I am seriously excited to tell you all that I completed The Skippo Trail Race 10K this morning and earned my finishers mug!
It was such a wonderful morning for a trail run, too! The temperature was about 45 degrees, which is just phenomenal for running. I hit the starting line layered in a Tek Gear Performance Tee and my Skippo long sleaeve techincal tee and a pair of cold weather running pants. Of course, I wore a ball cap to keep my noggin warm. I also wore my CamelBak Hydration Pak, since I can’t run without water.
The Skippo Trail Race is started in waves, and I dutifully went to the back of the line, where we slower runners were to stand. When I ran the trail last weekend, I finished the 6.2 miles in 1:43:59, at a 16:46 min/mile pace. My goal was to run a 15 min/mile pace today. I knew I would have to walk (or crawl) up the infamous flight of 200 stairs, and walk (or crawl) up heart attack hill, because I am just not fit enough to run them. My hope was to run everything else. Somewhere around the 3 mile mark, I had to slow to a walk and take off my hat, as I was getting too hot and I knew I’d cool off quickly by taking it off the hat. Once I’d cooled enough, I picked up the pace and ran again. That worked until around the 5 mile mark, where I had to slow to a walk again and take off the CamelBak and peel off my Skippo Tee, which I tied around my waist. I refastened my race bib to my CamelBak straps after I put it back on. Once again, when I started running again once I was cooled off.
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Even with the little bit of walking I did, I crossed the finish line in 1:32:02, at a 14:49 min/mile pace! Woop! Talk about smashing limits! Next year, I will wear a lighter pair of pants, and just a racerback tee under my long sleeve shirt.
In other news, I passed the 40lb weight loss mark this week (on November 4th), which means I am halfway to goal.
Tomorrow I am starting a challenge of a different sort. I’m doing the Advocare 24 Day Challenge .
I am excited to see how it propels me toward my weight loss goal. I’ll be sharing my progress as I go along.