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 27, 2011

Training Log: 11/21--11/27

This Thanksgiving week was a blessing in more ways than one. Every day Amanda was on my mind as we approached our first Thanksgiving without her. Even though those thoughts brought with them many tears, they were good thoughts of great memories, memories I'm blessed to have. Sadness is a part of every day now, and always will be. She was sorely missed, but the holiday carried me back to so many of the good times I was extremely grateful.

Our school is out the entire week of Thanksgiving, so that was really nice too. We don't take a fall break, and we stay in school for three days earlier in the month that most districts take off so we can have this entire week. That allowed me to start my runs a little later and get caught up on some sleep, definitely a blessing.

And this week I was able to run with friends from the Cabot Country Cruisers for the first time since before the Marine Corps Marathon. Though I was strictly a solo runner for a long time, I've really come to enjoy running with these folks, especially the long runs. The picture here is the group that ran together for a 5 mile fun run on Thanksgiving morning. It was a nice, easy pace and a great time to enjoy some great company.

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

Training Week: Nov 21 - Nov 27

Monday5 miles
Tuesday0 miles
Wednesday6 miles
Thursday5 miles
Friday0 miles
Saturday15 miles
Total31 miles

Last week I missed my long run when we went to Hot Springs where I ran the Spa 10K, but this week I got back on track. Saturday the Lord carried me through a good 15 mile run. I started at 6 am and did the first five by myself. My plan was to run three 5 mile loops from the school where the Cruisers usually depart. After I finished the first 5 miles, I met several others arriving to run 10 miles, but they were planning to run one big loop instead of two shorter ones. I decided to go with them. Everything worked well and I got my 15 in, with some great company.

Next Saturday I'm planning on doing a 14 mile run with the Little Rock Marathon training group, so I'll miss running with the Cruisers. But, a lot of them will be running the St. Jude Marathon in Memphis anyway. The following week, I'll be running the Fayetteville Half Marathon in Fayetteville, Arkansas. So it looks like it will be several weeks before I get to run with these ladies and gentlemen again.

I'm starting to get used to running four days a week instead of the six I was doing before the marathon, but plan to kick it back up after the first of the year. By January 31st, I want to be back to averaging 40 miles per week to get ready for Little Rock. As long as I can still get out and do a good, strong, long run, I'll take it my training plan is working.

"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

Thank You Jesus for giving me the strength, the motivation, and the discipline to keep hitting the road. Without Him, I could not keep up with the training, couldn't keep racking up the mileage, couldn't keep finishing the races. Jesus is the reason I can get out of bed each day and the reason for anything I can accomplish. Though there will be times I fail, I'll keep trying to allow Him to lead me and guide me to be a tool in His hands.

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