This past Sunday I joined 20,000 runners representing all 51 states to race across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in the inaugural 10k Across the Bay! I first heard about the Bridge Race almost 2 years ago in a newsletter from Charm City Run, and knew I wanted to be part of the big day – it was the first time in 7 years that pedestrians were allowed to walk/run across the bridge, and the views were incredible!
Of course, I didn’t sign up for the race 2 years ago -that would just be way too convenient- so I was really disappointed when the race sold out over the summer. Luckily, someone backed out and a friend of mine contacted me last week to see if I wanted to run (thank you Heather!), so I was able to join these lovely ladies on the drive down to Annapolis to #beatthebridge!
The morning of the race I started getting a little nervous, as I really have not been running that much lately and when I do run it’s mostly been a treadmill 5k on mornings where I sleep late but still want to get a sweat in before work. I really had no expectations for this race, but more than anything just wanted to be part of the experience and see how everything came together for the race founders, Sparrow & Peter (who I actually got to know last summer through some of my friends at the Maryland Chapter of Team in Training). It was great running into so many familiar faces on the bridge, and to see all the purple jerseys of Team in Training participants, many of whom were running in honor of their loved ones – GO TEAM!!!
With no real training and absolutely no expectations, I was pretty excited when I saw my time and realized I PR’ed with a time of 52:31 – AND I managed to make it on the local news in DC yesterday morning! I credit all the barre I’ve been doing lately (more on that coming soon!), going into the race calm & carefree, and that a good percentage of the course was downhill…once you got over the initial hill leading onto the bridge. 🙂
I was SUPER impressed by how smoothly this race went for it’s first year considering all the logistics involved, and I highly recommend doing it next year! Even for those with a fear of heights, it really wasn’t as nerve-wracking as I thought it would be. At least for me, the endorphins took over. Plus, when else can you take pictures on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge?!
Anyone else race this weekend? What did you think?!