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
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)
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?