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Six03 SummerFest 10K Race Recap

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The message on my Bia Sport watch says it all after the Six03 Summerfest 10k yesterday

ISLAGIATT:  It Seemed Like A Good Idea at the Time!

When I saw this message, I had no idea what it meant. No one else did either so what did we do? Google it! It’s a marvelous way to describe the day so I’m going with it as the theme for this race recap.

ISLAGIATT #1 – Registering for this race. I’ve known about this race since March but held out till this past Tuesday to actually register for it. Procrastination is my middle name.

ISLAGIATT #2 – Having it at the end of July at 9 a.m.

ISLAGIATT #3 – Picking the hilliest course ever and making it an out and back.

ISLAGIATT #4 – Essentially climbing two big ass hills the last 2 miles with the finish line at the top of the last. Whomever mapped this route is pure evil.

ISLAGIATT #5 – Having a margarita the night before the race and justifying it by saying the extra salt is needed for all that I would be sweating out the next day.

I didn’t really have a plan going into the race. My first and only 10k before this was two years ago. I ran 50:13. Back then I was running less mileage and the course was relatively flat. I knew that I wanted to keep my pace from 7:30-8:00 in an attempt for a PR. As I said many times, I don’t do my best on hills so really I was just going to try to keep a positive attitude and do my best.

Six03 Summerfest 10k start  HappyFitMama.com

Kailey, Mariette and I did a warm up run of a mile or so before the race started. I was sweating within a 1/4 mile of starting even at an easy pace. It was cloudy, around 70 with a light breeze but humid. I’m glad it wasn’t sunny because the heat would have been worse.

Mile 1 – 6:56 Despite my hopes of kicking my positive splits habit, I started off super fast. It was hard not to let things open up wide on the down hill at the start and with fresh legs.

Mile 2 – 8:02 And then the first gradual hill climb happened. I tried to slow my breathing and relax a little by letting out some loud sighs. It worked and I was able to refocus on I CAN. At this point I was thinking it would be really nice if this was only a 5k.

Mile 3 – 7:48 Things flattened out a bit with a few small rolls. I can’t really remember much from this section other than thinking that the big ones were coming soon.

Mile 4 – 7:44 This was the start of the brutal end. A steep downhill followed by an even steeper uphill that had the turn around at the top. Of course, what goes up must go down but in this case, up again.

Mile 5 – 8:34 I felt like I was barely moving. I wanted to stop to walk numerous times during this mile. My legs were tired but my pride wouldn’t let me stop. That’s the thing about an out and back – you’ve got the peer pressure of the other racers staring right at you!

Mile 6 – 8:18 And the hills keep going. I repeated LAST MILE! LAST MILE! over and over. There was a super steep but short hill climb around mile 5.5. A girl ahead of me stopped at the top and dry heaved before starting up again. She must have felt better because she took off looking strong for the last hill. There was a timing mat at the base of the hill for the King/Queen of the Hill competition. I’m not sure who won it and with what time but I later found I did it in 3:26 if that gives you any indication of how long it was to the finish line.

Mile 0.25 (according to my watch) – 8:56 Stick a fork in me, I am done!

Six03 Summerfest 10k finish line  HappyFitMama.com

Finish time: 49:26 (official)

Super speedy and queen of the hills herself, Sarah, claimed 3rd place female. It was great to catch up with her and have our kids hang out. I think Mr. L has a crush on her daughter now.

Six03 Summerfest 10k post  happyfitmama.comChomping on a Yasso Greek Yogurt bar. It was my first time having one – so good!

That race was brutal with 400 feet of upness. But I’m happy with what I did.It makes me want to find another 10k with a much flatter course, to see what I really can do. I like the distance. There’s another 10k coming up in August, Saunders 10k, that’s an option. However, it’s on a Thursday at 6 p.m. – Not my best time to run.

Do you like the 10k distance?

If you had to pick a flat 5k or super hilly 10k, which would it be?

Skirt Sports 10 on 10 Virtual Run

I’m a huge fan of the running skirt.

It’s odd but I only seem to wear them during a race. It’s like I’m “dressing up” for the big show. I can be girly yet kick some serious butt…or at least try to.

I didn’t know this till recently but the running skirt is turning 10 years old! It all started on September 12, 2004, when Nicole DeBoom won Ironman Wisconsin wearing her original running skirt prototype. Three days later using her winnings, she launched Skirt Sports, Incorporated.

In honor of this milestone, they are hosting a Skirt Sports 10 on 10 Virtual Run.

Participants can choose between a 10K or 10-mile option. There are three options for entry into the race–with each you will get:

  • Skirt Sports gift certificate ($50, $100 or $250)
  • Choice of special finisher’s award (including skirts or a performance tee). If you register before August 24, your tee-shirt will read “Finisher.”
  • Lucky #10 race bib
  • Awesome sponsor swag
  • Weekly training plan and exclusive newsletter with tips, advice and other fun stuff!

If you refer a friend to register for the race (they must enter your name and email in the registration form), you can earn an extra $10 gift certificate to Skirt Sports!

To top it all off, not only do you run the 10 on 10 Virtual race, but your entry pays it forward to other women who are starting down their paths toward a running life. Each entry benefits the Skirt Sports Kick Start program, where beginner runners are partnered up with running mentors, who have found strength and courage through running and want to pass it on.  Please read more about this amazing program here.

Ready to join? As a reader of Happy Fit Mama, you can sign up for the Skirt Sports 10 on 10 Virtual Run using the discount code 10on10ImIN for 10% off!

Do you love to rock the skirt on a run?

Disclaimer: I will receive an item of clothing from Skirt Sports in exchange for sharing this information. Any opinions are 100% my own. I love a good cause and a good skirt!