Catch the Leprechaun 5K (Pit Crew)

A few weeks ago, I volunteered at the Catch the Leprechaun 5K in Mt. Pleasant.

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Catch the Leprechaun uses a really fun concept that makes it a great race for all runners, regardless of ability. The organizer, Mike McKenna, is a great guy and friend and always does a wonderful job. For the speedsters, the race offers a “pot of gold” to the overall winners, which is a cash prize of those $1 gold coins. Age groupers get pint glass awards, and the age groups are 5-years and 3-deep.

Catching the leprechaun is the best part of the race. The leprechaun runs around the course encouraging runners and making everyone smile. If you finish before the leprechaun, you get a mug with the race’s logo on it, so you goal is to beat the leprechaun. The course is flat, fast, and perfect for a tune-up before the Cooper River Bridge Run. 

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Due to construction at Patriot’s Point, the race wasn’t held last year, so I was excited to see it return this year. I ran the race in 2014 and 2015, and I signed up in January when I saw the announcement. I encouraged all my friends from Wednesday night track workouts to run it (so we could cancel the workout that night). When I got peroneal tendonitis and couldn’t run, I signed up to volunteer and cheer.

I helped out with packet pick up, which is always a lot of fun. As a frequent volunteer, I’ve done it all- from slicing bananas to managing water stops to registering runners. Race day packet pick up is one of my favorite volunteer activities because I get to see everyone and wish them good luck, Plus, I know many of the Charleston runners by name and can quickly find race numbers.

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Once everyone picked up, Cindy and I walked over to the race course to watch the start and cheer for the runners. Then, we hit the post-race party and refreshments, which were already being set up. Volunteers have to turn around quickly in a 5K because in less than 20 minutes, runners would be finishing up and heading over to get snacks and beer.

We made it back to the course to see most of our friends finish as well. Melissa placed 2nd female overall and Theresa and John both placed in their age groups.

It was a chilly and windy night, so a lot of runners opted to skip the post-race festivities and head out. The race was also on a Wednesday night this year, so people had to go home, refuel, shower, and get ready for work or school the next day too. Thankfully, I didn’t hear or see anyone who got injured or hurt, which is always good news at a race.

I had a great time volunteering and hope to be back to run it next year. In the meantime, you can check out Melissa’s blog or Theresa’s blog to read about their experiences running the race.

Congratulations to everyone who ran, and thanks to the race director and other volunteers for making it a great night.

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Weekly Rundown: March 20-26

This week’s mantra: I have a long way to get back to where I was pre-injury, and even further to get where I want to be- but I’m closer than I was yesterday.

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Last week, I saw a physical therapist for my peroneal tendonitis, and she told me to test out the ankle. The test runs certainly didn’t feel wonderful, but they didn’t make things worse. My friend who recovered from tendonitis (and is a rockstar ultra runner) suggested that sometimes the body needs the stress of impact to begin rebuilding strength in the bones, tendons, and ligaments. I may have to log some uncomfortable miles at first, but it’ll make me thankful for pain-free running again.

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By the end of the week, I was running a bit longer. Some runs were still uncomfortable, but after six weeks off running, you keep the expectations low. You’re asking your body to do something it’s not used to, and you give yourself grace.

Besides that, I’ve tried to be positive. That’s hard sometimes, as this sport has many more high moments than low moments. It’s important to keep a good outlook, but at the same time, you don’t have to sugarcoat it. I’ve shed my share of tears over this injury as well- and that’s perfectly okay.

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Monday 60 min. Arc Trainer + 1.2 mile run
Tuesday 60 min. Elliptical + 2.5 mile run
Wednesday 3.1 mile run
Thursday 60 min. BodyPump
Friday 5.1 miles + 60 min. yoga
Saturday 60 min. BodyPump + 3.1 miles
Sunday 5.1 miles

Along with cross training and the easy runs, I did PT stretches every day. Most of these are core/glute exercises, but I also do some foot/ankle exercises.

I also spent a lot of quality time in the “Purple Prison” of Planet Fitness. Honestly, I like the gym- I just hate being there on weekend mornings because those are for running, not cross training.

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I didn’t have much confidence going into Tuesday’s test run, so I wore the cotton t-shirt I had on all day. I ended up running 2.5 miles, and that shirt got hot very quickly since it was 83 degrees. Where is Spring, Charleston?

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In non-running life, I had an unintentionally busy weekend. On Sunday, I watched NCAA basketball and the Gamecocks making it to the Final Four. I’m glad I watched, even though the game made me miss my usual yoga class. I may be a bandwagon basketball-er, but I’m not a bandwagon Gamecock fan. Every day is a great day to be a Gamecock! Throwback time- this was a great day back in 2008.

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Next week’s focus? Base building and less junk food. Easter is the worst time of the year to be injured because all the candy is so good! Thankfully it’s out of the house now- only because I ate it all. When your diet consists of Cadbury eggs and Starburst Jelly Beans, your injury weight gain certainly isn’t all muscle. I plan to keep base building for the next few weeks and savor the simple joys of running again. 

I’m linking up with Holly at Hohoruns and Tricia at MississippiPiddlin‘ for their weekly wrap link. Check it out here. I’m also linking up with Courtney of Eat, Pray, Run, DC. You can check those posts out here.

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