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2014 trot for the troops 10k

Fort Campbell (and the local YMCA) continue to put on fabulous races and this year’s Trot for the Troops was no exception. I did the Trot for the Troops 10K last year (with fabulous pre-race hair might I add) and it’s still my 10K PR.
My phone (and CardioTrainer) died at 5.7 miles, but while I’m pretty sure I came in around 57 minutes this year, clock time says 1:00:03. Eight seconds isn’t a huge deal but the runner in me really wants those eight seconds off my official time. Silly, I know. TrotfortheTroops2014The course was exactly the same as last year and it was just as cold, but I learned from my previous year’s mistakes and wore shorts since I knew I’d be warm soon enough.
trot1Trot for the Troops is hosted by the Hopkinsville Christian County Family YMCA as part of Fort Campbell’s Eagle Challenge Fitness Tour. It’s a year-long schedule of local races and fitness activities with a medal for competing six or more. Last year I heard about the tour too late, and while I’ve done way more than six races this year, I’ll be right at six for this year’s tour.
trot2Along with being pretty affordable, I love that the local MWR posts free race pictures to their Facebook page. Otherwise, how else would you see all this sweaty beautifulness?
Official finish time: 1:00:03

trot for the troops 10k recap

Official chip time: 59:55
CardioTrainer distance: 6.27 miles

Instead of doing my long run at the Greenway on Saturday I decided to do it at the YMCA in Hopkinsville with 1,000 friends. Just kidding. I ran the 10K alone because J doesn’t believe in paying to run but I made him he volunteered to be my photographer for the day.IMG_1368

Mile 1 9:32
Mile 2 9:39
Mile 3 9:10
Mile 4 9:35
Mile 5 9:53
Mile 6 9:40

I’m not winning any awards with those splits but I’m pretty damn proud of them. One of my fastest six mile times yet and a 10K PR!20130914_080538IMG_1372Apparently I run with my eyes closed.
I stopped to tie my shoe at some point and took a few pictures of barns and cornfields. Pretty much the entire course.20130914_085913 20130914_085135I’m not sure what happened around Mile 3. I think I got an extra jolt of energy from seeing the 5Kers make the turnaround. We all went along the same route up until the 1.5 mile mark. IMG_1376IMG_1381 59:21. I still can’t get over that time or the fact that I managed to keep a sub-10 pace for so long. If it wasn’t for Mile 5 (mile of death) I think I would have been able to be at a 58-something instead of barely squeaking by the sub-hour mark but that’s OK with me. A PR is a PR.IMG_1386It was 49 degrees when I woke up in the morning and 52 to 55 at race start. I obviously then had some problems with wardrobe choice being the native Floridian that I am. The jacket came off before I started because I knew it’d be annoying but those pants made my legs sweat after Mile 2 or 3. Still trying to figure out this cold weather running deal.

Any tips? What do you all do to stay warm but not overheat while running in the cold?