On Saturday, I raced my 2nd 5K of 2014, the Charlie Post Classic, which is held in January on Sullivan’s Island. The Charlie Post Classic is in its 31st year and organized by the local running club, so you’d hope all the kinks have been worked out.
The Charlie Post Classic offers a 5K or a 15K, but since I paced the Charleston Half last weekend and the 15K last year, I decided to give the 5K a try. I signed up for the 5K earlier this month, not knowing how slowing down to a 2:30ish half marathon the week before would feel. I felt fine, but stuck with the 5K since I haven’t run any fast long endurance sessions in awhile and didn’t want to spend 3 times as long on the pain train.
I was super excited about the race and picking up my shirt. The shirt was nice last year, but this year’s is even better (and fits me better). The Catch the Leprechaun 5K race even posted a picture of the shirt 2 days before packet pick up.
After picking up my shirt Friday afternoon, I settled in for a chilly night before a chilly Saturday race! It was 21 when I left West Ashley that morning, but the race temperature on Sullivan’s Island was just about 30… and I could feel the 10 degree difference!
I got to the race bright and early and met up with some friends from Charleston Girls Run This Town, TrySports, and James Island/Mt Pleasant training partners. I had to park pretty far away and walk from my car, but I still got a small warm up in. Maybe I should call it a shake out run because I never really warmed up… I did not warm up all day after the race, either.
The 5K and 15K started at the same time, with most runners opting for the 15K. I guess you don’t get many chances to run a 15K, so people take advantage of the opportunity. Both were the same price, so runners spend more time in the cold to get their money’s worth.
My priorities are clearly in line.
Since everyone started together, pacing is tough. The headwind didn’t help! I assumed most people ahead of me were in the 15K- and most were. I passed a lot of 15Kers after the first mile when they saw they started out too fast. I ended up running the last 2 miles pretty much alone, passing the 2-mile water stop and the 5K/15K split. With plenty of water stops and a clearly marked split… most runners split for the 15K!
Kudos to The Foot Store for this race picture!
I bolted for the finish at the 3 mile marker. The 5K was basically an out and back with a little loop, but since we passed the 3-mile mark just past the start, I knew where to accelerate.
I ended up with an 22:46 finish and a new PR by one second, although I’m *still* convinced the clock said 22:40 when I finished. A few others said their times were a couple seconds off too.
Oh well, any PR is a PR- and this one was a bit unexpected. They usually are.
Thanks for the picture, Fleet Feet Mt. Pleasant!
I grabbed a burrito and cooled down by walking to the Kangaroo Express gas station for some salted caramel hot chocolate and to my car to grab my jacket. I got back just in time to see the 15K winner. He finished in some crazy time like 45 minutes, when I had some 5K friends finishing. At least he had good company. That must be the downside of being speedy- it’s hard to find running buddies or even much competition.
This is Kaitlyn, daughter of one of my training partners (Richie). Kaitlyn trains with us and she completed her first 15K- averaging just over a 10 min/mile pace. She’s an awesome 10-year-old and “terror in training”!
I stood at the finish and saw most of my friends complete the 15K, cheering on all the runners. Unfortunately, not all drivers on Sullivan’s Island were respectful of the race. A car pulled out in front of a runner when he was about .1 miles from the finish, and we were all yelling at that driver. I don’t know why they couldn’t find an alternate route or just wait an hour (or leave an hour before). That stupid car messed up his kick and his time, but at least no one was hurt.
The 5K awards ceremony was right after most people finished the 15K, and I placed 3rd overall. I didn’t actually realize it until they called my name for the awards, and since this is a Charleston Running Club race, I didn’t expect it (generally fast people show up for their races).
The first place female for the 5K won $100, second and third got medals. I felt cheated because my medal says “Age Group Winner”.
Thanks for the pictures, Charleston Running Club!
I know they order them in bulk, but it’s a pretty big deal to win overall and stinks to get something that says “Age Group”- even if you do run the shorter race. I’m proud of my PR, and the medal itself is nice, but I was disappointed in the awards. It’s fine that only 1st gets money, but I wish 2nd and 3rd got more than the age groupers, you know? Or at least an award with the correct placement…
I didn’t stick around long after awards because I had to get ready for a mini road trip + wedding. The bars at Sullivan’s Island were offering drink specials with race bibs, which is a nice touch if you’re into post-race partying, but I had some great wedding desserts that night to make up for it.
Thanks for the picture, TrySports Mt Pleasant!
Despite the chilly temps, it was a fun 5K. The award is my only complaint, and while I don’t race for the awards, they are “always earned, never given”- at least for me.
Here’s to breaking a 5K PR twice in one month- bring it on, 2014 races!
As a TrySports Mt. Pleasant athlete ambassador, I received a complimentary race entry, as TrySports sponsors the race; however, all opinions expressed are my own. I am especially grateful for TrySports’ support to our local races, running community, and to my own training.