Tonight was a 5.06 mile run by myself, uphill, in the blazing heat. At one point I seriously almost quit, but then "Clinging to the Cross" came on my iPod and I was reminded that though I may not always have the strength to do things, there is One who has strength mightier than any man to carry me. It was a beautiful run and I am so thankful for a healthy body that is able to run. I look forward to running again on Tuesday! Tomorrow looks like it'll be weights.
For tonight, I will be resting in the love and peace of my great Father.
I am surrounded by grace like rain, and I am so thankful.
Today was supposed to be a long run day for me (5 miles), but I had a friend visiting and didn't want to just leave her at home for an hour while I went running... so instead I made today a cross training day. I must say, of all my cross training days, this one has been my favorite because we went hiking at Eno River State Park and got to hike through the trail that leads to the old Eno Rock Quarry! This picture was just one that we took on our hike and I just thought the river was beautiful. We think we hiked about 5 miles (we added up all of the trails from the trail maps that we had, but we actually went to a few diff. parks and got a little confused with where we were supposed to be, so we hiked more than what we originally calculated). It was great though. I am discouraged to not have someone to do my long run with tomorrow, but hopefully it'll be ok. I miss Scott a lot and have really started to get a little too used to having him here for the summer. Getting back into the swing of things in the fall is going to be so hard since he won't be here, but somehow God will carry me through, like He has so many times before.
I completely forgot to update yesterday... but I ran 3.6 miles in the blistering heat yesterday! I ran right after it rained, thinking that it would be cooler, but there was so much moisture in the air that it made it extremely difficult to breathe. I made good time though, 11:06 minute miles, so I am thankful for that! Yesterday was a crazy busy day and I was dreading running last night, but as always, afterwards I was so glad that I did. Scott won't be around until next Thursday to run with me again, but hopefully God will carry me through my long run this weekend!
Today was a short run day. At first it was pretty easy to do it alone, but by the end I was wishing Diane or Scott was with me. Also, I had to wait at 4 stoplights today, but I think I made pretty decent time regardless. It took me 39 minutes to run 3.55 miles, so that's 10.99 minute miles (we might as well say 11 minute miles... but the fact that I even have a number with a 10 in front of it makes me too happy to admit that it's actually 11 minutes..)
Yesterday Scott and I did weights so that we could do our strength & stretching day after the long run. Tomorrow I will train with Scott AND Diane (what great motivation!) again doing only 2 miles (it's supposed to be a cross training day but you are allowed to run 2 miles on those days if you prefer).
Despite how stressed out I was for almost the entire day today, and as much as I did NOT want to run tonight, I am SO happy I did. That's what I always heard from my running friends, and I just thought they were crazy. It was hot as Hades today but God pulled me through and I made the 3.5 miles AND can now look back and say that it was a good stress reliever too.
My devotion last night was about ridding ourselves of our own pride so that we could fully experience God's glory, and I think that today was my first glimpse of that. When I put my selfishness aside, God does wonderful and amazing things.
I am simply elated right now. Tonight Scott and I made it 5.02 miles. That's our biggest milestone since our 5k mark at the beginning. I couldn't believe how easy it was to run 5 miles today. I feel like we are getting closer and closer to the finish line every day and I am constantly encouraged to continue forward by the people around me.
I told Scott while we were running tonight that two months ago, I never would have believed it if someone told me I was going to be able to run 5 miles in just a few short weeks (and not only run it, but actually enjoy it and look forward to the next time!). This next week is going to be a little harder just because Scott won't be able to train with me, but I have faith that it will still be possible to finish. I think the hardest day will be my long run, especially since I have a friend visiting me this weekend when I'm supposed to be doing my run... but God is my rock and I know that in Him I can do anything.