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, November 20, 2011

Training Log: 11/14--11/20

Thank you Jesus for a great week! It still feels kind of weird running only four days per week, but I think I'll get used to it. Every once in a while I may have to throw in an extra run on one of the off days though.

This was our last week before Thanksgiving break at school, and I am so thankful the break finally arrived. It's time for a little time off so I can catch up on some things around the house. Besides, kids are getting antsy this time of year and not much learning occurs. Most of them seemed more interested in some new video game that came out last week than in learning anything I had to teach. So work was a little stressful, making me glad to see the break arrive.

The running, on the other hand, went great last week. Regular readers are aware that I've cut back to four days per week since the Marine Corps Marathon. Before that I was running six days a week, averaging 40 miles in those six days. With this new schedule, it looks like I'll be able to average 25-30 miles per week. I'm going to try it for a while, then ramp back up after the first of the year to prepare for Little Rock in March. Not sure if it's a good plan, but it's a plan!

Anyway, here's what my runs looked like this week.

Training Week: Nov 14 - Nov 20

Monday5 miles
Tuesday0 miles
Wednesday5 miles
Thursday5 miles
Friday0 miles
Saturday6.2 miles
Total21.2 miles

I didn't get my long run in this week because we ran the Spa 10K in Hot Springs, AR on Saturday. After last week's 28 mile week, culminating in last Saturday's 20 miles on the school track, I don't feel so bad having a 21 mile week. I feel great and even reached a PR (personal record) on the 10K yesterday. The 54:32.50 time was almost 6.5 minutes faster than I ran the same course a year ago, and more than 3.5 minutes faster than my previous best at the 10K distance. But I don't deserve credit for the improvement, I owe it all to the One who saved me!

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."--Philippians 4:13

That's right! Without Jesus Christ, my risen Lord and Savior, there's not much telling where I'd be right now, but odds are I wouldn't be here. After Amanda was killed, He laid this mission on my heart. He gave me the goal of running marathons. He gave me the strength, motivation, and discipline to drag myself out of bed at 4 AM all those days to train. I owe it all to Him, and any glory that comes my way belongs to Him. I could do none of this without Jesus.

"And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."--Colossians 3:17

With that kind of support, with Jesus as my sponsor, I'll keep running until the day I meet my beautiful Amanda again. I hope you continue to join me and help spread the word. God bless you all.

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