That Time I Ran 10 Miles Before a 5K

This is the longest I have ran before running a race.

Last night, my mom and I ran the NYC Runs 5K in Central Park. Since we were heading into the city, we decided to go earlier and try to run 10-11 miles before hand in order to get our long run done with for the week. I’m all about running long on a weekday and prefer that over a weekend long run. 

We got to NYC and parked near where the finish line was going to be. Due to traffic, we only had time to run 10 miles beforehand. 

We ran one 5 mile loop in Central Park, then headed out towards the East River to continue running. Cat Hill killed me and I just wanted a flat portion for a bit haha.


So I think I must have been dehydrated yesterday because I was SO THIRSTY…even beginning at mile 1. I did drink water that day leading up to my run but clearly not enough. Any time I saw a water fountain in the park I would stop and drink huge gulps of water…I just could not quench my thirst.

I did bring my salt pills so I made sure to take those every 30 minutes, and that probably helped me avoid that sloshy feeling in my stomach that caused me to throw up at the finish line of the 2011 NYC Marathon. Yup. Fun times.

I refilled my own water bottle countless times and that feeling of thirst just never went away. I am getting thirsty just writing this now lol.

The 5K

We finished the 10 miles in the park and thankfully our friend picked up our bibs for us because we got to the starting line at 6:50. The race started and I thought, “Ok I’ll go a bit faster, and push it a bit.” And I did for the first mile: 9:40. I was like oh wow! But then I just couldn’t hold on.

The last 2 miles were in the 11′s and I walked up half of Cat Hill. My legs were just fatigued and I was still so thirsty. I stopped at both water stops and drank 2 full cups each time. Oh yeah and as I am off to the side picking up a water cup, some woman comes running in, yells “COME ON, MOVE” and pushes me in the back and grabs her water. Really???

We finished in about 35 minutes – I’ll take it. I was going to stop when my own watch beeped at 13 miles (because we ran more like 10.1 or 10.2 before the race), but then my watch beeped and I saw the 3 mile marker and was like No, I will finish this and finish it strong!

We ran a total of 13.2 miles…and I was so thankful for those popsicles they handed out after!!


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Overall it was a fun race. I love evening races and definitely prefer them to early morning races, especially NYRR ones where I have to trek into the city.

We walked the 5-6 blocks back to the parking deck and I was thankful I brought a change of clothes – my shirt was soaked!

Now I have to run a 5 mile recovery run today which I’m not looking forward to…my legs are still so sore. But gotta do what you gotta do I suppose (when it comes to marathon training).

Did anyone else run this race last night? What’d you think?

Answers to feeling so thirsty on runs? Was I dehydrated?


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  1. Congrats on the run. I need to try salt pills. Even with the Infinit custom mix and max sodium I still get sloshy tummy issues when trying to drink to thirst during a race. Good luck with the recovery run.
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    • They really do help. I sweat a lot and lose a lot of salt, and other things like electrolyte drinks didn’t really help me and actually made me thirstier.

  2. Good for you and your mom! That’s a lot of miles to run before a race! I’ve done a 10k/5k back to back before. They usually hold the 10k first, then you get a short break and run the 5k. Actually my 5k PR was in a race like that. A whhooollleee long time ago :-)
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    • Thanks! That’s awesome you got a 5K PR after a 10K. I tried to run fast but my legs just were not having it lol

  3. I love the idea of popsicles after a race!
    I have a 10k tomorrow that starts at 9:30PM, and I 3 mile warm-up beforehand. I’m not planning on racing, but it’ll still be a fun change with a night race.
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  4. I thought the race was fun, but I was surprised by the number of competitive people that were there since it was supposed to be more of a fun, social run. I can’t believe that woman pushed you! Some guy pushed me over in the corrals before we even got to the start line! Guess he was in a hurry to get to racing.
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  5. Dang, good for you and your mom! I’ve never run long before a race. Actually, I’ve never run before a race at all! You are building some serious mileage and rocking it. Keep it up!
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  6. So you Just take the pills and Water? Not gels or gummies?
    Congrats for the race to you and your mom, she’s awesome !!

  7. That’s just crazy! Crazy and impressive really!
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  8. I would definitely think you were dehydrated with the excessive thirst!! I’ve done this several times, running a bunch of miles before a race, but I don’t “race” the race. It’s fun and keeps me motivated!! Great job!
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  9. Evening races are definitely a lot of fun. I wish there were more of them available. And kudos to you for running 10 miles before your race. Way to go!
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  10. so hard to say if you were dehydrated–they say thirst isn’t a great predictor of hydration. What is your fueling plan for Chicago?
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  11. Great job! The first time I ran prior to a 5K, only 5K though, I PR’s. Apparently a 5K warmup was just what I needed to run faster!
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  12. Oh my goodness, I hate it when you can’t quench your thirst. I also get so fixated on it and basically convince myself life is over because I can’t get enough water. I’m obvi a little dramatic. Love those popsicles at the end, so cool that you and your mom train together.
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  13. Cheers to you for running that far – its amazing what you can when you put your mind to it!
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  14. Way to go for finishing strong! I have heard about salt pills. I may need to look into trying those. I prefer longer runs during the week over the weekend too.

  15. Really nice work! Running long before a race is clearly challenging, but you did it! Hope your recovery run wasn’t too taxing on you! Awesome that you and your mom run together!
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  16. How often do you run recovery runs? Curious.
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