Looking for some great places to run in Virginia?
Daniel’s Run Park
One of my favorite trails in Fairfax is Dainel’s run park located right off main street in Fairfax City. This trail is a great choice for someone that likes the mix of a trail with a little pavement. There’s some small hills on the run which brings up your heart rate about 15 extra beats. Daniels run is one of my favorites in the fall when the leaves are to fall from the trees. When you finish the run/walk might enjoy one of the many restaurants surrounding the park.
Burke Lake Park
This is in my top five because of the great scenery that surrounds you as you run. The distance works great if you are training for a race. If you are doing a half or full marathon you can just do some extra laps. One loop is about 4.5 miles and it is very easy on the joints. The soft trail is very forgiving which feels very nice on the joints. The shade helps to cool you down in the summer and in the fall the park is absolutely beautiful. Burke lake is also a great place for a brisk walk.
The Fairfax Cross County Trail
This trail is over 40 miles long and is great to trail for marathons. This trail connects the entire county from end to end. The trail has a wide variety of terrain and you might need to get some trail running for this one. My favorite part when it hits lake Accotink. The run is beautiful and has some great views to keep you from getting board. If you need a group to run with contact the pacers running group in Fairfax City. If you need a good distance race this fall check out the Cross County Trail Marathon and half marathon on Nov 11th. For more info check out https://altisendurance.com/events/cross-county-trail-marathon-and-half-marathon.
Tips for working out on trails.
*Bring some snacks. Sometimes on a long run/walk you might feel weak or hungry and this can be very annoying when you’re far away from your car. Make sure to pack some fuel for your run something like cliff blocks or goo will be your best bet. Running a long distance cause you to use up sugar and the body may feel weak when depleted.
*Bring your cell phone. I know it can be annoying to carry your phone on a long run but sometimes you just might need it. Who knows what could happen out there. You might twist your ankle or you might run out of energy. Bringing your phone covers any emergency that might come up. There have been a few times that I wish that I had my phone and now I always have it when running over 5 miles.
*Running with a partner. If you’re a woman you really should run with someone else. If you need a running buddy I would recommend linking up with one of the pacers running groups in area. Having a group will keep provide a safe fun experience.
*Leave the head phones at home. Running with music is great but when you’re running on trail it becomes a hazard. Many trails are shared with people on bikes and you will not be able to hear them while you’re jamming out to music.
Have a great run guys. Remember to refuel after your run 4 parts carbs and 1 part protein.20