Charlie Post Classic 15K (1:14:27)

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.

30th Annual Charlie Post Classic 15K & 5K/2013 USATF South...

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? Party smile

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.

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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 Island with a palm tree.

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 Thumbs up.

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.

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My super fast friend Virginia won her age group in the 5K and was actually the 4th female overall Bunny. 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 Storm cloud. It was a lot of fun and I hope I can do it again next year!

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28 Responses to Charlie Post Classic 15K (1:14:27)

  1. Congrats on the PR hehe, that’s what I always say when I do a distance for the first time… LOVE IT… and LOVED reading this… also had a giggle at that picture as omg I have actually looked like that in a few of my pictures in xc I could write that same thing on it and people would laugh. So glad you had a great time and omg I know what you mean with being vegie and having to wait after race, I usually bring something just as I know all too well about that important refueling 60 min WINDOW… 🙂 Can’t wait to read more of your updates!

    • Amy Lauren says:

      Oh my race pictures are always horrible! I don’t think they took them in this race but last weekend at the half, they were bad. Really really bad! And I looked super pale in all of them too (I know it’s winter, but I looked like Casper the Ghost’s sister).

      I do keep CLIF bars and little snacks in the car in case I ever need them for things like that, or if I get extremely hungry on the way to a morning run or something, I can grab a couple bites 🙂

      • OMG I know what you mean and you know the worst I ALWAYS get tagged in the pics on facebook and everyone then LIKES it before I even get to see it, but they are HORRID one from a camp a few weeks ago I had my eyes completely shut and some of my friends then decided to make comments under it, I was like arghhh poo… I don’t think I’ve ever had a good running pic EVER and the crazy thing is I’ve even posed or well tried to as I know the camera is there and I STILL FAIL… it’s like a running conspiracy haha…

        Smart about those Clif bars you know I really think you should get a sponsorship you’re doing so well at promoting them that I am crazing one arghh hehe! 🙂

      • ps: just noticed u have a twitter whoo I am so stalking you, be prepared! 🙂

  2. Awesome race! I am impressed 🙂 And I love to pick people (though usually total strangers) to watch/follow/stalk during a race. I have no idea if they are good pacers or not, I just choose them!

    • Amy Lauren says:

      Haha, yeah Ed and I run together a lot, I guess when you know someone pretty well you can sometimes pace off of them. Just never pick someone out at the beginning, because people either start way too fast, or they are really good at holding back :).

  3. pickyrunner says:

    LOVE insta PR’s 🙂 That’s so great! I’m glad you felt better about your race than last week. It’s nice to have something positive come out of a not-so-great race. And it seems like you enjoyed it overall, too, which makes it all worthwhile. Great job 🙂

    • Amy Lauren says:

      Yeah, last week definitely motivated me to be more rested, fueled, and focused yesterday :). I’m doing another 5K next Saturday so hopefully all will go well there too. Taking today off but running some intervals tomorrow to get used to running “fast” rather than “long”!

  4. Steph says:

    Haha, nice job on the PR! You’re so speedy =)

  5. awesome job! and super fast! congrats 🙂

  6. a 15k is such a unique distance so I am glad you enjoyed it. the social part of it is always the best

    • Amy Lauren says:

      Totally :). I feel really at home now doing runs and races here since I have a lot of friends, the social aspect is way more fun than the competitive aspect anyway.

  7. Congrats on the 15k PR. I think I said but 15k is such a weirdly common distance up here in Upstate NY. I have yet to race one,..but they have a few. I’m kind of the same way with post race food, a lot of it I can’t have because of being diabetic and when my blood sugars are low after racing that is what it affects it the most! Anywho-great job at the race Amy!

    • Amy Lauren says:

      Thanks Hollie! Yeah, I know how it feels to make sure you have *something* you can eat after a race just in case there’s not much else- and you’re right, a lot of it is really sugary (candy, cookies, donuts). You should try a 15K sometime, it’s a neat distance because you recover pretty quickly but you feel a bit more accomplished than if you just did a 5K.

  8. You are so much more prepared than me. I didn’t even get up until 7 and next year I might sleep in 15 minutes later. Wow. I thought T was crazy with her sub 8:30 time, you are ridiculous. WoW! You must have been booking it the entire time! AWESOME!

    • Amy Lauren says:

      My half marathon PR is sub 8 min/mile pace. When I feel, fuel, and sleep well, I can run fast. Speedwork helps too- I haven’t done any in awhile. I feel like I overtrained a bit for the Charleston half, so I’m taking some days off now so I can beast Saturday’s 5K in Summerville.

      I took 3 days off the week before this 15K so I could run it faster than last Saturday’s half NIGHTMARISHthon… ;).

      I mostly wake up that early so my oatmeal and orange can digest and I can go to the bathroom in the comfort of my own home. I have tummy troubles and have no shame in saying that’s why I woke up so early Saturday.

  9. Nerri says:

    GREAT pace!!! Sounds like a really fun race 🙂

  10. allieksmith says:

    Yay for insta-PR’s… gotta love those!! You kept a great pace, too!! So what was the temperature of the race? I always wonder how winter is in SC!

  11. evilcyber says:

    That “look at the camera” pic gave me a good laugh 😀 I have long ago given up trying to look intelligent when I exercise 🙂

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