2014 Clarendon Day 10k Recap

Just one week after PRing at the Dulles Day 10k on the Runway, and another seven days after dealing with being sick, I headed to the start line of the Clarendon Day 10k.  I only ran once in the week leading up to the race, and had no intention of running a fast race or attempting to PR again.

But somehow I did.  Somehow I knocked another two minutes off of my fastest 10k finish time.  How did that happen?

In order to ease race morning stress, I headed into Clarendon after work on Friday to pick up our bibs and race shirts.  Saturday morning, we planned to leave our house early in order to leave enough time to make the 25 minute drive into Clarendon, as well as to find parking.  Since the 5k started at 8:00 a.m., I wanted to ensure that we didn’t have to stress about maneuvering around closed streets or searching for parking.  We easily found parking in a garage about two blocks from the start line right around 8:00, and leisurely made our way towards the start line.

Because we got to the race early enough we got to enjoy a calm, peaceful start line while we waited for the start of the race

Because we got to the race early enough we got to enjoy a calm, peaceful start line while we waited for the start of the race

At 9:00 a.m., the 10k started.  The course had us running east through Clarendon towards Rosslyn.  The first two miles were almost entirely downhill, and when I realized that I had run the first mile in less than ten minutes (9:33 to be exact), I knew I faced an uphill battle in order to finish strongly.  By the time I made it out onto Route 110 headed towards the Pentagon, my pace gradually decreased and the race became a mental battle for me.

Preston and I before the start of the race

Preston and I before the start of the race

In addition to still overcoming being sick, and only having run for 25 minutes in the week leading up to the race, the other battle I faced was the blazing sun.  The temperature heated up much faster than I had expected it to, and most of the course lacked shade from the sun.  This race was one of the most mentally challenging races that I have run.

Part of how I was able to PR was due to Preston’s encouragement to try and limit my walk intervals to only 45 seconds.  While you’re never supposed to try anything new on race day, I broke that rule, and it was for the better since I’m not sure I would have been able to cut two minutes off of my previous PR without having done so.

After I passed the mile five marker, I knew that PRing was quite possible, despite the mental and physical obstacles that I was facing.  During the last mile I increased my run-walk intervals from 3:15 min run/0:45 walk to 4:15 run/0:45 walk.  The closer that I got to the finish line, the more confident that I felt about being able to PR again.  Preston was standing just in front of the finish line (he finished about ten minutes ahead of me), and cheered me on to the finish line.  And at 1:06:02 I crossed the finish line of my sixth 10k, and met my A goal.

Post race at the Clarendon Day 10k finish line

Post race at the Clarendon Day 10k finish line

Immediately after crossing the finish line I spotted several DC area bloggers.  Nothing like celebrating a PR with a group of fabulous women!

With Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC, Julie from Diving into the Gene Pool, Sue from This Mama Runs for Cupcakes, and Mar from Mar on the Run

With Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC, Julie from Diving into the Gene Pool, Sue from This Mama Runs for Cupcakes, and Mar from Mar on the Run

Despite how physically and mentally challenging this race was, I definitely want to run it again.  I’m not one to shy away from challenges, and I’d love to see what I’m able to do on this course in another year!

QOTD: What is the most mentally and/or physically challenging race that you’ve run?  Would you like to run that race again?

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33 Responses to 2014 Clarendon Day 10k Recap

  1. Congratulations Kathryn!!! I love how you stuck with it and overcame the battle! You did awesome!!!

  2. Nice job girlie!!! If I had a do-over, it would be this year’s WDW Half. Minus the severe IT pain that had me walking the last 6 miles, (yes SIX!), I think I could’ve rocked a PR. The course is SO boring though, in comparison to Wine and Dine.

  3. Sue @ This Mama Runs For Cupcakes says:

    Awesome job! So great to meet you! That race is definitely deceiving…you think you are on top of the world running down those hills and then promptly slapped in the face, lol. Great meeting you!

  4. Great job on another PR! Maybe that’s your ticket. Not running too much the week leading up to your races. Seems to be working out for you:)

  5. Congrats on your PR! The most challenging race I’ve ever done was my half marathon this past weekend. It was hot, hilly, and on dirt roads. Unlike your race, I didn’t finish strong. But I did finish and that’s all that matters!

  6. Pam says:

    You seem to be PRing at every race now Kathryn., Congrats on your latest 2 minute PR. I actually think a little break before races, kinda like a mini taper seems to be the trick for you!

  7. Amy Lauren says:

    The most challenging (physically and mentally) race I’ve done was the marathon I ran. I won’t do it again and have no plans to do another marathon.

    Congrats on your PR even after being sick and not running much! Maybe the rest helped you out? I always run a lot in the weeks leading to my races and I bet if I ran on fresher legs, I could do better in a goal race. Plus, there’s nothing like approaching the finish line and knowing you will PR a race, that is the best feeling 🙂

  8. Wow! Great job on another PR!! Congrats!!

  9. it was so great to chat some after the race even though i was so hot and dizzy, i’m not sure i made any sense! congrats again on your PR! 🙂

  10. jillconyers says:

    Congratulations! Awesome recap and you have a great smile!

  11. Woohoo! Congrats on an AWESOME race, and new PR! Hate to say it, but it’s pretty much always the races that I found the most physically/mentally challenging that end up meaning the most to me. Just makes crossing the finish line that much sweeter. 🙂

  12. Wow, back-to-back 10K PRs! You go, girl!

    I think the most mentally challenging race for me was a local half marathon I ran last year. The last mile is over a long, steep bridge, and I was already having some knee pain. I wound up walking the last four miles, and as much as I knew I should try to push myself to try to run at least a little, my mind just wasn’t doing it. I’m actually running that race again at the end of the month and am going for a better time than last year 🙂

  13. Jennifer says:

    Congrats Kathryn, I was so happy for you when I saw your posts last weekend! Have a good last weekend of running/taper!

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