2017 Ringing in Hope 10k Recap

My main motivation behind registering for this year’s Ringing in Hope 10k was the desire to secure a new 10k PR, which would allow me to send a faster proof of time to runDisney for next February’s Princess Half Marathon.  Since I PRed on the Ringing in Hope 10k course last Memorial Day, I registered again with the hope of doing so again this year.  Despite my concerns about the rainy weather and wet roads the morning of the race, I was able to successfully PR and meet my A goal.

I arrived at One Loudoun where the start and finish line of the race was about 30 minutes before the start of the race.  Since this was a local race, I knew that arriving any earlier than that was not headed.  I quickly retrieved by race bib and shirt, dropped my shirt back off in the car, ran into Starbucks to use the bathroom, and then headed to the start line just as the 5k started.  The 10k started about ten minutes later.

During the first mile of the race, I felt as though I was flying, and was worried that I started the race at too fast of a pace.  However, as I ran further along the course, which had rolling hills and weaved through local neighborhoods, I realized that it was very likely that I would PR that morning.  Even though each split during the first four miles was slightly slower than the last, I was able to maintain an overall pace that was significantly faster than what I needed in order to PR.  By the time I reached mile 4, I was confident that I would in fact PR, it just became a matter of how much I would PR by.

Splits for Miles 1-4:
9:18, 9:26, 9:39, 9:46

On the course around mile 4.5

At the water station around mile 4.5 I ran past Amy, who I knew was volunteering at the race, I just didn’t know exactly where I would find her along the course.  During the entire race I had been on the lookout for her, and I got a burst of energy when I saw her at the water station.  I couldn’t help but smile and wave when I saw her.  Her encouragement helped me to push myself slightly faster as I headed back towards the town center where the start and finish line of the race was.

Splits for Miles 5-6.28:
9:28, 9:22, 2:21 (last 0.28)

Running towards the finish line
Photo Credit: PR Races

I crossed the finish line at 59:22 (9:34 pace).  I was able to successfully cut over 90 seconds off of my previous 10k PR of 1:01:01 (9:50 pace).  To say that I was happy with my race morning performance is an understatement.  I could not wait to get home to submit my new proof of time to runDisney, which I did that afternoon.  Posting my new 10k PR to my Active.com account was an incredible way to celebrate my accomplishment.

QOTD: How do you celebrate meeting your race goals?

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30 Responses to 2017 Ringing in Hope 10k Recap

  1. Congrats on the PR, so awesome, that is a great time! Running a 5k on Sunday and would like to PR, but I think I need to jog a bit before. 10k is great cause you can get your legs warmed up, 5k goes by so fast! Anyway, nice recap, and again congrats on the PR!

  2. Congrats on earning the sub 60! I know you’ve been working towards that for a while!

  3. kookyrunner says:

    Congrats on your new 10K PR! Love all of your race photos – you can see all the joy in your face 🙂

  4. That’s really exciting, Congrats on your PB! It’s such a great feeling to cross that finish line under 60 minutes!

  5. That’s fabulous! You have worked hard on your running this year and it’s paying off. I used to do that course on the new year’s race it’s a good one.

  6. Lesley says:

    Great job! I missed my PR by less than a minute, and I’m hoping I can get that in Vegas. Vegas should be a flatter course than in Boulder, and less altitude.

  7. Karen :0) says:

    You go girl!!! So excited for you! Congrats!!

  8. hanzelboyzmama says:

    There really is NO better feeling than knowing your performing your best in a race! Huge Congrats!!

  9. Excellent job! Congrats 😉

  10. Rachel says:

    Great job, lady!! What a wonderful sense of accomplishment!

  11. Coco says:

    Wow, that’s a huge PR – congrats!

  12. Congratulations! What a huge PR!!!! Way to go!

    I celebrate meeting a goal with a good dinner and sometimes a new running outfit or pair of shoes. Because I deserve it 🙂

  13. Chaitali says:

    Yay, congrats on that PR! I usually celebrate with a nice brunch somewhere and sharing with running friends on instagram 🙂

  14. Wendy says:

    I think those are the fastest splits I’ve seen you run! Nice work and congrats on the PR. Breaking 1 hour had to feel great too!

  15. Janalyn C Sullivan says:

    What a great accomplishment! I love shaving off second for a PR – feels so good!

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