Hi! How are you doing?
It’s been a whirlwind over here in Chapel Hill! I am finishing up my Master’s thesis and happy to say I defend this week! Unfortunately I haven’t been able to spend half as much time as I’d like blogging about the fun things I’ve been up to! But that all stops here. Here’s to a new month, the end of my master’s program, and most importantly… RUNNING SEASON!!
So I think you already know I am crazy about some springtime road races! This year I was able to enjoy, for the first time ever, the Cooper River Bridge Run! Have you heard of it? It’s the second largest 10k (6.2 miles) road race in the US! I had a craving for a weekend adventure, and my best friend Kat loves the race too!
Kat’s sister Theresa lives in Charleston, so we even had a place to stay for the race! After the 3 and a half hour drive Friday night, Kat Theresa and I ventured out to this amazing and beautiful Italian restaurant called Pan e Vino.
Of course we have to have some bread and wine before a good long run! I opted for the seafood (because it’s my favorite kind of food in the world). But I still had plenty of bread.. and wine.
We went out for a second glass before calling it a night. We had an early morning ahead of us!
We woke up at 5am (which is typical for both Kat and me anyway with our 6am Pure Barre routines) and walked out to the buses, which took us to the lineup. I’ve never been in a race so big before! There are 40,000 people signed up for this race… I wasn’t even entirely sure of what 40,000 people looked like!
We ran in corrals (luckily Kat and I were in the second corral so not much waiting). The course is beautiful and takes you right over the Cooper River Bridge (obviously). I tried to snap a picture of the runners!
And here is the bridge!
We finished right in downtown Charleston. The race hosts a lot of live bands, free food and a festival afterward!
After the race we walked over to a local restaurant called Prohibition for lunch before taking a power nap.
By about 5pm we were already out and shopping the streets of Charleston! Kat and I found these great tank tops at lululemon with the symbol of Charleston on them. We are both super excited to wear them to teach in :)
We then went to Leaf for dinner for another delicious meal (yes, more seafood please).
We stayed outside for a while and enjoyed the sun setting.
We found the Charleston Pure Barre too! But unfortunately it was closed for the night.
We walked around downtown and enjoyed the night scene. I am so grateful for Theresa’s hospitality and willingness to show us around! We were out and about until 2am exploring and celebrating our run!
This weekend meant so much more to me than a 10k. It was an amazing road trip with one of my best friends. We had the opportunity to do something together we both love and truly enjoy. Kat’s birthday is this weekend, and her wedding is coming up in May! She will be moving shortly after for her husband-to-be’s residency (Nate is going to Vandi!! Yay!!). So many life changes are coming up for both of us and I don’t even want to think about how soon she will be leaving.. This weekend was something special for us to enjoy before all of the big changes happen.. before she gets married and I graduate.. we could just pretend none of that was happening and run our hearts out on that bridge. It was such a fun and exhilarating weekend and definitely one of my most memorable and special weekends.
I hope you have some fun today! More to come about what I’m up to in all things active and healthy :)