10k Resolution Race Recap – Brantford Road Race Series

HUGE Shout out to Scott Robb – who ran this entire race with me even though we didn’t know each other prior to the race we finished strong and with a big hug! Thank you :)


So when Bill from LikeRunning asked me if I’d like to race in the new years run to kick off the Brantford Series Races this year I happily agreed.


There was a few reasons why this race appealed to me:

  • Free (for me – thanks Bill)
  • Great way to kick off new year!
  • I’d get to meet other local runners

but the main reason I wanted to do this was because the only other 10k race I’ve run was ATB Relay and I was injured. I hated that 1:07 staring me in the face! I wanted sub 60min and I got it! ….if only by a few seconds.


Race day was cold (-6, -10 with wind) and LyndseyΒ (check out her recap) and I decided to layer up! Is it just me or does everyone look about 10lbs heavier when they’re running in winter? πŸ˜‰

Pre Race Ali & Lyndz

* I miss my long hair :(Β 

The race started (and ended) at the Brantford Armory and was extremely well organized. I was actually SO impressed with how the entire experience went through out the race process. The numbers of the race were small enough that picking up your race packet on raceday was the only option. YAY! one thing I really hate about most races is having to get mine in advance. I’m a slacker and procrastinator by nature :)

Brantford Armory Race Pickup

The only surprise came at the beginning of the race when there was no starting line chip time. Only the gun. I sure am glad I waited with Lyndsey on the sidelines before starting to run <—- not! lol I used my stopwatch time as my “chip time” finishing in 59:29.

At least we had our starting faces on!!!!!

starting line

I spent my time trying to talk to the elite’s….but they weren’t really interested πŸ˜‰ but they told me they planned to finish around 35 mins!!!! and one guy did :)

chatting with the elites

The race started and I took my time starting. I assumed it was chipped at the start too so I waited oops! then we went off and I told Lyndsey I was going to run ahead.

Anyway the race was hard. Not physically per say but mentally challenging, at least for me. I felt like I wanted to stop running the ENTIRE race.

I spoke to a lady before that had told me her husband would most likely finish sub 1hr and so when I noticed I had fallen into pace with this guy in a blue jacket, as she had described I shouted out “10k?” as the 5 and 10k had a mass start. He said yes.


We ran on andΒ I stuck with him. He was at my perfect pace: the pace where I felt uncomfortable but not so much that I couldn’t tell my mind to shut up and keep beside him.Β Somehow I knew that if I left him I wouldn’t reach my goal.Β 

starting out

* I’m pretty sure we could’ve been mistaken for a daughter/father duo! we were in EVERY photo together πŸ˜‰ lolΒ 

I ran this race completely “naked I didn’t look at time once. There weren’t any mile/km markers so I just had to guess where we were at. So when the first water station came I knew we were only at 2.5k !! argh. I already wanted to stop.

running on

When we finally reached the 5k marker I briefly contemplated finishing the 5k πŸ˜‰ haha! but I ran on. We, the 10k runners, immediately had a nice little downhill and I shouted out YES! I’m banking some time πŸ˜‰

yay hills

It was at this point I finally spoke to the man I’d been running beside this whole time. I told him, “Hey I’m sorry for running right beside you but I am loving your pace and you’re getting me through thisHe didn’t seem to mind.

I asked him about his wife, he said that it was indeed the woman I had spoken to. We talked about ATB, half marathons, he asked me if I had ever run 10k before πŸ˜‰ …I can only imagine this was due to my innate ability to complain throughout an entire race πŸ˜› lol

We started gaining on a pack of runners and we eventually passed this one guy (I had seen him in the beginning and told him “I’d see you later“) naturally I had to tell him “here I am” like the chicker girl I am πŸ˜‰

We came to a slick, snowy area and the Altras proved to be a little bit scary on ice πŸ˜‰ lol but I still made it through. It should be noted that I have severe heel striking issues and I need to work on that if I’m going to be running in zerodrop shoes πŸ˜‰

On the final 2.5km stretch the race course went up a gradual steeper slope and I was able to pass another female runner. She made the biggest running mistake ever – stopping ON a hill. You’ve gotta keep running – right through it. Tell yourself you can stop 500 meters after it and then don’t and keep running.

after the hill

* at the top of the hill. I carried water so I got a solo shot while my race partner went to grab some. more heel striking! argh

There was a water stop which told me we still had 2ish to go. We raced on. We started gaining on the next male/female in line but come the final stretch they took off (you know, people who race properly) lol We just kept a steady pace.


