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

Monday, December 26, 2011

Training Week: 12/19--12/25

Hope everyone had a merry Christmas. We've known since Amanda died, 11 months ago, this would be one of the hardest times for us and it was a pretty tough week. Our Christmas break at school didn't start until 3:30 pm Thursday the 23rd. A lot of people complained about that, but I was really kind of glad. It kept me busy almost until Christmas Eve. That pushed back the worst of things until the last minute.

[NOTE: The picture at the right is not my tree, but a friend's who posted it on Facebook.]

I managed to get all my runs in this week too! Three six-mile runs during the week, then a planned 15 miler turned into 16 on Saturday. That may well have been my first ever Christmas Eve run and I know without a doubt it's the first time I've ever started that day out with such a long run. I'm really loving these long runs now. (I'm sure that will change this summer when the heat comes back.)

Last April I posted about the first 16 miler I completed in training for the Marine Corps Marathon. Now it's almost like it's no big deal to cover that much ground. Don't get me wrong, it's still tough. My legs still get stiff and sore and ache when I'm done, but it's just not the major accomplishment it was.

Maybe that's why I catch myself constantly looking for races on the internet these days. This distance running is kind of like a drug, the more you get of it, the more you want. What used to feel like such an accomplishment feels routine after awhile. But I've got to be disciplined and remember what I'm running for.

"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

It's not my fix, not my accomplishments, not my glory. Every mile I run has to be for the glory of Jesus Christ. If not, I've lost focus and will surely fall. He's called me to run two marathons a year and another shorter race in the intervening months, so that's what I'll do. May He be glorified in all that I do, every training mile and every race mile.

Training Week: Dec 19 - Dec 25

Monday6 miles
Tuesday6 miles
Wednesday0 miles
Thursday6 miles
Friday0 miles
Saturday16 miles
Sunday0 miles
Total34 miles

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

On Saturday I planned to only run 15 miles, but ended up with 16 before calling it quits. Our local running group, the Cabot Country Cruisers, had a group run planned at 8:00 am. I assumed they would be looking to run 5 miles. So I started at 6:00 am and finished two 5 mile loops before the 8 o'clock link up. That's when I learned they were doing 6 miles that morning.

No big deal. What's an extra mile when you've already done 15, right? It really was awesome. Got to run with a great bunch of people, some I didn't know before that morning. It was a really awesome way to start the day on Christmas Eve!

This week things will be a little different. I don't see any obstacles to getting in the miles, but it will still be different. My mother is coming to stay with our dogs while we travel to visit Janice's family. They live on the east coast of North Carolina where a speed bump rivals the biggest elevation change in the area. I mean, it's flat!

So I'll be getting in the miles, but there won't be any hills. Haven't decided yet if I'll bump up the miles a little to compensate or maybe take a day and run some bleachers at a football stadium. We'll see where the good Lord leads us and take it one day at a time.

Anyway, we'll be posting from the coast of North Carolina next week. We'll ring in the New Year, then be back before school starts.

Happy training. May God's blessings shower you on every mile.

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