When I signed up for the Iron Girl Half Marathon I was already thinking about the bridges that would set this race apart from any other I had done. Not just one, but two big bridges. I had walked them before, but I had never run over them. I openly admitted that I was afraid of those bridges.
At the beginning of March, I decided it was time to tackle those bridges and that started a weekly workout that I hope to continue. Hubby and I went out to Memorial Bridge 5 times and Sand Key Bridge 2 times over the last 5 weeks. We would run the full length of the bridge, over and back, 3 times. The very first time at Memorial Bridge set the tone for every other time. We walked and ran it and, being totally honest, I huffed and puffed my way over that bridge. It was hard. And then I started to question how I would handle the Iron Girl because of that. Those thoughts turned into determination and each time we went out there, I got stronger and better and by the time we finished up this last week, I was *almost* running over the whole thing. Our times got better and better each time, with the exception of the last time thanks to it being hot and humid out. Ironically, that is how it’s supposed to be on Sunday for race day.
Sand Key Bridge
I am the worst at following any kind of set training plan, so the fact that I kept up with this over 5 weeks is huge. Things always have a way of happening or getting in the way when I try to make a plan but this worked out well. We would go on Sunday mornings and on Wednesday after work. The Wednesday ones were harder since it was after working all day and for the most part, warmer than the morning runs.
I am also thankful to hubby for going out there with me. I told him he didn’t have to, but he stuck with me the whole 5 weeks. He pushed me when I needed it and reminded me every time that I could do it. Thank you, honey!
So, I think I am as ready as I’m going to be for Sunday. It’s supposed to warm and humid with a good chance of rain. This will be the warmest race I’ll have done and the hardest. But I am going to give it every thing I have. Here’s the route for the race…. It starts and ends at Coachman Park, over the causeway, along the beach, over Sand Key, and then back. Bring it on!
(Source: Iron Girl)
Are you running an Iron Girl event this year? Tell me where and what kind of training you’re doing!