* argh heel striking!!!

When I could finally see the finish I started sprinting but noticed my running partner didn’t, so I slowed up a bit and said “Let’s finish this together” then we raced on. I saw the clock at 59:5X counting down and said “Sorry! I’ve gotta get sub 60” and smoked passed the finish line…..actually only 1 sec before the guy! lol finishing gun time 59:58! phew! that was close.


I waited for Lyndz to finish and she came in around 1:14 and I was so proud of her! The course just didn’t let up on mental game. It was always a struggle.

Lyndsey's finish

Afterwards we went back to the Armory and were treated to amazing eats including hot chili, soup, samosas, veggies, juice, snacks and……..



I’ve never had a cake post race! and since this was also the towns Mayor Levee we got cake! YUM!

Lyndsey and I both won door prizes, but neither of us placed :( I really wish I had trained more for this race, however the girl that won in our age group came in at 51 minutes…..and I’m just not that fast…..yet :)


There was the coolest guy and dog duo that came in around 1:07 in the 10k! I was right at the finish waiting for them….but my phone was dead so we got pictures inside. I can’t wait till I can do a 10k with Rex!

YAY dog racers

Bill wished us well and thanked us for attending – here he is modeling the cool long sleeve shirts we got. I’ve been wearing mine ever since the race πŸ˜€

race timer/organizer

Overall this race was awesome! I loved that we got foot stuff in our race kits! heel gels, scented insoles :) when you’re a runner your feet hurt. This was the best kit EVER! you can keep your silly samples every other race!

There are more races in the series and with only around 32 participants in the 10k and just under 100 in the 5k they’re definitely worth looking into if you’re local! Plus they’re reasonably priced and well organized.

Here are the other races in the series:

  • April 28th Rotary Classic Races
  • July 1st Canada Day Trail Races
  • July 28th Brantford Grand Trail RacesΒ 
  • September 6th Summer Night Road Races
  • September 23rd Brant Waterways Trail RacesΒ 

You can go to their site for more info on each one :) I know I definitely want to tackle the trail ones. Brantford is actually really beautiful and the Grand River cuts right through it :)



1. what is your 10k PR??

59:29 ….but my unofficial time still remains to be my 10k spilt from Road2Hope πŸ˜‰Β 

2. tell me about a time you’ve mentally struggled with a run or a race

ummm every time πŸ˜‰Β 

3. what is something you’ve received in a race kit that you were really excited about??Β 

Dr Scholls Gel Heels! YES PLEASE@@


65 thoughts on “10k Resolution Race Recap – Brantford Road Race Series

  1. Great work Ali! Way to go :) I woulda just left the guy and started sprinting, youre the better person πŸ˜‰ ha ha.

    My 10k PR is 53.07 but that was a long time ago. In 2013 I’d like to beat it.

    Yeah I struggle everytime but none more than the Edinburgh half last year.

    I always get excited when I get tech tees- HATE when races give cotton… what do you do with those?! xox

      • pretty sweet stuff actually – Lyndz won a free hair cut and style!!! and I won a health and wellness strategy session – I went to the site and it seemed super cool. Just what this junk food lover needs πŸ˜‰

    • This was actually a cotton shirt but it fit really well so I’ve been just wearing it normally. However, I completely understand about loathing cotton shirts! worst thing to run in :)

      and it was a weird race. I think the guy felt he could leave me at some points too but it was like we both knew the other would eventually pass if we did πŸ˜‰ we were really both at “race pace” and using each other to stick with it!

      and an 8min PR! I’ll take it!!! lol

  2. I LOVE that you talk about wanting to stop. I feel like this a lot and sometimes I think I shouldn’t call myself a runner if I seriously feel like just going home (up until about mile 3) every single time I get out the door. It’s about at mile 3 when I realize I’ve shut myself up and am still running, and that that’s an accomplishment in itself. Love your updates!

