Sunday, June 23, 2013

Wait, Another 5k?

Six more days until Leo returns from his army annual training! Two weeks isn't that long, but E and I miss him very much. We've been holding down the fort pretty well so far; mowing the lawn, watering the garden, cleaning the house a tiny bit, and hanging out with friends.

I ended up running another 5k on Saturday, despite my earlier post where I stated that I "hate them". I still do hate them, but I must keep running them for some reason.It may be the excitement of racing that drew me to this one. Maybe not racing against other runners, but racing against your own personal record.  It was also the cause that this 5k was raising funds for. A young lady in town planned this 5k to raise funds for Love146, an organization whose mission is to end child trafficking and exploitation. God put this cause on her heart and she followed His lead. The 5k ended up being a great success and they easily passed the fundraising goal she had set! Most 5k's seem to be for a "good cause", but I felt that there was something special about this girl and the action she took to glorify God and protect His children.

As for the race itself, it went really well! A friend held E while I was running, which means I ran WITHOUT a jogger! Don't get me wrong, I love running with my little man. But, running feels so much easier and more "free" when I'm not pushing a jogger along with me. Every once in a while, I like to run solo. For the 3.1 miles, I ran a 22:22:16 at about 7:12/mile. I was happy with that, though I definitely need to do more speed work. Short races are a great way to spice up the marathon training schedule, so I do one 10k before the marathon in October. To focus more on speed work, I'm thinking of setting a goal to run a 5k or 10k at 7:00/mile pace. Maybe I can meet that goal by September's 10k... or maybe I'll lose my passion for speed training again :) We'll see. I'm not ready to 100% commit to that goal yet!

So one more thing; our family has been going through a lot of changes as of late and 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 has been on my heart. Change is scary and I'm not good at handling change, but I know God is working on my character! I struggle with leaving my comfort zone, but I know it is the right thing to do when I leave my comfort zone to follow God's will for my family.  I'll write more about this at a later date!

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Running Recap:

M- 2 mile run with jogger + 30-Day Shred L2

T- Crossfit + 6 mile jogging stroller run with TRF River Runners.

W- Easy jog with stroller.

H- Crossfit. No jogger running in a storm!

F- AM jumping jacks, planks + 2 mile PM run with jogger.

S- Freedom Run 5k . 22:22 finish time (7:12/mile).

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