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

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Weekly Journal 6/25 to 7/1

Well the second week of our vacation in Jacksonville, NC didn't go as planned, where training's concerned. The heat and humidity finally took their toll, sending me crashing on my first planned long run of the week, crashing hard enough it convinced me to abandon the double long runs until temperatures and humidity are back down to reasonable levels.

We're back home now, after a 1000 mile drive that consumed 15.5 hours on Sunday. That's why this post is coming so late and why details on the individual runs may be a little sketchy. Passing of time and getting old translate to disappearing details in the memory bank.

On Monday, the week started with a decent 5 mile run. Not too fast, averaging a 9:50 pace. The heat had started getting to me at the end of the previous week and my plan was to take it easy this week, leaving something in the tank for the end of week long runs.

I did another 5 miler on Tuesday instead of my usual 6. Still trying to take it easy and cut back on the miles early in the week. This run went just a little faster averaging a 9:45.

I've written before about the flat terrain in Jacksonville. When I run, I park at the foot of a pedestrian bridge over NC Hwy 24 that's just about the midpoint of the city's paved bike/running trail. Usually I run an out and back, one direction or the other, to get in the miles I'm looking for. But on Wednesday, I decided to take advantage of the bridge to get as close to a hill workout as possible. Starting on the south side, I ran over the bridge and turned around .3 miles into the run. Then back and forth, back and forth, over that same .3 mile stretch and over that same bridge ~17 times until my Garmin read that I had completed 5 miles. Tough way to get a hill workout in, but you gotta do what you gotta do.

Thursday was my best run of the week, 5 miles at a 9:22 pace. A temporary respite from the heat and humidity made running easy and I was able to take advantage. This time of year, any reprieve is welcome, even if it's only a day.

Then came Friday. I finished 13 miles, the last mile walking, the mile and a half before that in a run/walk combo, but I finished. The problem was that by the time I got back to the car, the heat had overwhelmed me. My head was spinning. I was struggling to breathe, and leg cramps were throwing me into all sorts of convulsions. Once I got in the car, with the air conditioning blowing in my face, it wasn't so bad and I was able to drive safely back to my in-laws' house. But once I stepped outside again, all those symptoms swept over me again. It pretty much took all day to recover.

After Friday's fiasco, I chose not to even try and run on Saturday. It was a good thing too since my calves started cramping about the time I usually get up to run. So Saturday ended up a day of rest.

Training Week: June 25 - July 1

Monday5 miles
Tuesday5 miles
Wednesday5 miles
Thursday5 miles
Friday13 miles
Saturday0 miles
Sunday0 miles
Total33 miles

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." -- Matthew 11:28
Honestly, I think my heat exhaustion on Friday was God's way of telling me I was overdoing it, that He didn't expect me to push so hard in such treacherous conditions.

Jesus had given me several warning signs earlier in the week and even that day. Earlier that week I had a few issues with cramps in my legs during the shorter runs, a sure sign that I was pushing too hard. Rather than cut back though, I drank more Gatorade, ate a few bananas, and took some salt tablets, determined to push on.

Instead of listening to the gentle warnings of Christ, my bull-headed self charged ahead without listening. That's usually when I cross the line from working to glorify God into the working for my own glory territory. And that's usually when God's warnings become a little more stern.

Hence, my Friday crash.

Now I'm convinced. Now I'm listening again. Now I'm cutting back to a reasonable training routine for the duration of the summer heat.
"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
Thank you Jesus for keeping me in line, refocusing me on what I'm supposed to be doing. I'm back to running the race You marked out for me, not the one I mark out for myself.

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