Today was only about 8 degrees hotter than yesterday, but the humidity is up and the breeze is gone. Luckily, this was expected so all I had on the calendar was a hilly 4 mile run. One of my mom friends BQs every year with only four runs a week and she told me that one of her “tricks” is to run hills the day after her long run. While I don’t ever expect to BQ (even running another marathon is still up in the air), I decided I’d give hill running a try on my tired legs.
We live in an awesome neighborhood for this kind of running. If I run E/W, my run has very gentle hills. If I run N/S, especially in the southern part of the neighborhood, the hills are killer. So, I ran about a half mile east of my house and then ran the N/S streets in my neighborhood, slowly working my way back to my house. It ended up being four miles at a 9:25 pace. The heat, hills, and sun made it feel like I was running much faster than that, but it was definitely a good workout and my legs now feel like jello.
Now for a quick shower and lunch and then I’ll pick up the boys from camp and head to the pool.