Monday began with a 6.5 mile run through the hills of the Greystone neighborhood with the cross country team. The team traveled by bus to Cabot where I met them for our morning run. Lots of hills, but I took it pretty slow. Plus, the humidity was down so it really didn't feel so bad.
On Tuesday I joined our regular Tuesday/Thursday group for our regular Tuesday 6 mile route. Started out fast (for me in this heat) averaging about a 9:30 pace for the first 4 miles. I finally had to back out and finished the 6 miles with a 9:47 average.
It was speed work Wednesday with the cross country team at Vilonia. I ran 6 miles with friends in Cabot before practice, then went to practice and stayed back with the slower runners for a warm up mile then 3 of their mile repeats. The running day ended with a total of 10 more miles put on my New Balance 1260s.
I rolled out of bed Thursday morning to be greeted by thunder, lightening, and pouring rain. Decided to crawl back in bed and wait until the weather cleared. It was 7:30 when I finally hit the road. Too hot and WAY too humid! Ran the first 3 miles at a decent 9:40 pace then crashed. Finished the 6 miles with average 11:34 pace, partly because I walked the entire last mile. It's runs like these that REALLY make me appreciate winter.
Friday I decided not to run before practice. Driving to Vilonia the sky was dark, threatening rain. I arrived though without even a sprinkling and we set out on our run. The head coach began turning kids around when she spotted lightening, but I went ahead and pushed on through the entire course. I finished the 6 miles with a 10:34 pace and without being rained on.
The weekend arrived and I started out with an 11 mile run with the Cabot Country Cruisers. We met at 5 AM and set out on a 5 mile loop. When we returned to our vehicles, a couple other runners joined us and we set out again. Most of the group went on and made another 10 miles, but a couple of us headed back in earlier. We reached the cars and my Garmin read 11 miles with an 11:53 pace. I intentionally took it slow Saturday morning because I was registered for the Ranch Run 5K that evening. The temperature was around 1030 at the start of the race, but we made it through. My watch had my time at 27:22 but I haven't yet seen official results. So Saturday the Good Lord helped me finish 14 miles to finish a pretty good running week.
Training Week: July 30 - August 5
"Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord." -- Romans 12:19
This has been a pretty tough week in a lot of ways and I'm a little stressed as I'm working to complete this post. So I'm going to skip the little devotional I usually place here.
I can say that today Janice and I met with the prosecutor who will try Amanda's murderer. I can't give details before the case is settled, but it's not looking good for our side. I wish we had better news, but right now all I can say is please pray her killer receives as much time as possible.
The case should be closed next week sometime, then I'll finally be able to tell the whole story. It's been 19 months since my beautiful daughter was gunned down, and I've never been able to tell all of what we know. That will change next week.
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