The Reston 10 Miler was a great confidence booster for my training. I’ve been having a couple of rough long runs so this race gave me the chance to hit my paces on a hilly course without beating me up too much.
The weather was about as good as I could ask for on a race day: cool, slightly overcast, no wind. I was worried I was going to overheat since the temperatures were predicted to get up into the high fifties but luckily we stayed on the cooler side.
I arrived early to pick up my packet and do my warm up. It was a small race: I had registered late and was bib 1211 so the course felt intimate. We started a couple of minutes after 8 am with little fanfare.
The first mile was crowded and I had placed myself near the middle of the pack so I had to do some dodging for a while. But it helped me slow down and find my stride. After that first mile, though, the pack separated and I had plenty of room for the rest of the race.
The course was marked on the streets of Reston, VA and wound through the neighborhoods. It was a peaceful race: great volunteers but not a lot of spectators. I didn’t mind the lack of cheering though, it let me focus on my run. I tried maintaining my pace so that I wouldn’t burn out too quickly and I felt pretty good the entire race. There were quite a few hills but nothing crazy to climb. There was one sharp downhill around mile 8 that I felt in my knees but I was able to get through without any problems.
I finished the race in 1:15:30 which I was really pleased with! The best feeling was knowing that I had the energy to keep going for longer–something I’ll need when I get to the marathon!