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Cooper River Bridge Run

Almost done with #3 on my 30 before 30 list! The Cooper River Bridge Run is a popular and fairly unique race in Charleston, SC. I have wanted to do it for a few years now and finally pulled the trigger. So two friends and I road tripped to Charleston, where, incredibly, 4 of our college friends live, to run last weekend!

This run is unique, in my opinion, because a good part of the 6.2 mile run is on the Ravenel Bridge over the Cooper River. It’s a major road and bridge, so I imagine it is no small feat to close it off for 4+ hours. It was a little colder than I had imagined when I signed up – races are hard in the winter/early spring months simply because you have to get there and wait so long before you are actually running. So my hands were good and numb to start the race! I’ve done a few 10Ks before, but I don’t normally train well and therefore, surprise, surprise, don’t run well. This one, however, is smack in the middle of my half marathon training. I finished with a 8:35 pace – by far my best 10K time yet, but actually not quite as fast as I had hoped. My training runs have surprisingly been even faster – but one downside to races is the crowds and dodging people which really does affect your time. Don’t get me wrong – I’m pumped about the time – but also know I’m capable of better 🙂

Let the half training continue!