We left on Friday morning from Atlanta - plenty of time to get to the Expo, right? Sure! Until the pothole from hell jumped up and attacked Jill's car on I-20! It was so bad that it sent my iced tea flying through the air! We pulled over to the side and found the tire in pretty bad shape. But it's a run-flat tire and the BMW shop in nearby Augusta said we were OK to drive on it. 8 miles later we were at the dealership getting a new tire. It took about an hour and we were back on our way.
And then we hit the traffic outside of Columbia. UGH! We used Waze to get around a standstill which was great, but the traffic was pretty heavy the rest of the way. And it was raining off and on. Just madness! There had been a warning on the race FB page to get to the Expo before 5 due to THREE events going on at the same time at the convention center. And we had planned to do so, but then - things happen! 7 hours and 45 minutes after we left Atlanta, we were sitting in the convention center traffic.
It took forever to get into the parking lot, but once we were in the convention center, there was absolutely no line for the packet pick up! Everything ran very smoothly!
We had an early night after dinner. The alarms would be going off at 4:45 AM so we could make the short walk to catch a bus to the start line!
The hotel had 'go boxes' for the runners which was fantastic. Jill went down to pick up a couple for us and said they also had bagels and other breads out! My box contained a blueberry muffin, a banana, and a small bottle of water. It was perfect. I don't usually need to fuel before a 10K but we wouldn't be running until at least 8 AM so I knew I needed something in my stomach.
Jill brought trash bags for us to wear over our outfits which was great because I had brought the wrong kind - FYI, NOT a drawstring tall kitchen bag! ;) Thankfully she had an extra and shared so I was properly outfitted for the weather! But when we stepped outside of the hotel, there was only a slight drizzle! It was fantastic!
The walk to the buses was easy and we got onto the bus pretty much when we walked up! And it wasn't raining hard!
|Notice the clouds... could they be breaking up?!|
|Look at these skies on our way to the bridge! It was so exciting!|
We had already decided that we were going to run all the way up the Bridge! Why? To say that we did! LOL I was so glad that it wasn't raining and I was going to be able to get some pictures while we were going over the bridge!
And then we got to the top and decided to run the rest of the bridge! Yeah, we rocked it! NON stop! NO walking! :D
The sun was really out by the time we got over the bridge and I was glad I had worn a tank and skirt! But there was no way I was going to complain because it was supposed to have been pouring!! I could trade a little heat for that beautiful blue sky!!
Once we got over the bridge we ran through the historic areas of Charleston and it was lovely! It did get a little crowded in a few areas but nothing we couldn't manage as survivors of the Peachtree Road Race! ;)
|The finish line is ahead!|
So, as you can tell, the Cooper River Bridge Run was a bit hit with me! Next year is the 40th anniversary and I am going to do my very best to make it! :D