Race the Landing #5 (24:56)

You probably shouldn’t run a 5K two weeks after you resume running from a stress reaction, especially when it’s only your 6th run back, but rules are made to be broken, right?

Clay and I signed up for the Race the Landing 5K series back in April. Your entry fee gets you five races, five delicious post-race meals, free beer at each race, an awesome tech shirt, and 5-deep age group awards. It’s a great value.

The Race the Landing 5K series is held at beautiful Charles Towne Landing, which is close to our home, and the proceeds benefit the park’s zoo. Since West Ashley only has a handful of 5K races, I always try to support the 5K races when we do have them. Plus, I got to share the series with Clay, who PRed at the third race and earned an age group award.

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Thursday night was the last race of the series, and even though I knew I wasn’t 100%, I paid for the series and decided to run. No matter how hot, humid, hill-y, or hard a race course is, it always beats the sidelines.

I had zero expectations and knew my time would be slower than usual. I didn’t set any sort of time goal and just focused on running my best and having fun at the after party.

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The first mile of the course is deceiving. It’s a downhill mile, entirely shaded, you feel like you’re flying, and it’s impossible for me to reel it in and start slowly. I hit the one mile split in 7:45, which was way too fast. I was a little excited to run with so many awesome people.

From mile 2 on, the course is curvy with slight inclines (not hills- this is Charleston and speed bumps register on an elevation map). There’s also a boardwalk style bridge. My mile 2 split was 7:59. I set my watch to run/walk, and mile 2 was where the first walk break would’ve been. Let’s be honest, I just can’t walk during a 5K- it’s a mental thing. When the first person passed me, I took off again.

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Mile 3 was a killer, as always. My longest continuous run before this race was 8 minutes, so asking my body to run for 25 minutes straight was a pretty big jump. I regretted not taking that walk break during Mile 2, and my mile 3 split was 8:33. My endurance is shot right now, but I know it will come back in a few weeks.

On the last .1, I saw the clock inch closer to 25 and set a goal to beat it, finishing in 24:56.

I got water and a cold wet towel at the finish, talked to some friends, and then did a very short cooldown run to find Clay on the course. Not only does my husband have the best finish kick ever (he outkicked 3 people in the last .1), he also takes the goofiest race photos.

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Brian Fancher Photography captures the spirit of each race- he is the best sports photographer in Charleston, hands down (he is also an athlete, so I am sure the firsthand experience helps).

After we cooled off, we headed inside Founder’s Hall for the post-race food and awards ceremony. The macaroni and cheese, salad, biscuits, and watermelon were delicious. The meat eaters had hamburgers, hot dogs, fried chicken, and French Fries. There was also a cake, and I had a little of that but didn’t take a picture.

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A band called Second Honeymoon also played at the post-race party, and they had free homebrew beer and other beers offered. The awards ceremony was good and a bit longer since this was the last race of the series. I placed in my age group and earned one of the coveted gator awards- the age groups are five deep and the awards are unique.

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The Race the Landing 5K series was one of the highlights of my summer. Even though I only got to run three of the five races, I volunteered at the other two and loved cheering for everyone and helping with the finish line- even if it resulted in hard-earned blisters from opening 100+ bottles of water! I definitely plan to run the Recycle, Reuse, Renew 5K in January and next summer’s 5K series.

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21 Responses to Race the Landing #5 (24:56)

  1. Pam says:

    Congrats Amy on a great race. That series is awesome and the gator award is so fun. I wish Wilmington had a race series. Summertime, there are very few races here so I am usually just in training mode, Clay’s race photo is hilarious!

  2. Congrats! I know you’ve been itching to get back out there!

  3. Amy says:

    Congrats on placing during your first race back! Seriously impressive. And the post-race party sounds exactly like my ideal party.

  4. awesome work! i love that your husband ran this race as well. you guys are adorable 🙂

  5. allieksmith says:

    Rules are definitely made to be broken in your case! I really love the professional pictures of you and Clay and your time is impressive!

    • Amy Lauren says:

      Thanks Allie! Brian is an amazing photographer- he does most of the sports photography at Charleston runs and triathlons. He’s also shot a few weddings I’ve attended and those pics were great too.

  6. Nichole says:

    That sounds like such an awesome race! Congrats on your first race back!

  7. carmyy says:

    haha Clay’s pic is hilarious! I love it! He sound do a guest post on how to pose for the race photographer. I was burping in my last pic O.O

  8. kristenk says:

    Congrats on your first run back! And yay for winning an award! I think you’re on your way to getting back to normal 🙂

  9. To push it from 8 minutes to a 5K you did amazing!!! So proud of you and such an awesome comeback. Comebetter as I like to say.

    • Amy Lauren says:

      Thanks! I am hoping that now that I’m back consistently running, my times will drop to where they were by the end of the summer. And you’re right, i don’t want to just come back… I want to come back way better!

  10. Lara says:

    Congrats on a great race!!

  11. harveylisam says:

    Great job! I know it’s always tough to restrain yourself when you’re used to running much more than you are right now. I’m glad you didn’t have anything pain or anything, and congrats on the race!

    • Amy Lauren says:

      Thanks Lisa! I am definitely using restraint (although not so much in this race). I ran 2 days in a row (Sunday/Monday), and definitely had to take today off. I actually took a complete rest day. I cross trained the whole time I was injured, but I know it’s going to take a few weeks for my body to adapt to running again and also to rebuild my base.

  12. Brennan says:

    I really love these race pics. You look so happy!

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