On Saturday, I ran the MGC Long Run 15K in Columbia, SC. This was the first for a couple of things. First time running in a race this year and first time running a 15K. I signed up for this race at the last minute (was very hesitant even at that point because the website indicated that late registration does not guarantee a t-shirt). YEAH!!! I run for BLING (and in this case, since it was a 15K, I knew there would be no medal, so the t-shirt counted as BLING!!!)!!! Well, I decided to sign up any way because the race was for a GREAT cause. This was a great run for many different reasons….
McAngus Goudelock & Courie (MGC) is a metrics-driven law firm built specifically to meet the needs of insurance companies and their customers. MGC brought the MGC Long Run 15k|5k back to Columbia for a second year. The road race began in 2014 in an effort to combine the firm’s wellness initiative with its community giving program.
This year the race benefited the USO. Having served in the military, I’m always glad to support organizations that support American troops and their families. The USO is a private, non-profit organization, not a government agency. They rely on the generosity of donors and volunteers to make their mission possible. The USO serves over 100,000 troops and military families across South Carolina.
I headed over to Strictly Running to pick up my race packet on Thursday. I figured if I got there on the first day, I may have a better chance at getting a t-shirt. To my surprise, when I got inside, they were handing out nice bags (t-shirt inside). #WINNING
I got my stuff all ready the night before the race and laid out every thing for in the morning. I was in the bed by 8:00 pm (yes on a Friday) and felt good about race day.
Got up before my alarm went off, ate half a peanut butter sandwich (two hours before race start) and put that EAGLE on my chest!!! I was READY!!
I was really looking forward to this race. I met up with Team RWB for a group photo before the start of the race…
I also met up with some of my sole sistahs from BGR! Columbia…
Waiting for the race to start, I ran into another sole sistah from BGR! San Antonio, Texas. We got Cocky to take a picture with us!!!
Let the running begin:
As you can see I had a lot of fun before the race taking pictures with the crew!!! My thoughts going into this race was to just treat it like a training run. Meaning, warm-up at my CP (8’45) and then run miles 2-7 at my marathon pace (which has not really been defined but less than 8’30), followed by a cool down at 8’45. Well, you know things never go as planned….I may have started out too fast, but I felt great. The hills on this course really caused me to slow down. Note to self: DO MORE HILL TRAINING and SQUATS.
Looking at my splits, you can probably guess where the hills were located throughout the course. AND as I was approaching mile 8, I was greeted by the pretty site below.
I’m not going to lie, I was thinking about walking that thing. I even stopped to adjust my music (music was not set on repeat) because I needed all I had to get me up that hill. A lady, that I started out with in the race, tapped me on the shoulder and said ‘come on now, you’re my inspiration’. I told her I was coming…had to get this music right (she didn’t hear me…she had on headphones LOL). Ohh well, I made it up that hill…only to be greeted by another hill (which looked like twins in my opinion). Two hills right before the end…WHERE THEY DO THAT AT??? Columbia, SC. I managed to make it up both hills and slowly gained my composure. Someone even caught a picture of me saying a little thank you 🙂 with my eyes wide shut (of course).
I didn’t stick to my initial plan going into this race but I think I did really well overall. I finished in 1:18:04. I’ll take that.
The after party:
I didn’t get any pictures of the food but man they had a nice spread. Plenty of soda, water, fruit, granola bars and cookies. I grabbed two bananas (I’m not a fan of eating fruit being served without gloves (WHAT!!!)) and a package of Kashi chocolate chia cookies (YUMMY).
With this being my first year running in this race, I felt the race was very well-organized. Water and Gatorade was provided along the course at just the right points (even though I didn’t stop). I’m getting in the habit of not repeating races, so I doubt I will run this race again. I will however volunteer my services because it supports a great cause and was very well put together.
Do you repeat races? If so, why?