River Path Runs

by Stephanie on August 25, 2011 · 2 comments

in Running

There’s a river path (officially called the Great River Trail me thinks) that runs along the Mississippi River where I live.  Actually, it runs along the river where just about anyone lives in northern Illinois as it’s over 60 miles long.  I’ve only done about twenty of those miles (on a bike of course) but I hope to do a lot more of it someday.

Anyhoo, it’s a nice wide sidewalk following the water with grass and tress that goes around and through boat ramps, marinas, lookouts, houses, parks, and campgrounds.  It’s truly pretty.

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I often run and bike on this path.  It’s one of my favorite routes.  There are always plenty of other runners, bikers, dog walkers, rollerbladers, and geese.  LOTS of geese.

Tonight I did my 5 miler there.  I’ve never taken one of these shorts-legs-and-running-shoes pictures (or as I like to think of them,  proof-I-wore-running-attire-today… hehe) but as I’ve read more running and fitness blogs it seems it is a right of passage.  So here you go.

The run started at little below sunset.  It was a bright, pretty evening.

I was a little tight during my first couple miles so I took the first couple miles at an easy pace.  At about halfway I picked up the pace and suddenly had throbbing pain in my left knee.  It was as if whatever the soft stuff is underneath my kneecap (tendon or something?  I’m no anatomy expert, clearly) was spasming.  It was very uncomfortable.  I stopped for a couple of minutes and then walked for a couple of minutes.  The pain subsided so I started running again and was able to pick the pace back up for the rest.  Without the knee issue I would have been at about a 58 or so for the 5 miles.  Not bad for me!

Oddly, the worst part of the run wasn’t the knee pain.  It was the bugs!  There are these awful little river flies that come out at night in force.  I made the mistake of riding my bike down there later at night once and it was like hail on my helmet there were so many.  Gross.  They were just coming out as I was finishing but I did inhale a couple.  Note to self: be done with river runs by 7:30 PM.  8 is too late.

It was worth it for this kind of view at the end though!

What’s your favorite route?

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Samantha August 26, 2011 at 2:50 AM

Beautiful! My favorite route (so far) is by the canal where I currently live. However, I’m leaving soon so I have to find a new favorite route.

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Stephanie August 27, 2011 at 10:56 AM

The canal sounds pretty. You’ll have so much fun exploring new routes in your new city though. I love doing that!

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