17 July 2012


Rather than run a few miles right before the races, I decided to do some lunch time heat training. I met up with Richard to do a quick 4.5 miles at an easy pace. The humidity has been an extreme factor in my training these past few weeks. My pace has been off significantly, but as long as I can get my miles in, I am okay with that.

One of my old friends and former running buddies recently decided to pick up running again, so we met up at my house just before 6PM to ride to the Summer Cross Country Runs at the Huntsville Running Park together. He still needed to sign up and we lined up for the 1 mile distance shortly after. I had decided that I wasn't going to "race". Instead, I just hung with Timo and some other runners, chatting along and having a good time. I decided to do the same thing for the 3 miler. Timo was already showing concern for his ability to run the 3 mile distance, so I figured I'd stick with him and hopefully help/push him along to a finish. He ended up with a very respectable time. Next , it was time for the 32 mile race, but since that was still a few minutes away and since neither Timo, nor I, nor David Bier were going to "race", we took off on our own to get another 2 miles in. I also got to meet Andy Brown, another fellow Masters runner, who is probably going to smoke me in the HTC Grand Prix ("Nice to meet you, Andy!").

Timo took a slight shortcut ("Very well done for a first timer on this course, Timo!") while David, Andy and I completed our little 2 mile cool down. I was glad I decided to take it easy tonight, since it will be a short night. I'll have a 3:45AM wake up call to meet up with another running crew to do a 13 mile run with some serious climbing on both roads and trails. Fun times!

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