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, February 12, 2012

Training Week: 2/6--2/12

The Little Rock Marathon is now only 21 days away! 3 weeks!

I had a great week training, but fell a little short on my mileage. That's because we ran the Valentine's Day 5K in Russellville, Arkansas yesterday. my plan was to run it in the morning, then do another seven miles in the afternoon. The planned seven never materialized though, but it's okay.

I was a little ahead of my planned average already because of a 42 mile week not long ago. I gave it everything I had at the race, making a new PR and beating my previous best by a minute and four seconds. The cold and wind (it was 220 with 10-15 mph winds at the race) took its toll on my too. By the time we made the hour and a half drive home, I was worn out.

The thought even crossed my head to run the lost seven miles this morning, but I thought better of that too. It might have been the cold that convinced me not to bundle up and run. It's 210 outside this morning. But I don't think so. What worried me more was the thought of not taking my day of rest.

"13 'If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath and from doing as you please on my holy day, if you call the Sabbath a delight and the LORD’s holy day honorable, and if you honor it by not going your own way and not doing as you please or speaking idle words, 14 then you will find your joy in the LORD, and I will cause you to ride in triumph on the heights of the land and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob.' For the mouth of the LORD has spoken."--Isaiah 58:13-14

I haven't run on Sunday in a very long time, except for races. I just feel like that's something God wants me to steer clear of, to focus on Him and my family on Sunday. He taught me two hard lessons a couple of years ago with injuries when I wasn't following His will with my running. I don't think it would be a good idea to abandon His will again.

And then He always makes a way to get things back on track. Remember, my goal is to average 40 miles per week. Right now, for the past three weeks, I'm about 5 miles behind that goal. But next week is my last planned 20 mile run before it will be time to taper. With five good five mile runs during the week and a 20 miler on Saturday, I'll be right back on track!

God really is great and He definitely watches over me!

Training Week: Feb 6 - Feb 12

Monday6 miles
Tuesday6 miles
Wednesday6 miles
Thursday6 miles
Friday6 miles
Saturday3.1 miles
Sunday0 miles
Total33.1 miles

God gave me the strength to make a PR at the race yesterday too! I have so much to be grateful for. I finished the 5K in 24:24.86, a minute and four seconds faster than my previous best! His blessings are abundant and amazing!

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

I continue to feel great in the final weeks as the Little Rock Marathon approaches. God has kept me on track and injury free for these past several months. Since the Marine Corps Marathon in October, He has given me PRs in the 10K, the Half Marathon, the 15K, and now the 5K. I'm looking forward to next month because it should yield two more, in the marathon and the 2 mile distance.

"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

Only God can make all that possible. I tried for two years to improve my running without Him, without running for Him. Every race was a struggle then and injuries nagged over and over, interrupting my training and wreaking havoc on my performance. It's amazing the difference it makes to hand over even something like running to Jesus Christ, to let Him guide you through the races and the training, and to run in His name, for His glory.

There's a role for everyone in His story, a role for you and all you impact. If you haven't found that role, especially if you don't have the peace of knowing Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, keep reading and follow the link below. He waits for you with open arms, hoping you will come and take His gift of grace and mercy. He'll reveal His will for you and you'll know real peace.

I'm so grateful that Jesus gave me direction, that I have Him to follow. I hope and pray that everyone reading this has that peace or will have it soon.

God bless you all. Happy training until next week!

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