First, I want to say Happy Mother’s Day to the readers here who are moms, to their moms, and to my Mommy, mother-in-law, and grandma. I hope they all have an amazing day!
Here are a few pics for your viewing pleasure. All are from our wedding, so it’s a throwback for those of you who haven’t been reading for the past two years, hehe.
The Mom’s Run 5K is held at Blackbaud Stadium on Mother’s Day Weekend, with the proceeds benefiting Postpartum Support Charleston. This was the 10th year of the run, so it’s pretty established in the community and a large-but-not-too-large race (about 400 people). In addition, there’s a post-race festival for families, a stroller division, and a stroller decorating competition.
Liz, Melanie, and some other friends from East Shore were a part of a team called Chasing the Blues Away. The team aspect was pretty cool, as we got a reduced cost registration (score for those of us who are newly house poor). Even at cost, this race was a steal- for what we paid, we got a very nice ladies cut shirt, a reusable bag with coupons and pens inside, and a personalized race bib.
I was happy to actually have a shirt that fit and a bib that says Tiny Terror. The shirt was great, but no way would I run in it on race morning! Gotta love the runner’s superstition that it’s bad luck.
The race started at 8 AM, and Liz and I got there early to take some pre-race pictures and talk to people, and of course find the start and finish line, etc. I did a quick warm up- it’s hard to warm up when there’s things going on, but I got about 1/2 mile in, along with a few drills (I only saw a couple other people warming up).
I also saw a pink fire truck. How cool is that?
The race had lots of beginners, walkers, and newbies- and this was a really great race for a first-timer. It was Liz’s first 5K and she had fun, ran the whole thing, and finished in under 35 minutes, which is pretty amazing- not that she wasn’t already incredibly fit from teaching BodyPump and CXWORX (Liz is also a great photographer, as she took most of these pics- thanks Liz!).
Along with Liz, the Fleet Feet Mt. Pleasant had a big group of first-time 5Kers and the Black Girls Run showed up in style. Everyone from Black Girls Run was so supportive of their runners and cheering for them- they even ran to the finish with the last BGR lady who finished. Makes me want to join, hehe. Really, that’s how *everyone* in this sport should be, but they set a great example.
The race course was through Daniel Island neighborhoods, so people stood outside their homes and cheered. Along with two much-needed water stops (holy humidity…), there was police presence, lots of helpful volunteers, and the course was closed to traffic.
I went out toward the front and got passed pretty early on by a lady with a stroller, who won first overall for ladies (technically her child was the first female finisher, right?). I stayed close in a pack with a few others but just couldn’t hang for too long. My Garmin GPS *never* found signal so I didn’t get pace splits. I looked at the watch trying to figure things out, but I think that’s more stress than it’s worth, and I won’t race with my Garmin if it stresses me. I may just use it for training…
I finished in 23:07, beating my last two 5Ks by over 30 seconds and only 7 seconds slower than my goal time.
After I finished and got a little water, I ran about a mile back down the course to cheer for people and cool down. I also got a post-race treat, a Chocolate Tuxedo cupcake from Cupcake Charleston. It is a dark chocolate cupcake with cream cheese icing, chocolate ganache, and white chocolate chips. It was really delicious- probably one of the best cupcakes I’ve ever had.
I also got a free Chic-Fil-A chicken biscuit to take home to Clay and some fruit. The post-race party had lots of little family activities for kids to do too, like make cards and crafts for mom, a silent auction, and some vendors selling some neat stuff (I didn’t buy anything. I’m house poor.).
I did, however, get a pretty amazing post-run massage from the Southeastern Massage Institute in North Charleston. This wasn’t your typical post-race stretch- this was a legit, 20 minute massage that made me feel like a new person after my 3.1 miles on the pain train of a 5K. They also offer 50 minute massages for $25 on Saturday and Sunday, so I may check this out during Darlington Marathon training…
Despite being slightly off my goal time and pace, my 23:07 was good enough to win my age group and a pretty cool medal.
Everyone had a great team and a couple people from our team won awards for our age groups.
The Mom’s Run 5K was one of the best 5Ks I’ve done here since moving down to Charleston- and I’m thankful Leigh Ann, Stacy, and Liz told me about it so I could get in on the fun. To me, the race was perfect for first-time 5Kers or walkers and a great event for families to participate (no post-race beer or partying, lots for kids to do, even a stroller division). It would also be a great “first 5K back” for any lady who’s had a baby, because you can run or walk it with the stroller and the baby gets a cute “Future Runner” bib and onsie.
Instead of promoting competitiveness, the race was more about completing the event (walking or running) and having a good time while raising money for the cause. And of course, the post-race amenities were nothing short of amazing- how many 5Ks give you a FREE massage and a FREE cupcake at the end? A good massage and a good cupcake too!
I had a great time and will definitely be back next year.
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