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



Weekly Running Log

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Double Bridge 15k

Well, here we go again.  Wind!  But before you think I'm going to complain, let me say that shortly after starting the race and getting away from the water, the wind and temperature wasn't so bad.  The only thing about the wind in this race was the 32 degree wind chill.  Yikes!  And, guess who forgot her gloves...yep!  I think I'm going to pack a diddy bag with things I "might" need so I won't forget them or overthink it and just plain out not take them nearly always making the wrong decision.  For instance, gloves, ear muffs, knee straps, etc.

Most everyone stood behind the wall of the stadium that guarded them from the wind.  Thank goodness for that wall.  For several years now, we all find ourselves either huddled up against it or staying in the ladies room as long as you can without seeming like you're taking up space someone else should have.  It's so nice and warm in there.  Thank goodness for that huge bathroom!

As time neared for the race to start hardly anyone was moving out to the corrals.  It wasn't until about 5 minutes before it started did people begin to move.  Once there, I found a couple of ladies that seem to be friends standing close by.  They were taller than me so I "casually" huddled close by and let them buffer the wind from me.  The day was gorgeous.  I love how you can see the sun rise from the starting line.

Off we go...further away from the water.  Because we had stood so long outside my hands were frozen.  As a matter of fact, right after starting it dawned on me that I couldn't feel them.  Oh, where are my gloves!!!  At home snuggled in its usual place in a WARM room.  I began moving my hands around and I still couldn't feel them and began feeling pain where they use to be.  Getting a little alarmed, I began shaking them.  It hurt at first but then I realized that if I didn't get circulation moving soon, it would be worse because we were headed for the 3-mile bridge soon, which means subjection to the wind again.  Shake, shake, shake...oh, am I running??  I don't even know.  My goal had changed...at least, for now.  I just got to get my hands moving to prevent frost bite.  Yes, I really thought that!  After several minutes, I began go get some feeling back in them.  I was at the park and could see the water in the distance.  To me, that means the race is starting when you get alongside the water.

I love this race.  To get to run with water all around and the challenge those hilly bridges always present to me.  I just love to run over bridges.  The water is just so beautiful and I never think about running because I love to see God's beauty.  It's different every time.

As we head to the bridge, I realized I didn't feel the wind any more.  Guess moving interior, focusing on getting warm and looking at such beauty helped that.  When we began the climb, I felt the wind on my back.  It actually pushed you along.  It was great!!  What a difference to have a tail wind as opposed to the horrible head winds in the last race.  Don't think I've ever had wind that helped you along as long as that.  I ran about 3 miles!!  It felt so good.

All in all, I was so pleased with the race.  I continued to do my run/walk plan after the wind-push.  I've never placed in this race and I am very okay with that.  There are SO many people in it.  My time was 1:43:59 with an 11:07 pace.  Of course, not my best but getting back on my feet again.  I'll take it!  One step at a time...I didn't give up nor quit.  That spells success!

Coming up in two weeks is the Sea Turtle Half Marathon in Gulf Shores.  This is the second half in my 3-part series of the Run The Beach Series.  It's good to be alive and well.  Now, go

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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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