NYRR Mini 10K Recap

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Well, I can sum up Saturday’s NYRR Mini 10k in two words: hills and humidity. The combination of the two made for a really tough race, but I crossed the finish line with a smile on my face. And, really, isn’t that the best part about running a race?

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I love running in Central Park, but those hills kill me every time!

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I didn’t arrive in New York City until late Friday night, so Theodora picked up my race number for me. We made plans to meet the next morning, so I met her and some other blog friends before the race. We chatted and caught up for a little while, and then we all headed to our respective corrals for the start of the race. Theodora and I always seem to end up in the same corral, so we took our usual pre-race photo together.

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The race kicked off at 8:00 on the dot. We started down Central Park West, which was straight and flat. I definitely went out too fast because I finished my first mile in 7:53. Oops. As soon as I saw this time on my Garmin, I immediately slowed my pace. There was no way I could keep that up for five more miles!

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Just after Mile 1, we headed into Central Park where we ran the rest of the race. The route went clockwise on the West Drive around the top of the park, south on the East Drive around the lower end of the park to the finish at 67th Street and West Drive.

After my speedy first mile, I slowed my pace down to 8:11 on Mile 2 and 8:19 on Mile 3. Much better.

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Things were going great, but, as soon as I passed Mile 4, I started to struggle. The rolling hills in Central Park got really tough and then my iPod started skipping songs, so I fiddled around with it while I tried to keep up my pace. Not surprisingly, I couldn’t keep it up, and I finished Mile 4 in 9:08.

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When I saw the marker for Mile 5, I felt a surge of motivation to pick up my pace again, but, unfortunately, my legs had other plans. I felt like I was cruising along at a good speed, but my Garmin said otherwise. It’s so frustrating when your mind wants to do one thing, but your body does something totally different. Even still, I managed to finish Mile 5 in 8:45. Not too shabby considering I wanted to die.

The last mile of the race was killer, especially the final 800 meters, but I pushed myself to the end. My body hated me, but I managed to complete the last mile in 8:30, and I crossed the finished line at 53:28 (8:37 pace), which was a new 10K PR for me! Wahoo! Considering the hills and humidity, I am really happy with my time.

At the finish line, race volunteers passed out pink carnations.

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And medals, which were super cute with a red polka dot ribbon. I usually don’t get any more excited for an all-women’s races over other races, but this one was really great. There was a fun, supportive vibe– and I have to say that enjoyed the girly touches at the finish line.

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After the race, I met up with my running buddies: Ashley, Ali, Becky, Lizzy, Emily, Christy, and Theodora.

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And then it was time to eat! We headed to Whym for brunch.

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We were a bunch of hungry runners!

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I properly rehydrated with a glass of water, iced coffee, and a celebratory beer”¦ at 10:30 in the morning. Hey, it was 5 o’clock somewhere!

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My Lagunitas IPA was served with the most adorable branded mason jar. Lagunitas definitely knows how to make enjoying their beer special. I want one of these glasses so badly now!

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To eat, I ordered Homemade Granola with fresh berries and Greek yogurt. It was fantastic and exactly what I wanted.

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All in all, a great race! Can’t wait until next year’s Mini 10K!



  1. Congrats on a fantastic PR! I ran this race last year and had my PR there too, it is such a fun course. We didn’t get medals though.

  2. Congrats on your PR!! Looks like a fun race, except for the summer weather! I don’t know If I could handle racing right now!!

  3. Yay! Congratulations on an AWESOME race. You are a rock star. It was so great to see you (albeit briefly) ”” come back soon!

  4. I’ve never been to NY so I never really realized that Central Park was as big as it is and that it has lots of hill, crazy… I need to get out more! Congrats on the PR!

  5. Hills and humidity are the worst! Congrats on still being able to PR despite the conditions! Just think what you could do if it was a flat course with no humidity! You are awesome! 😀

  6. Congrats on the new PR! I don’t really go for all women’s races either but the mini has SUCH great history behind it and I thought that them dedicating it to Grete Waltz was awesome. I really regretted not signing up!

      1. @Tina:
        It’s called the “mini” 10K because when Fred Lebow, who founded the NYC marathon and many other NYRR races, started this race 40 years ago, he was looking for a way to appeal to women runners. In 1971 miniskirts were popular so he named this race the women’s “mini marathon” and the name has stuck. Pretty cool history! Fred Lebow was an amazing guy; for more info see the documentary “Run For Your Life.”

          1. @Tina:

            I am such a dork about NYC running history. Definitely check out that documentary before running the NYCM.

  7. Ughh I hate running in central park. Hills kill me every time. I am, however, a massive fan of the Ginger Man, which I hope you’ll be posting about soon enough.
    You should try to find the Waffle and Dinges truck while you’re there!!! Every bite is like heaven.

  8. Wow! Great job! A friend of mine just ran a 5K….was going to walk and another friend convinced her to run. She was so proud of herself! Between that, and reading your blog, I’m thinking of running one myself! And the next one she’s doing is to benefit animal rescue shelters! What a great cause. I’m definitely going to start running more around my block to try and work myself up.

  9. I ran yesterday, too! It was my first race ever. I was hoping I’d see you and Theodora (I read both of your blogs), but alas, I did not. It was so fun though! I can see how it becomes addicting 🙂

  10. I just did a 10 K last week and had the same two problems: heat and humidity! Unfortunately, unlike you, I wasn’t able to PR…my time was SUPER slow! 🙁

  11. So funny, Tina. I was in NYC this weekend, too, and I went to Whym for brunch today. When I saw the pic of the Whym sign on your site, I couldn’t believe the coincidence! It was recommended by a friend of mine who lives in the city. Glad you enjoyed it, too!

  12. great job! i ran the mini too! and yes, hills and humidity – yikes. i felt awful when i finished, and unfortunately, didn’t head down the chute far enough to get my cute ribbon and medal. ah well. glad you had a great time in nyc!

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