Reston Perfect 10

I have so many “favorite” races I do every year, I don’t have much room in my race calendar to try new ones, but this weekend I ran a new-to-me 10 miler that I just may be adding to my list of favorites. Fittingly, it was called the Reston Perfect 10.

Reston Perfect 10 Recap
I don’t often take pictures while I’m racing, but I passed this lake on my way to the race, and vowed to take a picture when I was running by it. As you can tell by the blue sky, the weather was perfect. It was in the mid-50s when we started, and while it got sunny and warm quickly, most of the course was in the shade. But, I’m getting ahead of myself!

Reston Perfect 10 Gear

I guess this is my new race outfit:
#Runner shirt from Pavement Runner
(Hurry! Only 2 more days to get your own here)
Nathan Hydration Pack, CW-X Compression shorts,
PRO Compression socks, and Handana.

I had to arrive early to get my bib, and was glad to find two women from my Moms Run This Town Group. We hung out and took turns holding each other’s gear while we used the bathroom. We hit the porta pottys once, but when the school doors were unlocked giving us access to real bathrooms, we took advantage of the opportunity to “go” one more time. 😉 

MRTT Reston Perfect 10

The race start for the Reston Perfect 10 was anti-climactic. Because the race started in the road, people didn’t begin lining up until a few minutes before 8:00. There was no singing of the National Anthem, and I didn’t really hear the fuzzy megaphone announcement, but we started right on time. 

As I was cruising along during the first mile, I realized that I was running a 10 mile race, that I was about to run as hard as I did in the Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run and the GW Parkway Classic in April, but really hadn’t since. This race sort of snuck up on me, since I’ve been focusing on Ragnar all summer, and then focusing on recovering from Ragnar for the past two weeks. For the first time I honestly went into a race with no goal other than to get the t-shirt (i.e., not bail and DNS for no good reason).

Perfect 10
This was my first race along this course, and when I checked the map the day before, I realized there was no way I could memorize all those turns. Luckily it was well marked with race volunteers and police at every turn and major intersection. As I ran the course I was amazed that they had designed a 10 mile course with all those loops and only one left turn! 

Reston Perfect 10 Profile

I had heard that the course was hilly, so I tried to run at a hard but sustainable effort, and hoped for a sub-9:00 min/mile pace finish. It was interesting running a route that I had no experience with. I had no idea where to expect the biggest hills, and no idea when I had climbed the last hill. It really forced me to focus on what I could do at the moment, so I gave myself some slack on the climbs and tried to pick up my pace on the downhill segments. I found that running rolling hills that go down after they go up was almost easy after the up-up-up hills of my first Ragnar leg! 

Reston Perfect 10 Pace

My split times look a bit erratic,
but my slowest miles coincide with the longest hills. 

The finish was almost as anti-climactic as the start. We followed a short out-and-back along the school’s main driveway, and then cut through a small back parking lot and through a gate onto the track, where the finish seemed to come out of nowhere less than 1/4 lap ahead. Most of us walked around the track to cool down, and volunteers greeted us along the way with water, Gatorade and bananas.  

Reston Perfect 10 Finish

All in all it was a great race. I went into it with no expectations and was pleasantly surprised by the easy logistics, pretty course, and good support. The Reston 10 Miler is along the same course in March, so I definitely will sign up if it doesn’t conflict with my son’s lacrosse schedule! 

How often do you race without a set goal?

Do you have a favorite race you like to do every year?

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17 Responses to Reston Perfect 10

  1. Kim says:

    I think I would love to do a 10 mile race – I can’t remember if I’ve ever done that distance but it is one of my current running favorites.
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  2. Wow you kept a great pace-really impressive running my friend. Do you like the CWX shorts? I have the pants and love them
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  3. Jennifer says:

    Great run and picture of the lake! I’ve run the 10K the past two years and love it 🙂 Maybe I’ll do the R10M this Spring, but those weekends are always packed with races! Usually it is earlier in March – so that could work.
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  4. I do the SF Marathon almost every year… it just seems like the thing to do amongst all my friends.

    Thanks for taking the tee along with you on the ride! Congrats on the finish on a tough course.
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  5. Steena says:

    What a cute medal! I love it! I wish 10 milers were more common, great distance to race!
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  6. Great job!! And why does it seem like all the 10 mile races are in the DC area??
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  7. Awesome job! I haven’t heard of this race. I wonder if the course is similar to the Reston 10 Miler that PR puts on?
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  8. Yay another 10-miler 🙂 Great job!!
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  9. great job! i loved the reston 10 miler and thought about this race until i realized it was clarendon day weekend 🙂 that course does have a good amount of shade through the neighborhoods – love your pictures!
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