Friday, May 25, 2012


I'm behind in my personal training schedule for the upcoming marathon season...  I've got 4 marathons, including a back-to-back over New Years, & 3 half-marathons...  Marathon #1 is 10/28...  I should be at 22 miles per week and I'm squeaking by at 12... Eke...

Tuesday I went out for what was supposed to be a 5 mile run but I left the house later than I wanted to and had it in my head that I would run at an EZ pace... but once I got through the first mile, it hit me...  It's HOT outside!

And... YES... I know it's going to get HOTTER!  At the 2 mile mark, I decided to head back home... I wasn't carrying any water, and I really wasn't paying attention to my pace... Honestly I wasn't prepared.

Yesterday I hit the road again and had a much better time...  Got out early... Had my music with me... The pace alert was set on my garmin so I wouldn't speed up (so easy to do, especially if you're having a good time)... Had my waterbelt on...  I was prepared to have a purposeful run of 5 miles at a 12 min/mil EZ pace.

And... I had a good run... I was hot but didn't run out of water... My run had purpose and a plan... I finished 5 miles at an EZ pace... It was good.

1 Corinthians 9:24-26, NIV
"Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize?  Run in such a way as to get the prize.  Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training.  They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.  Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air."

Training is good... My heart and my legs become more efficient and learn to endure the distance... 

Training with my Father is good... A training plan purposely filled with praying, reading my bible, worshiping, & fellowship... My heart and my soul become more efficient and learn to endure the distance and guarantees me that I will win a crown that will last forever!

Now THAT'S good!


  1. Thanks for stopping by our blog. How funny that you used the verse and the training plan metaphor that I was working up my next post on! I'm so glad to find your blog. Good luck upping your mileage and getting ready for your races.


    1. Thanks for the encouragement.  :) I'm looking forward to your post!  I love it when God confirms what He's saying through the voices of those around us.

  2. YOU are a serious runner....but thank you for the reminder of how I need to prepare properly to run my own race, which is my life. Most times I haven't prepared properly and fail.....I will try more to be prepared.

    1. That scripture jumped out at me and I woke up today with it as a mantra for my day.   I'm blessed that it touched you.

  3. So proud of you for training!!! It's been hot here, and it was hard for me to run today, but I survived!!!

    1. Yea - the heat makes it so hard to run. Getting up before the sun is best but that's sometimes hard too! lol.