Race recap: 2018 Gazelle Girl 10k

I am so overjoyed right now, so I’ll be starting with results first and then doing a run thorough of the day 😂. After working towards this seriously since last year, I finally broke a 9-min mile for a 10k! 🙌 Official time was: 53:10.07 (8:33 pace). It was such an unbelievable feeling crossing the finish line knowing I smashed my goals! My main goal was the sub-9 min. mile, and I also set a 54:40 goal time.

I went to the ‘Expotique’ with my mom, who also ran the 10k, on Saturday. It was a fun day! We picked up our race packets and I did a little shopping at the Gazelle Sports merchandise area…ended up breaking my “nothing new on race day” rule and got two new items that I wore for the race. The good news is that they were comfortable and I didn’t have any wardrobe issues. 👍

I ended up doing an Instagram takeover for Gazelle Sports, so that started at 5:30am with my alarm! I had my alarm set to play The Champion by Carrie Underwood 😂. It’s my “get pumped” song 🤷‍♀️.

This was my race day gear all ready to go! (Except my ProCompression low socks, and Michigan headband).

I shared this on the Gazelle Sports Instagram Stories, but my usual go-to after a hard run is this BCAA plant based protein smoothie below. I have to limit these and use organic hemp protein powder instead occasionally to give my stomach a break (it has legumes, which often give me trouble). But, these are such an easy and quick way to refuel in that 30-min post-run window before I get a chance to have my real meal.

We got downtown at a little after 7am. My dad dropped my mom and I off and then went to park.

I joined my local running club for a photo at 7:40. It’s been a while since I joined them, but it was cool to see them and cheer them on to new PR’s!

The half started at 8:00, the 10k at 8:20, and the 5k at 8:40. We stood around chatting before it was time to go…I was absolutely freezing!

I regret the shorts big time. It was 37 degrees at the start this year (41 last year – those few degrees made a huge difference!). I couldn’t stop shaking! My dad was so nice and gave me his coat to try to keep warm. My mom let me use her gloves too since she had a coat she gave him just before we made it out into the starting area.

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I only took a picture right at the beginning of the race on my GoPro because I didn’t want to risk dropping it and having to go back for it like I did last year 😂. Oops!

I felt pretty good until the hill around 5.15 miles in. It really slowed me down. But, I was grinning ear to ear when I saw my time at mile 5 and I realized I was going to beat my goal! That was enough for me to keep pushing! As far as hills go, there was 2 big-ish hills and one smaller one right at the end before you turn left to the finish line. But, overall gain was pretty low. So, it’s a great place for a PR! The other thing that could pose a challenge is towards the end when the 5k and 10k courses joined. It got a little congested. I was admittedly frustrated having to weave around small kids. I wish there was a way to avoid that. I don’t remember congestion being an issue in the half, so this was a bummer. But, I still beat my goal…so I can’t be too disappointed!

I was talking strategy with my mom before the race and I said, “I still don’t know if I should run conservatively the first half, then kick it up the last half?”. Her response made me 😅🤣😂😂. She suggested that I just run “balls out”. 😆🤷‍♀️ Well, I’m glad I took her advice, despite how the splits turned out.

Here’s my splits:

My dad got a video of me coming around the last corner before crossing the finish line.

I knew I was going to make it after I looked at my watch at mile 5, but I still couldn’t believe I was going to do it. I had been dreaming of it, visualizing it, and working my butt off for it for so long that it was overwhelming at the finish line!

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Always have to do the post run watch shot!

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Here’s the official stats:

Being that I’ve done the half and the 10k at this event, you know I’m curious how I’d do at the 5k! Hmmm….maybe next year.

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