USATF 10 Mile Championships

Mom, Dad, Me, Marisa

My training leading up to the race was going perfectly! I did an 8 mile cut-down at 5:49  avg pace the week before the race and had a great cross country style 800 workout that also helped to build my confidence. My goal going in to the race was sub 57:00 or a 5:42 avg pace. I was pretty confident that this time I would finally nail the 10 mile distance. I was even thinking 5:40 pace would be within my reach on a good day.

I ended up in 57:56. A PR by 20 seconds, but definitely not good enough or up to par on what my workouts would indicate I could run. I started out cautious, and I think I ended up running the entire race too cautiously.

Mom and Marisa- it was 30 degrees at the start, 31 degrees at the finish, brrrr!!


Marisa and I

Marisa and Dad


Me and Mom

JT and I

At Sally's watching that awful Packers game.

In talking to Kevin today, we are going to keep working on the 10mile/13.1 distances. I need to gain confidence in my ability to race hard and feel pain. I also need to work on not falling asleep during those middle miles. So moving forward, I have a plan on things I would like to improve on and how I am going to get there. I am excited to get back in to training after my 5 day break.

Although the race did not turn out as well as I had hoped, it was awesome because my Mom, Dad, Sister, and 2 of my training partners from Arizona- JT and Ricardo- were also there. It was a fun weekend of racing and I can’t wait for the next one!

To achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. -Gail Devers (track & field)


  1. A 20 second PR is huge in the 10 mile distance especially for as fast as you’ve been running. When you master the racing like training I need to know your secret so I can try it. Five days rest will be great and when you come back 56:59 will be easy. Keep up the good work.

  2. You are always so inspiring to me! How exciting to get a new PR and I have no doubt you will very soon run your “perfect” 10 mile race 🙂

  3. So great to see you again Hilborn! Even though it wasn’t quite what you wanted, a PR is a PR so congrats! Keep up the good work and they’ll keep coming!

  4. Ariana, a true inspiration you are to me and so many:)! Keep up the exceptional work!!!!

  5. Thanks you guys! I really appreciate your support! For now I just have to be patient and keep working hard! I think I need a week of training in AZ… 🙂

  6. I came across your blog by way of and I am so happy i did! I am working at the same distances and your story is so inspiring, its also refreshing to know that someone at your level has to work at staying focused during middle miles too! I am looking forward to following along with your hard work and success 🙂

  7. Thanks you guys! Marron, heading out to check out your blog! Thank you for your kind words!

  8. Cograts on the 20 second PR Ariana!!! You are too awesome!!! I’m happy to hear that you are putting together some solid training sessions. 30 degrees for the start of a race … call me crazy but I’d take that in a heartbeat ha! 🙂 It’s just starting to chill here in Florida so training is getting good again and my pacing an mileage is starting to go back up. Official marathon training starts for me next Monday (10/29) yay! You can follow that journey on my blog. Run Happy!!! 🙂

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