A few weeks ago, I volunteered at the Daniel Island Happy Hour 5K series, hosted by OnShore Racing. I never intended to run these races, because I was already signed up for the Race the Landing 5K series, figured that was enough for the summer, and prefer Saturday morning races. The Happy Hour 5K series a great and very affordable race series, as registration is only $15 and Daniel Island has some beautiful trails.
I worked the registration table and plan to volunteer for the entire series. It feels like I’m becoming an expert at registering people for races, and it surprises me how many people wait until the last possible minute to pick up their bib or register- we’re talking 5 minutes (or less) before the race start time- then get to the start right before the gun goes off. Yikes.
My church, Circular Congregational Church, hosted a Blessing of the Bikes in Marion Square. All local cyclists were invited to ride their bikes (or bring their bikes or just bring themselves) for a few spiritual words and some safety gear provided by Charleston Moves. The pastor, who’s also a cyclist and rides his bike to the church during the week, spoke about how riding a bike can be a spiritual experience and how everyone who chooses not to travel by car is helping the environment. It was pretty neat.
Clay ran the 3rd Race the Landing 5K last week. I was signed up to run, but due to my stress reaction, showed up to volunteer instead and handed out water at the finish line. I’m becoming a race volunteer extraordinaire lately. I even got to hand a bottle of water to Michael Banks, who won the race with a 14:41 5K, breaking his own course record. That’s as close as I’ll ever be to an overall male winner or a 14:41 5K.
I also got to cheer for a bunch of my friends and torture them with a cowbell. As for Clay, he ended up PRing the 5K. Leave it up to my husband to improve his time and PR in a 5K on a hot night in June- he’s been running consistently, and I can’t wait to see what he could do on a cool, Fall morning.
We’ve also been going to the Sunday Brunch Farmer’s Market on James Island, where we buy local produce, cheese, meats, and tasty lunches from food trucks. It’s a low-key Farmer’s Market, unlike the one downtown, and has a ton of parking- also unlike the one downtown. Different vendors show up each week, and it makes for a fun Sunday afternoon.
This summer hasn’t been what I’ve expected or planned for, but I’m staying positive and trying to ‘dig it’. Here’s to hoping the physical and mental rest, extra calcium, and cross training provide a bountiful harvest when I start running and racing again.