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.

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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!).

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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:

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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?

8 comments

  1. Ali @ Hit the Ground Running

    I’m glad your repeats went well!! It definitely does make you feel stronger and more confident when you can conquer a bridge.

    My heart-rate was 180 the other day during an easy run. Ugh. Maybe my heart monitor was wrong though, because how can you still be alive with a HR of 180?!
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    1. Kristina

      I believe it! When it’s hot and humid out my heart rate skyrockets even on easy runs!
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  2. Denise

    Nice job on the bridge repeats! I don’t mind running in the rain if it’s warm and I’m wearing a hat. If it’s chilly at all, I hate it! I have an easy-ish weekend with 3 miles on Saturday and 8 miles on Sunday. Just over a week to go until Chicago! 😮
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    1. Kristina

      That sounds like the perfect amount of running for this weekend!

      I definitely worse my visor last night even though it was dark out already to keep the drizzle out of my eyes. I hate when water gets in my eyes! It’s the worst when it’s raining so bad or raining at a slant and not even a hat or visor can protect you!
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  3. Sam @ grapefruit & granola

    That is awesome that you did well with the bridge run! I really do think strength training helps so much with running and endurance!!

    I have run in the rain 1x. I didn’t love it but it had been so hot in NC at the time that the cooler temps were a welcome change.

    Have a good weekend!
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    1. Kristina

      Ah, yes! That’s definitely the trade off. When it’s SUPER hot or super humid the rain is welcome. I did a half marathon once where the humidity was over 90% and when the heavens finally broke open and it started raining I was so happy!
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  4. Megan @ Meg Go Run

    Oh Cecil, he is so beautiful. 🙂 Awesome job on your bridge run! Having a run that boosts our confidence is so needed sometimes. I am sure will crush your medium long run this weekend. 🙂
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  5. Lisa @ Running Out of Wine

    Great job! I think its good that you felt like you had something left in the tank when you were done. Those rainy workouts are so tough but now you can think back on that when things get hard in a race!

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