I did a 10k (6.2 miles) run this morning with my mother and a friend…. I’m tired.
The Great Columbia Crossing. Or the Bridge Run, as we locals call it. (that’s not the official event page, but it has the best pictures of the Bridge- even if you don’t like clicking links you should really go see the gorgeous pictures. And we live here! How lucky are we???)
The Bridge Run is something you can only do here, at the mouth of the mighty Columbia River. We start in Washington State, then run and run and run and run over the Columbia, admiring beautiful views… all the way back to Oregon. The bridge itself is over 4 miles long – and tall! It’s exhilarating to climb all the way above town then to swoop back down to finish— and a hot bowl of clam chowder at the end!
This event is the only time pedestrians are allowed on the bridge, so it’s not something just anyone can do just anytime… It was a blast. I love all the little conversations you strike up in progress- catching up with old neighbors and high school friends, chatting with total strangers as you pace each other up the hill, watching the same gung-ho 10 year old pass you then stop, gasping, then sprint past again, while we sensible old hands just jog steadily on and on.
It reminds me how much I love running. I can’t do it much because the cartiledge in my knees disintregrated through overuse. When I was 19 I was told to stop running now, before I lost all use of my knees. I did stop running and some cartiledge has re-grown, but not enough to run. And that’s just fine too, a good yearly dose of fantastic scenery and running comraderie (and sore knees) is enough.
I haven’t run since last year’s Bridge Run but something about the ballet is keeping me in shape- I ran about 4.5 miles before giving in to my screaming knees and walked the rest of the way in. I registered as a walker so I didn’t get an official time, but somewhere in the 1hr 10 minutes range. Not too shabby.
The weirdest thing was wearing “regular” cotton socks. When was the last time I did that???
I wish I had pictures for you!! The boys and I will have to go and get some of our own to share. In the meantime here’s what I worked on this weekend.
Fun socks for a special lady. Have a great week everyone!