CNY Springtime 10k Race Recap
Every year when I begin to plan my race schedule I try to pick a few races that I have never run before but also like to include ones that I run year after year. The CNY Springtime 10k is one of those races for me.
Not only is it one of the ONLY 10ks that are held in our area but it is also one of the first races I ever ran. It’s an incredibly hilly and challenging race but it really holds a special place in my heart.
The first year I had no idea what to expect. I had heard that it was hilly but really had no idea what I was in for until I found myself at the foot of the “hill”…it’s really more of a small mountain, in my opinion.
It’s no joke. This year they even added the tagline “Kill the Hill” so when race day came around, that is what I was prepared to do!
Like I said, the first year I ran it, I really didn’t know what to expect plus it was one of my first real races. Last year I knew I had to tackle the giant hill and while I took 10 minutes off my time from the previous year, I still knew that I could do better.
So the days before the race I watched my nutrition and was careful not to overtrain. The night before the race I ate #allthecarbs and on race morning I was up bright and early with my gear on ready to make the 1 hour and 20 minute trek to the race.
I rode with a friend and we got there in plenty of time to sit there and convince ourselves that we were, in fact, going to “kill the hill”. We even met up with another local runner/member of our #Run2RaceClub and all were able to wish each other good luck before parting ways.
We did our pre-race pee stop, took the obligatory pre-race photo and found our place in line to start. At 8:05 the gun sounded and we were off!
Mile 1 – 2: I totally got this.
Just a second or two after I crossed, I finally hit the GO button on my GPS (I really need to get this down). I felt awesome though, started off at a great pace and made my way out of Jamesville Beach State Park out onto the road and down the hill.
I had to keep reminding myself to slow down a little … I knew the big hill was coming and I didn’t want to waste my energy.
Mile 1: 7:45
Mile 2: 7:41
Mile 3: Time to Kill the Hill.
As I round the little bit of the corner and approached the base of the hill at the end of mile 2, I briefly thought to myself “maybe it’s not as bad as I remember”. Then I actually found myself at the base of the hill and thought “oh holy crap, it is WAY bigger than I remember”.
The hill is actually 2 hills. Once you make it up the super steep one, there is another super steep but shorter one you have to make it up to the turn around point.
I won’t lie, I pretty much huffed and puffed my way up the hill and was never so happy to see a turn around point- only because I knew that it was *mostly* downhill from there.
Mile 3: 8:54
Mile 4: This is what I’m talking about.
The fourth mile of the race is literally all pretty much downhill and it felt amazing flying down it after all the effort that it took to get to the top.
Except it killed my quads a bit. I totally felt it during mile 5 too.
Mile 5: Who put that there?
Just as my legs started getting back into the groove of the flat terrain again, the last little hill of the race appeared. Since this was my third year running it, I totally knew it was there (plus we ran down it in the beginning) but if you’re not paying attention or not familiar with the course, it is easy to miss.
One other runner exclaimed as we approached “Who the F put that there?!”. Let’s just say the sight of ANY size hill after the beast we ran up was NOT welcome. Even if it was a bunny hill in comparison.
Mile 5: 8:14
Mile 6: Let’s do this thing.
No matter how rough the last part of the race is, I alway try to put my game face on during the last mile. I just kept telling myself that I only had one more mile to go and it would all be over. One more mile and I would be done for good.
Up the top of the hill and into the park I went, just waiting to see the finish line so I could give it all I had. Once I saw it, I sprinted and crossed the finish line leaving it all behind.
Mile 6: 7:45
Mile 6.19 (GPS started a split second too late) 1:14
Overall time: 49:21 Overall pace: 7:58
While it wasn’t a PR, it was a course personal best – actually a full minute faster than last year and I have to say that I was okay with that. After the whole snow storm saga with the Syracuse Half, this felt like a little bit of sweet redemption!
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