How to prepare your body for the Cooper River Bridge Run

Bridge Run

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCBD) – Thousands of runners and walkers are gearing up for the 44th annual Cooper River Bridge Run.

It’s the first race in more than two years because of the pandemic and runners are ready to take on Charleston’s 10K this weekend.

“This can be an exhausting race,” said Dr. Valerie Scott, who is a family physician with Roper St. Francis Primary Care. She’s participated in the Cooper River Bridge Run herself and knows firsthand how to make sure you’re ready for the big race.

“It’s a 10K- there is elevation… so, you know, please listen to your body. Slow down if you need to,” said Dr. Scott.

While temperatures may be lower than normal this year, staying hydrated is still critical.

“Hydrate starting the day or two before the race. Drinking water during the race is an added extra, but you need to go into the race very well hydrated,” said Dr. Scott.

She also recommends not drinking alcohol or sodas the night before because it can cause dehydration and cramping when you’re exercising.

Eating well is important the night before you take on the big race, so you can feel energized. Carbohydrates, such as a spaghetti dinner, rather than food with high fats will give you some more fuel to keep going.

Rest also makes a big difference leading up to race day.. She recommends getting seven to eight hours of sleep the night before the race.

On race day, make sure you’re only pushing as hard as your training allows.

“If you’re feeling something pull it’s not ‘no pain no gain.’ Stop, walk, cover, and then you can move on and maybe run some more… Don’t push yourself,” said Dr. Scott.

“None of us are going to qualify for the prize. There are already professional runners at the finish line when you start, so just enjoy the day and have a great run,” said Dr. Scott.

Race day is Saturday, September 25th.

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