2013 Get in Gear 10K race recap


Get in Gear 2013 was a success! 54 degrees and not a cloud in the sky at race start.

Can you believe it snowed significantly less than a week ago?

Can you believe it snowed significantly less than a week ago?


First of all — happy birthday to my dear Jen who turned 30 and got a lovely group of ladies (pictured above) together to run the race.

Happy birthday, Jen!

Happy birthday, Jen!

So I think I forgot what it is like to run in warm weather. Luckily, at least I was dressed appropriately. I used the What to Wear Tool and decided on a tank, shorts and a hat (my new Shamrock Shuffle hat!) I also went with compression socks and my Saucony Guide 5s.

Each year, this race only gets bigger. There are 5K, 10K and half marathon distances, and the 10K (the only distance I’ve ever done) is Minnesota’s largest. This article talks about the race’s growth.

So as you can imagine, the beginning of the race can be quite frustrating. It’s actually kind of difficult to know where to line up for your appropriate estimated finish time. But with past experience running this race, we lined up a bit closer to the front than we would normally have.


And we’re off!

Besides the weaving and dodging, I felt pretty strong starting off. I hadn’t run much at all during the week before, so my legs felt refreshed and my foot didn’t bother me at all. The only big issue I had during the race was that right around mile two my left shin started to bother me. That went on for about two miles or so and then it must have just worked itself out.

Mandy and I were keeping a steady 9:00 min/mi pace for the first few miles — just as I had planned. After mile three, I decided to pick up the pace and go for the negative split I was trying for (and a sub-55:00 time!).

The first (and only) water stop came right after the 5K mark and right before the big hill. I realized that I have a hard time taking more than a few sips of water at water stops. I think I need to work on this, because for the rest of the race, all I could think about was how thirsty I was — not good.

Miles 5-6 felt awesome. Besides being thirsty, I felt good and was able to easily hold the pace I was shooting for. I turned the last corner and saw my husband and our pup, Tony, and Mandy’s mom — and then I saw the finish up ahead.

But nearing the finish line, I started feeling a bit light headed and my heart felt like it was going to beat out of my chest. Is this that uncomfortable feeling that everyone talks about? Do people run with that feeling for entire races? So I decided to keep my pace steady, rather than kicking for the last .20 as I had planned.

I ended up achieving my goal of running the race with a negative split of roughly 27:26 for the first half and 24:56 for the second. And PR’ed beating my previous 10K PR of 1:02:09 with a time of 54:51 — also making my sub-55:00 goal!

1 – 9:23
2 – 8:57
3 – 9:06
4 – 8:33
5 – 8:12
6 – 8:11
7 (0.32) – 7:53

After the finish, I concentrated on not throwing up by grabbing a bottle of water and walking back to where I saw J near the finish line. I watched the rest of my group finish (sorry I missed you, Andrea!). It must’ve been the beautiful weather because everyone had fantastic race times!

Go Mandy!

Go Mandy!

Congrats to everyone else who raced this weekend! How’d it go? Is the weather improving wherever you live?

Thanks again to Tony for taking these awesome shots! You’re the best race photographer ever!


12 thoughts on “2013 Get in Gear 10K race recap

    1. hyedi Post author

      Thank you, Danielle! I think the 10K distance can be really tricky — so it feels good to finally be figuring it out.

      Oh no! Technology can be so frustrating at times 😦

  1. katielookingforward

    I also ran a 10k on Saturday (up in Nisswa) and I felt silly at the start of the race holding my Nathan Quickdraw water bottle, but was very happy in the middle of the race that I could take a sip whenever.

    1. hyedi Post author


      Yeah — I think the sun really warmed things up and there wasn’t a ton of shade along certain parts of the course. Also, by the end of the race I think it had almost warmed up ten degrees!

  2. Julia B.

    Hi Hyedi- I just discovered your blog- congrats on the PR! I ran get in gear also and agree that the start line is ridiculous. It is more like an obstacle course trying to get going!

    1. hyedi Post author

      Hi Julia! Obstacle course — that’s the perfect way to describe it!

      I see you’re running the TC 1 mile? I’m running it for my first time this year and it kind of snuck up on me. Any tips?


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