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

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Summer's Here!

Summer break is something most all teachers long for, maybe even live for. But not everything's great about summer, especially for us runners. That said, a few other things might be making the start of this summer even tougher on me for running.

First, doing Insanity the past two months has really lowered the number of miles I've run. I went from running 150+ miles per month before Insanity to barely over half that for the month of April. Now cross country practice has started and I've got to get my base mileage back up if I'm going to keep up. I'm off to a good start this week with over 25 miles in the first 4 days, but it's really kicking my tail too. Today was a 6 mile run with the cross country team and it was tough!

The second thing I think may be cramping my running is that I've cut back on what I eat the past few days. I was hoping the Insanity would help me drop a few pounds, but that didn't happen. Just like when I run a lot, the more I worked out, the more I craved food, and the more I ate. Throughout the program, I managed to maintain my weight, and felt like I was getting in better shape. But I didn't drop any weight. Then, the week after I finished the program, I just kept eating and ended up tipping the scale at 231 a few days ago, about 6 pounds more than when I started Insanity. I decided it was time to turn that around.

So early this week, I decided to drastically reduce my calorie intake. For losing weight, the plan is working as hoped. But for running well, the reduced fuel intake is resulting in a reduced energy level. I'm going to try and keep it up. So far this week, I've lost 4 pounds with increased running and decreased calorie intake.

The summer heat always reduces my running performance, every summer. Arkansas heat and humidity just pretty much sap me every year. But the reduced running the past couple months and the reduced fuel intake the past few days seem to be making this summer even more difficult to get acclimated.
" 5 Then the Lord will create over all of Mount Zion and over those who assemble there a cloud of smoke by day and a glow of flaming fire by night; over everything the glory will be a canopy. 6 It will be a shelter and shade from the heat of the day, and a refuge and hiding place from the storm and rain." -- Isaiah 4:5-6

But every year, even through the hottest months, the Good Lord has kept me running. And I have no doubt He will get me through this tough stretch this year too. Before long, God willing, I'll have my mileage base back up where it should be, my body will learn to deal with the reduced calorie intake, and I'll get acclimated to the increased heat and humidity.

I've just got to keep pushing, believing, trusting that Jesus Christ can get me through these tough days. He always has, and I am sure He always will. So I'll keep running and I'll let you know how it goes.


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