Wednesday, May 26, 2010

2.6

This is actually an update for yesterday that I forgot about! So after wheezing for a good part of the morning and thinking I wasn't going to be able to run, I started feeling better and cranked out another 2.6 miles :)

Today was a true rest day for me; I had planned for it to be one and I know now that these days are DEFINITELY important. My muscles are so sore today (a good sign!) and I just needed a day to not run. I'm still busy with schoolwork, but I look forward to my next day of running! (Hopefully tomorrow, although with moving out of a dorm and driving all the way home to Wilmington, I may get a bit off schedule for tomorrow!)

See you at the finish :)

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

0.0

Today I woke up fully anticipating another run of 2.6 miles. However, I noticed that I was already wheezing just from being up and walking around the room; I know my body better than to run while I'm already wheezing, so day 2 of training is going to have to go down as a "Rest" day.

Rest days, from what I can tell, are very important anyways for our bodies to re-energize and build up from the previous day's run.

Hopefully we'll see another 2.6 on Gimghoul Ln. tomorrow afternoon :)

Also, I should probably take just a minute to thank all of my wonderful friends who have been so encouraging already in this process. Two of my friends who run in marathons and half marathons have so graciously shared their training schedules with me, and many others have offered to train with me when they are in the Chapel Hill area. God has blessed me with beautiful friends who really spur me on towards the great love that He first showed us.

I also found out that one of my friends from home will actually be running in the half-marathon on November 7th with me. I am so excited about crossing that finish line with her, as I know it is a faith journey for both of us. I've noticed already that running connects people in such a unique way. My friend Diane calls it the "poor man's sport" because all you need is yourself, some running shoes, and motivation. No expensive equipment is involved, and no "teams" are really formed. Every runner I pass I consider to be my teammate, and I know that we're all together on an incredible journey, whether for recreation, to achieve a personal goal, or, as with myself and my friend Rebecca, simply to enjoy a journey of faith.

See you at the finish line!

Monday, May 24, 2010

2.6

Today began the official training for my half marathon in November. I have a few confessions to make before I embark on this journey. I have never in my life been a runner. I have never in my life enjoyed running, nor have I been able to understand those who do. Running has ALWAYS been something that I've dreaded and avoided at all costs.

All of this changed at the end of this past semester when I started having odd cravings to be outside and to be running. I don't understand why I was suddenly so attracted to something I used to loathe so deeply, but I am so thankful that God put the desire in my heart to begin. To me, this half marathon is a faith journey. As someone who has lived with asthma for 20 years, it's always been a struggle for me to perform any sort of exercise at all other than on the elliptical at the gym. My past few weeks of running have been a struggle as I have tried to overcome my asthma symptoms that flare up during runs.

Joshua 1:9 says, "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."

Through Him all things are possible, and I know that this half-marathon is more thank possible if my faith is in the Lord.

See you at the finish.
24 Weeks to go!