The Bridge Street Half Marathon will always hold a special place in my heart. It’s a small half in Huntsville, AL where I lived for 5 1/2 years, but it’s a great one. Well organized and a very fast course, it’s one I’ve gone back to even since I moved to Orlando.
I first ran this race in 2014, the first year they held it. It was a week after the Oak Barrel half (the hilliest half I’ve ever done) and I was doing very well until I ran into some dehydration issues. I’ve learned I need a LOT of water during a run and the course has enough for many people but not enough for me. I still finished fast enough for a PR at the time. It was fun seeing a lot of my friends on the course and I finished with a smile on my face.
My 2nd time running it was 2015. I was coming off of Dopey and a decent weight loss and I’d had some of my faster training times. Shane had agreed to come pace me and carry water for me and I went in with the goal of breaking 2:25. A few miles into the race I realized I was ahead of the 2:15 pacer but I figured eventually I’d slow down they’d pass me. But they never did! It’s still my PR and I finished at 2:14:19. I’d broken my previous PR by 15 minutes!! Some day I want to beat that.
I also ran the race this year. I haven’t been in the best shape for the past couple years and this year in particular has been a challenge health wise. This year’s Bridge Street half was no different. I was running very well the first 7.5 miles, on pace for a sub 2:40, one of my fastest halfs in the past 2 years. Then just like most of my races this year, I got very sick. I spent most of the rest of the race throwing up or trying to not throw up and finished at 2:56. This was extremely disappointing and disheartening. It’s been a rough year, and I’m hoping it turns around soon. I still managed to finish with a smile and it was my 25th half marathon!
If you’d like to run next year, check out the race’s website (nope I’m not affiliated with them in any way, I just love this race!): Bridge Street Half Marathon