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River Run Training Diaries: As training winds down, our runners meet goals, focus on home stretch

Posted: March 4, 2014 - 7:01am  |  Updated: March 4, 2014 - 7:04am
Experienced River Run competitor Jess Braddock (left), 24, and River Run novice Brittany Atter, 27, share their experiences each week with the Times-Union's Outside section, as they complete a nine-week training program for the Gate River Run.
Experienced River Run competitor Jess Braddock (left), 24, and River Run novice Brittany Atter, 27, share their experiences each week with the Times-Union's Outside section, as they complete a nine-week training program for the Gate River Run.

Experienced River Run competitor Jess Braddock, 25, and novice Brittany Atter, 27, share their experiences with the Times-Union, as they complete a nine-week training program for the Gate River Run.

Jess Braddock: I made my time! I finished the Donna 5K in 28:48! However, I was unaware that there are no longer seeded positions available for my pace group. Super sad! But, I am very happy that I was able to keep a pace of 9:18 per mile for the entire 5K. Next challenge, the Ortega River Run (March 1). It is a beautiful 5-mile race through the residential area along the river in Ortega. This race will really set the tone for the Gate River Run, which is now only two weeks away!!! It’s hard to believe that the time has almost arrived, but you can see it in all of the runners. Pace groups are getting faster; shiny new running shoes are being broken in; and most everyone is now excited for the challenge (as opposed to fearful). We will have one more “formal” long group run coming up this Saturday, and then it’s off to the races on March 15!

Brittany Atter: Last weekend was my half marathon, and it wasn’t nearly as daunting as I expected. Every mile there was a sports drink station followed by a water station. Around mile 9, gel packets were being given out (lemon lime is not as good as it sounds). Many of the runners were laughing and chatting right through to the end of the race and from the start to finish compliments for princess costumes were flying around. Did I mention it was the Disney Princess Half Marathon? Everybody was dressed to the nines; 8-year-old girls visiting the parks had nothing on these outfits! While I won’t be wearing a princess costume for the GRR, I don’t promise to leave all the sparkles at home.

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