Hey peeps! How is everyone doing on this Sunday Fun-Day? Hopefully well .
Our weekend has been pretty eventful and exciting so far. Clay and I both got off work a little early on Friday to go to the bank regarding buying a home. We both have great credit scores, so getting pre-approved shouldn’t be a problem, and we will be doing that next week, hopefully.
We headed to Olive Garden for lunch. I hadn’t been there in *years*, so it was neat to try it here. I had the Capellini Pomodoro and it was really good. Our grandparents sent us a gift card for Christmas so it turned out to be a super cheap lunch. One of the servers dropped a plate when we were there and it burst into pieces all over the floor. It startled everyone in the restaurant, but I felt really, really bad for her. I’m too klutzy to ever be a server- I would spill everything. I hope she doesn’t get in trouble, she was a nice girl and having such a rough day
Saturday morning, I got up at 6 AM (this felt early because I’m *weird*) to eat, dress, stretch, and head to the LifePoint Gift of Life 5K race on James Island. It was pouring rain when I got up, but I checked Facebook and saw this super cool radar post on my friend and fellow runner Noah. I *really* wish that heart-shaped patch of clear weather over North Charleston would’ve hit us at 9:00 AM- it would’ve been appropriate since the race benefits organ transplants .
No such luck. I left the house a bit late, and by the time I got to James Island County Park, parked, and talked to the race organizer (Noah and I helped out with awards on behalf of TrySports Mt. Pleasant), I didn’t have time to warm up. Not that it would’ve helped much, since I would have been even wetter and colder running. My shoes were water logged before I even got to the start, and they felt super heavy .
I wasn’t in peak condition due to working out *hard* this past week, and with the weather, I wasn’t looking for a personal record or anything close. It was still a super fun race. The race course winds through James Island County Park, where the Festival of Lights is held each year. This course has a *lot* of turns, and 2 inches of water sat on the ground of most of the course. Some parts were grass, which slowed everyone’s times down even more. Even the start and finish were grass, making it hard to get out fast (important in a very narrow “bike path” course like this one) and finish fast.
I have to say, running was pretty fun. I ran without my ipod and listening to other runners was quite the experience. If you always run with an ipod, you’re missing out. I heard some high school runners discussing jumping into a pond on the course, and one guy did. The high school kids ran as a fun run to compete for a $1,000 prize for their teams, so I understand that not everyone was really “racing” it, but I’d hate to see the reaction of most cross country coaches if a runner just decided to jump into a pond mid-race. I guess he could take up triathlons; he is 2/3 of the way there .
Other kids jumped in each puddle they saw (stopping in front of other runners to jump) or splashed water on their teammates. Oh well, it was more motivation when I finally got to pass….
It was my worst 5K time since July of last year, but considering how far back I was at the start, a hard training week, the rain, puddles, mud, grass, and course distractions, I really couldn’t complain with my time. I wasn’t looking for a personal record, but there was a record number of registrants, which was a *much* better record to break today. We also broke a record rainfall for the month of February, according to the local meteorologist who emceed.
Noah finished just in front of me (a bunch of those cross country guys managed a finish kick and passed me), but I did pass that local meteorologist, at least .
At the awards ceremony, Noah and I handed out TrySports gift cards to the age group winners (I wish we’d gotten a good pic of the two of us. We didn’t. Next race, it has to happen!). We were all freezing, but I was surprised that so many people left after the race. The winners can pick them up, but I can’t imagine leaving before the awards ceremony, unless I had to go to work or something. Especially if there was any chance of winning something…
The teams who raised money for organ donation were also honored, along with participants who’d received or donated organs. The folks from LifePoint spoke about the importance of organ donation. I always heard thousands of people passed away while waiting on organs, but it really hit home today. Seeing so many transplant recipients or donors who were able to run or walk a 5K was also inspiring.
I finished the race in 24:22- here’s a soaking wet race picture for proof.
I placed 3rd in my very competitive age group (speedy 20-29 ladies) and got a neat medal. The shirt was great too, gotta love red instead of white! I got a youth large and it actually fits .
After awards, I dried off, changed clothes, and headed to meet my Florence running friend Colea and her husband Alan, who were visiting Charleston for the day. I miss running with Colea so much- we always ran together last Spring before my track practices and did a lot of the same races. She’s dealt with issues such as shin splints and plantar fasciitis in the past year, sidelining her from a few races and keeping her from PRs, and I’m hoping her new shoes will help with those issues.
Saturday night, Clay, David, Nadine, and I went on a little double date to Mex 1 Coastal Cantina. It was great hanging out with them, but Mex 1 was super crowded and loud . Definitely not going back on a Saturday night, but we’ll be back soon because the chips and salsa are delicious- and of course the company was awesome too (although I forgot to take a picture). Then, Clay and I hit Chick-Fil-A because I wanted a mini sundae as a post-race treat. The mini sundaes are the perfect size for a dessert, satisfying, and not super bad for you either (apparently it’s only 170 calories? Who knew?).
Hope everyone has a restful Sunday before the grind of the week starts up. I plan to get some shopping done, clean a bit, and relax in my pajamas for the rest of the morning, hehe.As an ambassador for TrySports Mt. Pleasant, I was compensated for my race entry fee- however, all opinions are my own.