Ever since we ran the bridge on Sunday morning, I’ve been thinking about doing it again. Yesterday evening, hubby and I went back. I know I said we would probably do Sand Key Bridge next, but I really wanted to tackle the Memorial Bridge again and see how our second time compared to our first time. I decided yesterday morning that would be the plan for the evening and I was pretty proud of myself for actually sticking to it. It was a gorgeous afternoon and evening and I couldn’t wait to get back out there.
I was tired when we got there, after another long day of work, and it was windy so I thought for sure that would affect our time. All I knew was I wanted to go over the bridge 3 complete times and try to run a little more than last time.
So how did we do? We shaved almost seven minutes off our last time. What?! How did that happen? We ran downhill every time and we did intervals running up every time. Even more amazing? Our second mile was faster than our first.
Pretty awesome,if you ask me. I’m not sure who I am that running back and forth over a bridge has become fun. And maybe fun isn’t the right word. It’s HARD and as I’m huffing and puffing up to the top, I’m wondering what the heck I’m doing and why I’m doing it. But to finish and then think about what I just accomplished is an AMAZING feeling and it makes me feel strong. I love feeling strong. And… 10 activity points earned for the day on my ActiveLink. Bonus.
One thing I need to work on is my breathing. Running uphill, my breathing is very shallow and by the time I get to the top, I sound like I’m going to keel over. Running downhill, my breathing is much more even. When I am running on a flat surface, it’s somewhere in the middle. I believe that I would be able to run easier if I could work on my breathing because I tend to get winded before my legs feel like giving up. This is where I need conditioning.
So, another great evening and more bridge repeats under my belt. I won’t be running the bridge again until after the Sarasota Half Marathon this weekend, but I’ll get some bridge work in then. I can’t wait to see what that bridge is like…
For now, it’s Nanci –2 Bridge – 0.
Do you prefer training in the morning or evening? Before or after work?