Saturday Since we were out way past our bedtime, we slept in a bit and had some errands to run. I headed to meet Meghan for a swim at her lovely outdoor pool. We got in a very solid workout. Meghan really pushes me. She's going to be a great training partner for Chattanooga IM!
Sunday On Sunday at 6 AM, I met up with a friend named Cat. She's a faster runner and I figured it'd help to have her pull me along. She wanted to run the bridges so I happily obliged. Jacksonville is a very flat marathon but I figure those bridges can't hurt, right?
As we got started on our run I was reminded how nice it is to run with a new friend. We had a lot to talk about and the miles went by super quick. Cat wanted to make sure I was running the pace I wanted to. I wanted to stay around 9:15-9:30 but I realized as we ran along that I didn't really care that much. I just wanted to feel better at the end and get time on my feet.
Now, these aren't small bridges. They suck. But the views are gorgeous. As we got back to the cars we had to add on about three miles so we decided on an out and back, away from the bridge we were parked next to. We had picked up the pace at this point and I was getting hot. Sadly, we got back to the car with a quarter mile to go. Cat, being the BAMF that she is, said, "Let's just run up the bridge." I said, "Can we get water first?"
So, with a quarter mile to go we stopped for water. Who does that? I guess the girl who knows she has to run back up a bridge to finish her 15 mile run does. Cat humored me and we began our final ascent up the Clearwater bridge. We hit 15 miles a little more than halfway up. Our pace wound up being 9:38/mile and I am A-OK with that.
After the run I hit up the quickie mart for a much needed chocolate milk and Gatorade. Mmmm sugar! Heh. I then went home to a lovely ice bath courtesy of the S.O.
The rest of Sunday was spent relaxing. It was a lovely weekend.
Now, how about that give away?
I've got TWO free tickets to the Florida Blue Blues and Music Festival on Saturday, October 26, 2013, at the Sarasota Fairgrounds. (Sorry non-Florida readers. But, you could always make it a weekend away right? Isn't it cold in some places right now? It ain't cold here.)
To enter please do the following 1. Tell me how what you ran, biked, or swam this weekend in the comments. (1 entry)
2. Shoot me a tweet (@discomBoBruns) that says "I wanna win Blues Fest tickets!" (1 entry)
3. Share this post on your blog. (1 entry)
I'll pick the winner on Friday.
Have a great day! And congrats to those who raced this weekend!