Saturday, March 14, 2015

The Six Bridges Route

This winter has been amazing mild - warm, dry and sunny. That has made running significantly more enjoyable and easier. However, it's unlikely that you can go through a "proper" marathon training cycle without what I'd like to call "character building" runs. Those runs which make you mentally tough. After all it's this mental toughness which carries you through the final miles of the marathon.

Today was such a character building run. I was slated to run my longest run of this training cycle - 22 miles. The route was the quintessential six bridges route with a photo stop at the University of Washington where the cherry blossoms are in full bloom this weekend. The weather forecast called for rain and strong winds. There is no way I would have been motivated to wake up at 5:50 am in these conditions and head out without the support of a great running group!

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