Today I ran my first race of 2017–the Reston 10 Miler. Since I’m only two weeks out from the NYC Half Marathon, I didn’t run it to set a PR, but I came close!
Getting Ready To Run A Frigid Reston 10 Miler
Other than forgetting to register, I did take some time to get ready for this race. Since finding out that I won’t be allowed to use my Orange Mud Hydraquiver at the NYC Half, I have been testing out other fuel belt options. For the Reston 10 Miler, I borrowed a Fuel Belt from a woman in my MRTT group. I liked it better than my Ultimate Direction belt, since it seemed to stay in place better.
When I checked the weather forecast–sunny and in the 20s!–I decided on one of my warmest tops and my warmest tights, but I couldn’t decide what else I would want to wear, so I tossed a hat, fuzzy headband, two pairs of gloves, vest, and two jackets into my car so I could make a go-time decision.
This race is held at a high school, so parking is convenient and all of the pre-race logistics are handled inside. By the time I had registered–and taken several trips to/from my car in the process–I decided I would be warm enough with my Athleta vest, fuzzy headband, and Lululemon gloves with mitten covers.
Multi-Chapter MRTT Group Photo
I’m in the 2nd row, 3rd from the left
I planned to do a warm-up after the multi-chapter MRRT group photo at 7:45, but decided to go back inside for 5 more minutes because it felt so cold! By 7:50, I was jogging up and down the school driveway trying to stay in the sun as much as possible.
Running A Frigid Reston 10 Miler
The race started shortly after 8:00 with no fanfare. Since I’m familiar with the course, I knew to expect rolling hills, with a tough climb between miles 6-8.
The official loop-de-loop course map and elevation profile.
Before the race, I was hoping to run an 8:15ish pace, knowing the hills would slow me down. I was able to keep to that plan for the most part, and was glad that I was able to pick up my pace after the first tough incline at mile 3-4.
I usually take a picture of the “lake” around mile 5, but it was too cold to fumble with my phone. Luckily there was a race photographer there, and I saw him in time to smile and sort of wave.
My calves threatened to seize up somewhere in mile 7, but unlike during the Reston Perfect 10, they didn’t stop me from pushing hard to the finish.
I was happy with my finish time–not quite as fast as last year’s PR, but pretty close!–and am feeling good about the NYC Half in two weeks! With that in mind, I made a bee-line to the Select Physical Therapy table to get my calves worked on. While that short massage made a difference, I am going to try to squeeze in a longer one this week to get more of the kinks out.
While I never felt too cold while running, the frost that had formed on my water bottle told me that this really was a frigid Reston 10 Miler!
Weekly Wrap Training Recap
The rest of my week was on the lighter side:
Monday: Rest day as we headed back from
our ski weekend. We left a snowy Park City
and got home to neighborhood trees in full bloom.
Tuesday: 4.5 mile run, just to get my legs moving again.
Wednesday: Orange Theory Fitness. We did all of our treadmill intervals at incline level 6. I backed off of my pace a bit, but still managed to hold 7.0 or 7.5 mph! I’m sure those intervals paid off during the race!
Thursday: 5 X 400s at the track. It was really windy so I thought the track would be a safer place to run (no trees with branches that could fall on me). My pacing wasn’t very even, but I averaged about 7:25 min/mi, which is right in line with my 8.0 mph OTF push pace.
Friday: Core Power Yoga 2, with my favorite instructor. Anne has a way of leading the class that enables me to get into some of the balance poses–even if for just a few seconds. I’m sure I don’t look graceful at all, but I am encouraged to keep trying.
Saturday: About 30 minutes of lateral balance and core exercises from Quick Strength For Runners (<<Amazon affiliate link — check it out!).
Have you ever forgotten to register for a race?
Has your water bottle frozen during a run?