We are in the midst of a crazy heat wave in Southern Maryland so Tamara and I got up early again this morning to try to beat the heat. We had a short 5 mile run planned which I was ok with given the heat and my tired legs. We took off out the driveway and decided to run a reverse route of a loop we have run many times. Almost instantly I was ahead of Tamara. It wasn’t planned but just happened. Our rule is to not slow down for the other just run how we are feeling (Just had a flashback of the Rock n Roll ½ Marathon in DC this year where Tamara flew by me at mile 12!). About a mile in I had a pretty decent lead in our race of two :). I looked back a few times to both check on Tamara and to see how close she was to me. It was strange but the whole time I was feeling a little bit of pressure to keep my lead (yes I wanted to win). I also thought a couple times that this is really good training for me to stay focused and keep pushing. It reminded me of the one and only 5k race I won last year. I passed a runner for the lead about 2 miles in and it was a strange feeling to be the front runner. I won’t win many 5ks but I really did love the feeling of being chased this morning. It kept me focused and made me push myself to run faster than I would have. Thanks for the chase Tamara!