Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Getting out of my comfort zone

Hey guys how’s it going? Not much is new over here, except for running. I went home to RI for Easter weekend and while I was there I ran a 10k…over a bridge!

This wasn’t just any bridge, it was a 2.5 mile bridge connecting Jamestown to the mainland of Rhode Island. Take a look at this puppy.


Needless to say, I was scared out of my mind the whole day before. I was not-so-quietly freaking out about the fact that I had to run over a bridge. First of all, I hate bridges. I hate driving over them, I hate thinking about them, I hate looking at them. So that’s where half of the nerves came from, and the other half came from the fact that I didn’t think my body would be able to carry me over the bridge twice.

My mom always says that a positive mental attitude is 90% of achieving anything. So Friday night, I started using that PMA to get myself ready for the race. I laid out my outfit the night before and got a good night sleep.

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One thing I was excited for was the swag; mainly the tek tee and the bunny ears! We wore the bunny ears throughout the whole race and it gave me a sense of community, which made the race a whole lot more fun.


Nervous nelly on the right the morning of.

We had beautiful weather that day, although it was a bit cool. 

And you know what, the race wasn’t half bad! Despite the butterflies that were circling my stomach all morning, as soon as the first ascent started, I knew I was going to be just fine. And my second realization? I’m not nearly as afraid of bridges as I thought I was! Check out this pic I snapped from the very top of the bridge, it doesn’t get more beautiful than that!

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I’m so lucky to have grown up in such a beautiful place-I can’t wait for the summer!

After all the worrying and psyching myself out, we made it to the finish line and didn’t feel like we were going to die!

I even had energy left to sprint the shoot!


Who’s that girl haulin’ some serious a**? Just me!

Thanks for the photo Capstone!

So the name of this game was conquering fears. And you know what? You may find you’re not actually as afraid as you thought you were! Facing those fears is the only way to ever overcome them and grow.

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Oh hey, the running bunnies survived!

We finished the race in 1:10 (gun time, I think we were a minute or so faster if they used our chips instead). Not the speediest race ever run, but at least we didn’t walk for a second!

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Hey look, there are people behind us on our way up!

So now that it’s been a little bit of time since the race, I have had time to fit in quite a few more runs, I am feeling far more confident in my running ability. Last Sunday’s run was an 11 miler, my longest run to date. Sunday’s forecast called for nothing but rain, so there was talk of changing the run to sunny Saturday.  I decided I needed to become familiar with running in the rain, in case the Cox Providence Half Marathon ends up with weather more like this:

Fingers crossed that’s not the case, but if it is, I feel ready because I did my 11 miler in the rain.  I actually had a good time.  I never got hot and it was kind of fun avoiding the rain puddles. Another benefit? When it rains, people tend to stay inside. Hooray for nearly empty streets, which is a rarity in my little city!

So there you have it, an update on all things running. I decided I should taper the week before the race, so I am only doing 6 miles this Sunday, instead of 12 like I had previously scheduled. And once that run is over, I’m having a huge home cooked breakfast and declaring my training for the Cox Providence Half Marathon (and my first ever half marathon) over! (Save for a Zumba class or two I plan on taking the week before.)

What fears have you overcome recently? How did you face them head-on?

1 comment:

  1. I wanted to run that one, but we weren't around because of the holiday. I ran the Pell Bridge last fall and it was amazing. Looks like this one was too! Great running =)


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