Washington Park Arboretum
If you’re looking to run without having to worry about tripping over a tree root and toppling over yourself, check out the Arboretum’s maze of well-kept trails. Part of UW’s Botanic Gardens, it boasts more than 20,000 plants, like beautiful flowering bushes and trees, plus meadows and small lakes to distract you from how much running sucks. The walk along Azalea Way is three miles round-trip, but the park is a web of connecting trails decorated with benches to help you catch your breath. The pathways are not as well marked as you’ll find in Discovery Park, but just think of all the extra cardio you’ll get in if you get lost!
Discovery Park Loop Trail
This 2.8 mile trail offers a wide-open feel, more sun than most trails, and a stunning view overlooking Puget Sound. Enter the park from W Government Way and park near the visitor’s center to start the loop. The elevation change is only 140ft, but mid-way through you’ll find yourself on a bluff overlooking the S Sound and the sand below. If you’re feeling plucky, take the side trail after the lookout to jog another half-mile down to the beach and the West Point Lighthouse. If you’re not in the mood, just keep trudging along on the loop and you’ll be back to your car before you know it.