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! :)


  1. 1

    That zip-up looks awesome! I like the color and it looks so comfortable. That trail looks awesome as well. Love this weather!

  2. 2

    I am pretty sure that zip-up is identical to one they were selling at RnR USA. I bought it & love it!

  3. 4

    I really need to sign up for a trail race and start running on them more often. I looove hiking on trails and the surroundings are so much more beautiful than a normal road! For me, Run Happy is in the sunshine with country music playing on my iPod :)

  4. 6

    Are those Brooks Ravenna’s that you’re wearing? I just bought some, so so comfortable!!

    • 7

      Yes, I love them! I used to wear the Adrenalines until recently when this Run Happy Ambassadorship started and I decided to mix it up and try the Ravennas. Big fan of how they feel when I run – and I love the neon laces!

  5. 8

    Isn’t Beach Drive the best for running? It’s especially nice in the winter, since it gets salted so it’s safe to run there without worrying about ice after storms, etc.

  6. 12

    Love the Brooks gear! Just bought a similar top except it’s a light purple and doesn’t bear the tagline but other than that it looks identical! Super soft!

  7. 13

    Run happy for me is running with my daughter in her BOB stroller. She loves the outdoors and I get to spend time with her!

  8. 14
    Lauren K says:

    That top is adorable! I totally want one!

  9. 15

    It needs to be pretty warm all week. After the Mud Dog on Saturday it can cool off for your run. The water in Israel Creek is going to be pretty chilly if it doesn’t warm up real quick. I love the outfit and your blog. I made your Pumpkin muffins for my friend and Dad this weekend and they loved them. I am going to make the Chocolate Chip Cookies for my husband next.

  10. 17
    Roadrunner says:

    Running happy is running with a friend at a good pace that nonetheless allows conversation on topics of mutual interest, thereby making the miles fly by!

  11. 18

    That zip-up looks super comfortable! For me run happy is any run with my dog on a trail where he can be off leash. It’s when HE is at his happiest, and he just radiates pure joy….reminds me of why I love to run, too!

  12. 20

    Pants riding up is my biggest challenge with work-out gear. Capris do better than shorts in that department! I remember being a little kid going to Rock Creek Park on the weekends. My Dad ran, my Mom walked and my sister and I biked.

  13. 22

    Run happy is… running through the woods feeling like a wood nymph! I love finding a good wood trail to run on!

  14. 23

    My friend and I will be in DC for the half this weekend and I cannot wait!! We want to carb up the night before with some pizza. Do you have any recommendations of a nice pizza place to try? We don’t want something like pizza hut, domino’s, etc. Thanks!

  15. 25

    Run happy is running with my husband and talking about our future running goals!

  16. 26

    Beautiful views! I always think new scenery makes runs go by faster and definitely makes them a bit more enjoyable. The sunshine helps too. I love the top. It looks like one I’d wear for more than just running. To me, run happy is the sun shining on my face, breathing in fresh air and getting away from the rest of the day.

  17. 27

    What a gorgeous place to run! That just makes the whole experience that much more awesome :D

  18. 28

    Trails look amazing. D.C. is so beautiful. Run Happy for me is blue skies and sun shining!! In the inland northwest when you see big blue skies and sun, you can’t help but want to be running all day. I love brooks gear!! The top looks super cute and comfy.

  19. 29
    Anel Perez says:

    Run happy is running in the great outdoors , with amazing scenery around! What a great run you had!!! I would want to keep running too :) Run happy is to run with an open heart!

  20. 30

    Rock Creek Park IS gorgeous. When we lives in MD, I loved walking/running there. Thanks for the lovely pics to remind me. :-)

  21. 31

    That park looks beautiful.

    Good luck with the half :)

  22. 32

    Wow that looks like a beautiful run! I need to get out and do more trails, so relaxing.

    Love the top, I was curious how the sizing runs on it. I need some new tops but haven’t purchased much brooks apparel.

  23. 34

    I can’t believe I’ve never run there. Gorgeous!

  24. 35

    I run there almost daily! Ha. I actually moved to Adams Morgan/Woodley Park just so I would be closer to RCP.

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