Training tactics for this Canadian to survive Hotlanta!

My house looks like a bomb went off in it. My brother and his family descended upon it and I’m not kidding, I think they brought 18 duffel bags into my house. These kids of theirs, cute as they are, have more “stuff” than any other kid I know. lol

Last night I had them, my parents and my cousin and her husband all over to my house for dinner…was so crazy busy and fun that can you believe it, I didn’t take a single picture??


so let’s just have one of Abby. This is of her with the window down the other night as we were driving home.

My next race is on Sunday, August 23rd in Atlanta, Georgia (state #11!!!). I have NO plans of PR’ing AT ALL. It’s summer and I don’t want to be a prisoner of my workouts – there are far too many other fun things to be doing. Buuuuut, from what I hear, Atlanta is a wee bit hot in the summer (the race is called the Hotlanta Half Marathon lol) and, being Canadian (i.e. have spent more of my life in the deep freeze vs. melting heat), I’m a little worried about this and know I need to make sure I get in a number of runs in intense heat before I get there.

So after work on Monday, it was in the 90s and I went out for a 7 mile run.

I can’t even imagine what it would have been like had the clouds not been there to shield me!! A few times I wondered to myself how in the world I had thought signing up for something called the Hotlanta Half Marathon was a good idea! lol

I was recently reminded by my Twitter friend Kenny that the course in Atlanta is not flat.

For comparison, this is the elevation for the half marathon here in Ottawa in the spring in which I think the few hills are bad enough lol!!! Yeah, I’m toast in Atlanta.

Sooooooo, Tuesday morning, I was motivated to get out and do a hill workout where the temp might have only been in the low 80s, but it was THICK.

Hills + Gross weather = surviving Hotlanta.

Started off with a gorgeous 5k warm-up followed by 6x that hellish hill – all done continuously. I’ll be honest, I felt kinda badass with the sweat flying off in streams from my body as I ran up and down this hill. lol

There is a lot of construction here during the summer because most construction can’t happen through the winter months. We spend most of our time complaining about the endless traffic issues related to the construction but let me tell you, on Sunday, during my run, I could have kissed the construction workers for this “gift”…

I totally used it.

This morning I got up (projected high of 104F with the humidex) and sweated profusely through 8 miles. I’m just going to post the pics from my run and I don’t think I need to say anything else about it.
Happy Wednesday!

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