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 18, 2011

Training Week: 12/12 --12/18

What a week! It was the last week of school for my students who didn't miss more than 2 days this semester. Excellent attendance earns the reward of not having to take semester tests, so that meant I had to get everything wrapped up before the last kid went home until 2012.

Lots of making tests, grading tests, and trying to get kids ready for tests means many late nights. Since most of my training is done in the early morning, getting up becomes a chore in weeks like that. But our God is all-powerful and kept me motivated and strong enough to crawl out of bed to get in my training. In fact, He is so great that I did way better than my 30 miles per week goal and finished Saturday with 35 for this week!

Besides the crazy week at school, our good friends' little 6-year-old girl was injured by a horse and spent several days in the hospital. We spent a couple of evenings with them. God answered the many prayers sent up for little Caroline and it appears all will be fine. She'll wear a couple of black eyes for a while and her cracked cheekbone has to heal, but she will recover. Praise the Lord!

I ran Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday this week. All the runs felt great except Wednesday. Though I have no idea why, it was just one of those days where every step is a struggle and you can't wait for the run to end. It's those days when it crosses my mind to cut the run short, or stop running and just walk. but Jesus Christ, my Savior and Redeemer, kept me focused and kept me running. We made it through and came out stronger for it.

Training Week: Dec 12 - Dec 18

Monday0 miles
Tuesday5 miles
Wednesday5 miles
Thursday0 miles
Friday5 miles
Saturday20 miles
Sunday0 miles
Total35 miles

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

Saturday's 20 mile run went well. The Good Lord helped me through the first 15 miles alone, then I met up with the Cabot Country Cruisers to do the last 5. Jesus gave me the strength to finish that last 5 miles with some really great people.

The Little Rock Marathon training group had a scheduled 16 mile run Saturday, but the Cruisers held a potluck breakfast following their group run. So I ditched the LRM group this weekend and enjoyed a great run, great company, and great food. What a combination!

"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

By the grace of God I finished 35 miles and felt great at the end! There is no way I could do it without the help of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I can't tell you how many cold mornings I wake up and my mind tells me to turn the alarm off and crawl back in bed. It's the mission, the one laid on my heart by Christ, that overrules the lazy in me that's trying to get out. It's Jesus himself that coaxes or cajoles me to get out of the bed and hit the road--in the cold, in the rain, and sometimes even in the snow.

I hope and pray that He will continue to use me to bring honor and glory to His name! Tomorrow is another start to another training week. We're down to only 11 weeks before the Little Rock Marathon. Until then, I'll run and train for His glory!

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