Race the Landing #2: Barbados Night (21:39)

On Thursday night, I excitedly toed the start line for Race the Landing #2, Barbados Night.

Sometimes it’s nice to have a few races that you can count on to be fun- and this is one of those races. There’s food, beer, swag, medals, and great awards at every race. It was a bit warmer and more humid than Race the Landing #1. The course is shaded and we had a breeze, so the conditions weren’t terrible. A few runners even said their times were better than the first race.


A mile-by-mile recap of this race would be depressing- I know because I wrote one out, then deleted the whole thing. All runners have bad runs, and I don’t want to dwell on a bad run. My mile splits for this race were 6:40, 7:12, and 7:26. My last mile was only 3 seconds faster than Mile 13 of the Hilton Head Island Half Marathon.

I finished in 21:39 for 1st place 30-34 female and 5th female overall.

I have no excuse and try to think positively.

  • Four years ago, I was super anxious about moving to Charleston. Clay was interviewing for jobs and negotiating salaries while I was coaching track, packing the house, and finding us a place to live. Now, Charleston is home and I can’t imagine living elsewhere. The only 5K I ran in May 2012 was the Armed Forces 5K, where I ran a 25:22.
  • Three years ago, I ran my first Race the Landing in 23:53. I placed in my age group, but more importantly, I was excited to run a race close to my home in West Ashley.
  • Two years ago, I had a sprained ankle turned stress reaction. I couldn’t run for 7 weeks and missed three races. I volunteered at two Race the Landing runs and got my first-ever blisters from opening water bottles at the finish. Runners told me I should be thankful I wasn’t on that hot course, while I half-heartedly chuckled and wished I could be sweating and slogging in the heat with them instead of on the spin bike.
  • Last year at this time, I hadn’t run under 22 minutes in a certified 5K. I finished a bad race with my second-fastest time on this course.
  • It’s just a race, and it’s not even an important race to me. I have a husband, family, and friends who love me, a big-girl job, and other hobbies and interests.

Since my best running times- both on and off the finish line clock- are ahead of me, I’ll put this one behind me.


The highlight of this race for me was my cooldown run. Melissa waited on me to finish, then we took off down the course to pace her daughter, Alex, and Alex’s friend, McKenna.

Both girls were excited about the run and wanted to finish under 36 minutes and PR. We ran back, found the girls when they were struggling in the last mile, and encouraged them nonstop. We tried to get their minds off the hurt of racing and to think positively when they passed other (mostly adult) runners. Alex and McKenna kicked it into gear at the end and both met their goals!

I experienced such different emotions at the finish line, from feeling defeated after my own race to celebrating Alex and McKenna’s personal records. Just running that last mile with them made me relive and miss my Florence Track Club volunteer coach days. This area lacks USATF youth programs, but I hope I can coach again someday.


Once we finished and cleaned up, we went inside to another delicious Race the Landing meal! The meals at Race the Landing are catered and do not disappoint. I sat outside to eat with Melissa and some others and we listened to the Second Honeymoon band.

Despite a rough run, I still enjoyed Race the Landing. It was a good reminder that even if I don’t have a great run, I can still celebrate with others in their victories.


Race Name: Race the Landing 5K #2- Barbados Night.

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

Date and Time: May 12, 2016, 7 PM.

Course: Flat road, one wooden bridge, curvy course, shade. USATF Certified.

Swag: Finisher’s medal and socks, 5 year, 5 deep age group awards

Post-race Food: Pork, collard greens, beans and rice, corn and okra, sweet potatoes, rolls, beer (one per person, additional could be purchased). All side items are vegetarian.

Weather: 81 degrees, 74% humidity, 9 mph SSW wind

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15 Responses to Race the Landing #2: Barbados Night (21:39)

  1. Hollie says:

    It sounds like a fun race. Even though it doesn’t sound like the actual race portion was “enjoyable” it does sound like you were able to celebrate accordingly which is always a good thing.

  2. I know it’s hard not to be disappointed, but you did GREAT! And you got 1st in your AG – amazing! Your speedy time is nothing to be upset over. Some days, we just don’t feel great. You got to run, eat good food, spend time with friends, and still ran a speedy 5K. You are awesome, and you ran VERY well, despite how you feel about it! I love reading your posts on this race series. Makes me want to come down and run them with you! I drool over the post race meals!

    • Amy Lauren says:

      You’d love the series because I can tell you love running in general, by things like pacing people in races and just doing races with friends.

      I faded pretty badly, but I have plenty of other races to work on getting pacing right and race strategies.

  3. Theresa says:

    Rough run or not, your time is still fantastic! (I know how you feel though, positive split runs are just frustrating and FEEL hard)

  4. ksquared says:

    The ability to celebrate the successes of others even when you are disappointed is a great quality to have! I also wouldn’t read into this. I’m assuming this was after a day of work, which is a really hard time to race. I know I haven’t mastered it. I think for me it’s part physical (tightness from sitting all day) and part mental. After work I’m just not mentally prepared to put in a good effort! Still, congrats on 1st in your AG!

    • Amy Lauren says:

      It was after a day of work, although I didn’t work the next day (PTO for days…). I just hope I can stop starting so quickly at these races! I’m scared I will get into that bad habit and it won’t be good in January.

      • ksquared says:

        Or maybe you’ll continue to start just as fast, but then finish fast as well 😉

      • Amy Lauren says:

        Now, that would be amazing at those paces :). I hate to hold back TOO much at the beginning but with this heat, I’m gonna have to. Plus, I know my ability and I can’t hold a 6:40 like that… yet.

        BTW, it’s great to see you responding and back in the blog world post-Boston!

      • ksquared says:

        Yet is the operative word! I think you’ll get there!

        I figured reading about other people’s love of running might be a good way to reignite mine! I think it’s helping so far.

  5. supereli23 says:

    Glad you can look at the positives after the race even though you weren’t happy about your race/time (which still was, in fact, a good time!). I find once it starts warming up +mid week races=taking some time for your body to adjust. I usually have to run in warmer temps for 2-3 weeks consistently before my body adjusts. Plus if I’m tired/stressed from work the motivation levels tend to go downhill as well!

  6. Angela says:

    I think you were able to bounce back from this by the end of the post even if you did delete the mile by mile recap. Sometimes writing can be therapeutic and I think blogging about your ‘bad’ race helped you pick out the good parts of the experience. Charlestown races look so fun and I’m glad that you were able to focus on that aspect of this 5K! Bad races happen sometimes but you will have a great race soon!

  7. How awesome that you were able to go from feeling down the first time you crossed the finish line to feeling celebratory for Alex and McKenna! I’m glad the weather wasn’t too rough for you and that you enjoyed the race and could reflect on the past few years and just how far you’ve come!

  8. I’m not a runner, but I would enjoy the post race food!

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