A GW Story

I ran across the GW Bridge today! Check it off my “life to-do list”.

After 4 miles of trying to find the entrance, I realized I had the world at my fingertips. Enter: Google.

Spoiler: I found it.

I had a very Titantic-esque moment…I’m the king queen of the world!

Actually, it was scarier than I thought. I hadn’t even imagined that I would feel the bridge moving under my feet. I could see the water far, far below. I was holding on to my phone for dear life. I am exactly the type of person who would accidentally fumble around with it for no reason at all, watching in slow motion as it flies into the Hudson. Thankfully both myself and my phone survived the journey.

It was a little bit of a juxtaposition. I was lucky to be taking in this beautiful view, but I kept imagining exhaust from the cars traveling on the bridge seeping into my lungs. I was also more focused on not getting run over by the cyclists than actual running.

“Everything the light touches…is our kingdom.” (Another movie moment brought to you by the GW Bridge!)

My run this week was scaled back a little because the past three weeks I’ve upped my mileage. I started with 10-11 miles in mind, but realized that next week is the Bronx 10-miler and I really did need to give myself a shorter mileage week. But even though my run was only 7 miles, I felt so out of shape. My pace was discouraging…it was closer to my pacing when I first started training for my first marathon in 2010. Eeek.

I was even a little sore from the NFL 4 miler and my hard-ish swim yesterday. For the run, I went out too fast and faded quickly. I ran two minutes slower than I did in my last 4-mile race in April! My legs were still all tired and lactic-acidy.

I almost feel as if I’m going backwards these days. Are you all sick of me complaining about my less-than-stellar runs? I’ll work on that. Promise.

Maybe I shouldn’t couple workouts with wine…nah. (Photo credit to Ashley)

After listening politely to my complaints, Lora’s suggestion to me was to run without my watch. My initial thoughts were: WHAT! NEVER! I MUST TRACK ALL STATISTICS OF EVERY RUN. YOU ARE CRAZY.

But I started listening to the points she made:

1) It can be a confidence killer. If my times are off slightly, my mental strength declines.

2) I won’t enjoy a run as much when I don’t feel physically or mentally strong because of the numbers I’m seeing.

3) I’m not truly running based on feeling.

4) Watch-less, I’ll have a better idea about why a bad run is a bad run -for example, fueling as opposed to seeing fluctuations in time.

It’s scary to say this, but here goes. I’m going to run the Bronx 10-Miler next Sunday with out my Garmin.


(Holy over-exaggeration.) This is sad; my dependence on technology. When I was younger I never wore a watch. I’d see what time I left the house and when I got back. That’s about as high-tech as I got.

We survived without Garmins and iPods, believe it or not.

Honestly, I’m choosing this event as my first planned watch-less run (in a long time, at least) because I know I’ll be running the correct distance and I’ll have an official time at the end. I’ll be able to write down my time and have it to refer back to…but I won’t be checking my watch every 5 seconds. Win-win.

You guys have to make sure I actually do this. I feel like I want to back out already. I don’t know why.

Anyway, for the rest of the day, I’ll be watching college football. IT’S BACK! What a relief.

So…how about them??

Do you run watch-less? Do you like football? Do you want to win ProCompression socks?! 

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  1. September 1, 2012 / 4:03 pm

    Running over bridges is always a little scary for me, but there are so many here that I’ve really had to work on conquering that fear. It’s really the only way we can train on hills in the lowcountry. I almost never time myself when I run, unless I’m on a treadmill or racing or just happen to run with someone with a Garmin. I don’t even own a watch. I would obsess over the numbers way too much because that’s just how I am… but I think it makes me listen to my body a little more than I would otherwise :). Sounds like you did a great job though.

    I love some college football! Watching it now… it’s Southern Miss vs. Nebraska on TV.

    • September 3, 2012 / 1:56 pm

      I need to be more like you! That actually sounds really wonderful…just running…no timing, no technology…I must try it again :)

  2. September 2, 2012 / 10:17 am

    I had a very similar experience the first time I ran the GWB! It’s crazy scary but gorgeous. In fact the first time I rode it I circled the entrance 3 times, up and down those ridic hills – no fun. But it is really beautiful!

    I also TOTALLY get the watch thing – it’s the curse of our chosen sport! Must record every piece of data possible for future analysis and scrutiny :-p But it can be liberating to run without worrying about the data. Sometimes I even run with my GPS/HRM, but keep it hidden for the entire workout so I can really focus on what’s going on.

    Good luck in the race today, I’m sure you’ll enjoy the liberation that comes with running watchless!

    • September 3, 2012 / 1:57 pm

      I wouldn’t be able to keep mine hidden if I brought it with me, I think I need to go “cold turkey” haha. Race is next weekend but I’ll let you know how I make out! haha