Sole of the City 10k Race Recap

I have been itching to set a new 10k PR for a few years now. I’ve only done a few 10ks over the years, and most of them were not PR opportunities. Like the Dreaded Druid Hills…I was lucky I survived that one with the steep climbs after being sick! My best 10k was set in 2013 at the Sole of the City (47:31). I had run faster 10ks than that in training runs, but did not have the chance to set an official PR.

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I signed up for the Sole of the City again as part of the B3 series. It turns out this will be the only race of the series I can run, but that’s a whole different story. I really wanted to set a PR in this race but knew I would need to put in some work after the off-season. I spent about 6 weeks slowly adding in speed workouts and tempo runs focused on 10k pace. I wasn’t thrilled with my progress, but was getting more comfortable holding a 7:30 pace for several miles. 

As I mentioned Monday, Friday evening was a bit stressful and not the ideal way to prepare for a race. I think I was a little distracted which helped to avoid getting too nervous. After Rob and I dropped off my car to get serviced we walked about a mile to the start line are and then ran a mile warm up. I did some drills, used the bathroom, and lined up to start. It was warmer than I expected, and I regretted wearing a long-sleeved t-shirt (although it was really light). 

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Mile 1: I started pretty far up front and didn’t get boxed in. There was a bit of a hill in the beginning but then that was followed by a nice downhill, and the rest of mile 1 is flat. I didn’t look at my watch until it beeped..7:14 but I was a little ahead of the mile marker.

Mile 2: I tried to hold on to the same pace, and this mile was flat and took us around the harbor. I ran this in 7:24. 

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Mile 3: I think this was the hardest mile of the race, most of it being uphill. I focused on maintaining the same effort but knew I would slow down a bit. This was 7:45, and would have been slower if it weren’t for a little downhill at the end.

Mile 4: We continued to get the benefit of the downhill as we made our way around Fell’s Point and started looping back around through Harbor East. From living in the city and running there all the time I know my satellite connection there isn’t great, so I ran a 7:12 but it was probably not quite accurate.


Mile 5: This is where things started to hurt, but it was a flat mile so I tried to push a bit, and ended up with 7:25. 

Mile 6: This part of the race had a long, steady climb (although not as bad as the hills I run now), and it was a tough place for this at the end of the race. Once we got up the hill, it was downhill to the finish. Mile 5 was 7:32 and the last .2 (my watch measured .35) was a 6:35 pace.

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Garmin results were 46:58 for 6:35 miles (7:24 pace), official results were 46:58 for 7:35 pace, 9th in my age-group, and 184th overall. Although my results were initially missing, it got resolved pretty quickly! 

I think considering my goal pace was 7:30 I did pretty well. I do think I have a faster time in me, but considering it was my first race of the season, I’ll take it!

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After the race we grabbed some food and beer, and ran into some people we knew. I was starving before the race started (9:00 is such a late start time for me!) so I made sure to eat even though I wasn’t hungry after running. Then we walked to the harbor and got an early lunch.

Surprisingly, I wasn’t sore the next day, but I still took off Sunday so I could start Monday out feeling refreshed. I am glad I finally got in my first race of the year, and finally set a new 10k PR after 3 years!

Are there any distances you have been itching to PR in for a few years?

Do you get hungry after a race?


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52 thoughts on “Sole of the City 10k Race Recap

  1. Awesome race, congrats on your finish time!!!! I love a good 10k but they are so hard to find to run on a more often basis. I am glad they found your results! I do feel I have a PR in me for my half next week and if I run another 10k soon, I think I have a PR in me for that too but like you said – I haven’t had the opportunity to go for one. And yes, I am usually hungry after a race because the start times are later than when I typically run lol. I hate that about racing!
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  2. Awesome job Lisa! Obviously I’ve been itching for a sub 2:00 half marathon, but I’m stressing less about it. It’ll happen when it happens! I’m almost never hungry after a race/run but try and force myself to eat a little something since I know I’ll crash later if I don’t. Usually oatmeal or eggs–anything that’s easy on my tummy!
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  3. Great job! I’m not normally hungry directly after a race, but wait 30 to 60 minutes, then I’m starving. I like it when races hand out snack boxes so I can take that with me and eat when I’m hungry.
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  4. Congratulations! I’ve now set PRs I am really happy with in short (4-mile) and half marathon distances, but a 10K would be great. It’s just that since my very first 10k (aka my first race ever) I’ve only run 10Ks in Central Park (essentially a giant hill) and then at Disney races where I’m all about the photos and fun, whereas the very first one was on a flat two-loop rather boring course. Maybe I need to head back there if I want the PR 🙂
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  5. I thought I might run into you there! Congrats on a great race and new PR! It was a warm day but not as bad as last year when it was ridiculously humid. I wish they would start the race a little earlier though. No PR for me but I was happy with my time and pace considering I haven’t been doing any speed work. Last year Covington wrecked me so I was glad I felt pretty good by the time I got to that climb this year!

  6. Atta girl! Nice job on that PR. I’m not hungry after a long race but after 5 and 10ks I’m starving because I don’t eat before I race those. I love your sunglasses. Are they special running ones? Do they slide around or fog up or anything? I need some new ones.
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  7. what a great time to start the season with! i really like the 10k distance but for whatever reason tend to run halfs instead. i tried to get a sub hour 10k a few weeks ago but the hills took me down. but oh man after a race i want to eat all the things! luckily Im usually at Disney where there is no shortage of good food!

  8. Congrats on your new shiny “official” PR! I am glad they found your results. 🙂 I agree I think you have more in you, especially since you weren’t sore the next day! You surpassed your pace goal so that’s awesome. Now you know what you can do!

  9. Awesome job and congrats on the PR! It must feel awesome to finally have that redemption of a PR after a few years. That’s how the 5k feels for me. I set my PR in 2014 and was hoping for a new one last fall when I ran a couple of 5ks – I came close but didn’t make it. Now I’ve set new PRs for a 5k during longer distance races so I should have a faster time now but it’s just not official haha 😀
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  10. Congrats again Lisa! Way to hang in there with a strong, consistent pace. I know both my 5k and half PRs are soft. One was run on a hot, hilly course and the other 6 days after a full marathon. 10ks are getting hard to come by around here.
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  11. These are great race pictures of you Lisa! I hate it when there is a tough hill so close to the finish. You rocked it though! That is an awesome pace and you did great sticking to your goal! Congratulations on your PR! I don’t believe it will stick long, you will PR in the 10K again, I just know it. I’m going to be jealous of yall because our season is winding down and yalls is just starting good! Hungry after a race??? Do pigs like mud??? Lol Thanks Lisa for your recap of this race!
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