    • Michelle I think that IS called being a runner πŸ˜‰ hahaha!!! I want to stop every time I run, especially on the treadmill. When I was asked by a friend “when does running get easier” and I said, “It doesn’t….but that’s the reason it’s so hard to start, but also the reason you’ll begin to love it” < —- and it’s so true! Running is AMAZING once you’re in the zone and/or FINISHED πŸ˜‰ hahaha! I completely agree with you about how it takes so long to get warmed up. That’s actually why my half marathon training was my favourite. I hope Around the Bay is just as fun to train for :)

  3. I love this! I am all about meeting strangers and talking with them before, during and after races! I have only done one 10K and my time was 54:55. So that is my PR. That race my motivation was beer, I hate to say it, but it was almost all I could think about because later that evening I was going out with my sister, who I hadn’t gone out with in a long time.
    As far as mentally struggling, I try to focus on someone close to me or just ahead of me and stay with them. But it is a bit of a struggle most races. Lastly, I haven’t really received anything super exciting in my race packets, I guess I like it when I actually get a tech T instead of a cotton T.

    • lol I hear you on the shirts. Though I liked this cotton one because they had male and female shirts ….or at least the smalls fit great on me :)

      I think that alcohol is a fine motivator – whatever gets you there right πŸ˜‰ and I set tiny goals – like just get around the corner, then add a new goal πŸ˜‰ lol

      and WOW on your 10k time!!! amazing

  4. Congratulations on a great race! I’ve never run an entire race with someone, but I’ve definitely run much of a race with a random before…and it ends up being fun!

  5. Congrats on the PR! I love that you basically found a pacer during the run :)
    I also think that can help the mental aspect on tough races.
    I think my 10k PR is 59:02 (training run) from 3 days ago! I’ve never raced a 10k.

    • Oh my!!! you need to race one now that you’re shins are doing better :) you must! I bet you’d smoke one!!!

      and I love that I found myself a pacer too πŸ˜‰ I think that;ll be common place every race from here on out! haha

  6. Burr! It looks cold! I don’t know if I could muster up the strength to run when it’s that cold!

    Also, I am a heel striker too. Bad, very bad! I need help with my running form because I am sure this causes a lot of my shin pains.

    • Oh you could, you just need to dress right….you warm up super fast!

      and I didn’t really heel strike in my half but here I sure did! I thought I was finally getting rid of mine….however, now I see not so much.

  7. Awesome review! I saw you girls before the race talking to people. Im impressed at the 10K, I only did the 5K as the weather was just as much a physical challenge as mental. I enjoyed the read and hope you do more races in Brantford. Congrats on your time!

    • Hey Thanks Chris! Glad you were there and had fun :) and *only* 5k is AMAZING! I think 5k’s are more difficult because you have to push your hardest the entire race πŸ˜‰

      and I hope to get out for some more races too! thanks for visiting πŸ˜€

    • lol those guys strip down last minute and they dress like that because of how fast they run πŸ˜‰ the top male finished in 35 mins :) which is insane to me!

        • ahhhh, that’s not even the fastest 5k I’ve seen πŸ˜‰ those elite’s are crazy!!!! it’s basically going at your max for the entire time!!!!! the overall female was amazing!!! she looked pretty young :)

  8. Congrats on the sub 1hr time. I think I’d have been in two minds to leave the guy at the end or I’d be practically pushing him through the so we’d both break the 1hr.
    The small races are nice and friendly and it sounds like you got some good swag too.
    Had a couple of good runs recently but not quite ready for a race yet – the local Jan 1st races were $40 – too expensive for a 5k really

    • we both did break 1 hr πŸ˜‰ he got 59:59 πŸ˜‰ We’re amazing!!! lol

      and this was my first small race. the only other one was the smallish 5k I did with Rex in the summer but this race was super fun!!!! much different than around the bay will be in march with 9000 participants!!!

