Heat and Humidity on the Little Gunpowder

Last evening I got in some beautiful miles along the Little Gunpowder trail system.  It seems as though spring lasted for a week in Maryland, and now the summer heat and humidity has taken over. The trails are in great shape, dry and fast, and the scenery has turned to shades of green at every turn.

I parked at the trail head on Bel Air Rd and headed north along the river, following the White Blazed Trail for about 4 miles.  When I reached the Bottom Rd bridge, I turned right, making a long loop through the lush forrest terrain.  I worked my way back to Bottom Rd and across the bridge to retrace my steps along the White Blaze going south.

All in all, I got in 9.5 sweaty miles.  No complaints, it was a gorgeous day to get in some miles.  As the temperature heats up, I am more and more aware of the nutrition, hydration, and supplements I am taking in over the course of a run.  Last evening, I was taking salt tablets every 30 min and popping a chew every 20 min.

Headed north on the White Blaze Trail

 

Spring Running in Maryland

After what seemed to be a never ending winter, spring has finally arrived in Maryland.  I have packed away the cold weather running gear and have welcomed back the days of t-shirt and shorts running.

Because of the longer days and warm temps, I have been trying to log miles anytime, and anyway I can.  The trails throughout Rockburn  and Patapsco State Parks have been my go-to spots lately for logging mileage.  The trails are in great condition and the scenery is spectacular.  Within a few days, the foliage went from dark and dreary, to green and full of life.

Spring time