One of the nice things about the running community is that there are always events that put you on your toes. Some switch between triathlons and Iron Man competitions or between track workouts and trail workouts. The point is that if you run one event over and over again (only half-marathons), things become rather boring. This is why I ran the Endless Summer 6 Hour Run again.
Traditionally, running events such as marathons and ultra's set a "distance" goal that you must complete within a pre-determined period of time. However, the 6 hour run is a bit different. This race sets a "time" goal that you must complete as much distance as possible. In this case you had 6 hours to complete as many 3.7 mile loops as possible.
For me, heat training is not my strong suit and the day of the race was a scorcher in Annapolis Maryland. Due to some delays, we got started probably around 10am or so and ran into the heat of the day. The course was a fun figure eight loop that took us right along the bay. I was lucky enough to be running with Susan during this race as she just got back from dessert of California so had a bit more heat training which helped push me through.
These types of timed runs are fun as you have a bit more flexibility in setting a distance goal. We ended up completing 22 miles that day in the heat which now looking back on it was a good heat training run. Although we treated it more of a training run for a Saturday, we ended up taking away some awesome gear. Susan placed 1st military female, so got a very cool locally made ceramic bowl, and I placed 2nd in my age group (29 and under male), so received a similar ceramic bowl.
It was a fun run filled with high temperatures, sweat, and good company and will be running again next year.