Want to get faster? Walk, run, cycle, etc with people who are faster than you. The teacher has become the student. Last night I tried desperately to keep up with two of TNT's amazing alumni. They are so fast. I like to think that I taught them everything I know but they are just natural race walkers. I faded away pretty quickly but they came back for me and paced me through 4+ miles. I think they have jumped onto my race walk PR mission.
The splits don't lie. I started too fast, ended up with shin splints for mile two but then finally found a groove. I was pushing with all I had considering the 100% humidity. I thought my face was melting off. It was so hot again. But once again, popsicles awaited our finish and all was right in the world.