Ain’t No Mountain High Enough!
Or bridge! There are only three places in Florida where you can run hills or inclines. Clermont, Gainesville (there is a hill on the NW side of town by the I-75 exit ramp), and the bridges in downtown Jacksonville. I am proud to say that not only did I complete 8 miles yesterday, but I also ran the bridges! 🙂
I can’t say it was an easy run- it was probably the most difficult one I’ve done thus far, but it was the most fun. I love running in new places because it keeps me entertained and excited about what’s around the corner.
I started this run at Memorial Park and ran along the river for a good portion of the run. I also ran through the Jacksonville Landing and yes, even the bridges! The first mile and a half was pretty easy but then I saw this:
Now that’s an incline! It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I lengthened my stride and made it up at a pretty good pace. And what goes up, must come down- well coming down was a bit of a challenge. It was a circular exit ramp that made at least 7 (tight!) turns. While I was going down the ramp, my GPS on my phone lost signal so it didn’t calculate the mileage for this.
After a quick restroom break (I’ve been drinking a lot more water recently!) I was back on track. I ran through the landing and the buildings of downtown.
Then I ran into my biggest obstacle of the day, the Main Street Bridge (the blue bridge in the first picture). I have always wanted to run it and I decided that today was going to be the day! So, I got all of my strength from within and made the trek up the bridge. I kept telling myself, “what goes up, must go down,” and honestly, the bridge wasn’t too bad. It didn’t kill me too much time wise and was a great challenge for myself.
About a half mile after the bridge I hit the 4 mile mark and I turned around to loop back to the park. That’s when it hit me: I was going to have to not only do the bridge AGAIN but I would have to run up the exit ramp that I had done earlier! I decided to break into my fuel (some gummy bears) and tackle the inclines again. The gummy bears helped a little bit- I got some energy back, but I realized that I suck at chewing and running. Maybe it was because of the cold weather, or maybe it was because I was a little tired, but I COULD NOT CHEW! Haha! 🙂 I’m sure people who were walking past me thought I was CRAZY! Here I am attempting to chew on a simple gummy bear, but looking like I am a giraffe or something with how big my mouth is opening. I wish I could describe this to you better because I felt like an idiot! Note to self- try something else as fuel for the next run.
Despite the cold, the wind, the bridges, and the gummy bear disaster, it was a fun 8 mile run! I finished it in under 1 hour and 10 minutes (my goal was to finish it in under 1 hour and 15 minutes).
Splits:Mile 1: 7:57 Mile 2: 8:34 (16:31)- going up the incline Mile 3: 8:18 (24:49) Mile 4: 8:16 (33:05) Mile 5: 8:44 (41:49) Mile 6: 9:06 (50:55)- second time going over the bridge! Mile 7: 8:42 (59:37) Mile 8: 8:31 (1:08:08) TOTAL: 1:08:08
I then attended a music concert and then went grocery shopping. Just a tip, if you have nothing to do on a Saturday evening at around 9pm, go to Publix (or your grocery store). NO ONE is there and it really makes your shopping experience a lot better! 🙂
I was in the mood for pizza so I made a thin crust pizza on a whole wheat wrap. I topped it with tomato sauce, cheese, MorningStar chicken (the fake chicken), and veggies! I paired it with a nice salad. 🙂 It was delicious!
And, I decided to have dessert to reward myself for a good run.
All in all, it was a great day with a great run!
*I apologize for not getting this up last night. I fell asleep shortly after dinner. I guess I went into a food coma! Haha!*