    • ya I was worried he’d hate that I was literally right beside him every time but we did manage to get a few solo pics and I think it’s a good memory nonetheless πŸ˜‰ haha

  9. Nice job beating 60 mins!! My 10k PR was the virtual race you put together…whatever that miserable time was. I really hope to get my 5k PR on so I can start working toward the 10k. I just need to figure out where to start.

    Are you doing another virtual race? You may have said something, but I am so lost in my own head with work, I cant remember

    • I AM doing the virtual race :) it will start in March! Stay Tuned :)

      PLUS this year it will be easy to win prizes and there will be different distances, we haven’t fully decided how we will run it but all the prizes will be drawn at random!

  10. You did awesome, chick!! I’m glad you were able to run with that guy, I’m sure that made it easier. I don’t think I’ve ever really gotten anything just wonderful in my goody bag. I did get a GU once, that was nice! My last 10k was last summer and my time was 1:09. I know I’d be faster now though!

    • Thanks Katie :) I hope your juicing is going well. I think about you every time I eat a bunch of crap and wish I was drinking nice smoothies instead πŸ˜€

      summer = slow. I don’t know why people are afraid to race in the cold it’s amazing!!!!

  11. Great job, Ali! I love that you ran with a stranger the entire time, that’s never happened to me haha.

    My PR is still from Around the Bay last year, I’m hoping to get 53:xx this year though. I mentally struggled during the last 8 miles of my marathon, and the last half marathon that I did last year.

    • wow Jamie you’re fast!!!! I’ll catch up one day πŸ˜‰ ….if only I was a consistent runner like you πŸ˜‰ and I can’t wait for ATB this year – I hope you guys know you’re sleeping over!!!!! PARTY!!!

  12. Wow awesome job on the race!!! Anyone that choses to race in the freezing cold winter gets major props in my books! (too cold for me! lol)
    My 10K PR is 58:09 – from the Sporting Life 10K last spring. :) I actually made it with a run 5min/walk 1min strategy that I followed the entire race!
    I haven’t run too many races, but I usually always struggle about half way though wondering what I got myself into! lol
    Best race kit item so far = Werthers chocolates! bahaha

    • I really want to do the sporting life!!!!! will you be able to this year??? or will you be huge and pregnant?? πŸ˜‰ maybe we could do it together. PS: STILL SO EXCITED FOR YOU!!!

      • Well, considering I’ll only be like 2 weeks from my due date by the time the SportingLife 10K comes around this year, I probably wont’ be doing it! πŸ˜‰ hehe I’d TOTALLY be down for doing it with you in 2014 though!!! :)

  13. Hey! I’m the “dog guy”! Great picture!

    Where/how did you get your Altras? I’ve been considering them for a while now.

    Cheers! See you perhaps at ATB? Sans Maggie (the dog), unfortunately! She will be my training partner leading up to!

    • Hey David!! I always love seeing people and dogs racing!!! here’s a link to my 5k recap with my dog Rex πŸ˜‰ if you’re interested!

      also – coincidentally I WON my Altras in a blog giveaway and Altra has since been nice enough to send me some more styles to review – they are also donating 2 pairs for prizes in my annual virtual race that will coincide with ATB πŸ˜‰

      I’m waiting on my new Altras in the mail right now. …though I have been waiting a while πŸ˜‰ Great shoe – LOVE the wide toe box!

      If you want a bigger copy of the photo and one sans me πŸ˜‰ I can send it to you! let me know!

  14. Oh my. That is an English Springer Spaniel! BEST dogs EVER. I have had the honor to be mommy to 2 of them. LOVE!

    Nice race, by the way! Glad you got your PR… happy happy way to start a new year.

    • haha! I don’t think she minded at all. Both her and the ladies she was running with were extremely friendly and nice :) they even had party hats, which is a sign of awesomeness! lol

      ….Colin is another nut to crack πŸ˜‰ …j/k I think he’s excited he can now ditch me for our long runs

  15. Great story. I ran the 10 km too. The guy you ran with is part of the Road Rebels running group (which I am too). You might like to join us! :)

    • Cathy! you must’ve been the girl in the purple I just could never catch up to πŸ˜‰ He did tell me about that group! I am extremely interested as I’m just in the beginning of my training for around the bay! I live in hamilton so it’s very close. let me know when you guys meet :)

      • I was wearing a blue/black jacket. Road Rebels meet Tuesday and Thursdays at 6:00pm and Saturdays around 8:30am (depending on the season). We are training for The Bay right now. Others are training for shorter races too.

