There's not a whole lot to report since I last posted, but I did just pay to renew this domain, so I might as well make use of it, right?
"Training" is still running easy all the time, save for racing about once a month. Running to simply maintain fitness (~30 miles a week) vs. summer training for a fall marathon has been awesome so far. These days, 75 degrees with 95 percent humidity at 7 a.m. is often the coolest time of day, which means the pace is pretty slow on some days more than others. I might finish a run feeling like total crap, but I try not to let it discourage me. It'll only make me stronger when real training starts.
I ran the Run Wild 5k on the 4th of July and although I didn't hit another PR, it was another sub-24 (23:58). This race got me thinking that I should probably start lining up not so far back from the start. I ended up weaving around so many people that I ran 0.1 mile extra, which is a lot for a 5k! My Garmin average pace for the longer distance was 7:29, and I think if I can maintain that pace in Houston's oppressive summer humidity, maybe I can even crack 23 if I run one in the fall.
I was also psyched to have rallied up a crew of coworkers to join me on this race.
My company rolled out a bunch of employee wellness initiatives a little over a year ago, and I was asked to spearhead the running club. For a while, I really struggled to get other people enthused about it. This year, people finally caught on and started to realize that having the company cover local race registration fees actually is a pretty sweet work perk. I'm really excited that we've got ~35 employees committed to running the Chevron Houston Marathon/Aramco Half in January.
I've been asked if I'm going to coach/train the crew – lolz, no, but I am working on sending some of them RHC's way!
Adios until the next race...