On November 02, 2013, I had to do an 18 mile training run. It so happened that we had a 10K in my normal running area in downtown Charleston, the James Island Connector 10K. My running friend, Amy “The Tiny Terror” recommended I sign up for the race and add that into my training run, to relieve some boredom, support a good cause, and run the Connector, which we cannot do any other time. Sign me up! So I had two new running friends, that were going to run with me for the 18 miler, Evan & Luke. I passed along the idea of the connector run, and they were in agreement and we were all signed up for the race.
So Evan and I met at the MUSC Wellness Center at 6am to start the 18 mile run. We ran 10.3 miles together. The race was to start at 8:30am. We made a quick stop back at the vehicles to freshen up before the race. We then headed over to Cannon Park for the race start, where we met up with Luke. We had about 20 minutes to walk around and stay loose before the race started.
The James Island Connector 10K was well organized. Packet pickup was on Friday (day before) at Cannon Park, which is conveniently right across from my office. This was also the race start location. The race had over 1,000 runners in the 5K & 10K. The race started with the National Anthem & God Bless America being sung by community members. There was a slight drizzle, but nothing to interfere.
The race started promptly at 8:30am. We started at the corner of Bennett Street & Ashley Avenue. We ran down Bennett Street to Barre Street, turning right on Barre Street. On Barre Street we take a left on Calhoun Street. We take Calhoun Street onto the James Island Connector for an out and back. There were three hills on each side of the Connector that gave us some hill training. At the Folly Road end of the Connector, the 10K runners stayed to the left, and made the loop to head back to downtown Charleston, while the 5K runners kept straight to their finish line. They were then bused back to Cannon Park. We ran back down the Connector to Charleston and repeated our route back to the finish line, revisiting those three hills yet again. We all finished the race in 1:00:30 (9:45 pace). With 10 miles already on our legs I was quite satisfied with this result.
The race had great support with water stops on the course. As with any race (other than Disney) they need to increase the amount of porta-potties! There were still people in line for them when the race started. They did have more at the 5K turn point also. There was water at the finish, along with a few food vendors. Thanks to all the volunteers and police support, you all did awesome with the encouragement and protection!
At the finish, ewe were given an awesome medal. If you are a frequenter of my blog, you know I do not do races that do not provide finisher medals. This was a great medal for a 10K. Come on Cooper River Bridge Run, step up the plate!
After the race, we still needed a mile and a half to complete our 18 mile training run, so we continued running through downtown Charleston until we logged enough mileage to complete the mission!
It was a great day. I got to run with new running friends, run a local race & location I had never run, and finished the 18 miler at a 9:41 pace! This was a good effort in preparation for the Walt Disney Marathon in January! Evan is doing the Savannah Rock & Roll Marathon next weekend, so good luck to her next Saturday!
Here are some pictures from the day.