Okay. I’ll admit it. My legs are super tired.
I could really feel it today, but I did my best to suck it up and keep going.
This morning I was awakened by my beautiful bride to run a 5k with her. She rocked it! (I didn’t do so bad, myself.) We ran 3.1 miles in 30 minutes and 55 seconds for an average pace of 9:56 per mile. I am really impressed by her dedication and improvement in such a short period of time.
Following the morning run I started thinking about how important Day 15 is to the “5k Every Day in the Month of May” challenge. Today is not quite the mid-point, but tomorrow tips us OVER the mid-point. As of tomorrow the challenge will be MORE than halfway over.
We can do this!
I’m really impressed by everyone who took up the challenge and has been rocking it. Great job! Yesterday I got a text message from someone who was doing the challenge. The text contained several pictures of bloody hands and knees. One of our faithful participants had a misstep on an uneven sidewalk and fell pretty hard! (I have done that before… falling is not a matter of IF, but a matter of WHEN and HOW HARD.)
She said she did a hobble walk for a few steps (which frustrated her), and then ran home. She finished the run! She said:
“If there’s one thing 5k May is teaching me, it’s to push through the pain! And perhaps even more, it’s teaching me that I CAN push through the pain and discomfort. Before 5k May, this would have been an automatic walk home…”
That’s awesome! What a champ!
With tomorrow being the tipping point for “5k Every Day in the Month of May”, I have been thinking more about finishing strong. I want to go out with a bang!
This whole crazy running thing started with a vow to the LORD to eventually run a marathon… so I thought to myself, “Why not end 5k Every Day in the Month of May with an epic full marathon!?”
One of my running buddies who is participating in this crazy 5k May challenge said he would be willing to do it with me, which is huge! I would love to get my brother to run it with me, so I sent him a text this morning asking him about it. Here is the conversation:
Jeff: Sully and I plan to run an epic 26.2 on May 31. We plan to run the Akron course. I wondered if you want in.
Brian: You guys are nuts.
Jeff: But the real question is, “Are you nuts with us?”
Brian: LOL! The real question is, “Are you in shape to run a marathon and not be down for 2 weeks of training time after because you are too beat up?”
Jeff: Well, that’s kind of why I was hoping you would come along.
Brian: Hahaha! Piggy back?
Jeff: If I made it 20, I believe I can make it 26.2. I just don’t want to go too fast.
Brian: When is the last time you went 20?
Jeff: It’s been a while, but with my double-header runs, I am getting more mileage in the next two weeks. I ran 15 miles last Sunday and felt good.
Brian: I just don’t want to see you set yourself back, that’s all. Also, from what I remember from college, 26.2 > 15.
Jeff: I am more of a fuzzy math kind of guy.
Brian: LOL! I remember!
Jeff: Obviously I don’t want to be set back either, that’s why I am trying to make a good plan for the next couple of weeks.
Brian: Ok… well I guess there’s no talking you out of this really bad idea, so I’m likely in. Really bad.
Jeff: Haha. That’s the spirit!
For the record, he is right. This is a really bad idea. And yes, I am nuts.
Still, I think I can do it.
To help get the mileage ramped up and to help get me ready for a full 26.2, I am increasing my weekly mileage for the next two weeks and then backing way down (to just 5k’s for the final week. Hopefully that will do the trick to get me ready for May 31.
I am aiming for 70 miles this week and next. Averaging 10 miles per day will do the trick.
So I added another couple of runs to my day today.
I was already planning to meet a running buddy at the Fredericksburg trail head this afternoon for a run, so I figured I may as well just run there!
The run to Fredericksburg ended up being 7.3 miles at an average pace of 7:13 per mile for a total run time of 53 minutes and 6 seconds. Not bad. My third run for the day ended up being a 10k (6.2 miles) at a 7:42 per mile pace for a total run time of 48 minutes and 2 seconds.
Altogether I was able to log 16.7 miles of running today. I would say that is a great start. Now, let’s just keep it up…
The daily Bible reading challenge is also still going strong! Today we ended the Gospel of Mark and began reading the Gospel of Luke. I LOVE the Gospel of Luke! They are all amazing, but the Gospel of Luke is my personal favorite.
I can really resonate with Luke. Like me, he is more of a thinker than a feeler. More sensory than intuitive. He is a thorough, straight-shooting, inquisitive kind of guy.
Luke is my kind of guy!
When Jodi and I served as missionaries overseas in Islamic nations, making friends and sharing the GOSPEL, we always used the Gospel of Luke (in Arabic) to help our friends understand who Jesus is.
For some reason, many Americans resonate with the Gospel of John more deeply (which is great and I am glad!) Personally, I resonate more with the Gospel of Luke, so I am looking forward to the next 8 days of reading 3 chapters per day in the Gospel of Luke.
I should warn anyone who is tracking along with the daily Bible reading challenge… Luke’s Gospel has very LONG chapters. Like I mentioned -he is very thorough.
As much as I love the Gospel of Luke and would love to dive deeper into the first chapter, what stands out to me most from today is obviously the death and resurrection of Jesus from Mark 15-16. I am forever amazed that the King of kings would willingly lay down his life for mine… and yours!!
I love the honest, heart-wrenching words of the centurion in Mark 15:
And when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!” – Mark 15:39
As we look at the cross of Christ, at his willing sacrifice, can we see as clearly as this centurion? Can we say with conviction, “Truly this man was the Son of God!”?
And once we recognize it, what do we do with it? Do we move along, unfazed? Or do we humbly and fully submit our lives to the temporarily dead, but now forever and fully alive, resurrected Son of God, who alone has the power to save our souls and make us right with God?