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7 Places to Run in San Diego

When I first moved to San Diego, nearly 5yrs ago, the only place I knew where to run was the coast. Granted, I loved it, because I love being near the water. It’s funny because when I was living in Chicago, I would always and only run on the lake path, and it got really really friggin’ boring. I would either run north, or I would run south. Running west just wasn’t really an option because I would have to run through people and traffic, and sidewalks, etc. It also was pancake flat. I didn’t really get bored of the San Diego coast line because it goes on for miles, and it has hills, but eventually you crave some different running routes. But, I had no idea where else I would run.

There are lots of trails around, and I started exploring, I thought I would share some of my favorite places to run in San Diego for anyone who comes to visit or if you live here, and you are looking for maybe a new spot.

7 Places to Run in San Diego

Lake Miramar

Highlights:

  • Flat
  • 5 mile loop
  • No cars
  • Pretty
  • Bathrooms
  • Water

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San Elijo Lagoon

Highlights

  • Depending on where you start it can be 5 miles – 7 miles – 10 miles. Most people include running on the coast or through Rancho Santa Fe as part of this run.
  • Trails/Sand
  • Some hills
  • Pretty
  • No water
  • No bathrooms

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Photo by Topher Riley
Photo by Topher Riley

Mission Trails

Highlights

  • 2.3 mile loop
  • No water
  • No bathrooms
  • Beautiful
  • Some hills

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Lake Hodges

Highlights

  • Long trail – people mountain bike there – I normally run 8-10 miles there
  • No bathrooms
  • No water
  • Beautiful
  • Some hills
  • Rocky

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Torrey Pines

Highlights

  • Beautiful cliffside scenery
  • Big hill
  • Sand
  • Water
  • Bathrooms
  • 5 mile loop (up the hill, down through the sand to the beach, run back along the beach)

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Fiesta Island

Highlights

  • Flat
  • 4-5ish mile Loop
  • Maybe a porto-o-potty
  • No water
  • HOT

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Beach Run

Highlights

  • Pretty much anywhere along the coast of San Diego
  • Do it during low tide 😉
  • Sandy 😛
  • Bathrooms
  • Water
  • Beautiful

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Photo by Topher Riley

Happy Running!

Katie