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

Friday, January 10, 2014

Finally! A Morning Run Again!

Finally! The weather broke. Well, sort of anyway. But at least it was enough to get me up and out the door at 5 AM, back on my normal schedule for the first time since Monday.

Even Monday's morning run was pretty miserable, with temps at 100 and a wind chill of -20. Then it was even colder on Tuesday. Wednesday was miserable cold again with a much better afternoon forecast. And Thursday, freezing rain and sleet the night before had closed schools and the threat of icy roads convinced me to delay my workout. But today, today was much better.

It still wasn't perfect. In fact, most people would have stayed inside, and maybe delayed again until this afternoon. Temps were much, much nicer. In the high 30s. But the air was thick with moisture, the humidity making it a little hard to even breathe. I was 3 miles into my run when it started to mist. At about 4 miles, a light rain began falling. By mile 5, it was a steady, drenching rain. Not what I'd call a downpour, but enough falling to soak through. Then it lightened up around mile 5.5 and pretty much stopped altogether by 5.75.

Like I said, not really fantastic conditions, but so much better than what we'd had. When all was said and done, it made for an enjoyable run. It wasn't a fast run. I averaged a 10:16 pace over the entire 6 miles, some miles slower and some faster. But for the conditions, for being the 5th run of this distance this week, and for it being the eve of my last long run before the Louisiana Marathon, it was pretty much right where I needed it to be.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose ~ Romans 8:28

I hope it doesn't sound like I've been complaining about the weather the last few days, because that's certainly not what I meant to do. I learned a long time ago that however bad it seems at any particular time -- too hot, too cold, too wet, too dry, etc. -- that it can always be worse. But we all have preferences for all sorts of things. For me, I prefer to run in the morning, and if I could set the temperature and weather conditions for every run, it would always be temps in the low to mid 40s, clear skies, and no wind or humidity at 5 every morning.

But I don't get to set the weather, that's the Lord's prerogative. It's not for me to complain about what He sends my way, but to make the best out of it, knowing that He makes everything, no matter how bad it seems at the time, work for good. So I know that this week's tough conditions -- the cold, the rain, the ice, the wind -- all serve some purpose, to toughen me up for some upcoming race, to prepare me for similar conditions I'll face later, or some other unknown reason that may or may not be clear to me in the future.

So for now, on days that feel good and days that feel bad, when conditions seem perfect or when they seem unbearable, I'll just be thankful to get in the miles. Thankful that He continues to see fit to bless me with the strength, the motivation, and the will to get out and run.

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