Race the Landing #5 (22:22)

The Race the Landing 5K Series is one of the highlights of my summer each year.

Four years ago, I ran Race the Landing #5, and I haven’t missed a race since- whether I ran or volunteered. Due to the heat, the Charleston area doesn’t have many summer races, so Race the Landing 5Ks provide a great way to stay in shape and measure progress in May, June, and July.

With summer temperatures routinely topping 100, most of us run for a fun time rather than a fast time.


The race director, Lisa, and the RTL board keep the series fair and fun, providing finisher’s medals, five year age groups that go five places deep, and a catered dinner at every race. The crew also likes to surprise runners, so this race had free face painting for kids and an ice cream truck provided by Noah Moore Runs Real Estate.

My goal for Race the Landing was to finish before the truck ran out of Cookies and Cream.

I go to the race around six to pick up my number and swag/gift. The race had a lot of gifts to choose from, from Race the Landing printed socks and visors to cowbells, and I chose a blue Tervis Tumbler style cup with the logo on it. I ran a short warmup on the course, talked to some friends, and lined up just before the 7 PM start.


In six years of the series, this was the largest Race the Landing yet with over 300 runners.

I’ve run this course so many times that I feel like I know it down to the potholes. The first mile is fast and a slight downhill, with only two turns. It’s easy to run the first mile too fast, and in typical 5K fashion, I usually do (7:12).

After the first mile, I found myself close to a few other ladies and some guys, and I was gaining ground. Just after the water stop, I passed a pack of runners and set a mental goal not to get passed. The second mile (7:20) has a few more turns and gets curvy- with some hairpin turns and a wooden plank bridge. I was running this race as a mid-week workout with a lot of miles on my legs, and my legs weren’t happy.

In the last mile (7:35), I found myself gaining on another pack of runners but couldn’t quite catch up. I kept telling myself I was only minutes, then seconds, away from the ice cream truck. On a quest for Cookies and Cream, I crossed the finish in 22:22.

I found Shawanna, who won for the ladies and broke her own course record. We ran a two mile cool down on the course to cheer for other runners, then we ran straight to the ice cream truck.


After eating ice cream, we cheered other runners in and everyone headed in for dinner and awards. There was plenty of food and beer to go around, and everyone sat around to eat, drink, and fellowship. Race the Landing is more about camaraderie rather than competition.

I placed first in my age group, and while it wasn’t a “fast” race for me, I finished smiling and surrounded by friends who are like family. Running any race takes a lot of courage and guts- and many runners won’t attempt a race if they’re not in peak shape, let alone in mid-July. Everyone who ran earned their glass medal and those who placed earned those coasters.

At the end of the night, the organizers announced the 2018 race dates: January 1, May 3, May 10, June 7, June 14, and July 12. Every race has a theme, along with finisher’s medals, a free meal, and historically hip awards. If you’ve been reading for awhile, you know Race the Landing has a special place in my heart, and I’d love to see you there in 2018!


Race Name: Race the Landing 5K #5- All American Night

Location: Charleston, SC (Charles Towne Landing State Park, West Ashley).

Date and Time: July 13, 2017, 7 PM.

Course: Flat road, one wooden bridge, curvy course, shade. USATF Certified.

Swag: Finisher’s medal and gifts for all registrants. Coasters for OA/AG.

Post-race Food: Pulled pork barbeque, chicken nuggets, hot dogs, macaroni and cheese, potato salad, corn on the cob. Beer (one ticket per person). Ice cream truck.

Weather: 86 degrees, 75% humidity, feels like 97 according to Garmin (Garmins lie…)

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Weekly Rundown: July 10-16

It’s Monday. It’s July. It’s hot. Nothing new under the sun- but the sun sure is bright.


Last week, I left my comfort zone behind and ran a 50 mile week. For me, that’s more of a mental accomplishment than physical because I usually log 46-49 miles a week so it’s just another mile or two, literally. I haven’t run a weekly mileage starting with a 5 at all in 2017, so I thought it was a neat goal for the week.

I also ran the last Race the Landing 5K. I used this race as a workout, with the goals of finishing with a smile and eating ice cream. I accomplished both goals, and I’ll recap the race later this week.


Monday 9 miles including 15 x 100m
Tuesday 7.55 miles (treadmill)
Wednesday 60 min. yoga + 6.2 miles
Thursday 7.1 miles including Race the Landing 5K (22:22)
Friday 60 min. yoga
Saturday 11.1 miles
Sunday 9 miles
Total 50 miles

On Monday afternoon, we had a bad thunderstorm. The power flickered at my home just as I was about to log off the computer. Unfortunately, it ruined my work laptop’s docking station and a monitor, which meant I was down to a single monitor for work all week. At first, I figured I was kissing productivity goodbye for the week. But… I got a lot of work despite only having one monitor- only because I printed things out.

The lightening also knocked out the red lights on my road, so when I left the house to run with the group, I decided to turn around, drive home, and run the neighborhood instead. I ran easy miles, followed by the 12 x 100m workout that the Road Racing for Serious Runners 5K plan called for this week, and some more easy miles.

On Wednesday, we had track night and a goodbye party for John, who is moving to Phoenix, Arizona. Everyone ran their workouts (our group is BYOW- Bring Your Own Workout), then we headed to Icehouse for drinks and food. Since it was John’s last night, we let him take the group selfie. It’s a funny selfie because Mike is covered up completely by John’s head and it looks like Charlie (Mike’s daughter) is floating in mid-air.


The final 5K of the Race the Landing series was Thursday night. It wasn’t my fastest time, but that’s okay because I’m deep in training for next month’s Race for the Ark (and did not rest or take it easy prior to the race). I was happy to run, receive a finisher’s medal, earn an age group coaster award, and make memories with friends.

Shawanna visited from Columbia and set a new course record (18:07!!), and Noah Moore Runs Real Estate group sponsored free ice cream for all runners. You can’t beat a run with friends and ice cream at the finish. If you’re jealous of Charleston races  and want to be a part of them, contact Noah about moving down here. You can even use Lucey Mortgage Corporation, who sponsored the ice cream truck earlier this summer, for your financial needs.


On Saturday, Emily and I ran the bridge for a long run. It was hot and muggy, and traffic lights and crazy drivers made us stop a bit. Thankfully, Chris from Fleet Feet Mt. Pleasant and Catherine from Blue Sky Endurance had water stops out, which were a big help with the hot temperatures.

I’m a huge advocate of supporting your local running and triathlon stores is because they give back to the community. A large chain running store probably wouldn’t have water and Nuun for runners doing Saturday morning long runs on the bridge or to Sullivan’s Island.

We ran just over 11 miles and hit Cooper River Coffee Roasters, where we ran into Cindy and Ed and chatted over delicious cold brew.


On Sunday, I ran with the OnShore Recreation Group (plus one extra mile to make it to 50), then had some brunch and ate a bit more ice cream that evening. Because copious amounts of cookies and cream are the only way to make it through summer running.

Have a great week, everyone!

I’m linking up with Holly at Hohoruns and Tricia at MississippiPiddlin‘ for their weekly wrap link and with Courtney of Eat, Pray, Run, DC.

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