Training Update {and a wee bit of MIA}

Oh golly, Ms. Molly, I have been BUSY! And not running much. And no stretching that really matters and no strength training that I can report. Just a sore back from working way too hard and lifting way too many boxes and being stubborn and not asking for, or insisting on, help. Any tips on easing an aching lower back?

How is that for a week of training in a nutshell? But because I do believe honesty is the best policy and that this week can show making something happen with the hopes of dusting yourself off and getting to better running days as soon as possible, here is what I did:
  • Monday: 1 mile outside, average pace 8'39"
  • Tuesday: 3 miles outside, average pace 9'22"
  • Wednesday: 1.6 miles outside, average pace 8'49" and 1.1 miles outside, average pace 8'59"
  • Thursday: 1.15 miles outside, average pace 10'11" and my stress level is through the roof
  • Friday: 1.5 miles outside, average pace 9'50" and I am not sleeping well
  • Saturday: 1.0 mile on the treadmill, average pace 10'00" and today is race director day
  • Sunday: 1.0 mile on the treadmill, average pace 10'00" and it is my standard rest day mile for God day but I was beat
My hope was to build up miles post Maui Oceanfront Marathon and to run happy and strong to balance the building stress of directing the Run & Walk for the Whales. Some may see the mileage run and see failure as miles are pretty non-existent but if I am honest with myself I can see the success too (as long as I let go of that shameful pride and ego thing).

Prior to December 30, 2011 (day 1 of my running streak), this time of year would result in days...even weeks...of NO running. So that little running up there...it is better than none even if I wish that my January miles were a whole lot more.

We cannot always get what we hope for but I did get something truly unexpected. I got to meet this guy....Guy. He has run 7 consecutive Run & Walk for the Whales but last year life got the best of him....or should I say....dehydration. He collapsed and my volunteer on the course, who happened to be a nurse, caught him. I got to hug and talk to this guy and introduce him to his angel and made a new life-long friend. God bless Guy!

And who can not cherish this photo of him placing third behind Wild Bill (may he rest in peace) and dear hubby two years ago.

So in a nutshell, life doesn't always toss you what you want. In all reality, what you think you want may not even be what you really want. But life will toss you things that are so much better if you are willing to let go of your preconceived notions and ideals and follow the path God has set for you. I knew I was meant to run for years. I knew it was something my spirit was meant to do. I never knew I would be directing races and touching lives...and more importantly/accurately...that their lives and stories would touch mine.
Coming in with the final half marathoner Saturday - she has been battling plantar fasciatis

Running with Roosevelt and his 50th half marathon in memory of his brother
Daily Gratitude: I am thankful that today is day 1497 of my running streak and even if it is just a mile, it means so much more.

Daily Bible Verse: But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble. ~ Psalm 59:16

P.S. I do promise to get to blogging more beyond the weekly updates as soon as work calms down and my world stops spinning. Love and hugs!

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