"When I do the best I can with what I have, then I have won my race." Jay Foonberg

Weekly Running Log

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Double Bridge 15k

To begin with, this is a little late getting written.  I was waiting on the race photographer's pics.  Well........they were terrible.  The subject [me] made bad ones indeed.  So...let me recount this race to the best of my memory ability. 

Several friends came from the Jones County area to participate in this race.  Most of them were there first the time.  That excited me because I remember how much I fell in love with this race that first time.  Personally, I don't know if they enjoyed it as much as I did but I hope to do this one every year, if possible. 

When Kent and I went to packet pickup we walked through the Expo.  We came up on a booth advertising the Gulf Coast Half Marathon at Lulu's.  I love their races and have done this one before.  Our friends, Gary and Anna, walked up and I began talking with them.  Kent directed my attention to a floor length banner advertising the Lulu's Half.  It had an action picture in the background and what do you know...Deleica and I were in it!!  I was sooooo excited.  Adam is over the Gulf Coast Half Marathon Series and I told him that I was in the picture and asked if I could have it when he was finished advertising the Lulu's race.  Also, a picture of the banner was on the post cards advertising the Lulu's and Pensacola Half's!!  Wow...we were everywhere!!  He said sure to get with him after the Lulu's Race.  I could hardly wait.  I mean, how many people can say they have a banner with their picture on it. 

Moving on down the line...about the only thing I usually purchase at this Expo is a package or two of Veronica's Health Crunch.  Man, that stuff is good!  She is a triathlete and began making this granola of sort and selling it.  It is the best thing ever and everything in it is natural and good for you.  Yummm!! 

My running has suffered so much [as you already know if you've read past posts].  The most I had run solid up to this race was 4-5 miles.  The goal this year was to "do it" however I can.  This year my aim is to get my strength back and stay injury free.  Not looking at my watch for anything other than distance really took the pressure off of me. 

I love the way they print your name on your bib if you sign up early enough.  I know...I'm easily amused. 

Here is a picture of us before we got on the shuttle going to the Starting Line. 

One of the reasons I love this race so much is that it starts early and you always enjoy the sunrise over the water.  Though we got on the last bus and missed its beauty, someone caught a shot of how beautiful it was that morning.  No one can capture God's beauty and He shares it for the world to see...all free!!

Being in several corrals, it took me a few minutes to get to the Starting Line.  My friend, Tim, got me before I headed out on my first bridge. 

I want to post the next few pictures of the bridges themselves.  Yes, they are steep but, to me, they are a challenge I love to take on.  The first pic shows the first bridge in a distance...taunting you, ha!  Following that are a few more pics of the first bridge.  P.S. This is NOT the "big" bridge.  Here goes...

After crossing the overpass in Gulf Breeze...which is pretty tough in itself, we approach the Big Daddy of all bridges.  They had signs on the bridge that made you smile.  Here's one of them. 

And, to try to get the "feel" of that hilly bridge, here are more pics...

As I stated above, my goal was to "do it"...walk or whatever.  As it turned out, I walked .10 mile twice and .15 going up the second bridge.  Basically, I was able to run most all of it and was very proud that I did.  Of course, I was NOT interested in "time" in this race. 

After finishing, Tim caught me again as I waited for Kent to finish his 5k which started 1.5 hours after we did.  Thanks, Tim!!

I love the shirt we got.  It is a medium/dark blue, long sleeve tech shirt.  This is the first year for tech shirts but I still always like them.  They've been bright and happy colored.  The sleeves are a little long but that might come in handy when it's a cold run.  15k'ers, also, received a Headsweats visor.  And, as usual, I love the medal.  They are always nice.  The beach ball water tower rotates...cool! 

All in all, this race was a success.  My goal is to get back into racing.  I am pleased and looking forward to more races soon.  Until my next post [which will be soon since I'm behind on posting], go

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2017 Races

  • 12/10/17...MS Coast Half
  • 12/09/17...MS Coast 5k
  • 11/25/17...Kaiser Half
  • 11/18/17...Wild Turkey Trot 5k
  • 11/11/17...Rotary Oyster 5k
  • 10/14/17...Shrimp Festival 10k
  • 02/18/17...Sea Turtle Half
  • 02/04/17...Double Bridge 15k
  • 01/29/17...Big Beach Half

2017 Bike Rides

  • 10/01/17...Southern Magnolia Ride [25.85]
  • 05/13/17...Good Life Ride [26]


  • MS Coast Double Down...5k & Half
  • Run The Beach...3 Half's

2017 Goals

  • Back-to-Back Races [Done]
  • 3 Half Marathons [Done +1]
  • 1,000 Miles-No
  • First Half Marathon Series [3 Done]
  • Work on core/strength 2-3 times a week-No
  • Lose 25 pounds-No
  • NEVER give up! YES!!
  • Control/Eliminate refined sugars-Good

