Great Race 10k recap


I love this race! Last year this was my first 10k ever, & I surprised myself with beating my A goal by 3 minutes. It’s predominantly downhill which makes it the perfect race for a potential PR.

I spent all day on Saturday helping Pro Bike + Run with the expo standing on a concrete floor & then helping load & unload the truck with all of the merchandise. I knew it was crucial for me to wear my Legend compression sleeves if I ever had a chance of having a good race on Sunday. Surprisingly, I had a handful of people asking me about them & I even sold a few pairs of sleeves/socks after telling them about how great they are! Keep an eye out for my Legend compression sleeve review this week where I’ll also be giving all of my readers a special discount code for their purchases!

The race doesn’t start until 9:30am, so I met up with my friend Kristin a little after 8:15am. Shuttles are available to take runners from downtown up to the start line in Frick Park. Our meeting time ended up being perfect as last year we sat around waiting at the start line for almost an hour & we really didn’t want to do that again.

This race is incredibly crowded. It started right on time at 9:30am which was so nice. Right as the race begins, there’s a hill. But I knew that if I could get up this hill, there’d be an almost half mile downhill part in mile 2.

Mile 1: 10:46 | Mile 2: 9:58 | Mile 3: 10:25

See that downhill pace for mile 2? Yup. The weather was decent. It was chilly at the beginning but there wasn’t a single cloud in the sky so the sun made everything pretty warm. I chose not to look at my watch until each mile buzzed. I was pretty happy with the paces that were showing up!

The race never thinned out. I was running around people & trying not to trip others pretty much the entire race. Not always ideal, but you work with what you’re given.

Every couple of miles there was a band playing. It was so nice to get a break from the monotony of listening to other people’s conversations & the sound of my own huffing & puffing!

Mile 4: 10:26 | Mile 5: 11:09 | Mile 6: 10:05 | .2: 9:38

I knew that the HUGE hill was coming between mile 4 & 5. This is the only part of the race that I absolutely dread. Boulevard of the Allies up to Duquesne. It’s almost a mile long & it’s a steady climb all the way up – hence the mile 5 pace. Once we got up to the top of the hill, a guy was spectating yelling, “make your pace great again! it’s all downhill from here!” it was awesome. Once I conquered the hill, I kicked it into another gear & finished strong. I just kept telling myself how bad I wanted that PR.

The race wraps up in Point State Park & music played the whole way in. I saw my friend Rachel when I was in desperate need of seeing a friendly face. I needed one last boost. And luckily I got one I had a smile on my face the entire way into the finish line. I know spectators were probably wondering what I was so happy about. What was there not to be happy about? I just kicked this race’s ass & I felt great. Legs felt great.

Final 10k time: 1:05:27

Which is 33 seconds below what my A goal was!!! I truly didn’t think I had this in my considering the weekend that I had.. but I continue to surprise myself.

How was your race, if you ran it?


9 thoughts on “Great Race 10k recap

  1. Jessie @ The Acquired Sass says:

    I’ve only run the Great Race 10K once – wait, maybe twice, but, either way, it was my first race EVER way back in 2010. So it definitely holds a special place in my heart. But I hate that it’s crowded the whole way. A friend gifted me a 5K bib in 2015 and I was so close to sub-25, but it was just so crowded I felt like I had to hold back at the beginning which I didn’t want to.


    • Ciara says:

      I’ve only ever run 3 10ks ever! It’s not my favorite distance. I’m not sure I have a favorite distance lol. I hate that it’s crowded too. I feel like I’ll always want to do this race though.. the downhills are just too nice haha. and YAY for sub A GOAL!!!

  2. Jennifer @ Dashing in Style says:

    That’s awesome! You did great! Congratulations–it truly was a Great Race for you! I’ve only done one 10K ever and would really like to do another. But since I don’t like big races or crowds, I don’t think this one would be for me.

    • Ciara says:

      Yay, thank you!!! Yeah, this race is crazy, crazy crowded. Maybe because I was more the ‘middle of the pack’ this time but man it was packed.

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