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On Saturday, I ran the Go Red Heart 5K in Mt. Pleasant. The race raises awareness of women’s heart disease and the proceeds benefit educational efforts and programs at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC).
As a member of the Charleston Girls Run This Town Facebook group, we got a discount code to run the Go Red for Heart 5K for only $20, which was quite a steal. I can’t pass up a $20 race (races are quite pricey here in Charleston and $25-30 is typical, with some up to $45-50).
I woke up super early to hydrate, eat breakfast, and head to Mt. Pleasant to pick up my packet that morning. I *hate* doing race day packet pickup because I’m scared I won’t get a shirt in my size, but I couldn’t pick up my packet the Friday before since the Cooper River Bridge was closed due to falling ice. I was really glad the bridge was reopened for the race; it was not held on the bridge, but there are only 2 ways to get to Mt. Pleasant, and the bridge is the way I go.
It started raining 20 minutes before the race started, so I changed out of my white shirt into a green, long sleeved, TrySports shirt. I didn’t want to give other runners a show in the rain, but most of the heavy rain held off until the race was over, fortunately!
The race course ran from the Charleston Harbor Marina, around Patriot’s Point and underneath the Bridge, then back. It’s Mt. Pleasant, so it was a very flat and very fast course like most Charleston courses. Minus a few weird roundabouts at the beginning, it is an ideal PR course, even wet from all the rain.
I stayed close to the top 3 ladies for awhile- a LOT of us ran in a pack for about the first mile or so. Then, the pack spread out quite a bit. The lady who was 3rd ended up winning for females, and I ended up 20 seconds behind the third place female. I don’t race with a watch because I like to be surprised, and I turned the corner to finish the race, very surprised to see the finish clock switch from 21 to 22. That’s when I knew it would be another PR and took off for a 22:21.
I took 4th place female overall, but am way more proud of a PR because that’s based on my ability. Placing mostly depends on who shows up. I always feel like 4th is “first loser”, but I won my age group and got a sweet mug, a coupon for a free salad at Verde (a very health conscious prize… free salad), and a decent picture with the race organizer.
I like receiving coffee mugs as race awards; I write my finish time and placement on the bottom of the mug with the sharpie and don’t really use them (my friend put hers in the dishwasher and the handle broke off, unfortunately).
The race also gave out a ton of door prizes that were really amazing! I wasn’t lucky enough to win anything else, but they gave away makeovers, hair appointments, gift cards, purses, and other really cool stuff. They also had a costume contest. Most everyone in our group left with something- the door prizes were way better than the running race awards, too.
I was pretty stoked about my PR and celebrated later with dinner with Clay at Triangle Char-N-Bar in West Ashley, followed by moose tracks ice cream (the best). I had the black bean burger at Triangle which was so big it was a challenge to eat, but still very delicious.
I had a good time at the race. It was very no-frills and simple, but a fun way to spend Saturday morning (not like I don’t already spend every Saturday morning running or racing somewhere). However, I’m *really* glad to have this Saturday off to chill out and just do a long run with the TrySports run club, who I’ve really missed with all the races lately, and give my body a break from the pain train of 5Ks!