This was my first time for the SRBR. I must admit that I was a little nervous, what with the cold (it was cold for Savannah) and the drizzle and the BIG BRIDGE! But it was GREAT.
The event staff were friendly & helpful. There was plenty of parking (free for the 5k on Hutchinson Island & $1 for the 10k by the Civic Center).
The information, tips & faq's on the website were invaluable in helping me to plan out my morning so that I could be where I needed to be on time.
The crowd waiting for the race to start was friendly & fun. Santa was in a cherry picker at the start line, dancing before he blew the horn to start the race.
After the 5k, although trolleys were provided, many of us just walked to River Street to catch the Water Ferry (free) back to Hutchinson Island. It was a nice distance for a cool down walk after the race.
The results were posted VERY QUICKLY! My time was 35:38. That put me almost exactly in the middle of my age group and overall. Not bad for someone who has only been running for ONE MONTH!
I will DEFINITELY be doing this one again next year!!
Well, I did it. I registered for "The South's Toughest Bridge Run"! Remember, I am NOT a racer. Heck, I'm not even comfortable calling myself a "runner" yet. I still do a LOT of walking on a 5k. But I'm over 50 years old and I'm up and moving. So I'm pretty pleased with that!
I have 2 lady coworkers who DO consider themselves to be runners and they both told me that they will NEVER do the SRBR again! OMG! What have I gotten myself into?
Until I talked to them, my only worry was the wind on the bridge (196 feet above the Savannah River). I don't do well with cold winds. So I bought a new running jacket with a hood so I can keep my head & ears warm.
Anyway, I'm excited to get to participate in the Savannah River Bridge Run! There were 4000 participants last year and this year the field is limited to 4500. I'm just going to start in the back & if I stay there the whole time, that's just fine with me!
And so I worked out with the Wii (Fit, My Personal Trainer, EA Sport Active) from March to November. In October I had the chance at a good deal on a used treadmill. I was running on it when my husband walked by. He stopped & gave me a strange look. I said "What?" And he said, "You're not even breathing hard."
Then a lady my age posted on a message board that I visit often. She said that she had run a mile the night before.
If she can run, maybe I can too. My endurance does seem to be improving.
So, I signed up for a local 5k on Thanksgiving day. I chose one that I thought would have a small field.
I ran a couple of times a week. Read articles for newbie runners. Carbed down and back up again. And finally got up early on Thanksgiving morning to head to my race.
The weather was cool (for Savannah) and the crowd was friendly. There were babies in strollers and people with dogs. When they said to line up, I headed for the back. (Supposedly we had chips).
I started off slowly & passed a few walkers who had not started in the back of the field. I held a fairly steady pace and finished in under 35 minutes (PR). I was 6th in my division of 12 (45-54).
Yay!! Under 35 minutes! My first practice run just 2 weeks earlier had been 38 minutes.
First, a little backround info. After 51 years of refusing to exercise, I finally found an exercise regimen that I could stick to.
Back in March, I started working out with the Wii Fit. It was really low impact and I stuck just with the Wii Fit for about 6 weeks. Then I got "My Fitness Coach" (for Wii). It turned out to be a really good workout. Then I moved up again to EA Sport Active Personal Trainer. Finally an exercise routine with enough variety to keep me interested.