Much to my surprise I kicked off my 2016 spring race season with a shiny new course PR at the hilly Reston 10 Miler! I had not trained for a PR, was not mentally psyched up for a PR, and was not even sure about my goal of finishing between my 2015 course PR and my 2014 course debut. But, my legs were stronger than I thought they were, and I kept my head in the game through a tough few miles.
I dressed for the hills in my CW-X compression tights and SLS3 socks,
opted for a tried-and-true Athleta top, my new Mizunos, and my blue Yurbuds.
I started my day as I usually do on a race morning–a quick shower, a walk with the dog, and one cup of coffee with breakfast. I wasn’t sure what to eat, but I decided on the Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal I had made on Saturday. (Full recipe coming Wednesday, but it’s based on my Apple Pie Bake Oatmeal Recipe.) After a few trips to the bathroom, I was out the door by 6:30 am for the ~45 minute drive out to Reston.
As usual, the Reston 10 miler logistics for were easy. I parked in the high school parking lot, picked up my bib, and made my first trip to the indoor bathrooms (no line!). I went back to my car to drop off my race shirt and get all my race gear, and then made one last trip to the bathroom (3rd in line!). It was chilly–in the low 30s and overcast–so I stayed inside until it was time for the multi-chapter Moms Run This Town picture. I did some dynamic stretching and regular stretching to pass the time.
Reston 10 Miler Race Recap
The race start was low-key–people started heading to the start at around 7:50 and we started promptly at 8:00. I lined up in the back of the 7-8 min/mile pace group to be at the front of the 8-9 min/mile pace group.
The race starts with a downhill stretch, but that didn’t last for long. Luckily, none of the uphill stretches lasted for too long either. One reason I like the Reston 10 miler course is the rolling hills but they sure are challenging at an 8:00-ish min/mile pace!
Looking at this elevation profile, I understand why my pace fell off so much after the 10K point (which I hit at about 55:00). I tried to push myself to run faster, but every time I looked at my Garmin it showed that my pace was getting slower. For once, I didn’t let that discourage me, knowing that I would be running downhill again soon enough. I had heard that the course was mostly downhill after mile 8, and that’s how the elevation profile looks, but I promise there were some hills before mile 9. Luckily the last mile really was mostly downhill.
My Garmin measured short but I promise I didn’t cut any corners.
The finish of the course is a bit difficult. You run down the school driveway, turn around and run back in front of the school (up a short cruel incline), turn left and cut through a parking lot to the back of the school and onto the track. I tried to push my pace while watching for potholes, and finished strong.
When I saw the time on my Garmin, I wasn’t sure if I’d beat last year’s time or not. Like any good blogger, I pulled out my phone and opened my Race Recap page to find out. 🙂 Later, I found out that I placed 5th in my age group!
It was in the mid-40s–gorgeous!
My business trip came at a good time to earn some extra reward stars for using the mobile pay feature of the Starbucks App. I basically had breakfast, lunch and a mid-afternoon coffee break at Starbucks for three days in a row.
I’m earning all the stars I can
before the reward program changes in April!
How was your weekend?