Race the Landing 5K #2- Barbados Night (22:48)

On Thursday, I ran the second 5K in the Race the Landing 5K series at Charles Towne Landing. The first Race the Landing 5K was the Thursday before, and we had gorgeous weather with low temps and low humidity. This time, we weren’t as lucky but since we had a breeze and much of the course is shaded, it wasn’t unbearable.

Evening races aren’t usually my best runs, mainly because I have to wait until the end of the day to run and watch what I eat that day. When you run in the morning, you can go on an empty stomach or a small snack, but most of us eat at least two full meals before a 7 PM race. With the heat and food intake all day, I get stomach pain on some summer evening runs. I also work on Friday mornings and cannot stay up and sleep in- so no pre-race caffeine.

Images from the 2015 Race the Landing 5k series race #2 at Charlestowne Landing in Charleston, South Carolina.

My running goal for Race the Landing is to use it as a hard mid-week workout, but my *real goal is to have fun and make memories with friends because this series is excellent for that.

Race the Landing chooses not to offer prize money or be “competitive” but attracts and welcomes runners and walkers of all abilities. The awards are five places deep, everyone receives a finisher’s medal, and the kids runs give everyone in the family a chance to participate. It’s a fun event that’s close to home and a big highlight of my summer.

Like the previous week, I got to the race early and warmed up running through the neighborhoods at Charles Towne Landing. I finished up in time to see the kids run and talk to some friends while debating running with my Garmin or not. I ditched my Garmin and ipod (goodbye to all the electricals!) and we lined up to start.

Images from the 2015 Race the Landing 5k series race #2 at Charlestowne Landing in Charleston, South Carolina.

The race crowd was a bit bigger this time (270ish) and no one on the course was yelling out splits, so I have no clue what they were or if they were close. I remember a man in a pink tutu running ahead of me, and I’m not sure if he lost a bet or what but it was interesting to say the least.

I settled into the pace but not knowing any of the runners around me and running Garmin-less, it was purely effort-based.

Images from the 2015 Race the Landing 5k series race #2 at Charlestowne Landing in Charleston, South Carolina.

The race felt a lot harder than the previous week due to the heat and running speedwork the day before. Unfortunately, I had some stomach cramping from the heat + food earlier in the day. I ran near another man for the last 1/2 mile and he kept cheering for me and pushing me (turns out, he coaches for Porter-Gaud School). The last .25 or so of the race loops around a parking lot, so you see and hear the finish line when you’re still pretty far away. Such. a. tease.

I finished in 22:48. I was 28th overall, 6th female overall, and won my age group.

I collected my medal and ran a 2 mile cooldown on the course to cheer for the remaining runners and thank the volunteers before heading inside for dinner and awards. It was Barbados night, and I loved that we had fish on the menu because I’m a seafood girly and was glad to get some protein in after the run. If you leave Race the Landing hungry, it is your fault because they have the best post-race meal in town.

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I hung out and chatted with a lot of people after the race, including my friend Andy. He also had to miss the series last summer due to pneumonia but has made quite a comeback, finished under 20 minutes, and won his age group. Neither of us ran our best times ever, but this time last year, we were not able to run. Sometimes being healthy enough to race is the biggest victory. I am the tiny terror and he is the tall terror.

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The OnShore Racing Sunday Run club represented too, placing in our age groups or overall as well. The awards were raccoon trophies, and this week’s finishers medal had a raccoon on it as well.

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Although my time was 8 seconds slower than the previous Thursday, I was happy with my performance. It was hotter and I ran on tired legs from speedwork. It was a great “race-out” (race run as a workout) and fun time with friends. I’m glad to have a few weeks off of Thursday night races but excited for the next three.

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Race Name: Race the Landing 5K

Location: Charleston, SC (Charles Towne Landing State Park, West Ashley)

Date and Time: May 14, 2015, 7 PM

Terrain: Flat road, one wooden bridge, curvy course, shade.

Entry fee: $105 for 5-race series, $30 early registration, $35 late registration.

Swag: Tech shirt (blue tank) for series participants, finisher’s medal for all runners, sunglasses.

Post-race Food: Fish (mahi), chicken, rice and beans, coleslaw, pasta salad, sweet potatoes, fruit, beer (one per runner, extra tickets can be purchased or obtained from those who don’t drink beer).

Weather: 72 degrees, 78% humidity

Professional photographs in this post are courtesy of Brian Fancher Photography. Brian is a local runner and triathlete, as well as a fellow TrySports Mount Pleasant ambassador. Please consider Brian Fancher Photography for your sports, wedding, portrait, or commercial photography needs.

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20 Responses to Race the Landing 5K #2- Barbados Night (22:48)

  1. I kinda want to move to Charleston just for this race series! Just kidding, but oh this looks like so much fun, especially being able to connect with so many other runners! Your race photos are always amazing and congrats on another AG win. Being able to compete and run this year is a huge victory for you and tall terror!

    • Amy Lauren says:

      If you ever somehow end up here on a Thursday night, you should come out. Really, the local races here get a lot of out-of-towners in the summer, like people vacationing at Wild Dunes or in Charleston but just want to run a race while they are in town.

  2. Sounds like so much fun! I feel the same about night time races and heat. Great job!

    • Amy Lauren says:

      It was fun! It’s humid in the mornings and the humidity goes down in the evenings, but the sun has warmed up the course/pavement all day so it still feels super warm.

  3. Sounds like a fun race – I love races that encourage all levels of fitness. The after race food looked delicious!

    • Amy Lauren says:

      The medals were a new addition this year to encourage more people to come out, and it is working. They have always done 5-year, 5 places deep, age group awards (so it’s easier to win one for people who otherwise may not). The race used to offer prize money to anyone who broke the course record, but IMHO, more awards and finisher’s medals are a better thing to do since it gets so many more people moving (and most of us won’t ever touch the course records…)

  4. Those are awesome race pics!! You also ran a great time and congrats on your age group win!!

  5. Hollie says:

    I was going to do a 5k race tonight but I don’t think it will work out. It sounds like you had a great time and that was your primary goal anyways.

  6. racingtales says:

    I feel like you’re always running an evening race when I come to your site! I have a hard time with night races for the same reason. Still, you did great and kudos on ditching the Garmin…something I have trouble doing. Those race pics are great!

  7. Great pictures of you running, you look strong and determined.
    You loved the fish, I loved the sweet potatoes – win, win!

    • Amy Lauren says:

      I loved the sweet potatoes too! I am going to pass along our feedback on the food to Lisa. I thought the food for #2 was a lot better than #1 with healthier options (I guess you can’t be too healthy on “Southern Comfort” night, but still).

  8. lizlicorish says:

    This race series seriously sounds the best ever! We have a few series around here but I don’t think any of them feed you a full spread at the end! Congratulations on winning your age category!

  9. Christine says:

    I always get so jealous when I see your Race the Landing posts. I really, really want to do them, but sadly with my schedule, it just doesn’t work out. Maybe next summer? But really, for the food alone! Never mind the race. 🙂

  10. Elle Linton says:

    Food looks awesome (I’m from Barbados!) …I have similar issues when I have my swimming lessons at 7pm… can’t get my timing with food right! Congrats on winning your age group too 🙂 x

  11. Jessica S. says:

    Great recap. Thank you for sharing at #TuesdayTales!

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