I went into this race not expecting much, I wasn’t sure how my hip would hold up as I hadn’t run more then 5 miles since my marathon. My coach gave me a plan to run for 90 minutes and if after that I needed to run walk that would be fine, to just go with how I felt after that. Well I ran that 90 minutes, and then I just kept running, and I ran the whole thing, no walk breaks other then going through the water stops, and I felt AMAZING, other then being the normal sore, I am in no pain, felt no pain while running and man was that AWESOME. I finished in 2:39, totally not even close to my PR but after last year and having to walk every half I did this was a total win, and has me feeling really good about my goals for this year, I feel like I have my running mojo back and man am I excited to race the rest of 2019.
Now more about the race overall. Charleston is a really cute city, and I would recommend a visit, especially in January, where it is 50 degrees there while it is 12 here. The expo was easy to get to and navigate, it was a small one, but still had some cool things to see. Bib pick up and swag pick up was easy and smooth, and after that I went into downtown to have some lunch (Charleston has some amazing food)
Race morning, was a cool morning (for the area) but a sweatshirt was good for me over my running stuff. The race starts near a school and the school was open for runners to go in sit in to stay warm, which was really nice. The marathon takes off first, at 7:15, then the half takes off at 7:30 there are pacers for both races, so I set myself with the 2:45 pacers to make sure I didn’t take off. Once the race gets going , you immediately turn right and start running around the Citadel, which was really cool. Then you head towards the coast and you run right along the ocean with all the beautiful old big houses and palm trees, it was so gorgeous and I wish I could live there. Then you get to run on King St which is like the shopping district of the area, and where I had lunch the day before. After that you head into a industrial area, not pretty, but it wasn’t terrible and the group with the 2:45 pacers was a fun group and we were having some great chats, made the miles go by faster. There is one hill (yes one) to go over a bridge, around mile 10, wasn’t too big but a little challenge. Then you head into the Naval Yard where the race finishes, and you finish is small park. You get an awesome medal (it’s huge and sparkly) and then you get SHRIMP AND GRITS YAAAAAAAAAAS PLEASE and they were tasty, I very much enjoyed that. You also get 2 free beers, but I didn’t partake of those.
Overall, I really liked this race, it is flat and fast, it’s well run and put together and they have great perks that other races don’t have (shrimp and grits). The race shirt is really nice and I wore it on my run this morning and the medal is great. So if you want a race to run in SC, I recommend this one, smaller race so not huge crowds but sometimes that is nice.
So state 21 is done and dusted, and now I only have 2 states left on the east coast, MD and DE, I am having trouble getting a race for DE on June 2nd, so if you know of a 5k or 10k on that day let me know thanks.