carrera liberty.

29 May

This morning, my roommate Kerren and I ran the Carrera Liberty 10k in Madrid, starting and finishing near the Goya metro stop. This race’s slogan was “una meta para todos” and the idea behind it was to integrate olympic-level runners, paralympic athletes, and fans of athleticism, with and without disabilities together into one race. We carbo-loaded last night with a pasta dinner, made our playlists, and laid out everything we’d need for the race beforehand.

Necessities: race tank with bib, sports bra, shorts, my Brooks Addictions (aka moon shoes), socks, and my SPI belt with my iPod (and special 10k playlist), metro pass, and keys. Phew!


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We got to the start around 8:30 this morning, stretched a little and took off right around 9. The course was comfortably hard – the first 6k or so was gentle uphill which was great because that just meant we got to reap the rewards of finishing with a solid stretch of downhill! It was also pretty cool to run by classic Madrid locations like the Puerta de Alcalá and Estadio Santiago Bernabéu. In typical form, I went out a little bit too fast (4:07 for the first 1k, whoops) but then settled into a more comfortable pace. My watch time was 47:15 which is a PR by a significant amount, but the 10k has never been my distance of choice.

My roommate Kerren joked that I was her “coach” because she is just starting to get really into running, and today she completed her first 10k race ever. I thought it’d be fun to interview her…so here it goes:

G: How did your race go today? What was your overall impression of how it went?

K: I’m surprised at how well it went! I have come a long way since my middle school self who got in trouble for cutting corners during the mile.

G: What was your time today? How do you feel about it?

K: My time was unforunately 90 seconds over my goal of 60 minutes, but I had to stop and walk for a minute after I ran uphill. Overall, I feel like I have come a long way – I felt a lot better after this race than when I ran a 6.5k three weeks ago and felt bad after.

G: What are your future running plans?

K: I’d like to run a second 10k to be able to run it under an hour. Once that goal is achieved, I’d like to run a 15k, and then ultimately run a half-marathon next spring. I am not sure if a full is in my future, but we’ll have to see.

G: Do you have any advice for new runners?

K: My advice would be to not let your perception of how fit you are or how much you think you can run prevent you from reaching your goals. I thought I would never enjoy running or get to the point where I could run a mile without stopping, but now that I pushed through the initial hard phase it is so much easier to build on my new strength and keep going. I would recommend everyone give running a try because you will be surprised at how much you can do once you overcome your mental hurdles.


I can’t forget to highlight the free stuff we got for this race! While it wasn’t as impressive as the Fitness Festival, I can’t complain about a free dry-fit shirt! And honestly, a copy of Runner’s World in Spanish? Talk about killing two obsessions with one stone…


Overall, it was a great race and a cool way to spend a Sunday morning in Madrid! Shout out to our friend Devorah for meeting us at the finish and snapping some pics 🙂



Also – huge win for my FCB last night! Definitely even more obsessed, especially with coach Pep Guardiola:

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4 Responses to “carrera liberty.”

  1. Steve Clow May 29, 2011 at 9:07 am #

    Congratulations on a great race! Love the Statue of Liberty motif.

    • gillian May 29, 2011 at 9:09 am #

      Thanks Dad 🙂
      It was sponsored by the Spanish branch of Liberty Mutual, hence the motif.

  2. tina May 29, 2011 at 9:08 am #

    Congrats on the race! I like the interview with Kerren haha!

    • gillian May 29, 2011 at 9:11 am #

      haha thanks Tina! Glad you had a fun night last night!

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