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My Path to the Starting Line

Posted by Bill Skowronski on September 19, 2011 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (0)

I never met Andy Polk--until his funeral in June, 2010. He was an incredibly well-liked teacher and I worked directly with his school, but we never crossed paths. He was close friends with my wife's best friend and a few of my golf buddies, but we had never met. We were going to meet. We were supposed to spend three days in early June together golfing, drinking and bonding the way guys do when they swear they've known each other for a lifetime. Our foursome booked accommodations f...

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Race Day Round-up

Posted by Bill Skowronski on July 4, 2011 at 7:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Is there any better feeling than setting a target on another runner's back, catching him/her, passing him/her and never looking back?


Today, I ran the Columbus Firecracker 5 (mile) 4th of July race. I wanted to try to set a new PR (41:51 previously), so I planned my strategy and convinced myself it was doable. My plan was to run five 8:20/mile splits, finishing around 41:40. I figured 8:20/mile was feasible. I figured I had the following mini-battles to wage:


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Weight Loss Photos

Posted by Bill Skowronski on July 1, 2011 at 3:02 PM Comments comments (0)

July 1, 2011

I decided to FINALLY post a few photos chronicling my weight loss journey over the past year. I wanted to make sure I kept track of what I used to look like so I realized what's at stake. These photos (in the Photo Album) are disgusting, but they're reality.

June, 2010: 232.2 lbs

June, 2011: 192 lbs (-40lbs)

I'm very proud of all the progress I've made, yet I realize I still have further to go. Ultimately, I hope my journey inspires other people to believ...

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PRs (Personal Records) Updated

Posted by Bill Skowronski on July 1, 2011 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)


1m 7:03 CHN 11

2m 16:58

5k 23:33 CHN 11

4m 33:11

5m 41:11

6m 53:24

7m 1:00:10

8m 1:11:21

9m 1:27:08

13.1m 2:06:08 (RC2-2011); 2:04:00 (8-13-11 15 mile training run)

15m 2:21:54



Posted by Bill Skowronski on February 7, 2011 at 9:38 PM Comments comments (0)

So, half marathon training starts tomorrow and the forecast calls for -25 degree wind chills with 20-30 mph winds.


On my mind...

Posted by Bill Skowronski on February 4, 2011 at 9:04 AM Comments comments (0)

Saucony ProGrid Mirage

Treadmill sucks

It's too cold outside

Half Marathon training starts Monday, February 7th

Running Goals

Posted by Bill Skowronski on January 13, 2011 at 10:41 PM Comments comments (0)

My personal goals

  • Complete a 5k
  • Complete a 10k
  • Complete the RC2 Half Marathon (April 30, 2011)
  • Complete the Chicago Marathon (October 9, 2011)
  • Run a 5k in under 24:00
  • Break the 7:00 mile mark
  • Run a mile with Emma

PRs (Personal Records)

Posted by Bill Skowronski on January 13, 2011 at 10:05 PM Comments comments (0)

My best recorded running times


1-mile: 7:28..34

2-mile: 15:54.91

3-mile: 24:10.48

4-mile: 33:38.21

5-mile: 41:51.89

6-mile: 50:25.45

7-mile: 59:42.61

Running Gear

Posted by Bill Skowronski on January 13, 2011 at 9:51 PM Comments comments (0)

My must-have running gear includes:


Shoes: Saucony Guide 3

Socks: Fitsok

Tights: Under Armour Cold Gear

Shirts: Under Armour Cold Gear; Nike Dri-fit

Shorts: Champion C9; Nike

Gloves: Nike; Reebok

Hat/Balaclava: Champion C9

iPod: Shuffle



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