The Bass Pro Marathon is only 8 weeks away, so I really need to be working in a 20 mile run pretty soon. But cross country season is here, with meets on most Saturday mornings. But we didn't have a meet today. I don't train on Sundays so that I don't put myself in a position to be tempted to let my running interfere with attending church. So, with the cooler weather earlier in the week, today seemed like a great time to see where I'm at.
Assuming the weather is conducive to running a marathon, my goal at Bass Pro is to break 4:30. That would be a 13 minute PR, and I'm not sure if it will happen in November, but that's what I'm setting as a primary goal. So today, I wanted to see how many miles I could get in at my goal pace of 10:15. I managed to do the first 10 miles under that, but then things went south. By the time I finished the whole 15, my average pace was 11:08, and I walked the entire last mile when it became obvious that heat cramps were on the way.
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. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." ~ -- James 1:2-4
Today's run was one of those trials James wrote of, but I have to admit, I wasn't considering it pure joy as I was struggling through the last 5 miles of today's run. Now that it's over though, I'm feeling better and know that this struggle today will help me persevere later, when things go bad in races.
I'm still looking forward to cooler temps ahead, but am grateful for the mercy and grace of Jesus Christ that kept me going today, and will keep me going in the future.
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