Saturday, April 5, 2008

It was a great walk

It probably was a pretty good "jog". But the run? It sucked! Not the course, but all the people that were either far too ambitious when entering their projected finish times, or decided that the dedicated walkers had every right to start the course ahead of the 3rd corral (behind the elites and the Paul-fast people). 4 miles into the race I was still passing crowd like they were standing still, and I was very honest with my anticipated finish time - above 40 min and below an hour, the only suitable category for this 10K. I wonder how far extra I ran weaving back and forth to find gaps? Funny thing, though; I was almost at the crest of the bridge before I realized I was on the bridge, mainly out of frustration with the crowds.

As we spent 4 minutes walking up to the start, I wished they had organized the Cooper River Bridge Run as well as the PF Chang's RnR Arizona Half/Full Marathons, wherein the separate corrals started at staged times, walking up to the start line prior to their gun, and strict adherence to the appropriate corralling. No, this was mass-start, albeit chipped for start and finish. Still, this 10K had 10k more people than BOTH the half and full at Arizona!

And yes, the Kenyans won. A pack of them.


But, by mile 4 it was starting to thin out a bit and I could go in very fast spurts, then cruise to get my HR down. The last mile was a very solid effort, and there wasn't much more I could have given at that point. Had I been able to hold consistent effort, it may have been a different race. But at least I have a baseline now for a 10K (45:23) to go by, and this is definitely not a race to PR at unless you qualify for a sub-40 minute finish.

So, Mendy and I had plans to meet at the BI-LO tent after the race, knowing that we would finish separately. I waited for her to pass on the street, but didn't see her, and then waited for well over an hour at "the" tent. Then I did some laps as the crowds thinned. Waited some more. Did another lap. Then we found each other near where I had been waiting...at ANOTHER tent! Yep, two tents. Boy, did we feel like buffoons! We wasted so much time that we could have enjoyed together. Oh well, next time we'll plan better.

After the race, Mendy and I cleaned up and we all headed out to Vickery's on Shem Creek, where you can watch the shrimp boats come in under a nice sunset on the marsh. It is my favorite place to eat, bar none, for the atmosphere. I had a fantastic array of seafood (shrimp, crawfish, crab meat, and fried oysters) over creamy grits. Delish! We were all very stuffed, even with as famished as we felt prior. The rest of the weekend has gone very well, and we avoided the forecasted crap weather for the most part. It did kill our Saturday night dinner plans, but I think we made out in the end with a GIGANTIC pizza from Andolini's on John's Island. If you go to Charleston, go there for pizza! If you order a whole pie, bring some help.

I ran into friend and team mate Pete at both Vickery's and outside the cigar shop downtown. His lovely wife, Elizabeth I believe, was with him at the former, and he didn't shop at the latter. I did, however. I enjoy a good cigar, but they are difficult to find. I have been spoiled by some cigars that leave most of what's commonly available in the dust. At any rate, it was great to see Pete and his bride, and I'm sure Pete had a very nice finish time.

Grace, being herself, carried a Spiderman doll through the Charleston Market. Yeah, that's my girl. *shaking head* She's enjoying time in Chucktown, and with Grandma. She's quite a character, as Mendy's pictures will show, I'm sure.

I hope you all are having a great weekend, and I promise to get the recap from San Diego up soon! Catch you all later...

Oh, and sorry we missed you, Tiff. Hope Grampa is better soon!

**Update, with a special pic for Marcy


Sunday was awesome, and I didn't want to leave. Breakfast at Joseph's, walking on the beach, and lunch at Folly Beach Crab Shack. I'm trying to talk Mendy into moving back down there!

17 comments:

Marcy said...

HOLY MOTHER that's a lot of peeps!

Dude that sounds aggravating LOL You still did pretty sweet though! ;D

Jess said...

That's too many people for my taste.

Bob Gentile said...

Validates my reason for running 100 milers, no crowds cause I hate them...

and ummm crowds of people is even worse--haha

But Congrats on a ur 10K --umm probably 12k(weaving)time!

teacherwoman said...

That's quite a crowd for a race! I can see how that would be frustrating!

Nice job, though! :)

Wes said...

Grrrrr... Walkers :-) Crawfish and creamy gritz! Now that's what I call a post race feast!!

Chad in the Arizona Desert said...

I'm with Bob, I prefer the small field races. The problem with big field events is that it brings in a lot of people who don't know the running protocal. Glad to see you had fun though and are safely home from you trip.

Eric said...

Sounds like an awesome weekend! I think you'll come to enjoy this race more by consuming more adult beverages the night BEFORE the race and "recover" beginning immediately after crossing the finish! This is NOT a course to PR on, you're right! Hope to see you guys soon!

sunshine said...

Holy crap! That's a ton of people!

Weaving through annoying people aside, sounds like a great weekend!!!

Non-Runner Nancy said...

It all sounds fantastic to me. Nice work!!

Gotta Run said...

The Cooper Bridge Run is really not known for setting PR's but i am sure you will figure out a way to make that happen next year!!! You are so driven and a bit nuts :)

Glad you both had a great weekend. Hard to start back into the Monday stuff I am sure.

Paul said...

That's a serious amount of people!!! Good job on getting through all of them. It's a challenge all on it's own. Nice porto john pic. heh

J~Mom said...

Great job with your race in the middle of all of those people!! WOW!!

Mendy told me to tell you that she wants to move to Phoenix, not there. Sorry about that. She and I have been picking out the house already.**



**not really I am lying but it sounded good.

Mendy said...

That's a great couple of pics, even the Marcy dedicated one. :-)

Seriously, it was a great weekend even with the dodgeing around at the race. What a beautiful place to run, though. I do enjoy some chucktown.

G-Man said...

I'm surprised that so many others echo the sentiment I have had for a long time...big, crowded races are for fun only - not PR's!...but it sounds like you managed to squeeze some fun in, too. Sorry I missed the B-Day bash - I hope Mendy told you I was out of town (San Francisco). We'll have to get together soon (and share a cigar!) G.

Lily on the Road said...

Sounds fantastic, too bad about all the too-ing and fro-ing to get around the walkers, but the rest of the weekend sounds just great!!!

I love the pictures from the bridge...wow!

Marathoner in Training said...

Walk, what do you mean walk? Isn't that you in the middle of those six or so individuals running across the bridge by your selves? You got a great tan.

Tiffany said...

Hey yall- sorry I missed you. Thank you so much for the nice comments and thoughts about my grandpa- he seems to be doing better and even recognized me a bit when I saw him.

Come back to Charleston! Move back! :)