Running in Bologna

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Running in Bologna was pretty fun. I had one of those “runventure”-type runs where I got kind of lost but just kept going to see where I’d end up. I ran up into the hills of Bologna, looking for a park I had read about that had a nice view of the city below. I think I successfully found it, but not before getting a bit turned around in a different park nearby, as you can see here:Screen Shot 2014-07-22 at 10.01.40 AM

It ended up being about five and a half miles, half of which was spent climbing hills. But at least I found those nice views!

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Villa Spada, the first park I found.

I think this was Parco S. Pellegrino, it wasn't so much a park as just a big expanse of green. There was no one else around though, and it was very peaceful.

I think this was Parco S. Pellegrino, it wasn’t so much a park as just a big expanse of green. There was no one else around though, and it was very peaceful.

With a great view.

With a great view.

BIG NEWS: I found a hat that fits my head! It's been a looong search, but I finally found one at the North Face store in Bologna, and it was on sale. It doesn't have velcro in the back, which is important since that got caught in my hair every time I tried one on.

BIG NEWS: I found a hat that fits my head! It’s been a looong search, but I finally found one at the North Face store in Bologna, and it was on sale. It doesn’t have velcro in the back, which is important since my hair would get caught in it every time I tried one on. It has been a game changer so far. 

Oops.

Oops, didn’t mean to run out of Bologna.

My other runs were spent closer to our apartment in the historical center, mostly in Giardini Margherita. The first time it was so, so hot and it was hard to repeat the loop around the park too many times, which was almost exactly one mile. Another time it started raining as soon as I left the apartment, but I kept going, hoping it wouldn’t be too bad. Well, it started POURING and continued pretty much the entire time I ran (and of course stopped right after I finished). It was really fun, actually, even though people waiting at bus stops underneath a covering looked at me like I was crazy. Once I was actually in the park, I took cover under some trees because the rain was so strong, but I saw a couple other people running through it, so I started up again. I hadn’t run in the rain in probably 8 years and it was when I lived in Georgia. Living in Santa Barbara, I never had to deal with any type of weather, really, but it turned out to be a really fun change, and I kind of felt like a little kid. It would have been nice to have a hat, since I couldn’t see where I was going half of the time (my North Face hat discovery didn’t happen until a couple days later).

Appropriate street art during a downpour.

Appropriate street art during a downpour.

Post-rain-run-selfie.

Post-rain-run-selfie.

I’m still running 3-4 miles during the week, but trying to get in some longer runs on the weekend so I can build my endurance back up. I’m still hoping to run a half marathon in early September, and I think I almost have one picked out!

 

10 comments

    1. I’m almost done finalizing the details and registering… I have this weird fear I’ll jinx it by finally telling people about it, but I’m going to anyway!

  1. What a pretty place to run!

    Also–what’s the deal with the hat difficulties? Are you like me in that you have a big noggin? I have a tough time finding hats that fit and usually have to wear men’s hats.

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