A Confidence Boosting Bridge Workout
Happy Friday! Today I am celebrating a successful bridge workout. Last night when I got to the beach it was warm, humid and drizzly.
I know most runners enjoy running in the rain but I avoid it whenever I can. When I first got to the beach I sat there in my car sending snapchats and procrastinating.
I thought, “maybe I should just do an easy run instead of bridge repeats” but then I decided sometimes we have to do tough things! (I totally get this is a first world problem type of tough thing!).
I eventually got out of my car, took some pictures and procrastinated more before making my way down to the bridge. Once I got there the drizzle had pretty much stopped and I was warmed up and feeling good!
I ended up doing four bridge repeats since most articles (and comments on my post the other day) said four was a good place to start. I ran up the one side of the bridge and walked down the other side before repeating.
I took the first repeat really easy since I haven’t run a bridge in FOREVER and I wasn’t sure what to expect. As it turns out my commitment to leg day seems to be yielding some benefits because I didn’t find it difficult at all to get to the top at an easy pace. Whoo!
I took the next repeat just a tiny bit faster wondering if the second time around I would feel it more – but that time I made it to the top pretty effortlessly too. The third and the fourth repeats I went for it since I was feeling good!
I didn’t sprint, but I went as fast as I could while still feeling in control of my heart rate, my legs and my ability to not slip on the wet paint stripe that’s near the top of the bridge.
My average heart rate for this workout was 161 which seems right about where it should be for this type of running workout. Although I probably could have gone a little harder. I mean, the other day one of my “easy runs” topped 170! Although I guess that just goes to show you how the weather can affect heart rate. The other day it was close to 90 degrees on my easy run and last night it was only 80 degrees.
I definitely felt like I could have done more repeats, and I feel sure I’ll add on at least two more next time. Being able to mostly cruise my way through the repeats was a good confidence booster. I’m definitely glad I got in that run!
I’m looking forward to a medium-long run this weekend since I haven’t run anything over six miles in a couple of weeks! 🙂 Yay for weekend running!
Before I go somebody wants to say a special hello:
Hope you have a great weekend :).
Do you like running in the rain?
How many miles are you tackling this weekend?
Anyone racing this weekend?