Run Happy Is… Rock Creek Park on the Weekend

Yesterday, I was finally introduced to the awesomeness that is DC’s Rock Creek Park on the weekends! 

Earlier in the week, I was emailing with my friend Karen making weekend running plans, and she suggested we run in Rock Creek. We could not have had a more beautiful day for it!

It’s hard to believe that all this is a mere few miles from downtown DC, huh?

The coolest part is that part of one of the roads in Rock Creek, Beach Drive, is closed on the weekends to cars and left open only for bikers, runners, and hikers! How awesome is that?!

I felt like I was in a race or something, running in the middle of the road!

The trails around there are stunning, too.

While on the run, I tried out some fun new gear that Brooks sent me this month as part of my Run Happy Ambassadorship with them. First up was the Glycerin Capri III – running capris with a cute asymmetric printed waistband. Mine are black with a polka dot waistband – so cute! Love the other color options on their website, too. I’ve worn them a few times now for runs and they’re really comfortable, breathable, and they passed the two big challenges I have for running pants: they didn’t ride up or slip down! Win.

On top, I was wearing the Essential LS 1/2 Zip, which Brooks sent me a couple weeks ago and I’m now officially obsessed with. It’s lightweight, comfortable, fits well, and I love the color. Two BIG thumbs up for this jacket if you’re looking for a lightweight running top. I love it so much I’m thinking of buying another one! It has thumbholes and I love the half zip neckline.

I’m not sure about you, but for me Run Happy Is… running with a friend on a beautiful day with views like this.

I love running with Karen – she’s the best. As always, we chatted away the whole time and the miles flew by. 🙂

Before I knew it, we were done! It was one of those days where I could have gone forever if I didn’t have anywhere else to be. 🙂


  • Mile 1: 8:44
  • Mile 2: 8:54
  • Mile 3: 8:42
  • Mile 4: 8:20
  • Mile 5: 8:21
  • Mile 6: 8:53
  • 0.64 mile nubbin pace: 9:09 (proud of this – it was a REALLY steep hill!)

Total distance: 6.64 miles. Total time: 57:45. Average pace: 8:42 minute/miles.

This was my last longer run before the Nike Women’s Half Marathon this coming weekend! I’m excited for it and hoping the weather stays cool. As of now, it’s looking a little warmer on Sunday – fingers crossed the forecast takes a turn for the cold. Hot weather running is NOT my friend!

I hope you all had great weekends, too! Just for fun, complete the following sentence: “Run Happy Is…”

p.s. Thank you for all the enthusiasm and wonderful comments on my Albion Fit gift card giveaway! The comments you’ve all been sharing are amazing and so inspiring – thank you for sharing. I’ve decided to extend the giveaway until tomorrow, so please keep those entries coming! I also added another entry option – check out the bottom of the giveaway post for details if you’d like another chance to win. Good luck! 🙂

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