Mom’s Run 5K Recap (23:09)

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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12 Responses to Mom’s Run 5K Recap (23:09)

  1. I think it’s okay to wear last years shirt to this years race! Just not this year shirt to this years race…anyways. I do like the medals a lot, they are really cute. (I would take one every year 🙂

    Sending you good luck today at the doctors!

    • Amy Lauren says:

      I’m totally fine with people wearing whatever shirt they want to to race in (or people not wearing a shirt at all if you can rock that). Eagle Endurance gave out some great tech shirts at the Dirt Dash and a few people wore those during the race (including my friend who ran close to a 1:35 half marathon, so it wasn’t a beginner’s thing). A lot of charity races, people will wear the shirt.

      Thanks for the well wishes at the doc.

  2. Pam says:

    A race with cars is really scary. Thank goodness no one was hurt. Running with a stroller is okay, as long as you start at the back of the pack. It is really not fair to the other runners. I have also run races where they gave the same medals (generic) year after year. They did have the age group engraved on the back, but no date. Guess they bought them in bulk! 😦 Sorry you are still struggling, I hope you have some answers after visiting the doctor today.

    • Amy Lauren says:

      Yeah, these don’t have the age groups or placements on them (or year), they were all the same.

      My foot doesn’t hurt as bad as it did, hopefully that means it’s healing. Honestly, I’m prepared for the worst at the ortho today. I just hate the thought of medical bills on top of my current bills AND the race fees I’m technically losing when I can’t run.

  3. Run To Munch says:

    I’m always with wear what you think feels and looks good! I always see lots of people wear race day shirts, but I guess I’m not that superstitious

  4. harveylisam says:

    Crossing my fingers that you get good news at the doctor today! 🙂

    • Amy Lauren says:

      Thanks! The news wasn’t the best, but it wasn’t the worst either. I’m grateful I walked out in the same shoes I walked in with… no boots or casts or stress fractures!

  5. Races that don’t have courses that are totally closed scare me. Those cars seem to get sick of waiting and try to zoom across and I worry….

    • Amy Lauren says:

      I agree. Even ones with police directing traffic, I’ve seen them not paying attention, etc, especially toward the end when there may not be a ton of runners in a pack. When I did that Charlie Post race, a car pulled out right in front of a 15K runner and it was a fast guy too. It messed up his stride… he was close to the finish.

  6. 262x2 says:

    What a super cute race medal (even if you did get the same one last year)! Sounds pretty scary with the roads not being closed, though. There are a couple of races I’ve done where they didn’t close the roads (luckily most they did stop traffic…at least on the really busy streets), and one of then my friend was wearing headphones and nearly got hit! One of my many reasons why I don’t listen to music when out for a run!

    • Amy Lauren says:

      I love to listen to music on the run, but there are certain areas where I won’t. Unfortunately you have to be careful whether you do or not with drivers out there. I think races should have closed courses if possible, and if they don’t, maybe they should tell people not to wear headphones, or at least advise them that it’s not a closed course.

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