On one of the last days in 2009, I registered for the Minneapolis Duathlon -- a 5k run, 18-mile bike, 5k run. I signed up for a 4-part Team Ortho race series called the Monster Series, which included a freezing cold (-14F windchills) Polar Dash 5k on New Year's morning; the Minneapolis Marathon at the start of summer; the Minneapolis Duathlon at the end of summer; and Minnesota's largest half marathon, the Monster Dash on Halloween. They've since added two more races to the series, the Get Lucky 7k around St. Patrick's Day, and the Go Commando 5k adventure (you know, mud pits, jumping over fire, etc.) in the fall. After completing the races, each participant receives a pie-shaped medal that could create one massive piece of bling by the end of the year if they completed enough races. Unfortunately, I am missing out on three of the potential races -- two of which I am still registered for -- since I moved across the country. This is as far as I made it.
The Minneapolis Duathlon was this morning, and I'm really bummed I missed it. The race debuted last year as the largest in the country, and this year it officially became the largest in the world. I've seen and heard nothing but fun stories and happy pictures from this highly successful event. Really wish I could have been there.
To brighten my spirits on missing out on an awesome race this morning, I decided to take on a mental + physical challenge in exchange for a multi-sport physical challenge: I ran across the Golden Gate Bridge! Without an arm to support me! And I didn't even fall off!
What's more, today was warm and beautiful and the bridge was overcrowded with tourists -- this means I had to run right next to the scary, scary edge and I would often have people stop to take pictures right in front of me. It was truly a test of patience, my fear of the bridge, and a physical challenge since it's all gradually uphill on the way there.
Looking up the South Tower. Okay, I couldn't look up or else I would have lost my balance, so I had my phone look up for me. Yes, that's my hat's bill in the upper left corner.Proof I made it across: The view from Marin.
9.04-mile splits (1:24:47)
I accidentally found myself on part of the San Francisco Triathlon at Alcatraz course. Luckily this was the tail end of the race, so I wasn't in anyone's way. It was nice having all the roads blocked off, though.
Air Temp: 64F
Thanks to Alma F. for giving my blog an award called the Cherry on Top Award last week! I am honored that my blog makes your day a little brighter. :) I feel weird answering those questions and asking others to do the same, so I'm going to be that person who breaks the chain -- but thanks a lot for thinking of me! I love the color pink and I especially love cupcakes, so I got excited when I saw the cute avatar you passed along. Thank you, my average twin!