Most people know this race as the Ringling Bridge Run 4 Miler which is the biggest local timed/scored race in our area. It’s mind boggling year after year to see more and more people who want to race over the Ringling Bridge! I mean, I love hills and bridges, but people think I’m weird.
It looks like there were 2,158 finishers in the 4 miler this year. I have no idea how many participated in the one mile. But it’s for a great cause and the money stays locally so it generates great community support.
I ran the Space Coast Marathon on November 27, 2011 then took a couple weeks of rest and recovery before deciding to sign up and train for the Five Points of Life Marathon on February 19, 2012. That didn’t give me a lot of time to recover, start training again, get in all the long runs and workouts I wanted to, and fit in all the other races I had already signed up for in January and February. So I created the best possible training schedule I could with all the weekend race commitments I had already made weeks and months earlier.
This brings us to the Ringling Bridge Run 4 Miler and the Saturday I’m supposed to do my longest long run of this hybrid marathon training schedule. So I combine the two and am very happy with the result!
I ran approximately 8.5 miles before the race then raced 4 miles in 27:09 (6:47 pace) which is 12 seconds slower than my PR. Wished I realized that during the race so I could have gone for a new PR! After the race I had some Gu and water then set off for my 14 (approx.) mile “cool down” with water and Gu stops throughout. I averaged 8:55 for the 26.2 miles and went over and back on the Ringling Bridge (biggest “hill” in this area) four times.
This was the second time I had done a 26.2 mile training run. I decided this was important to do again for this February marathon because I recovered so quickly from the November marathon. Oh and did I mention the rolling hills I would see in the February marathon? Luckily I have this hilly 26.2 mile training run under my belt and have been doing weekly hill workouts since last fall.