I am really loving The Race the Landing 5K series. $105 buys you entrance for all five 5K races plus a really good dinner after. On top of that they are run on the same course which makes it fun to compare your times and see how you have improved. Plus, they give out five awards in each age group, and it is a smaller race, so lots more people get a chance to win a trophy.
My first race was an ugly crash and burn, my second I was in a lot of pain with crazy calf issues, and my third resulted a new PR – this one I wanted to just focus on pacing.
It was really hot and humid out and my legs were still tired from a tough, but good week the week before, so I knew I wouldn’t be able to PR.
Instead I wanted to concentrate on running the race pretty evenly.
I tried to run the first mile so it was comfortably tough on my tired legs and when my Garmin beeped in at 9:15 I knew my goal was to stay close to that.
Boy was it sticky outside, but I was able to stick to my goal and run the whole race at about the same speed with just a little kick at the end.
I finished in 28:31 which was an average of 9:11 per mile.
Afterwards I drank my water and milled around for a bit trying to cool down. It is just so nuts down South already. How can it already be this gross outside? It makes summer running an adventure. After I had cooled down a bit I headed inside to make myself a plate of food – baked chicken, rice, and salad. They had all the awards set up inside and I really wanted to get one because they were pirate swords. What a cool award!
After dinner they announced the awards, which takes a while since they give out lots, which is the reason why I have a chance. I think it is a lot of fun giving out so many awards because it includes more people and pushes you to run a bit harder.
I was lucky enough to win 4th in my age group (30-34) and get my own sword.
It is really cool because it has a sheath on the outside with a green placard that has the event information, but then that pulls off and the wooden sword is inside. As far as awards go this race gets two thumbs up. In addition to the pirate sword they have had: otters, pirate coins, and black bears – all super fun and unique.
I have a couple weeks off now before the 5th and final race in the series which is in July. It will be hot so I am not shooting for a new PR, but would love to keep it under 29 minutes and run a really even pace.
What do you do with race memorabilia?
What do you keep and what do you toss? (Medals, trophies, bibs…)
I keep the medals which are currently hanging on a coat rack and toss all my bibs.
Now I have three trophies and must figure out where to stash those.
*All race photos came from Brian Fancher Photography.