These days, outdoor community spaces are more important than ever. Public parks like Bullis Local Park in Silver Spring give locals a chance to get some fresh air, enjoy the sunshine, and get a bit of exercise--all of which are important for both physical and mental health. Acquired by the Montgomery County Parks and Trail System in 1976, Bullis Local Park comprises more than 4 acres of outdoor green space just east of downtown Silver Spring. In addition to the soccer, tennis, and playground facilities, you’ll find trails and walkways that create a half-mile loop for running or skating (which can easily be combined with a loop around nearby Nolte Local Park for a longer excursion).
The park's woodland areas are also a popular spot for catching a glimpse of local birds--folks are known to spot orioles, wood thrushes, red-bellied woodpeckers, and the occasional scarlet tanager.
With the weather getting warmer and warmer every day, you might be starting to take your workout routine outside on a regular basis. Here’s what you need to stay safe and comfortable while you’re exercising outdoors.
Lightweight, sweat-wicking layers. Since spring bridges the gap between winter and summer, its weather can be somewhat unpredictable in terms of temperature. Make sure you’re ready for whatever awaits you outside by dressing in breathable layers, including a lightweight spring jacket. That way you can simply shed layers if it ends up being a warmer run, but you won’t be left shivering if it’s a little chilly on any given morning. Make sure your layers are sweat-wicking to avoid skin irritation.
A hat or sunglasses. You’ll probably want to enjoy as much of that spring sunshine as possible! But maybe not when it starts to make you squint. Keep the sun off your face by donning a sweat-wicking hat or tossing on a pair of athletic sunglasses. Make sure the glasses fit well so they don’t slide down your nose as you run.
Waterproof sunscreen. Before you put on those glasses, make sure you apply a layer of sunscreen! Even when it’s not particularly hot, your skin can still be damaged by the sun—and who wants to deal with a sunburn before summer even hits? Find a waterproof sunscreen that can withstand sweating, and stick with SPF 30 or higher.
A handheld water bottle or water belt. Staying hydrated is super important any time you exercise, but even more so as the temperatures begin to rise. Make sure you take along plenty of water for your journey! Opt for a handheld water bottle, a CamelBak you carry on your back, or a water belt outfitted with several smaller water flasks.
Maybe you're familiar with The Eleanor in Silver Spring as an expansion of the original location in DC's NoMa. Maybe you know it as the massive arcade and bowling bar that combines the unbridled fun of a childhood birthday party with a sophisticated food menu and an impressive list of craft beers, imported wines, and signature cocktails. What you might not know, however, is that The Eleanor is now offering takeout, curbside pickup, and delivery through UberEats, Postmates, and GrubHub.
The updated take-out and delivery menu features signature Eleanor dishes like elote hushpuppies, hot fried chicken sandwiches, and specialty wood-fired pizzas. Watching your wallet? Check out the combo delivery packages, including a $48 family pack that includes 2 appetizers, 2 entrees, and 2 kids meals. Beer, wine, and cocktails also available by the bottle or in growlers with any food order. Some basic grocery/pantry items are also available.