Experienced River Run competitor Jess Braddock, 25, and River Run novice Brittany Atter, 27, will share their experiences each week with the Times-Union's Outside section, as they complete a nine-week training program for the Gate River Run.
By the time you read this entry, I will have completed the Donna 5K run on Saturday (Feb. 22). I am hoping to finish in under 30 minutes, which will then qualify me for a seeded position for the Gate River Run. For the GRR there are 5,000 seeded positions. These highly coveted seeded spots allow you to start the race in the front of the pack. The first year I ran the GRR, I was unaware of this option, and it took me 6 minutes from the time the gun popped until I crossed the starting line. I wasted all of my adrenaline trying to weave through the crowd!
Also, by the time you read this entry, I will have turned 25 years old! I would have never imagined myself as a long distance runner at the age of 25. In high school it was like torture having to run 1 mile twice a year for the physical fitness test. Now, I’m running 15+ miles a week! I hope that can serve as a little inspiration for any of you readers that are thinking of taking up running, but have yet to get off the couch. You can do it!!!!!
It’s official, I do not like the Acosta Bridge. It’s OK in a car, or when it’s closed due to railroad issues, but running over it is just not fun. The first week we “ran” it, I thought we’d get used to it and be running it without a problem in no time. This week, it was beautiful outside, the rest of the run was great, and then we got the Acosta … it’s near the end of our route and the bridge doesn’t look terribly steep or endless. Looks can be deceiving. I found myself about a quarter of the way from the top and gave up on it, yet again. I began thinking of the River Run, and wondering why they would make people run over that monstrosity, and if maybe they would offer an option B. I realize this isn’t going to happen, but a girl can dream. New goal before run: defeat the dreaded Acosta!