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

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Insanity! Day 2, No Run

Okay, so it's not really as bad as it sounds from the title. This is the second day in a row I didn't run, but I rarely ever run on Sundays. In fact, unless it's a race or something super important keeps me from running long on Saturday, I make Sunday my day off. Besides, Friday's 16 miler put me at my weekly goal of 40 miles. So not running today, or even the last two days in a row, really isn't that big a deal.

Add to all the above that today marks exactly two weeks until the Louisiana Marathon in Baton Rouge. So technically, I'm supposed to be tapering. According to widely accepted thinking for marathon training, it's probably a good thing that I didn't knock out some extra miles today. But, this pesky Janathon challenge I accepted demanded I do some sort of workout today.

This morning, after 16 hours and 41 minutes on the road, we pulled into our driveway to end our long drive back from North Carolina. About 1:30 AM, I made it to bed. At 6:15, my eyes popped open and getting in this workout was one of the first things to come to mind. I knew I wasn't going to run, and being home opened another option to make today's workout a little more demanding than yesterday's few minutes of simple calisthenics.

So, in the dark, with my wife still asleep, I hunted around in the bedroom until I found a long untouched box containing a long unused set of DVDs. If there had been light in the room, I probably would have seen a cloud of dust when I opened the box and pulled out one of the discs. Once in the player, for the first time since June of last year, the music to Shaun T's Insanity program began to play.

I went through the entire 60 day program last year, but haven't touched it since. I swore after suffering through it that I'd never do the whole thing again. My plan after ending it was to work through a couple of the workouts each week, but that didn't come to pass. This morning was the first time I broke it out since.

That said, I didn't tackle the entire workout, just the warm up. But if you've gone through it, you know that's a pretty good little 10 minute sweat. So that was my Janathon workout for today, Shaun T's Insanity workout warm up.

Oh, I also did the little calisthenic set I described yesterday too. I'm still on track to complete the Janathon challenge, but tomorrow will be the most challenging day to stay that way. The weather promises to be miserable!

But I'm going to get up and run anyway.

The weather channel's website is saying at 5 AM tomorrow the temperature will be 110 and the wind chill will be -2. That may sound mild to some of you folks from up north, and I know it is mild compared to what you're going through as this arctic blast barrels down on the U.S. But to us southerners, that's about as miserable as we can imagine. It's about as cold as I can remember it getting.

The thought crossed my mind to wait until tomorrow afternoon. Maybe it would be warmer. The hourly forecast says the temp will peak around 19 degrees at 4 PM, but even then, the wind chill will be 40. Four degrees! That's as warm as the wind chill is going to get in central Arkansas tomorrow.

So the difference in running tomorrow morning and tomorrow afternoon is negligible. In fact, it would seem more to me like waiting until afternoon is nothing more than putting off the inevitable. Regardless if I run at 5 AM or 5 PM, it's going to be ridiculously cold!
"I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us." ~ Romans 8:18

But I'm going to run, because that's what God has called me to do. And like the verse says, whatever suffering occurs tomorrow, doesn't even compare to the glory of what's to come when this life is over. I can do all things through Christ, even run in weather that would leave a polar bear's teeth chattering.

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