I loved how the race day coincided with the weekly Durham Farmer’s market, so after the race we were able to grab food from the food trucks. Liz, Xander and Katie came down to hang out with us afterward. We will definitely be signing up for next year.
I posted this route a while back on the blog and finally got around to running it this past weekend. I left around 7.30am, and it was just as quiet as it was the last time (around the lake section). A few geese protecting their little one, tried to block my path, all three of them hissing at me. Grrrr.
The new section of this route which I had not run before was really nice. It’s well sign-posted and called “Kitt Creek Loop”. I followed it down Development Drive and back round to Davis Drive.
It was warm and humid and I was worn out by mile 10. Instead of running any further hills, I adjusted the route and ran the last three miles on a flat track and then Liz came to take me home. 🙂
Next Friday at this time, I’ll be picking up my race bib for Bull City Running Company’s Running Of The Bulls 8K (website).
The race starts on Saturday morning, June 3rd at 7.15am. It’s the first time I’ve ran this particular race, but I have ran very similar routes in Durham before so I have an idea of what to expect (i.e. HILLS).
I enjoy running through cities. You get to see things you easily miss when driving through. You also get a better feel for where everything is. I’m looking forward to it!
Of all the places I’ve ran so far, none have felt so desolate and alone as portions of this route — particularly down Louis Stephens and through the Lake Betz Wetlands. The fact that there’s a large wetlands area in the middle of the Research Park took me by surprise when I stumbled upon it. It was real pretty for sure, but there was not a soul or vehicle in sight — even with all the office buildings around.
The last time I ran here, I turned right on Kit Creek Rd after coming out of the Wetlands area and ran back along Davis Dr. That cut the route down to around 8 miles.
This extended version of the route is just over 13 miles long. Instead of coming back on Davis Dr, the route goes through the Kits Creek neighborhood, into Providence Place and then back along the greenway to Town Hall Dr.
I get so excited when I find out about new running routes. Anyone else?! I map them out on Strava and then plan how to work them in to my schedule. I’ve decided I’m going to start sharing these routes on my blog.
Liz and I checked checked out the trail head parking lot at the weekend, so now it’s just a matter of getting a group together and setting aside some time to run it! I’ll be sure to post an update when I do.
I was trying to hold out for the new Hoka One One Clifton 4’s (due early Summer), but my knees were starting to give me some grief over the last week or so. Fortunately, the Clifton 3’s, which I was currently running in, have dropped in price. So, since I knew the exact size I needed, I picked up a new pair at Amazon for under $100.
It’s a great shoe, and my “old” pair lasted me around 450 miles (since January) – for comparison, I changed my Brooks Launch at 380 miles. I’ll look at the Clifton 4’s again in a few months. They have apparently made them more durable without sacrificing the cushioning.
My old Clifton 3’s will not get to rest just yet — I’ll keep them handy for running in the rain, muddy trails, etc.
While I’ve yet to run any actual half-marathon races, I have ran the distance now on two occasions. My first attempt, back in mid December took me 2:14:12. My second attempt, on Sunday morning past, shaved over 10mins off the previous time with a result of 2:01:06.
I’d have loved to have landed under 2hrs, but I’m very happy with this progress, considering this route is fairly hilly (for Morrisville)!