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I Tackled the Beast

Wednesday, February 08, 2012



Last night I met with a new running group and although it wasn't the scheduled route they did the Ravenel Bridge. I could've gone with the 3 or 4 people who decided to take another route but I wanted to hang with the cool kids so to speak and decided to "try" the bridge.

The run to the bridge is about a half mile alone. So I did my 5 min warm up walk and got to running. The base of the bridge was ok. I was set to do an 8min run, 3m walk, 5 min run then repeat. I got most of the run at the steepest part of the incline. I persevered and just blanked out. I just started counting beems that go endlessly up into the night.That's how I get through the runs. I focus on a point off a distance and just hold it in my visual grip until I get to it. Then I focus on a point further off. It works. Trust me, if you are a new runner, try it. A guy I didn't know passed me but not before patting my back and saying "You're doing great", that lifted my to go a little further. I got in most of the run before I had to walk. I planned to count 4 beams and get to running again but before that happened my walk interval w as here.

I got all the way up the bridge before the folks in my group started passing me on their way back down. Everyone was going their own distance so I don't know if they did the whole bridge or not. I kept going until the decline came on the other side. I turned around. By this time my C25K was over. A feeling overwhelmed me. I wanted to run. So as Forest Gump stated "I WAS RUNNING!" I ran and I ran, and I ran. It felt great. I realized I was on an endorphin high. I started passing walkers and leaving them. Trust me, for me it's a big deal. I am the essence of Turtle Power. Sure, the awesome declien helped but my breathing was stable and I was running faster than normal. I felt strong. I felt awesome. By the time I got to the base of the bridge the run leader had caught up. He asked was I ok and I said yes as he and another guy passed me. I didn't care. I just felt really good. The air felt good. I was sweating but not really hot, not cold. I was just in a zone.

I finally made it back and most of the group was there waiting. I was one of the last but not the last. Some runners went farther than others and weren't back. I bid everyone farewell after speaking for a few minutes. They told me I did great, especially for the first time. I thanked them then went home feeling the first taste of personal victory and savoring the thought that there was so much more to come. emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 2/9/2012 10:21AM

    Awesome!!!

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NANCYBOAT 2/9/2012 8:07AM

    That is **GREAT**!!!!!

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ANGELONE11 2/8/2012 8:25PM

    Wow! emoticon That bridge is really long and steep and if you did that HATS OFF TO YOU!! emoticon Before you know it, you will be able to run the entire bridge!!!

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