I stayed at the Fairmont on 2400 NW N St., and they had this great map in the little in-room list of amenities (like the gym, $15 a day!!!). It was cut out like the shape of a foot and gave out directions and distances, very neat. Anyway, I directed me just a little bit west, barely into Georgetown, where I was able to pick up the trail and run south towards the Mall.
Doing this at 5AM was a little nerve-wracking because there are a couple of spots where the trail crosses offramps coming off the adjacent highway. There are serious blind spots, behind pillars of overpasses, where cars CAN NOT see you until the last second, so it is imperative for runners to check once, twice, and three times before venturing into the crosswalk, because otherwise, the cars will be coming at you at highway speed and have little reaction time. (For my wife, who may read this, I waited patiently until there were no cars coming at all, so yes, I was very safe.)
|X marks the spot!|
There is a ton of the trail that heads north, out of town, which I did not get to experience this trip, but I would very much like to experience sometime in the future, when I have time for a longer run, or perhaps the opportunity to bicycle it.