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

Monday, January 6, 2014

Coldest Run Ever!

For me that is. At least it seemed that way.

Now I know a lot of you probably would be perfectly comfortable running in 10 degree temperatures, but we so rarely see temps that low, it qualified for my coldest run ever. Last night my wife asked if I planned to run this morning. When I said, "Yes," she replied with, "You're too fanatical." That was a lot nicer than what the look in her eyes communicated to me. If she hadn't said a word, her eyes would have told me, "You're a complete and total idiot!"

But like I told you the last few days, we're not too long away from our next marathon. This is no time to let a little weather (even if it is cold enough to send a polar bear indoors) convince me I don't need to run.

I did cut way back on the effort though. It was my slowest 6 miles I've run in a really long time. 1:05:somthing, averaging just under 11 minutes a mile. Each time my Garmin beeped to inform me we'd completed another mile, I slowed to a walk for 50 or 100 yards, then took off again. That said, and considering the cold, I'm pretty pleased with the workout.

I was probably looking pretty scruffy to drivers passing by. They probably had a lot worse words to describe my mental state than my wife did the night before anyway though. I mean, on the nicest days a lot of drivers think we runners have some sort of mental defect. I can't even imagine what goes through their head when they drive past a guy wearing a trash bag with socks on his hands running down the road before the sun comes up.

Now that it's over, I'm glad I got out and hit the road this morning. I can't say it was a pleasant run, or that I'm looking forward to tomorrow's workout in much the same conditions, but I'm glad I didn't let Satan convince me to roll over and go back to sleep.
"Resist him [Satan], standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. ~ 1 Peter 5:9

Like I said earlier, a lot of you are forced to endure these conditions all the time. And there are many people throughout the world, runners and non-runners, Christians and non-believers, who go through much worse just living their daily lives than the hour long discomfort I endured on my run this morning.

This morning, God gave me the motivation, the will, and the strength to get out there and run, even in what us Southerners consider abominable conditions. So just remember, whatever trials, struggles, and troubles you're facing, He'll be there with you to help you get through.

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