Ann’s Top Five Running Routes

| August 15, 2010 | 0 Comments

Have you ever wondered about the best places for a run in the area?  Maybe you are just bored with your usual run. Here, Ann Brennan offers her top five picks!

  1. B&A Trail. In the middle of August when the sun is blazing down and the humidity is doing its best to drown the average runner, the B&A Trail offers four great reprieves.  First, probably most importantly, it is one of the few trails in the area with water fountains every few miles.  Second, there is ample parking in several locations allowing the long distance runner the opportunity to pick a favorite part of the path or try a new stretch of trail depending on their mood.  Third, there is shade.  When it is 98 degrees in the sun, the difference shade makes is priceless.  Be warned though, this same shade that we love in the summer makes this a treacherous trail for weeks on end after a winter snow storm.  The last reason I love this trail is more personal than the others but something I would consider the most important part.  Coffee.  Between miles 4 and 5 sits a lovely shaded area lined with tables and chairs just behind the Hard Bean Café.  A good morning run is always made better followed by a nice cup of coffee and a carrot muffin. Running Distance (Out and Back) 0-26 miles (more if you use it to connect to the BWI Trail)
  2. Quiet Waters Park. This year Quiet Waters Park celebrated its 20th anniversary and I was shocked.  When I moved to the area seventeen years ago, the park quickly became one of my favorite running spots.  I had no idea that the park was only three years old at the time.  With its wooded trails and beautiful grounds I assumed it was a well established Annapolis treasure.  There are several things to love about the park including the shaded trails through the woods and along the water but, as a mom, I fell in love with the park because it offered my children a bribe.  “Honey, if you will sit quietly in the jog stroller while mommy runs for an hour, I will take you to the big playground afterwards.”  Running Distance – 6 mile loop can be added to back tracking and including some roads
  3. West Annapolis 5k— As a writer and a day dreamer, I love the neighborhood this route runs through.  The streets are wide enough that you will not be bothered by cars and the homes along the way are wonderful pieces of Annapolis history.  I have bought at least three of these homes with my lottery winnings on separate daydreaming runs.  If you are not the daydreaming type, you can leave the neighborhood and head over the Severn River Bridge for a variation of the Annapolis Ten Mile Run which, while it will take you through some high traffic areas, is a beautiful rolling course well worth the extra traffic. 3.1 mile loop
  4. Kinder Park Farm — If Anne Arundel County is missing anything, and it is hard to complain about the county’s amenities, it is trails.  There are very few places in the county that allow for a proper unpaved trail run.  Kinder Park is the closest thing I have found for this purpose.  While most of the route is paved, the intrepid runner will find several places throughout the park to duck into the woods and run along the dirt trails used by Arch Bishop Spalding’s Cross Country Team.  This park also has a couple of water fountains, bathrooms and on the bribery front, two playgrounds and a working farm with tractors and farm animals. 3-5 mile meandering loop
  5. USNA -–I saved the best for last.  I love running at the Naval Academy.  While I have run here with both my dog and my toddler in the baby jogger, I usually save it for a special treat which includes my running partner and of course, coffee at the City Dock afterwards.  Almost half of the route is run along the water and is beautiful in all weather, so much so that it seems too special not to share with a running buddy.  Three things to remember – 1. No Headphones Allowed.  2. You must have your ID with you. 3. If you are bringing Fido, be sure to have poop bags. 4mile loop

Freelance writer, Ann lives in Severna Park with her husband and three children. When not at the gym or running outside, she spends every free minute chasing a four-year-old or running her older children to soccer fields all over two states. She can be contacted at [email protected] Read more by Ann at Ann’s Running Commentary

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