  16. I was not that far behind you on the 10 k. I came in at 1 h 4 min. and a few seconds. Just for the record, I stopped every 9 minutes and walked for 1 minute. Many older and some younger “runners” use a 10 minute run and 1 minute walk. I did not start this method until I was in my mid 50’s but when I did, my time was actually faster than when I ran the entire 10 k. Something to think about. Oh, the 9 and 1 series is because I get tired on the longer races and cannot remember when to stop so if I stop when the clock has a zero, i.e. 10, 20, 30, … minutes I don’t have to remember my stopping time. Also, if I get really tired I can walk more than one minute if I choose. My goal this year is the Hamilton Around-the-Bay 30 k run which will be my first long run after turning 70. At my age I don’t feel bad at all for walking part of the race.

    • Hey Dean! I totally remember you – did you have a beard and long hair?? :) I saw you finish! Great job!!! and I believe you were first in the masters!

      I know you’ve never visited before but I want you to know that I am not one to judge a runner if they walk – I think walking is necessary and you’re right – sometimes you can even go faster with breaks. I used to run my long runs with the running room and they did 10 and 1’s and I loved it! it was nice to only have to get through 10 πŸ˜‰

      I think walking is 110% acceptable and I hate when people don’t think that;s still being a runner. Just know in my books, it is!!! Great performance and I can’t believe you’re 70 and still running – you’re an inspiration!!!!!!

    • PS: I am EXTREMELY interested in learning about gardening. and I went to school for environmental and biological studies so wildflowers and native species really appeal to me :) great site!!!

      • Yes, long hair and beard. Maybe I could shave off a few seconds by cutting it off, but I won’t.

        Glad you like the wildflower site. My partner and I lead wild flower walks from spring to fall that will be advertised on the site if you are interested.

        Hope to meet you on one of the later runs.

  17. Fantastic race, Ali! I knew you could hit sub-60, and you definitely have more in you. Running in those conditions when you feel “blah” is so tough. My last two races both happened to fall on very humid days, and I really struggled. I am crossing my fingers that the marathon day is perfect temps and that my legs feel fresh and ready to go… we shall see! I don’t want to struggle for 26 miles, that’s just too far to feel off!

  18. Way to stick with it and run hard to the finish! That’s a nice PR!
    It sounds like a great race series.
    Also, I can’t believe that one pro is wearing shorts and a singlet in that weather!!

  19. Congratulations- great racing!! Especially in freakin freezing temps! I love finding someone during a race that is running the pace I need and just sticking with them :). It helps me so much.
    I have only done 2 10k’s, I think. My PR is 45:XX, but that was with a decent amount of downhill.
    It would be easier for me to list races where I DID NOT struggle mentally. I had 2 races that I just sailed through and they felt amazing. Every other race has had some sort of struggle.

  20. Hi Ali : It was a great race, not my best as I was feeling a bit sluggish after doing a 5km New Years eve race. I may not say much but, it was good to have you to run with. Your article was the talk of our running group and my wife’s face book. It sure made my day!!! Maybe we will run into each other at the Around the Bay race. If you decide you want to join the Road rebels for a long run on a Sat morning let me know and I will make sure I’m there. Scott Robb

    • Scott, it was a nice way to kick of the new year :) thanks for visiting. I’m glad everyone liked reading my recap. I just had a long run yesterday that left me limping – maybe it was the hills, but I plan on playing it safe a doing whatever I have to do to run ATB ….I will be running it while holding spatulas :) it’s kind of my thing! haha!

      I had someone else ask me about the road rebels and I completely forgot to look into it. I will for sure. I also hope to come out for the other Brantford races, so hopefully we will see each other soon :)

      Thanks for visiting

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