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, December 4, 2011

Training Log: 11/28--12/4

Training is on for the Little Rock Marathon on March 4th! For now, I'm still running only 4 days and averaging 30 miles each week. My plan is to increase that to 5 days and 35 miles after the first of the year, then go to 6 days and 40 miles per week through the month of February.

Most of you know by now that I don't hold to any specific training schedule. I know there are a lot of good ones out there that work well for lots of people, but I kind of like doing things my own way. My schedules aren't based on science or studies, but on my schedule and what my body tells me it can handle. Therefore, these posts aren't meant as schedules for others to follow, just more of a journal that helps me keep track of what I'm doing and how well it's working.

This week I ran on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday; 5, 6, 5, and 14 miles, respectively. Now that the weather has drastically cooled, I've picked up the pace on my training runs and am pushing myself harder on the short runs than I did before. Wednesday and Thursday marked the first sub-freezing runs for me of the season with temperatures in the low 30s and high 20s those mornings.
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."--Philippians 4:13

Training Week: Nov 28 - Dec 4

Monday5 miles
Tuesday0 miles
Wednesday6 miles
Thursday5 miles
Friday0 miles
Saturday14 miles
Total30 miles

I joined the Little Rock Marathon training group for this week's long run, 14 miles along the River Trail, part on both sides and over the Big Dam Bridge. A friend from the Cabot Country Cruisers had told me I needed to run the River Trail part of the course on some long runs before March. It's a long, flat, out-and-back section of the marathon course that covers miles 18 to 2, and now I understand why he told me I needed to know what to expect.

The long stretches seem to take forever. It seems like you see something up ahead, set it as your goal, and run and run and run and it takes forever to reach it. Long, straight, flat stretches play tricks on your mind, especially toward the end of a long run. Now I've seen it, I've run it, and have an idea what to expect when I reach it on race day. I hope to run that stretch one or two more times before then too.

"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

I know it's only the grace and mercy of Jesus that keep me running and injury-free. Therefore, I hope and pray that every time I run, everywhere I go, I can do everything I do for His glory and His honor.

Thank you Jesus, once again, for another great training week!

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