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

Saturday, June 30, 2012

I Found the Line Between Tough and Crazy...

...and learned God doesn't want me on the crazy side.
" If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you." -- James 1:5
Today is Saturday, the first Saturday I haven't run in a while. But I'm not running today because yesterday I crossed a line.

If you've ever seen the Denzel Washington movie Remember the Titans (one of my all time favorites by the way), you might remember the scene when he had his players doing "up-downs" as punishment for one asking him for a water break. Toward the end of that scene, his assistant coach walked over, whispered in his ear, "There's a fine line between tough and crazy, and you're flirting with it coach."

That's the line I crossed yesterday, trying to push too hard after God gave me sign after sign that it was time to stop. I finished 13 miles but afterwards, I was in worse shape than I've been in in a really long time. Horrible heat cramps accompanied by a state of near delirium finally convinced me I was trying to do too much in the summer heat and humidity.

I had hoped to work my way up to double 15 mile runs on Friday and Saturday before the sultry conditions would force me to stop. I had hoped to complement yesterday's 13 miles with another 13 today. But high temperatures and muggy air arrived before I could reach those goals.

That's okay though. I have until late December before I have to run my double marathon. That leaves months to train, two to three months after the weather should become much more pleasant. So I'm backing down for now.

From now through August I'll be cutting way back on the weekly miles and reducing the distance on my long runs. Until daily low temperatures fall back into the 60's, I'll be focusing on simply maintenance miles, just keeping myself in shape to run without pushing myself to the limit on speed or endurance.

So don't look for any impressive race results or long runs for the next couple of months from me. The Good Lord sent a crystal clear message yesterday telling me to ease up, and I'm going to listen!
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." -- Jeremiah 29:11
I had a plan that wasn't God's plan. That's what He showed me yesterday. He knows what is best and the best way to get there. He gives me the strength and motivation to run. To follow His plan, I have to push myself, but not beyond the limit.

Tough's okay, crazy's not.



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