I made it through Monday and Tuesday's workouts okay. They were tough but I still felt pretty good after finishing the 5 and 6 mile runs, respectively. Then came Wednesday and things began to turn.
It was speed work day at cross country practice. Now I've already decided not to try and keep up with the kids on speed workouts this year. The 40 pounds and nearly 30 years I have on them slows me down and I have to face that. But I usually do run some with them on speed work days, to encourage and to critique, and just so they'll know I'm out there suffering some too. To compensate for the reduced mileage, I ran 2 easy miles before practice and that proved to be a mistake. Before I had two more miles with the kids, I knew things were going to turn bad. I managed to run/walk a total of 3.5 miles with them, but I was getting overheated and knew better than to keep pushing.
Thursday was just as hot and humid and really tough too. I only managed 4 miles and walked some with struggling kids too. Today it was a little cooler and a little less humid. Still, I only got through 3.5 before I had to take a walk break, then managed to run/walk another 1.5 miles to make a total of only 5 for the day.
It seems tougher than it should be right now, and it's kind of discouraging. It just seems like a 5 mile run ought to be easier than it was today. I've been hydrating, taking salt and potassium supplements, drinking Gatorade and electrolytes. You'd think that would be enough to replenish everything I sweat out from day to day, but it's still just tough to get through every run.
" 2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance." ~ James 1:2-3
But there's a silver lining behind this string of bad runs. It might not arrive for a few months yet, but come it will. I know from the past, and I've been telling the kids (especially those who are struggling), if we persevere through this awful weather, they'll be shocked how fast and how far they'll run when cooler temps arrive.
It's hard to consider it joy when you're running through the sultry air and under the blistering sun in temps nearing 900, but if we can make it through this trying time, these trials, it will produce perseverance and endurance that we'll enjoy this fall.
It's doubtful we'll have much reprieve until September, so right now we're looking at 3 more months or so of this kind of running. We'll do the best we can and get in all the miles we can. Then, when this summer comes to an end and cool fronts sweep down on us in the fall, we'll reap the benefits of all we suffered this summer.
Until then, I'll continue to lean on Jesus, counting on Him to let me know when I can keep going and when I need to stop.
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