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, March 11, 2012

Training Week: 3/5--3/11

The week after the marathon...rest and wonder what to do now.

Not really though. I did take this week to rest up a little, but I haven't really been wondering what to do next. One goal I set for myself right after my first marathon was to never lose what I've gained. It wouldn't take long of sitting around to do just that.

So I decided I always need to have a race I'm training for, even if it's months out, I have to have something to train for. So after a little nap on Sunday, I arose and registered myself for the Joplin Memorial Half Marathon on May 19. The weather's warming up enough to make it easy to throw out the idea of running a full marathon any time soon, but half marathons are a different story.

Besides, I love a good race for a good cause and this race benefits the victims of last year's devastating tornadoes in the Southwest Missouri town. So that gives me a reason to keep myself in shape through May. After that, St. Jude will be only a little more than six months away so it will be time to pick up training for that one.

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."--Matthew 11:28

This week, though, I did pretty much take as a rest week, logging only 14 miles since last Sunday.

Training Week: Mar 5 - Mar 11

Monday0 miles
Tuesday6 miles
Wednesday0 miles
Thursday6 miles
Friday0 miles
Saturday2 miles
Sunday0 miles
Total14 miles

This morning my good friend and USMC brother, Jesse Hardy (that's him in the pic on this post), completed his first Ultra (any race longer than 26.2 miles), a 100K (~62 miles) race on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Jesse and I ran the Marine Corps Marathon together last October, the first full marathon for both of us. We started together and finished together. Until MCM, the most he had ever run was 15 miles at one time. He gives all the glory and honor to Christ for his running accomplishments. Yesterday he told me, "Just for the record, I can't run 62 miles. If the Lord doesn't show up, it's going to be a short race." But the Lord did show up and it wasn't a short race. He finished in just over 16 hours.

I've sworn off the idea of doing Ultras (Janice would probably have me committed if I registered for one) but for the past several days have felt drawn to take on a new challenge. I'm praying about it now, and still have to run the idea by Janice when she comes back, but I'm really feeling pulled to try something big this fall. Look for news of this in the next couple of weeks.

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

God blessed me with a quick bounce back this week after Sunday's marathon. Yesterday I PR'd the 2 mile distance at the Chase Race in Conway, Arkansas. My previous best at this distance was 16:49 on the same course last year. Saturday I finished in 14:56.41, beating the old time by 1:53. Six days after a marathon, only God can be responsible for that much improvement. It certainly wasn't me. There is no doubt He strengthens me, and that anything is possible through Christ!

I'm looking forward to more miles this week. I'm going back to my four day/30 miles per week regimen for a while since the marathon is out of the way. This week and next week may be a little off though because of spring break coming up, but we'll keep on running.

Have a blessed week!



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