Do you know what today is?
It's hard (and scary) to believe that in 3 months, I'll be running my first marathon! My training has been going well so far, but I still have a lot of work to do.
Since the course covers 4 different bridges, I've been trying to do more hill and bridge work to prepare myself. Running 26.2 miles will be hard enough, but bridges are tough. My only real "hill" work in the past year has been upping the incline on my treadmill. Needless to say, that's not going to cut it.
Jacksonville is pancake flat, but if you venture downtown you can run the bridges there. Of course, it's not the same as the Verrazano, but it's still tough.
I made it to downtown Jacksonville in time to watch the sun rise, which was really cool. Even though I'm really not a morning person, I love being able to get things done when there is no one around. Plus, since it was about 77 degrees with 90% humidity, it was early morning or it wasn't happening.
There are 2 main bridges that everyone uses - the Main Street and the Acosta. The Acosta is cool because it's lit up in blue lights at night, but it's also a lot tougher than the Main Street Bridge. Just when you think you're hitting the top, there's still a little more to go. I went over each bridge twice. I averaged about 10:00 per mile, but I really haven't been focused on my times. My main goal is to finish the race without injury.
How do you fit in hill workouts? Any bridge advice?
I'm Jenn! I'm a baker, blogger, sorta-runner, and writer living in Jacksonville, Florida!