Bridge to Brisbane

What a morning!

I ran/jogged (I didn’t even have to shuffle!) the whole 10km!! I was so nervous waiting to start in the morning but it went so much better than I could have imagined.

I actually participated in the Bridge to Brisbane last year because my workplace at the time was paying for people to enter and a group of co-workers were going (assuring me they would be walking). I ended up walking with a couple of girls who wanted to jog on and off as well; I didn’t want to be left alone so I joined them and even though the bursts of jogging were short, I was in pain, out of breath and unfit.

In addition, before today I had never run a course over 4km and I had never run for over half an hour straight. When I first started the 12WBT last round I struggled to run for 1:30 mins.

Today I just couldn’t get the smile off my face for most of the run, I just felt amazing. I was able to borrow an arm band from a friend (I really want to buy one now, it was so convenient for music and for storage) and my new over-ear earphones made for the most comfortable “sound-tracked” run I’ve ever had.

Carol mentioned to me that she doesn’t like to run to music as she feels like she has to slow down or speed up her pace to match the music. I thought about this before starting the run and decided to try to think of the music as something to enjoy while focusing on keeping an even pace. I feel like this really helped, in the past I have gone for high-tempo songs but I enjoyed the mix of mellow and fast-paced while focusing on my pace. I think that the weights training has really helped with my running as well, stronger muscles and all that.

I feel like maybe I could have tried to go harder towards the end but really I was just focused on being able to go for the whole distance and I didn’t want to burn myself out. Finishing was actually really weird; after focusing on “just keep running” for so long and then speeding up for the last stretch (maybe 20 metres), stopping just made my legs feel like jelly.

I’m pretty tired now, and the sides of my knees are a bit sore, but I’m still elated; it was incredible.

I didn’t get any photos because my phone was firmly tucked away and I was by myself but there were photographers along the course. Hopefully my race number will be tagged in a couple on the website soon and if so, I will post them up.

Thank you all so much for your encouragement! I was running alone but felt so supported and like I had a whole team behind me.

Next up… Half marathon?

~ energyandEmily

EDIT:

Photos as promised!

They’re not much but they’re something! I’m pretty sure they were taken in the last stretch near the finish line and I actually have a photo from the same place last year:

281882_10151219814601803_746329053_nI’m the one on the far right of the three girls in black; it’s a blurry photo but I think you can really see a difference.

~ energyandEmily

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This Girl is on Fire

“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”

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We had planned to go for our Monday running session when Hugh got home from work tonight, which would have been about 10.30 (I know, I’m no good with this curfew thing). However, at about 9.30 I was sitting at my computer reading through quotes on Pinterest (being super productive, basically), not all of which were typically inspirational but some were quite thought-provoking, and suddenly I had this itch. I just wanted to go for that run right then and there, I wanted to get my week started, and I felt like proving something to myself.

I thought that I would be able to run to where Hugh parks his car for work and give him a nice surprise; I knew that he would be happy as he really dislikes running. Also I figured that it was still early enough to be fairly safe running on my own along main roads.

I headed out with music streaming from my phone, and it was cold and crisp and absolutely exhilarating!

At one point I was running and listening to “Girl On Fire” and I was her; I was just a girl and I was on fire.

Hugh called me to let me know that he had finished work just as I was finishing my session, 4km of running/walking. He was very surprised but also really proud, I finished off my sprints while he was walking to the carpark, and he sent me a text, “You’re incredible!”

And I felt it.

~ energyandEmily