Producer Kim’s Running Blog: Tour Through Downtown Raleigh
Published: August 06, 2012 Updated: August 06, 2012 – 11:25 AM
On Saturday, August 4, Julie Wragge (my running coach) selected our long run location to be part of the path we’ll take during the City of Oaks marathon/half-marathon. We met at Pullen Park and took off from there. Technically, I was supposed to run 6 miles but Joyce and I decided to stick together so I completed 8 miles (yeah me — my farthest distance!).
Running through Downtown Raleigh at 7 o’clock in the morning is much different than driving through the city. I never realized how small the city really is. We ran through Downtown passing the State Government buildings, Glenwood South and Cameron Village all in two hours. The city is quite lovely at that time in the morning. The homes have so much character. I wish I could live downtown.
My sister and I had a great time running together. I appreciate her running slower and even walking with me at times. We’ve come to realize the long runs no matter how fast or slow you go, your body needs them to survive such a feat.
By the way, how are you staying hydrated? I have two ten ounce bottles with me during my long runs. I actually ran out of water in one of the bottles this past Saturday. I’m also starting to get hungry. If anyone has some tips on what to eat during a long run — I’ll take it. I do have those Gatorade Chews with me.
My shin splint pain was at bay for the day’s run since I had taken a heavy dose of ibuprofen earlier in the morning. After the run I iced it and even bought a shin splint brace to wear. Shin splints are not fun but I don’t want them to stop me.