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, January 16, 2012

Training Week: 1/9--1/15

Old man winter rushed in with a vengeance this week, temperaturewise anyway. I'm sure to many who read these posts high 20s and low 30s don't seem too cold to run in, but here those are pretty cold temps. Add a stiff wind and it's even worse.

I toughed it out Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, but wimped out Thursday thinking I could still do the next 5 miles on Friday. Well, Friday morning when the alarm sounded I failed to get up again. Sort of. I did get up and let the dogs out. Saw the wind whipping and felt the cold draft when I opened the door and climbed back into bed until it was time to get up for work.

Fortunately, I had a 20 miler planned for Saturday and could still meet my goal of 35 miles for the week. So I guess I didn't wimp out too bad.

Training Week: Jan 9 - Jan 15

Monday5 miles
Tuesday5 miles
Wednesday5 miles
Thursday0 miles
Friday0 miles
Saturday20 miles
Sunday0 miles
Total35 miles

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

It was still cold when Saturday morning rolled around. Several of the Cabot Country Cruisers had a 15 mile run scheduled to kick off at 7:00 AM that morning. I was looking to make 20 so I arrived an hour early and managed 5 before stepping off with them.

That run went really well for the most part. The last couple of miles were pretty tough but I managed to get through them. I'm pretty sure it got tough because I pushed myself too early.

When I woke that morning, I checked my phone and found a text that a dear friend, an old high school classmate and football teammate, had passed away only an hour or so earlier. Thinking about my good friend and brother Vance Dotson, I pushed myself hard up a pretty good hill and a few other spots early in the run.

"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

This was also the weekend that marked the one-year anniversary of Amanda's murder. That made it tough too. But for her sake I had to push on. That 20 mile run on Saturday was dedicated to Amanda and to my good friend Vance. I hoped that Amanda was showing him around the streets of gold, the gates of pearl, the jeweled walls, and everything within as they looked down and smiled while I was knocking out the miles.

Just like always, every step and every breath and every mile is only possible because of the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ. Without Him, there's no telling where I would be right now. I could have been wrapped around a bottle or under the spell of mind numbing drugs. I could have run from the pain and the horror of losing Amanda. But I didn't and I won't because Jesus Christ made it possible to choose another path.

He showed me a path that allows me to channel my energy in productive pursuits rather than the destructive behaviors so many turn to in times like these. He makes every mile possible, on every training run and in every race. I hope and pray that He receives the glory from every step I take.

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