Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,--Hebrews 12:1

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Training for MCM: 8 Weeks to Go!

The sun rises, the sun sets, and the moment of truth just keeps marching closer and closer and closer. We're now 8 weeks away from the Marine Corps Marathon! Less than 60 days before we take the first step across the starting line in Arlington, VA, the first of many steps that we'll take to cover 26.2 miles before the finish.

Though this will be my first marathon, I didn't print off a training program from one of the gurus. Instead, I'm just hammering out an average of 40 miles each week with one long run on Saturday. Now that school has started, I just don't have time to jump through the hoops of the more sophisticated programs with set days for speed work, hill repeats, fartleks, cross training, and set miles to run each day. I just have to get the miles when and where I can.

The heat's been horrible for months now, and that has really made long runs tough. Last week some friends helped me through a 15-miler, my first since April or May. Saturday morning I went for 12 more, but the heat and humidity turned the last three miles into a walk-run with more walk than run by the end. However, better days are in store!

The forecast for this week shows temps will drop into the low 60's (and even high 50's once) each night, with highs in the 70's and low 80's. For weeks now, my 5-in-the-morning 5 and 6 milers have been run with temperatures in the high 70's and low 80's, coupled with 90%+ humidity. I'm really looking forward to the break in this heat, but here is my training log for this week:

Monday5 miles
Tuesday5 miles
Wednesday6 miles
Thursday6 miles
Friday6 miles
Saturday12 miles
Total40 miles

With such a desirable forecast, I'm going to attempt a 20 mile run Monday morning. This is a break from my routine of making my long runs at the end of the week, but I think it will work out. Even with all the miles I've been putting in, things are holding up well. Just the usual aches and pains that every runner must endure. God has really been taking care of this old man--legs, joints, and lungs are holding up well. The only thing that's really been up training has been the weather.

Thank the Lord that's about to break!

Be sure to check back next week, or "Like" us on Facebook to find out how tomorrow's run goes. On Facebook, you can also read our Bible "Verse of the Day" and participate in our "Daily Prayer Requests."

Don't forget our mission is to Reveal the dangers of teen substance abuse, Reach people for Jesus, Raise money for charity, and Remember my beautiful daughter. Just by visiting here, you're helping us keep the memory of Amanda alive. Letting your friends know about us by sharing our links and articles is another way you can help us reach people for Christ and spread the word about the dangers of teen substance abuse. But we also need help raising money for the three charities we support.

It's important to know that we don't get a dime of donations made to these charities through our fundraising pages. Every dime given through our St. Jude fundraising page goes straight to the hospital. Our pages to raise money for Arkansas Children's Hospital and Soaring Wings are hosted by and that company charges 7.5% to handle donations to those charities. Not one penny even touches our fingers here at Running with Amanda so you can feel secure that when you give through our fundraising pages, you're helping the kids who need it!

"6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully." -- Romans 12:6-8

My wife and I give also, but we don't make enough money to give an amount that would accomplish the other parts of our mission. That's why we use our ability to log miles on the road, our God-given ability, to encourage others to join us in this battle to save kids' lives. Any amount you can afford will help make a difference, help save lives--spiritual and physical lives.

"Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good." -- Romans 12:21

God promised He can make everything work for good for those who love Him. This ministry is how He's using Amanda's death to accomplish good. That's not saying her death was a good thing. It wasn't. But if our donations save one child, if we reach one kid with Jesus' name that otherwise wouldn't have been reached, if we can keep one kid from falling prey to the evils of teen substance abuse, good will come from it. Amanda's death will not be in vain!

Please join us and help us accomplish our mission...any way you can.

If you don't know Jesus as your personal savior, if you're missing the faith, hope, and love written about here, if you want the peace that we as Christians have in our lives, please visit our Got Jesus? page for step-by-step instructions on how to accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior.

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