Cooper River Bridge Run 10K (2015)

I figured I better get this post up before my next race (tomorrow!).

Josh and I did the Cooper River Bridge Run 10k two weeks ago on March 28th.  I was supposed to run it with his sister, but her husband got orders (Air Force) and they had to leave the morning of the race.  Josh decided he’d take her bib so I wouldn’t be out there running by myself.

This is the Cooper River Bridge.

Beautiful, right!?

The race started at 8AM, but because they expected 40,000 people (only 33k ran this year) it’s got shuttle buses to the start meaning we were up at 4:45 (big thanks to Josh’ parents for watching Nolan) to drive to downtown Charleston, park, get in line for the bus, drive to the start and get in our corral.

I think we made it to our corral around 7AM leaving us an hour to wait.  My only complaint about this whole process was the length of lines at the porta potties.  I may or may not have ended up going down a side street and finding a little alley hidden by bushes. I’ll never tell.

Josh hadn’t run since our 5k in November, so my plan was just to stick with him.  Also, I don’t have many hills to train on at home, so I didn’t know how I’d do on the bridge.  The course is about 2 miles before the bridge, 2 miles of bridge, and 2 miles into downtown.

There were so many corrals that we didn’t cross the start until 8:30.  Actually, at the last second I was able to duck into the now abandoned porta potties for a second before our corral crossed the start.

The first two miles were no problem and we enjoyed the bands they had playing at pretty frequent intervals.  Especially the 80’s inspired hair band who were rocking out in fringe vests, no shirts in 45 degree weather.

I myself had 3 layers on top, one of which I abandoned in the corrals. (I believe they donate everything left behind.)

I was really gearing up mentally for the bridge.  My goal was not to walk it, which I achieved.  The incline isn’t all that steep and didn’t last every long so I never felt like I wasn’t going to make it.  All the people and the music really helped, too!  From there it’s downhill for maybe a mile and then into downtown.  There weren’t as many bands after that point, but there were a lot of supportive spectators, which was really nice.

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Josh and I decided to cross the finish holding hands.

4-10-2015 9-02-00 AM It wasn’t my fastest 10K, but it was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed running with someone else for once (especially Josh).

Here’s my stats:

carolyn_results

And Josh (remember he was using his sister’s bib):

josh_results

Overall I thought it was a really fun race.  It’s a little pricey for a 10K at $70, but there was a nice expo, a lot of bands, and good party afterwards.  My biggest complaint was there was no medal.  For $70 I expect a medal.  We did get a t-shirt and a towel, but I’d much rather have a medal.

So, that’s it!  Next up…my half-marathon!!

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