Annapolis, round two

Recently, I wrote about my awesome run exploring the US Naval Academy. I was only in Annapolis for three nights, but I was able to sneak in one other run while I was there. My hotel happened to be about a half mile from the US Naval Academy’s football stadium (which is separate from campus), so I headed in the direction of the stadium without any total distance in mind.

It was really humid, which made for hazy photos. Despite the humidity, I felt good and before long I arrived at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. I love college football, so I enjoy checking out the stadiums. And when it comes to the annual Army-Navy rivalry game, I’m always pulling for Navy.

The gates to the stadium were unlocked, so I let myself in. 🙂

No one was around to yell at me, so I went out onto the field to fully check out the stadium. Pretty neat!

From there, I headed back out and hopped on the walking trail that goes all the way around the stadium property. It was a nice path to run, and was just over a mile long. Along the way, I also got to check out a Blue Angels jet.

After I completed my loop around the stadium, I headed back up the road towards my hotel. Before heading out on my run, I had looked over Google Maps and had spotted a few short bike paths nearby. I decided to check them out during my run. The first one was Poplar Trail.

This trail ran through a residential area. I’m not sure how long it was. I was having such a good time running around that I completely forgot to pay attention to mileage. It was probably 1.5 miles, at most, and it dropped me off on a main road. I ran on the sidewalk along this road (stopping occasionally for traffic lights – boo) before turning towards another trail.

The next trail was shorter than Poplar Trail, and I think it was called the Spa Creek Trail. I ran by a box turtle and also ran under a hornets nest hanging above a bridge by the creek. Yikes!

This trail dumped me out close to my hotel and I arrived back there with just over 6 miles total. I still felt great though, and decided to continue on for a little more. I did another out and back on the Poplar Trail and finished my run with a little over 8 miles. Not too shabby for having no distance goal at the start of my run.

I’ll be back in Annapolis next May. I like exploring new places, but I also enjoy going somewhere I’ve been before where I know the lay of the land.

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  1. Love this. So glad you had this opportunity and that you shared it with the rest of us.

  2. I’m familiar with the stadium and the area around it from the ZOOMA Half in Annapolis. It was a humid day on that day as well. You didn’t mention the hills. Were you able to stay clear of them?
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    1. I must have avoided most of them, somehow, because I don’t remember it being hilly.

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