Last night I finally got brave and ran out on the Kemah bridge with a friend. I have 5 weeks until the Toughest 10K in Houston, and you have to run the bridge 4 times. I was able to go across 4 times last night, and even though it was hard at least I know it can be done. I'm going to try and run the bridge once a week until the race. I'm all about muscle memory, and once I know how far I can go I usually am able to push myself just a tad further.
Now, the bridge's incline is pretty gradual, not at all as drastic as I thought it would be. I found it equally uncomfortable to run up it than to walk up it. When I ran my biceps throbbed--major sign that I need to get my arms in check with some strength training--and when I walked my glutes were killing me. I made sure to stretch really well after and soaked in a hot bath last night and today I'm feeling good!
I'm currently hunting for MP3s of cycling/spinning tracks with instructors in the background. Anyone know of any? Gold's Gym's RPM classes are amazing--all of their classes are--and unfortch my current gym falls way short with their spin class. I thought that if I could find some MP3s I could go in and ride on my own. I would LOVE it if Gold's released a series of tracks...hint, hint!
I was unable to find the Fuel Belt I wanted, so I ordered this Nathan handheld water bottle:
I'm a little nervous about using it because I like to run with my hands free, but I'm willing to give this a go and hey! It's pink! If this is a bust then I'll be forced to just buy the Fuel Belt.