Cooler fall temps make this a perfect time of year to hit the Capital Crescent Trail (CCT), which conveniently borders Bethesda Row. Extending from Silver Springs down to Georgetown, this former railroad-bed-turned-finished pathway meanders mostly through parks and along the Potomac, so you can get a dose of nature with your endorphins.
Whether you’re biking, running, or walking the CCT, here are a few tips to keep you going further this fall:
Bring a bottle
It’s important to keep yourself hydrated, even when the temps start to drop. There are water fountains located every few miles along the CCT for easy refills. Restrooms, too.
This time of year, outdoor activities can start out chilly but quickly warm up as our bodies get going and the day’s temps start rising. Dress in layers so you can easily adjust. For the latest in the season’s athletic apparel, check out Bethesda Row’s The North Face, lululemon, and lucy retail shops.
Carry your phone and ID
While we’re all for disconnecting when out in nature, it’s always a good idea to bring your phone in case of emergency. Identification, too—especially if you want to conclude your CCT endeavor with a proper libation at the likes of Vino Volo or American Tap Room.
The CCT is 22 miles from Silver Spring to Georgetown and back again. If you’re going for a long haul, pack some energy to keep you going. Energy gels and bars, electrolyte tablets, even pretzels will give you a boost when your quads want to quit. Check out the Fitness Room for nutrition and fuel belt options.