Arthur and the 4th

Boy, did it get hot last week.  The heat and humidity was a cruel reminder to what I have in store for me for the next few months as the dog days of summer are officially upon us.  I took the opportunity on Thursday to try to start mixing in hill workouts on a regular basis.  My TNT team canceled our training due to the threat of thunderstorms; however, I braved the weather and persisted through a pretty tough hill workout.  For those that have never done it, basically find a hill nearby that is a couple hundred yards long, sprint up it, jog back down, and repeat.  I managed to repeat 5 times, progressively increasing my speed with each interval.  I am going to need these speed workouts if I’m going to break my 1:42 half marathon goal come November.

Unfortunately it took Hurricane Arthur to come through later in the week to create a break the weather.  Luckily for us, once he came barreling through, the resulting 4th of July weekend was a wonderful combination of low heat and virtually no humidity.  Saturday my family took part in what is now a 4th of July tradition, running in the Deltaville 5k.  I’ve even managed to corrupt my kids to the point where they ask to run the Kids Run every year as well.  Here’s a picture of them as we walk up to the starting line and another with their cousins and finisher medals!




The kids did great and I managed to place 4th in my division and 47th overall out of 430, finishing in 22:56.  Now if only I can keep this pace up for the 13.1 miles I will reach my goal!

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