The bridge is gorgeous! It's so beautiful at night. The bridge opened Sunday and there were many events on the bridge on Saturday.
At 8 am there was a 6K run for Stan Musial also known as "Stan the Man". He's a legend in baseball. He was St Louis Cardinals #6 (hence the 6K). He is so loved in St Louis. He passed away last year and the baseball season was dedicated to him. The players had a #6 patch on the sleeves of their uniforms. There was 6 in the outfield grass during the opening week. St Louis is crazy for Stan.
Friday night we picked up our packets (at a stupid location in St Louis - traffic, lack of parking, etc). The first 2500 (increased from 1500 cause of popularity) got a commemorative medallion.
It snowed a bit Friday night. It was really cold Saturday morning and the road was not totally clean. We were in the 3rd and final wave (11:00/min + pace). The atmosphere was so wonderful. I wished I had worn a cardinals jacket as there were a lot of people sporting Cardinals attire and I was jealous. I hadn't ran outside in a long time. Unfortunately my knee didn't like it, even though I haven't had any problems on the treadmill. So that's concerning.
My husband started running with me at the beginning and he ran for quite some time. The on-ramp to the bridge was quite a hill and I think that's where he lost it a bit. When I got on the bridge I stopped on the side and he wasn't that far behind me, so we posed for a selfie. :) I started running again and after the turn around I stopped to take more photos of the bridge and the river. I felt like photos were more important than running. This was the *only* day the bridge would ever have people on it. I had to take photos. :)
This was right at the start of the bridge. I was still kind of running and while taking this photo. I have to say it was really crowded so at least I'm a naturally slow runner. lol
The "cables" are really sleeves of many cables. Something like 32 to 70-ish cables depending how far the sleeve is from the pillar.
I love the ice in the Mississippi! :)
I had to get a photo of myself! :)
The atmosphere at the start was so fun and energetic I forgot to start my Garmin. Oops! So my stats are a hot mess. I love how it looks like I ran through the river.
A 6K is like 3.7 miles so you can see that I forgot the start the Garmin and I also forgot to stop it. I realized that while I was in line for water. Didn't add any real distance, but added time. Ha! But this was all for fun (though I did count this as my 4 mile training run I was suppose to do Sunday).
In other news, my new (old-discontinued-previous) shoes came Saturday when we got home. I'm breaking them in with a 3.5 mile run on the treadmill tonight. I hope they help my knee issues. I have been foam rolling my IT band. That seems to be what is causing the knee pain, but I'm really not sure. I was super bummed it was hurting during this run, after not hurting for weeks on the treadmill. Hopefully the new shoes help. Fingers crossed! :)