Beautiful little waterfall along the trail...|
The trail is a mix of easy portions, more technical areas with some roots and rocks, and then some straight up bouldering which slows you down a bit. But that's the beauty of trail running: It's not really about the speed. In my newby trailrunner view, it's about: (a) getting a change of scenery; (b) having a lower-impact run; (c) enjoying the views; (d) meditating (yes, it's a meditative act because you have to focus so much on every single step lest you want to biff it); and (e) staying vertical!
I'm hooked...I'm in love...
The trail continues up to Potomac Overlook Park, which as it turns out, we'd actually run on a couple of weeks ago when we went to the Overlook Park. But I had no idea that if you cross the rocks in the water, you pick up the PHT and continue north along the river to the Chain Bridge...We decided for today to turn around, which was about 2.8 miles from the starting point....
|Me at the turn-around point for today's run...if we'd gone across the rocks on the right, we could continue north on the PHT...|
|View of Key Bridge and Washington Monument from the PHT...|
Although I've found a new love and a new place to enjoy, I'm kicking myself a bit for not finding it sooner. I think one of the reasons I've delayed getting into trail running is that it's a bit more effort to drive somewhere to a trail. I'm normally pressed for time and just like to go out my front door and run the neighborhood. But knowing that this is so close has awakened a new curiosity in me....What else is in my backyard that I've been missing out on? I don't know, but I'm going to start finding out....
|View heading south down the PHT...|