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    BakBlog — Take the bridge

    Taking Control of Running

    Taking Control of Running

    Over the last several months, I've heard a recurring theme from friends in the running community that they've lost their love of running and are trying to reclaim it. It seems that the pressures of continuous training cycles, Strava statistics, and injury (or threats thereof!) have taken a toll on many of us. And often, efforts to combat these pressures, including adjustments to training plans and race schedules, tend to only reduce our sense of control. Here's how Take the Bridge can help regain that sense of control.

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    Don't Fear the Bridge

    Don't Fear the Bridge

    Cover photo is of Jenny Donnelly (@jenny_donn), rocking her Winged Foot Bakline Tank.

    Last night, right after the sun set over the Williamsburg Bridge, dozens of runners had the final hurrah of the Take the Bridge Summer Series, hosted by November Project Brooklyn. As spectators, what we have loved most about these races have been the unifying characteristics emanating from the runners each and every time. Chief among these? The lack of fear—of the bridge, of running, and of coming together with strangers to take over our city and run what is perhaps one of its coolest races. And above that, the lack of fear about having pure, unadulterated fun with every step.

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    Don't Just Take the Bridge. Build It.

    Don't Just Take the Bridge. Build It.

    One of the beauties of running is how malleable it is to your needs. Some, for example, use it as a means of escape, while others as a means to connect. Last night’s Take the Bridge race was a prime example of the latter, and I was lucky enough to witness it in action. After what I can only describe as a flawlessly executed event, in her address to the post-race crowd at Bronx Brewery, the cofounder of Take the Bridge hit an important point about the structure of running culture. Speaking about her experience as a member of a running team, she mentioned at times feeling like no one crossed the boundaries between teams. How running in clubs could just feel...clubby.

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