I use tennis as a cross-training sport for track & field. Endurance, jumping and bursts of speed are all by products that contribute to improved conditioning for me. Today also provided the opportunity for me to learn to deal with the heat -- which I hate! But, playing doubles with my husband (and winning) kept me happy and keen to finish it out. One-hundred-forty-one minutes in 95-degree heat and we won. "Try to smile, Dad," said our kid photographer. We were beat and had left it all on the court!
Julia Curran-Villarreal is a three-time USA W55 national masters high jump champion. After a 35-year break from her favorite high school sport of track & field, Julia returned to competition in 2013 at the age of 53. Follow her journey on @juliajumping on Instagram and @juliacurran on Twitter.