Everyone wants to know what running over the Sunshine Skyway Bridge was like and I have to tell them it was a once in a lifetime event. At least until next year. I did actually train for this run, worried about the 4% grade going up. The 4% going down was going to be my savior, “gravity take me away.” Let’s just say that I carry a lot of downhill momentum with me at all times. There were no nearby pyramids to race up so I had to use the Clearwater Causeway Bridge (the one from downtown to the beaches) to train. That run by the way is a very nice little run. There is a small parking lot right at the base of the bridge on the beach side to park. Great views, nice people to pass, bicycles to watch and of course the pain. Oh, the pain. At least after the first run. I didn’t think I’d be able to walk for two days. But being a teacher what choice do you have so I did it. This might be part of the problem with being a runner in Florida. It’s flat. I wasn’t worried about the 6.2 miles I was only worried about the 1 mile all up hill. This would be the picture of me offering to surrender; turns out there was no one available to give up to so I had to just keep running.