This race has a much tougher course profile. It is hilly. It narrows in places. But, it's not crowded, as 10 miler finishers accounted for only about 550 people.
|Reston Perfect 10 Miler course elevation|
Oh, the course. It's a strange form of concentric circles, first moving outwards, and then back. I wish I'd paid more attention to the finish, however. Because there should have been a sign at mile 9.7 saying "HAHA MIND FUK LOL OWNED" (but I'll get to that).
There was no real sound at the start. Everyone was standing around, and then people just started running. I really hoped someone had turned on the timer.
|GO . . . ?|
43 minutes. The hills forced me into wild pace swings, which I tried my best to keep steady. Meanwhile, if I was struggling to stay steady, a lot of folks were NOT. They would hit the downhills and run like they were . . . well . . .
|RUN RUN RUN THERE'S AN UPHILL BEHIND YOU!!!!|
Just under 42 minutes and a half minutes, so once again I'd managed some negative splits. As we got closer to the finish, I picked up speed. I actually started to, you know, run DOWN the hills, instead of holding myself back.
|Probably what I looked like at the time.|
|I once ran a race THIS BIG!|
But then things turned slightly annoying. Not a lot. But enough.
Look, while I'm proud of the negative split, it would have been a bigger difference in times had I not been utterly crestfallen towards the end. This is because, just as you approach the finish, you turn AWAY from the track (you finish actually on the High School's track).
Um, wait. No -- hello? The finish line is RIGHT THE HELL OVER THERE. RIGHT THERE.
Nope. Not time yet.
Instead, we're going to run down, ALMOST to the school property's exit point, and then turn AROUND and run back to the finish. So yeah, a little out/back in your last point 3 tenths of a mile.
|Basically said this for the entire last quarter mile or so.|
Race by the numbers:
Overall: Top 26%
Men: Top 41%
AG: Top 44%
This was about what I'm used to seeing, results-wise. I'm usually in the top quarter of a lot of races, and in the top third or so for everything else. It skewed slower for this race, but it's also skewed higher in others, so within the margin I'm familiar. No biggie. I was trying to test out myself, and to see if I could hold something for more than a short distance. It was a nice race, and I was glad I got out there. I have to give Potomac River Running lots of credit -- they run a tight, well-oiled ship when it comes to races, compared to one organization/race I won't mention. Hmm, actually, I will.