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. 

CNY Springtime 10k "Kill the Hill" Race Recap

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. 


CNY Springtime 10k elevation map


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.

CNY start

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.  

You might also like:  Vega Sport Pre-Workout Energizer Review- Fuel Your Better

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. 

CNY Springtime 10k

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. 

You might also like:  Ultimate Sandbag Upper Body Workout for Runners

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

CNY Springtime 10k

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! :) 

Welcome to back to our Wild Workout Wednesday link up! Each week I link up with Angelena Marie from Angelena Marie: Happy, Healthy & Balanced , Michelle at Fruition Fitness and Nicole from Fitful Focus to bring you workout ideas, motivation, inspiration and recipes to try. Join us for a wild workout each week by reading along or grab the button and link up if you have a fitness or healthy living post to share!

Remember to grab the button, link back and linkup if you have a workout to share! :)

grab button for The Fit Foodie Mama

<div class=”the-fit-foodie-mama-button” style=”width: 200px; margin: 0 auto;”>
<a href=”” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”>
<img src=”” alt=”The Fit Foodie Mama” width=”200″ height=”200″ />
 Loading InLinkz ...

Don’t forgot about the Thriyve Bluetooth Earbuds Giveaway– hop on over to enter!

Print Friendly
About me

Annmarie is a self proclaimed foodie, avid long distance runner and functional fitness coach. A DVRT Master Trainer, HKC Instructor and food allergy sufferer, she writes about strength training for runners as well as shares allergy friendly recipes for busy athletes.   She is also the owner of Strength In Motion Studio, mother of two sassy sisters and wife to a chronically busy chiropractor.   Subscribe by email for updates to get the latest workouts, advice and recipes straight to your inbox!


runners who wine FB
Runners Who Wine Podcast: My Running Journey
January 03, 2018
Gift Guide: Motivational Fitness Jewelry to Inspire Your Next Workout
November 29, 2017
half marathon (1)
How To Recover From A Half Marathon Like A Boss
November 15, 2017
Cold tips
Cold Remedies That Runners Swear By
November 08, 2017
half kneeling fb (1)
Unilateral Training for Runners: Why the Half Kneeling Position is Key
November 01, 2017
side plank fb
Unilateral Training from the Ground Up: Side Plank Series
October 25, 2017
@EgglandsBest Egg & Arugula with Rosemary Garlic Toast Recipe {gluten free, dairy free}
5 Foods Every Runner Should Be Eating
October 20, 2017
running strength FB
Unilateral Training from the Ground Up: A Runner’s Guide
October 04, 2017
running injury fb
How to Make a Strong Comeback After a Running Injury
September 27, 2017