Yay for recovery runs! I woke up way too early this morning after going to bed way too late last night. After doing a bit of work that needed to be done after being away for several days, I ran a nice and easy 5k with my bride. Aside from being committed to running at least a 5k every day in the month of May, I also know that it is always important to get a recovery run in the day after running a marathon. I did not do that last year, after my Kentucky Derby marathon, and I believe it only added to my difficulty of recovering well after that failed attempt at a Boston Qualifying time.
So we laced up our shoes and went out for a nice morning run.
The first mile was brutal. My quads were especially on fire. But my legs started to feel a bit better after that first mile. We finished the 5k in 30 minutes and 55 seconds, which was moving at an average pace of 9:56 per mile.
It had been a while since Jodi ran a full 5k, so that was a great run for her! For me, well… I was just happy to be alive and able to move! Any time with a total distance of 3.1 miles would have worked for me today!
After finishing our run, we ate lunch, dropped our kids off at their grandparents’ house, and drove to Wooster, OH to participate in an event called the “Downtown Runaround”. It was a scavenger hunt type of event that had us running all over the city to complete various challenges.
Competing in the “Downtown Runaround” was a ton of fun, but my poor legs were like jello. The fun really did feel like a ton…
Our team ended up getting 3rd place in the challenge, so that was a bonus.
With all of this activity, I can honestly say that I am tired. I have been doing a lot, lately. Probably too much.
I am challenged by the story at the end of Luke 10.
Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has let me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”(Luke 10:38-42, ESV)
I don’t want to be like Martha… running around like a crazy person trying to get everything done and getting mad at the people around me for not pitching in… I want to be like Mary, who took the time to simply be with Jesus.