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

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Training Journal -- 5/7 to 5/13

Thank you Jesus for a great training week! The weather was nicer, cooler, and just all around better for running than it had been the previous two weeks. Early morning temps were in the 50s and low 60s. Humidity was still a little high, but the cooler temperatures made it bearable.

"Every good and perfect gift is from above,(AB) coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows." -- James 1:17

On Saturday my youngest daughter graduated from high school so I had to get out and run early. The Cabot Country Cruisers usually have a group run at 7 am on Saturday, but I started at 5. I posted my intended early start on our group's Facebook page the night before and that paid off. A new friend met me at the school where I started and we did two 5 mile loops from there. Even better, he's faster than me so my planned 10 minute pace turned into a 9:35 pace for the 10 miles. It made for a great last long run before this coming weekend's half marathon.

Training Week: May 7 - May 13

Monday6 miles
Tuesday6 miles
Wednesday0 miles
Thursday6 miles
Friday6 miles
Saturday10 miles
Sunday0 miles
Total34 miles

I have to take this opportunity to thank New Balance, Inc. for providing us with running shoes. In November, they sent me three new pair of their model 1260 shoes, a far more sturdy shoe than the 890s they originally sent us. The 890s were a great shoe, but much lighter than the 1260. This week I went over 400 miles on the new model. I'm going to stick with this pair through my half marathon this week then switch to the last of the shoes they sent in November. The 890s were lasting about 300 miles for me, so the 1260 is giving me 33% more miles.

I want to thank New Balance again for their generosity. Shoes are a significant expense when you put the miles on that we do. This great company, the only one that still makes a running shoe in the USA, is allowing us to run more races by saving us the cost of shoes. If you're looking for a great, high-quality running shoe, please try a pair of these fantastic American-made shoes!

"In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’" -- Acts 20:35

On Saturday we're running in Joplin, MO. I'm running the Joplin Memorial Half Marathon, while Janice and Courtney are running the 5K. As always, I'll be wearing the pictures of victims of teen substance abuse. We're dedicating our charity fundraising for this race to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Our 2012 fundraising goal is $3500. So far, we've raised $1076 for this great organization. Please give what you can to help us raise awareness of the dangers of teen substance abuse.

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

As always, Philippians 4:13 will adorn the backs of our shirts. There is no way we could do what we do--we couldn't run, we couldn't keep on living--without the undeserved grace and mercy of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The strength, discipline, and motivation we have to run, to keep going all come from Him! We couldn't make it one step, we couldn't draw one breath, or finish one mile except for His grace and mercy. I hope and pray that every step we take, in training and in racing, will glorify Christ.

Thankful for this fantastic week and looking forward to another one.

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