The Goal

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.