The Good News: This was my last long run before the half marathon.
The Bad News: It was a horrible long run.
The Good News: My goal is to finish the half in under 2 hours (from the starting line…I will be quite a distance from there). Even if I run as poorly as I did today, my time would still put me under 2 hours.
The Good News: This weekend is not race weekend…7 days to go.
I do realize that there are runners who will likely complete the full marathon before I finish the half. That’s okay. I do realize that if I don’t make my goal, that is okay too. But it is always fun to meet and beat personal goals, so even if I am under by one hundredth of a second, it would be fun to be under 2 hours To do this I need to run a 9 minute mile or less. For my 10 mile runs I have been averaging 8 1/2 minute miles, so hopefully the last 3 miles won’t raise that too much. Today, on my horrible rotten run where I walked some (gasp)…I was still under 9 minutes. So here is hoping to a successful time next week. 🙂
The Really Good News: I am blessed to be able to run. Not everyone is able to. I am blessed with the health to do so.
The Really Really Good News: No matter what happens next week I have awesome family and friends that love me and know I am doing my best and love me despite my finish time.
The Really Really Really Good News: I have The Lord and Savior who loves me even more than this and died for me so that I could live for Him and with Him.
In a world that is filled with tragedies and sorrows, it is nice to be able to put things in perspective. In perspective, this race is not a big deal. Even though it is challenging and a big deal to me, it is far down on the scale of life’s concerns. It is fun to blog about, though, and assuming/hoping/believing I will finish…it will feel good to have accomplished it.
35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.
8 days until my first half marathon…
15 days until my first mini mudder event…
The good news is: the shin splints I had early in training went away in little time. Also, the arthritis flare up and the other knee issues are all manageable. The good news is if I am not ready to do it now, I never will be. The good news is, I only have one more practice long run left. 🙂 The good news is I am sick this weekend and not next weekend.
The bad news is: I am sick! Blah. It is no big deal, just a bit of sinus, fever, nausea (no doubt from the fever and sinus), etc. I made yesterday my day off of running, but then today just running 3 miles was interesting. My legs were pretty weak and my fever is low grade, so it kept fluctuating. Oh well. I am hopeful that I can shake it today and get a long run in tomorrow, but even if I can’t, as mentioned above, if I am not ready now, I never will be.
The in between news is: I am not sure of what “plan” I will do after all this is said and done. I have been following a weight lifting program during my 1/2 marathon training and both come to an end about the same time. Although my body will be happy for a little break, I definitely want to keep up my endurance, as well as build up my strength. Soo…a new schedule/plan will need to be developed.
It is weird how long you prepare for something and then it is over. I always thought that with things like graduation or coming to the end of a school year as a teacher. So much time and energy goes in…and then in a blink…it is done. Thankfully we have memories of the journey.
Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit.
What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
3 Children are a heritage from the LORD,
offspring a reward from him.
4 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
are children born in one’s youth.
5 Blessed is the man
whose quiver is full of them.
They will not be put to shame
when they contend with their opponents in court.
At least there is hope for a tree: If it is cut down, it will sprout again, and its new shoots will not fail.
My 3 year old….he is ornery…but he is sweet, no doubt.
Today, we are taking care of a 3 month old whom he is “going to marry someday.” He was listening to her coo-ing and said…
“Mommy, I hear Jesus in her.”
I said, “What?”
And he said, “I hear Jesus in her.”
OK, Mommy is a bit floored at this point, but I say, “Well, what did He say?”
My 3 year old laughs and says “nothing.” “But, he is making her heart happy.”