Weekend Trail Run at Burke Lake Park

Hi friends – before I get going on today’s post I just want to say that I’m thinking of everyone in Paris after this weekend’s sad events. Lots of love from the USA. <3

Matt and I had a low key weekend here in DC – one of the big highlights of which was a trail run out at Burke Lake Park.

burke lake park trial running

I’ve only run at Burke Lake Park once before, when I did a fun 15k trail race there last December. It’s a bit of a drive from DC/Arlington but worth the trip if you have some time to spare. The weather was gorgeous on Saturday and I was in the mood to mix it up from my normal routes, so Matt and I decided to head out there for a little adventure.

burke lake park trail running

The lake has a 4.5ish mile running/walking trail loop around it – perfect! It was so pretty out there – reminded me of some of my favorite running spots in North Carolina.

burke lake park trail running

They also have little workout stations along the way – we stopped at a few of them just for fun. :)

burke lake park workout stations

Benches = perfect spot for dips, obviously.

bench dip burke lake park

Brooks sent me a cute new pair of tights as part of my Run Happy Blogger Ambassadorship – the Greenlight Capri SE in gray – and I was excited to try them out.

brooks greenlight capri SE

Cute, right? I love the pattern – creative and fun but nice because they match everything. They have a really wide, comfortable waistband and stayed put really well during the run. Nice wicking fabric, too. Two thumbs up – you’ll be seeing a lot of these.

On my feet, I had my fave Brooks trail shoes – the Pure Grit 4. These rock – Brooks gifted them to me earlier this year and I’ve been loving them ever since. Great for running or hiking – love how lightweight they are.

brooks pure grit 4

It was so pretty out on the trails with all the fall leaves everywhere. I’ll be sad when the trees are all bare!


Anyone else get in a fun run – trail or road – this weekend? I’d love to hear about it! Or – any great hikes to report? I’m all about the trails lately!

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  1. 1

    I love those tights – they are super cute! Love trails with workout stations – great way to work different muscles while running and enjoy the fall weather! I have a nice trail run today now that I’m back in NC :)

  2. 3

    ohhhh that is beautful!! and I really like those tights…. no more shopping for me for a while, but i’ll add them to my xmas list ;)

  3. 4

    Great way to get outside and into nature Anne! Love those tights and holy strong man Matt on those rings!

  4. 5

    I love the little workout stations! That’s so fun!

  5. 6

    I love those tights! And OH how I wish we had a place like that to run near where I live. So beautiful!

  6. 7

    Did you know I used to be able to walk to Burke Lake from my house? It’s where I started running during college!

  7. 9

    Looks like fun! Love the pants- cute! Thanks for the love to Paris, we need it right now! <3

  8. 10
    Cindy Childers says

    Hey Anne, I LOVE the tights. Even went to the Brooks site to check them out. Can you clarify something for us though. There is only ONE review on their website and it’s a 1*. She said they ride up in the croach or something like that…that the seam was bad. Did you have that problem? Sorry! TMI!!! Just curious. Thanks :) Cindy

  9. 13

    Those pants are super cute! I did a long run on Saturday morning but just one of my normal routes. Still a good one, though!

  10. 14

    Hey do you know if they have the 15k at Burke Lake this year? I only see a 1/2 option :(

  11. 16

    Hi Anne – Looks gorgeous out there! I love being able to stop off and do mini-exercises during a run. I can think of a few parks near me that offer that. But how do you find these great places to run?

    • 17

      Looking around online! Or via running friends. My friend Ashley introduced me to Burke Lake Park last year when we did the trail race, and one of my nutrition clients lives near it and has told me about it before too.

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