You’ve been putting in the miles, running or walking, or maybe a bit of both. You’ve been hydrating. Stretching. Getting plenty of rest. Eating healthfully, balancing your plate with lean proteins, fresh fruits and veggies, some smart carbs. All for one goal: this weekend’s Bridge Run.
And it’s finally here … the start line is being set up in Mount Pleasant at this very moment. There is energy and excitement in the air — almost enough to counteract the pollen.
Many of us at Roper St. Francis will be among the 40,000-some expected participants. Others of us will be volunteering at the event. And all of us want you to have the best bridge run or walk that you possibly can. To that end, and to the end of the 6.2 miles, here are some suggestions for maximizing your training (or lack thereof) and most importantly, having fun.
Tip #1: Don’t Bonk.
Which means, pace yourself. It’s easy in the midst of all that humanity and excitement to get swept up in the energy and push too hard at first. Don’t do it. It may feel good (at least to your pride) to run faster than you are used to for a bit, but then, and there’s always a “but then…,” you’ll regret it. Maybe give it a final “umph” at the very end if you still have something left, but not till then!
Tip #2: Keep Your Eye on the Finish Line
… but also take a look around. Enjoy the sweeping views from the top of the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge. Check out the crowd. Savor the goofy fun of the crazy folks dressed up like Hot Dogs or Duck Dynasty stars. Pay attention. It might keep you from tripping, and it will make the experience more rich and fun.
Tip #3: Drink!
Pause ever so briefly at the water stations. They are there for a purpose. Staying hydrated makes you more alert and enlivens your muscles. A general rule of thumb: a moderately-paced runner should drink six to 12 ounces of water every 20 minutes or so.
Tip #4: Relax and Have Fun
Unless you are an elite runner, it’s hard to post a great time or PR (personal record) at the Bridge Run, due to dodging all the crowds, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still have a great time.
Tip #5: We’re Here if You Need Us
And if, despite #1 – 4, you do over do it, or get hurt or sick during or after the Bridge Run, RSF After Hours on James Island and in Mount Pleasant and our Express Care in North Charleston are open until 4 p.m. on Saturday. Walk-ins welcome. Hobble-ins too. Just saying…