I first discovered the Reston Perfect 10 three years ago and was excited to have another 10 mile race to add to my schedule. Potomac River Running holds the Reston 10 Miler on the same course in March, so I’ve run this course five times (I missed the Perfect 10 last fall because of a business trip), but I’m still not used to those hills!
Actually, since I had just reviewed the elevation profile for my Fall Running post, I was mentally prepared for a tough time from mile 6 to mile 8. Instead of pysching me out, knowing that long climb was coming helped me pace myself and ignore the numbers on my Garmin.
The Reston Perfect 10 is a relatively small race, held at a local high school, with proceeds supporting the high school track team. Parking is plentiful, same-day packet pick-up is a breeze, and there are plenty of porta-pottys.
Most runners would be happy to see such a huge bank of open pottys,
but after following this sign it’s hard not to be disappointed.
You could use real restrooms inside the high school,
but those lines were really long.
As we were lining up to start, I hit another snafu from my recent iPhone debacle. Although I had backed up my playlists to “the cloud” and restored my phone, I never re-downloaded the playlists to my phone. So, my phone needed to use cellular data to play my music. That would have been fine, but it seemed only willing to do so one song at a time, which wasn’t going to work for a 10 mile race. I gave up on my playlists and decided to listen to the Hamilton soundtrack again. I am not a big muscial buff, but the soundtrack is awesome and amazingly well-suited to running.
Huge thanks to an MRTT friend who suggested it–and told me that it was available free on Amazon Prime Music. If you’re not an Amazon Prime member you might want to check out the Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial.
Reston Perfect 10 Race Recap
I knew going into the race I was not going to PR–I don’t know how I pulled off an 8:16 pace in March!–but I wanted to run hard and finish strong. Instead of aiming for an even pace, I tried to work the hills, picking up my pace on the down hills and powering through the ups. I also enjoyed the scenery and the weather–it was in the low 60s and most of the course had some shade. I just love the feeling of cool air on my skin when I’m running–a simple pleasure, I guess!
When I started out I didn’t feel like I was running hard, but my first few splits were 8:06, 8:08 and 8:17. A longer climb to mile 4 slowed me down to 8:40 but I picked up my pace again to 8:14 for mile 5. I cruised in to mile 6 at 8:18, and then came miles 7 (9:04) and 8 (8: 49). I actually felt strong during mile 8, but whenever I tried to pick up my pace my calves rebelled–a ripple went through my right calf warning me that it was on the verge of cramping. I held back to 8:40 for mile 9 (which has it’s own climb) and then finished strong at 7:52 (but my Garmin measured that mile short at 0.96).
Thanks to Kim for taking my picture!
As usual I had to pull up my Race Recap page to see how my results compared to previous years. I was happy to see that it was a PR for the Reston Perfect 10, although I’ve always run the Reston 10 Miler faster.
After I collected my bling and my bagel, I headed over to the Select Physical Therapy tent to see if they had any samples of Biofreeze I could slather on my calves. Even better, they were offering free mini-massages. The physical therapist found knots in both of my calves that proved how much I’ve been slacking on stretching and foam rolling–something I need to work on before the Army Ten Miler in two weeks!
All in all, it was a great race on a great day for running. While my time wasn’t my fastest, I definitely wasn’t running my hardest–although I doubt my calves would have let me run any faster. If I want to do better on this course I will need to do more hill repeats–not just the 2 minute intervals we do at Orange Theory Fitness. I’ll have to keep that in mind when I gear up for the Reston 10 Miler in March. 🙂
Make sure you come by next Saturday for the Ultimate Coffee Date link up!
Do you have any muscials on your playlist?