Hey everyone! I hope you’ve all had a fun weekend. Ours has been pretty good and busy so far, and I plan to enjoy this relaxing Sunday by doing a bit of housework (organizing/cleaning the bathroom), some grocery shopping, and lots of lying around recovering from yesterday’s 15K.
The Charlie Post 15K race has been held for 30 years in honor of Dr. Charlie Post, a Charleston physician who was a runner, helped start the Charleston Running Club, and was an advocate for physical exercise. Each year, this 5K and 15K is held on Sullivan’s Island in his honor and his family travels here for it. Through talking to people online, I’ve found that this race has a reputation for being notoriously cold (well, it is January) and a race organized “by runners, for runners”.
Plus, it’s a 15K. I’ve never raced a 15K, so insta-PR. Who can say no to that?
I woke up at 5:30 Saturday morning to hydrate, caffeinate, and eat some oatmeal for breakfast before heading to Sullivan’s Island. The race had a lot of parking on the road and in restaurants’ lots, and fortunately I didn’t get held up by the Ben Sawyer Drawbridge. The weather was gorgeous for running in short sleeves and shorts, and I even took my gloves off before the start.
I saw a few friends from the TrySports/Believe Achieve Run Club before the race and said hello, and then the race started without a lot of fanfare. Lots of people went out fast at the start, turns out there were a lot of super speedy peeps in the 15K (I’m pretty sure the prize was money).
After the 5K turned off at mile 2, I was fortunate to spot my friend and training partner, Ed, just ahead of me. Ed PRed at the Charleston half last weekend, so I made it my goal to see Ed the whole time. I played the game “Let’s pretend Ed is the only person who truly knows this race course”… so I saw him except for around the turns (there were a lot of turns).
The scenery and course were great though- you can’t complain with ocean views, Fort Sumter, and the crazy dome-shaped house on Sullivan’s Island. I’m always in awe when I see the ocean on runs .
All of the turns had nice volunteers who cheered for us, including the person who yelled “You’re almost there!” at Mile 7. Mile 8.7, yes. Mile 7… nope, still 2 full miles to go! But, the volunteers were nice, and the race had lots of water stops. Peggy from TrySports also came after her run to spectate and cheer for everyone from run club, which was super nice of her .
When I saw the finish line and clock, I tiny-terrored to a 1:14:27 finish, just under an 8:00 min/mile pace. MUCH improved from last week! Insta-PR, but also a pretty good time for me, AND I met my goal of not letting Ed out of my sight.
After the race, I enjoyed the breakfast burritos from Triangle Char-N-Bar. They had a vegetarian version with just eggs and cheese, and that made me super happy. As a vegetarian, it really stinks to have to wait around for awards after a race and watch others eat if there’s nothing you can eat. The burrito obviously wasn’t as delicious as it would’ve been freshly made-to-order at Triangle, but after 9.3 miles, it really hit the spot and I enjoyed it. Krispy Kreme also made an appearance, along with bananas, water, all the traditional race stuff.
My super fast friend Virginia won her age group in the 5K and was actually the 4th female overall . We hung out after the race for a bit and she got her award (the 15K field was way. too. fast. for me to hope to get anything!). She’s doing 4 races in 4 weekends, back to back, which is pretty impressive.
Overall, this was a pretty awesome race- you don’t find 15Ks often so it’s a neat experience. The shirts are even a light blue tech material with white print, and it’s neat to have a race shirt that isn’t white, especially if you’re a girl and get caught in the rain during a run . It was a lot of fun and I hope I can do it again next year!