Bret

Cooper River Bridge Run

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Location:

Milton,GA,USA

Member Since:

Jul 27, 2010

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Other

Running Accomplishments:

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

Personal:

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

Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 139.51 Year: 1262.63
Race: Cooper River Bridge Run (6.214 Miles) 00:44:02, Place overall: 471, Place in age division: 10
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
1.000.006.210.007.21

Checked the box for this one which has been on my list for a number of years.   Weather was cool-ish in the upper 60's with a breeze and high humidity.  Organization was decent for such a large race.  They announced 35,000 participants at the start.   

This was a bit more difficult for me than it looked on paper.  The climb on the bridge was about 1.5 miles and I tried to keep my effort even and execute a plan to make up time on the descent.  I seemed to do that reasonably well, but was really pushing my HR limits and slowed a little bit in the last mile or so.  6:52, 7:14, 7:32, 6:34, 6:50, 7:15, and 6:41 for the last .2 miles.  I did have a negative split - though I think that's to be expected where the hill is in the first half of the race and the second half has the downhill.  Satisfied with the effort, time notwithstanding.  

 

Comments
From Tom K on Mon, Apr 09, 2018 at 07:23:06 from 47.206.60.114

That bridge is great! 30,000 runners in a 10k? Is that right? Wow! Congratulations!

From allie on Mon, Apr 09, 2018 at 14:19:24 from 73.97.187.130

just looked this up -- looks like a really cool race! and 35,000 is huge, peachtree level huge, which is...huge.

nice race.

From Bret on Wed, Apr 11, 2018 at 12:44:03 from 216.234.133.229

Thanks!

From Jason D on Wed, Apr 11, 2018 at 18:23:59 from 73.144.91.168

That's quite a 10k race. Good effort. Do you monitor your heart rate during runs and/or races?

From Bret on Thu, Apr 12, 2018 at 07:54:41 from 216.234.133.229

Jason - I do monitor my HR in races and in daily training runs. Mostly for marathons or longer races - I like to keep my HR in an aerobic zone and it helps as a tool for me at times to assure that I am not pushing too hard. I know that it has gotten me through races where conditions were not optimal.

From Jason D on Thu, Apr 12, 2018 at 11:09:07 from 141.210.128.230

That's why I monitor it during my runs on the treadmill as somehow my efforts are higher on the mill than outside. I just wish my watch had an "oncoming side stitch" warning for warmer weather races :-)

From Tom K on Thu, Apr 12, 2018 at 11:46:26 from 47.206.60.114

That bridge is listed at 187 feet high. The Skyway (which does not have a sidewalk) is listed as 174 feet high. They are really comparable. You could go on tour of really big bridges 10ks. It could be a new trend that all runners start talking about. I'm just saying. https://www.skyway10k.com/

From Bret on Thu, Apr 12, 2018 at 13:00:41 from 216.234.133.229

Jason - I heard that! How about oncoming dehydration - nutritional deficit warnings too!

Tom K - I would never have guessed the two bridges were that comparable. The Skyway is actually kinda scary to drive on, at least to me. I remember when they had the first run on the Skyway back in the 80's and I heard about the 10k that they did last month. Kinda cool that they plan to make it an annual event. Now that you have planted that seed...I will have to make the trip down for it next year.

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