Honestly I haven’t been running much weekly for about a month or so now. In fact, the only running I’ve been doing since the Lexington half has been once a week for fun runs and/or a race. Maybe my body needed that rest after such a long active and race filled year because my pace has been rather fast for the last few races. It’s weird because I feel like I have absolutely no base mileage right now.
Since my long run buddy Teresa was in Kiawah for the Kiawah marathon this past weekend, I decided at the very last-minute (no lie) to run a local 5k with Elijah called the Big Little Run formerly known as the Bow Tie Run. It’s a family friendly (and now dog friendly) 5k run and 1 mile family run/walk that benefits the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Columbia. The organization matches adults (Bigs) and children (Littles) so they can develop a positive relationship that will affect the lives of the littles.
The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Columbia is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. By partnering with parents, volunteers, donors and others in our community we are accountable for each child in our program achieving higher aspirations, greater confidence, better relationships, avoidance of risky behaviors and educational success. 1
I didn’t register on time because truthfully I was waiting to hear back to see if Elijah would be able to run with me. Luckily they have race day registration so that was my plan. And when I mean last-minute…I mean literally last-minute! Race day registration started at 8 AM and race start was 9 AM. I figured I had plenty of time so I didn’t leave the house until around 8ish but about 5 miles down the road I realized that I had forgotten Elijah’s refuel bar and I know he absolutely loves having it after his runs. So I turned around and drove back to the house to get one. GPS showed that I had plenty of time so I didn’t worry…until I finally arrived at my destination. Where there was nobody around…no traffic, no people…nada. I had used the address on the Facebook event which apparently was the business address for the organization and not the actual race location.
Yikes! Elijah was not impressed. I’m looking at my clock at that point and it was 8:30 AM. I was afraid that I wouldn’t make it to the race if I couldn’t figure out where the race location was quickly. Any sane person probably would have just given up and went to run somewhere else on their own but for some reason, I wanted to run with people in a race so I quickly did a google search and found the flier which had the race location at Sims Park. Easy Peasy…I knew where that was, except I didn’t know where it was in relation to where I actually was. GPS told me I’d arrive in 15 minutes. I was pushing it.
We arrived and was able to park really close to the start — like literally the very next block. I managed to get Elijah’s pad was applied, hooked him up to my waist, get to the registration table and registered, picked up Breckin’s shirt, hustle back to the car to drop off said shirt, then hustle to the start line….all with literally less than 5 minutes to spare.
Whew…we made it! Talk about last minute! A local running friend, Joyce was pacing her son Tate that morning and Elijah made fast friends with him at the start.
Elijah was getting tons of attention from friends while waiting the one or two minutes for the race to start so I think he was just overly excited because he shot out of the gate fast! I got him to calm down a bit and we settled into our run…him trotting along beside me. Elijah did well considering how warm it was that morning — a far cry from the low temps the weekend before. Saturday we started the race in the high 50s/low 60s and the temp climbed for the rest of the day yet just the Saturday before for the PattyPacks race, we had temps in the low 40s. Welcome to December in South Carolina. *sarcasm noted, right?*
Sims Park is located in the Shandon neighborhood where’s it’s nice and FLAT. You could get a fairly decent lengthy run if you zig zagged up and down and through the neighborhood streets but I’d get pretty bored quick because I totally tried it one time. The race was pretty much an out and back and fairly uneventful except for a few people out and about walking dogs and working on their houses or yards. The one thing I like about that neighborhood is that it’s nice, quiet and pedestrian friendly. Most of the houses are cute to look at too.
On the last mile back in, Elijah and I came upon a runner named Amber. She asked who I ran for. We started chatting and come to find out, she’s also a fellow I Run For runner! She has two buddies and they live all the way in Australia. How very cool.
As we hit the last half mile, Elijah’s new buddy Tate passed us and we just couldn’t keep up. Elijah was slowing a bit but not as bad as he had the other races. Joyce mentioned something to me that I had not thought of…maybe the beeping from the timing mat at the finish line bothers his ears. That had not crossed my mind. He hadn’t run many timed races, with the exception of See Spot Run for the past 3 years (2013 and 2014 recaps), until this race season so it totally makes sense. Hopefully the more I race with him, the easier it will get. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see!
After the race, one of the organization’s staff said they had extra shirts left over and was happy to provide one for myself since I had gotten a shirt for Breckin. So now we have matching shirts! 🙂 That was pretty cool of them and I’m always grateful when a race is so generous to provide for both Breckin and myself.♥
The awards were given out to only the top 3 male and female finishers. I was hoping that since it was based around kids, that they would provide finishing medals to the top 3 kids also but they did not. That would have been cool if they did. I think Tate would have placed. I didn’t know any of the top winners except my friend Gina.
She placed 2nd female overall. Congrats Gina! Her fiancé Harvey ran also, as well as fellow RWB eagle Kerry. The race had 72 finishers.
Race Results: http://www.strictlyrunning.com/RESULTS/15BBBS.TXT
Thanks to Alex McDonald for my finish line photos!
See you on the road!
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