CNY Springtime 10k Race Recap
Yesterday I participated in the 2nd annual CNY Springtime 10k in Jamesville, NY for the second year in a row. This race actually holds a little bit of significance for me since last year it was my first 10k race ever! Actually, I hadn’t even ran more than 6 miles before racing it last year so it was kind of interesting to see how far I’ve come.
Unlike last year, yesterday could not have been more perfect as far as racing weather is concerned. The year before it was around 36 degrees and FREEZING, (it seriously felt more like 10) and this year right as I arrived at Jamesville Beach, it was 42 degrees just as the sun was rising. It was actually so pretty, I made a point to take a picture of the sunrise at the beach before the start of the race.
Even though it was nice out, we thankfully didn’t have to wait around too long for the gun to go off and by 8:05 we were all crossing the starting line. Unfortunately, I was friendless this race so I set out on my 6.2 mile adventure alone.
I honestly didn’t mind, it was nice just to be running outside again in gorgeous weather. The first two miles felt like a breeze (actually I was sweating, cursing my long sleeve top at this point) and upon checking my GPS I realized that I had probably started out a little too fast especially knowing that I was going to have to climb a SUPER steep hill at the end of mile two.
I had actually taken my phone out to take a picture of how crazy steep it is but once I encountered it, I decided an uphill photo wouldn’t do it justice and was just trying to concentrate on climbing it. To say I was riding the struggle bus at this point is an UNDERSTATEMENT.
Here is the elevation map, it paints a pretty clear picture…
I pretty much had to speed walk as opposed to run the last 100 yards before reaching the top. Then to just really add some salt to the wound, there was another hill to climb before we could turn around. Thankfully from there it was A LOT of downhill which is where I was finally able to snap a semi-decent picture so you can get a better visual of just how steep it was.
By the time you reach the bottom of the hill, you hit mile four. From there, it is a pretty easy 1.5 miles until you reach ANOTHER hill which is at the end of the race….just a little extra salt in case the first two death hills weren’t enough.
Thankfully, I had found a pacing partner at this point so it didn’t seem as difficult of a climb and by the time you reach the top there is a short but sweet downhill which leads you to the path through the park to the finish.
I cranked it as best I could in the last 2/10 mile and finished in 50:04 seconds. Not my best 10k or a personal record BUT considering those hills, I wasn’t too upset.
Here are my splits:
- Mile 1: 7:34/mi
- Mile 2: 7:45/mi
- Mile 3: 9:07/mi (HOLY HILL)
- Mile 4: 8:02/mi
- Mile 5: 8:21/mi
- Mile 6: 7:52/mi
- Mile 6.23: 6:50/mi
I ended up coming in 9th in my age group which I thought was a little strange (there were only 316 runners) until I realized that they grouped it by 19-29 year olds. As much as I’d love to think I can, I’m pretty sure I can’t compete with 19 year olds. 😉
Regardless, I still improved from last year which is all that really matters. My finish time last year was 1:00:53 and this year it was 50:04 so an entire 10 minutes faster!
After doing a quick little celebration dance (in my head) and cooling off, I headed over to the pavilion where they were serving a pancake breakfast and giving runners post-race massages.
Unfortunately, I only had time to grab an apple before having to head home but thought it was a really nice amenity to offer runners especially since it’s a fairly small race.
Overall, I enjoyed the race even in spite of the ridiculous hills and will probably sign up again to run next year. You really can’t beat the beautiful country setting plus it is a great training run for the Mountain Goat….which I am just hoping to finish without dying, I’ve heard the hills are killer! 😉