Cooper River Bridge Run

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Jul 27, 2010



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PR's -

Mile - 4:38    (High School)

2 Mile - 10:12 (High School) 

3 mile - 15:51 (High School)

10k - 35:19 (High School)

Marathon - 2:59 marathon (London -2013)

Half marathon - 1:25:18 (Deseret News 2013)

Ran all 5 of the World Marathon Majors (NY, Chicago, Boston, London & Berlin)

5 x Boston Marathon

Triathlete - sprint to half-ironman distance

Climbed Alpe d'Huez on my bike 



Short-Term Running Goals:

Sub 3 hour marathon

Long-Term Running Goals:

Continue to improve times on all distances from 5k to marathon


Married with three daughters - each of them are recreational runners.

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Miles:This week: 20.75 Month: 76.35 Year: 952.80
Race: Cooper River Bridge Run (6.214 Miles) 00:41:26, Place overall: 295, Place in age division: 8
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Cooper River Bridge Run - 10k Race - Charleston, SC .  This is the second year I have done this event.  Last year I had planned a weekend with my wife and do the race, but she could not make it at the last minute, and I just drove over the day before and drove back right afterwards - had a decent race but not stellar.  This was a re-do - in which she got to make the trip this time, and I got to have really good effort and result.  Very pleased with this race today.

For those unfamiliar with this event, it is a large 10k with an estimated 35,000 runners this year. It is a point to point race over an iconic bridge.  The bridge is about 2.5 miles long and has a decent climb of maybe just less than a mile.  

My recent heart procedure (arterial stent) in December has me feeling very good aerobically, but I really have had limited training until the last 2 weeks with doctor's restrictions of running no more than 3 miles per day for the first 30 days and then no more than 5 miles per day until mid to late March.  My training has been mostly tempo or faster efforts on the roads.  My longest long run was last weekend at 10 miles.  

I went out somewhat conservatively wanting to not blow-up on the ascent up the bridge in the first part of the race and miles 1-3 were good at 6:38, 6:52, 6:52 for a 5k split of right at 21 mins or so.  But I felt fantastic as I crested the middle of the bridge and maybe let some irrational exuberence allow me to crank the backside of the bridge a little too quickly at 6:08.  We leveled off on mile 5 into town at 6:29 pace and that would have been a great place to finish for me because I was running on fumes for the last mile at 6:49.  Managed to pip someone at the finish at 6:19 pace for the last 2 tenths of a mile.  

My wife was at the finish and caught a good video of me on her phone as I ran by (maybe I did not catch that guy at the end??)

So - I had a negative split by about 30 seconds.  I ran nearly 2.5 mins faster this year than last year (perhaps it helps to have full blood supply to one's heart being unblocked) and I finished in the top 300 of the event. 

All in all, while I would have liked a better 6th mile and maybe liked to have been closer to going sub 40 minutes - I was really just so pumped on the top of that bridge, feeling so solid and so much depth to my fitness that I had not felt in quite some time, that I would have to say this was really a good day.


From Tom K on Mon, Apr 08, 2019 at 06:57:47 from

Man, that downhill is really steep! Anybody would have irrational exuberance on that ride! Great race, and congratulations!

From jtshad on Mon, Apr 08, 2019 at 07:02:27 from

Awesome! Glad you had fun and are doing so well after the procedure.

From Bret on Mon, Apr 08, 2019 at 12:40:33 from

Thanks guys. I really did have fun with it.

From Jon on Wed, Apr 17, 2019 at 07:27:44 from

Good job. That's a fun bridge to run over.

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