MECHANICSVILLE, VA (WWBT) - Training for a half-marathon is much easier with a training partner, but things get complicated when your training partner is on the other side of the world.
Dave and Christine Hill signed up to do the Richmond Half-Marathon and the Norfolk Freedom Half-Marathon the following day, but when Dave went to Afghanistan for eight and a half months with the Navy, the two were forced to train separately. They did the best they could, going for long runs at the same time, thinking of the other, and communicating through e-mail.
Dave did most of his runs on the deck of the ship he was stationed on. It consisted of a 1/10 mile track that he would do runs of up to 14 miles on. He did his runs in heat up to 130 degrees.
He returned home earlier this week, and Monday the couple finally went on a run together for the first time in almost nine months. Dave's biggest shock was the temperature, but both were able to enjoy the moment of having their training partner once again beside them. Now they'll tackle back-to-back half-marathons and finishing together will be the greatest reward.
The Hill's don't have a concrete time goal, but say it would be nice to finish in under 2:30 for each half-marathon.