2016 Races

  • 10/15/16...Shrimp Festival 5k
  • 05/30/16...Fiesta Five Flags 5k
  • 03/19/16...Azalea Trail 10k
  • 03/13/16...St. Pat's Leprechaun 5k
  • 03/05/16...Bay to Breakfast 12k...1st trail race
  • 02/20/16...Sea Turtle Half
  • 02/13/16...Double Bridge 15k

2016 Goals

  • Run 1,000 miles-Done
  • Bike 300 miles
  • Half Marathon-Done
  • Eat fruit daily
  • Push through the hard times-Done
  • Cut back on refined sugar

2015 Races

  • 12/19/15...Make It To The Line 4 Miler
  • 11/21/15...Wild Turkey Trot 5k
  • 11/14/15...Oyster 5k
  • 10/10/15...Shrimp Festival 5k
  • 05/30/15...PHind a Cure-W/D
  • 05/02/15...Fiesta Five Flags 5k
  • 04/18/15...Zydeco 5k - W/D
  • 04/??/15...Virtual Remember the Fallen 5k
  • 04/??/15...Virtual Boston Strong 5k
  • 04/11/15...Magnolia 5k
  • 03/28/15...Azalea Trail 10k
  • 03/07/15...Circle K 5k
  • 03/01/15...Gulf Coast Lulu's 10k
  • 02/28/15...Sweetheart 5k
  • 02/07/15...Double Bridge 15k

2015 Goals

  • 1 Half Marathon
  • Eat fruit daily
  • Overlook past failures
  • Push through the hard times/things

2014 Races

  • 12/06/14...St. Jude's Half Marathon
  • 08/16/14...Pinky 5k Virtual
  • 08/15/14...Howl @ the Moon 10k Virtual
  • 02/15/14...Sweetheart 5k
  • 02/01/14...Double Bridge 15k

2014 Goals

  • 1 Half Marathon
  • 700 Running Miles
  • Strengthen my Upper Body
  • Recuperate, Recover, Renew
  • Get active in WW
  • Eat Fruit Daily
  • Start Clean Eating
  • Begin Eliminating Sugar from Diet

2013 Races

11-30-13...Stennis 5k
11-23-13...Turkey Trot 5k
11-08-13...Run For The Kids Virtual Half [St. Jude's]
10-12-13...Shrimp Festival 5k
09-22-13...Talladega Half
07-04-13...Wesson 2 Miles
06-29-13...Emz Liverpalooza 5k
05-18-13...Pursuit of Fun 5k
04-20-13..Warrior Dash
04-07-13...Gulf Coast Half-Pensacola
03-23-13...Azalea Trail 10k
03-10-13...Leprechaun 5k
02-24-13...NOLA Marathon
02-02-13...Double Bridge 15k-Pensacola
01-13-13....Gulf Coast Half-Lulu's

2013 Goals

  • 3 Half Marathons-Done-Plus 1
  • 1 Marathon-Done
  • 1000 Running Miles-No, due to RC Tendonitis & Broken Shoulder
  • Eat fruit daily-A little aggressive but better
  • Maintain weight in 130's-Did NOT happen!

2012 Races

12-08-12...FloraBama Jingle Bell 5k
11-24-12...Jingle Bell 10k
11-17-12...Turkey Trot 5k
10-27-12...Jazz Half
10-20-12...OS Rotary 5k
10-13-12...Race for Grace 5k
09-29-12...5k For Katlyn
07-04-12...Wesson 2 Mile
04-15-12...Gulf Coast Half...[Withdrew-bronchitis]
04-14-12...Diversity Dash 5k
03-24-12...Azalea Trail 10k
03-03-12...MS50 20k...[Withdrew-bronchitis]
02-25-12...Kids Need Heroes 5k
02-11-12...Sweetheart 5k
02-04-12..Double Bridge 15k
01-14-12...Pensacola Half

2012 Goals

  • 1 Full Marathon-Marine Corp filled up
  • 3 Half Marathons-2 Down-Sick had to drop 2
  • 20 Miles-Wkly Mileage-Bronchitis kept me from this
  • Cross Training 2x Week-Poor Commitment
  • Weekly Weights W/O-Again Poor Commitment

2011 Races

  • 11-26-11...Kaiser Half
  • 11-19-11...Turkey Trot 5k
  • 11-11-11...Thumbs Up for Bill 5k
  • 11-05-11...Senior Bowl 10k
  • 10-22-11...Running the Streets 5k
  • 10-15-11...Shrimp Festival 10k
  • 10-08-11...Mullet Run 5k
  • 09-24-11...Waiting for a Cure 8k
  • 09-05-11...Labor Your Legs 5k
  • 07-04-11...Wesson 2 Miles
  • 06-04-11...Bay Fest 5k
  • 05-14-11...Stargazer 5k
  • 04-30-11...Fiesta 5 Flags 5k
  • 04-16-11...St. Benedict's 5k
  • 04-10-11...Gulf Coast Half
  • 03-26-11...Azalea Trail 10k
  • 03-19-11...St. Patrick's 5k
  • 03-05-11...Eco 5k
  • 02-13-11...Mardi Gras Marathon

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