After my first in the Race the Landing series was an exercise in how not to run a 5K – go out way too fast, crash hard, spend the last mile saying really bad words in your head and trying to convince yourself not to just give up and walk, and my second was an ugly race with a bad calf muscle that had me contemplating dropping out and accepting a DNF (I stuck it out, but it was not pleasant) I was excited for a third chance at this 5K series.
My pacing problem in the first race led me to crash hard in the last mile, so my goal was to try and run a more consistent pace so the entire race was comfortably difficult, but not miserable. At the first race my initial mile had been around a 8:30 (too fast for my current fitness level) and my final mile had been just over 9:30. My coach and I both agreed that I should aim for running even 9:00 minute/miles and see how that felt. It was hard to pace myself at first because I was using my Garmin as a crutch and it was not working right. When it first kicked in it said I was running a 4 minute/mile (not even with a million dollars in front of me and a herd of blood thirsty lions behind me), then after a minute or two it jumped all the way up and said I was running over 20 minute/miles (which is slower than I usually walk). Hmmmm….
Finally at around the half mile mark it seemed to correct itself and I was able to stick right at a 9 minute/mile pace. However, when it beeped that I completed the first mile it said – 9:25 avg. Strange because it had been reading right around 9:00, but I though maybe something was off. For the next two miles my pace (according to the Garmin) stayed right at 9:25 even though I was trying to push it a bit more. I assumed the heat and humidity (Charleston in June) had taken it out of me and were slowing me down.
I finished with a Garmin time of 28:53 and was happy that I came in under 29 minutes with the HOT weather. However, I did comment to some friends that I felt like I had been running faster than that, but the heat must have gotten to me. I had hoped to stick closer to 9:00 minute/miles like my coach and I had discussed, but Charleston summers are rough so I figured it might take a cooler fall race before I could speed it up a bit.
I continued talking to friends, drank some water (resisted the urge to pass out/vomit – so HOT), and once I was finally feeling recovered headed inside to grab some food. I love that this race series serves up free dinner after every race.
Good food too! It is a great deal.
If you register early you get all five 5K races, plus dinner, and a drink afterwards for only $105.
I plan to do this every year. Plus, the race series does age group award five deep which means that I have a chance to compete. I love listening to the award winners times and seeing if I managed to make it in.
Race 1 = 28:23 = 2nd place (adorable bear trophy)
Race 2 = 29:44 = 6th place (missed a trophy by 15 seconds)
When I saw the awards for this race, OTTERS, I knew I really wanted one.
When I earned my bear at the first race I mentioned that I hoped they were doing an animals of Charlestown Landing theme and that I hoped they’d have otter trophies.
Then, when the second race had pirate coins instead of animals I assumed I was out of luck.
Boom – OTTERS.
Only my favorite animal to watch play at Charlestown Landing (and the South Carolina Aquarium).
I LOVE them.
I was hoping, since I managed to break 29, I would earn an otter as that would have been good enough for a trophy in both of the last two races. However, there were a lot more people there this time so I wasn’t sure.
I was so thrilled when they called my name for 4th place. I got my otter trophy. Woohoo!
Last year I never ran fast enough to get a trophy (close, but not quite) so this year I was really hoping to get one and now I have two!Official race results were posted a few days later and I checked to see how I did.
(Usually my Garmin is about 5-6 seconds off, but pretty close.)
I was shocked to see that my official time was a 28:10 (9:04avg) which would be a new 5K PR.
My Garmin had read, 29:53 (9:25avg). Usually they are not off this far.
I started to wonder –
Was my Garmin off? Or was the race clock off?
I texted a friend who ran and she said her Garmin time and official time were really close.
Why were mine so far off?
Then I remembered all the crazy Garmin drama at the beginning where it couldn’t find my correct speed and was going really fast and then really slow.
I asked on my Facebook and Instagram pages which time I should take –
Do I go with my Garmin time or my Official time?
An overwhelming percentage of people (like 99%) said to always go with the official time.
Which would mean that I have a new 5K PR!
I must admit a PR is not quite as exciting when you find out two days later, via computer, instead of when you cross the finish line.
What do you think:
Garmin time or Official time?
Would you count this as a PR?
If you could have any animal on a trophy what would it be?
*All race photos came from Brain Fancher Photography.