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, January 1, 2012

Training Week: 12/26--1/1

The New Year is here. It's Sunday and I didn't run today, but finished the year with a 31 mile week. I capped the week off with a 13.1 mile run on the morning of New Year's Eve. And it was a special run for several reasons.

Some of those reasons I'll cover in a special New Year's post that will be up later today or sometime tomorrow. But right now I'll reveal one reason yesterday's run was special.

We've been spending this last week of the year in Jacksonville, NC, my wife's hometown and home of Camp Lejeune, headquarters the United States Marine Corps' 2nd Division. Jacksonville was my home for the better part of three and a half years, my permanent duty station, and where I met and married Janice. So 25 of those 31 miles this week, including yesterday's 13.1 were run here.

The city of Jacksonville has constructed a bicycle path in the years since we've been gone. It runs from the old part of town all the way to the main gate of Camp Lejeune. Yesterday's long run carried me out and back over the entire length of the path, including the main gate.

Though this run was entirely outside the base, it brought back memories of a main gate run I was part of some 19 years earlier. That one was run completely within the boundaries of Camp Lejeune with my platoon at the time, a platoon I would soon deploy with to spend 6 months aboard the USS Gunston Hall. I'd love to have the opportunity to do the run inside the base again, but that's not likely to happen since security has gotten so tight after 9/11.

So this was the next best thing! Almost 20 years later, the chance to make a long run to the same gate.

Training Week: Dec 26 - Jan 1

Monday6 miles
Tuesday0 miles
Wednesday6 miles
Thursday6 miles
Friday0 miles
Saturday13.1 miles
Sunday0 miles
Total31.1 miles

You might recall that we had a reunion in Washington when I ran the Marine Corps Marathon. Those same guys were with me on that Main Gate run all those years ago. So this was a pretty cool run to end the year with.

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

I'm not sure how many miles I ran this year, but I know it was a lot more than I ever did before. I didn't start logging miles until a couple of months prior to the MCM. But one thing's for sure, I could never have run so much on my own strength, especially in the wake of Amanda's death.

Jesus Christ gave me the desire, the motivation, and the strength to hit the road in the heat and cold, rain and wind, and every other imaginable weather condition. He's the reason I could climb out of bed at 4 in the morning day after day. I could not and would not be where I am, or running as well or as far, with the grace and mercy of my Lord and Savior.

Tomorrow starts a new year of training and an increase in my training regimen. Since MCM, I've been running four days a week and averaging about 30 miles a week. Now we're right at two months from the Little Rock Marathon and I'm planning to bump that up to five days and 35 miles a week. When February arrives, I'll bump up again to six days and 40 miles. Then, March 4 will be my second full marathon.

"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 hope and pray that God will continue to use me to bring glory to Him through 2012 and beyond.

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