I’m off to the ortho today for my foot injury, so if you read this before noon, feel free to send some happy thoughts or prayers my way. I’ll update everyone after my appointment.
I wrote this race recap before I went to Phoenix for work and forgot to post, so here it is.
The best thing about signing up for multiple races is that after finishing a bad race injury-free, you don’t have to wait long for another chance. The day after Race the Landing #2, I was ready to move on mentally, even if I didn’t feel 100% physically.
I headed to Fleet Feet Mt. Pleasant to pick up my race packet for the Mom’s Run 5K, which was that Saturday on Daniel Island. Since I preregistered and paid, I decided to pick up my packet just in case I didn’t feel well enough to run.
Some runners say it’s bad luck to wear a shirt from a race you didn’t run, but this runner rarely gets a race shirt that fits. I wear last year’s Mom’s Run 5K shirt often, so I wanted the shirt and goodies for this year- and would’ve worn it even if I didn’t feel up to racing. Unfortunately this year’s shirt wasn’t nearly as nice as the 2013 edition- same exact shirt, but totally different (big) fit. Oh well, I got it.
On Saturday morning, I woke up a few hours before the race and felt okay. I didn’t feel 100%, but I hated to miss out on seeing my friends who were running the race and figured I could pull off a decent time. With my goal race coming up the next weekend, I wasn’t going “PR or ER” anyway, so why not have fun?
I got to the run early, warmed up, and got ready to start. The race had a pretty big crowd considering Charleston had two other races going on that weekend, and at 8:30, we took off running around Daniel Island.
I settled in running with Caden, my friend Jenn’s son who runs for the Summerville Track Club. I loved running with Caden! I wore my shirt that says “Tiny Terror” on the back, and Caden and another little boy from his track club were so encouraging on the course, yelling “Go Tiny Terror”. Caden is an even tinier terror than me, but he’ll hit a growth spurt soon.
The scary part of this race was that cars were on the course. In the first mile, a car pulled out right behind Caden and his friend, but in front of me. It would’ve been an ugly scene if the boys wore ipods or the driver hadn’t seen them. A couple of runners also got cut off by stroller pushing runners who didn’t start toward the back.
At the finish, Millie from Black Girls Run handed out roses to all the participants- a fun treat at the end of a 5K. I crossed the line in 23:09, placing 2nd in my age group and running the exact time from the first Race the Landing, when I ran the May Day half marathon earlier in the day.
This whole race was déjà vu. Same time as another 5K, same shirt as last year’s race, and I even got the same medal from 2013. I guess this is one solution for any leftover race awards if they don’t have a year on them- I might donate this year’s medal. Speaking of last year, my time was 2 seconds faster last year. Oh well.
I hung out with Lisa after the race. She ran the Boston Marathon a few weeks before and this was the first time we’d gotten to talk about it. She was actually there in 2013 and didn’t get to finish due to the bombings. Lisa was in a bike accident a few years back and wasn’t sure if she’d ever run again, so the fact that she was able to run marathons, let alone Boston, is super inspirational.
Friends like her make showing up on Saturday morning 5Ks worth it.
I picked up a few other goodies, such as an awesome ice pack from some doctor’s office that sponsored the race. The ice pack had little round gels in it instead of liquid. The post-race festivities also had free massages again this year, but I headed home to nap and have lunch with Clay instead.
Knowing it wouldn’t be my best time and not feeling 100%, I’m still glad I showed up and ran. I had high hopes after last year’s event, and even though I was a bit disappointed, I left with a rose and a high quality ice pack. Little did I know this would come in handy a few days later…