We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies.
— 1 Corinthians 4:8-10
It seems this summer has just been one of those – especially on the running front. Everywhere I turn I run into obstacles to my training. This has been an extremely busy summer. Challenges have abounded. Yesterday while I was out on my run, I developed a bad cramp in my lower left calf. I think it happened because I was favoring my right ankle. This meant I had to abandon my plans for a 7 mile run and run just over three. I did walk an additional 2 miles. As I thought about this post, it could be discouraging. Especially as I think about how blessed I have been – running relatively injury free for these almost four years.
I’ll have to admit, I was/am getting concerned that training for the marathon isn’t going the way I had planned. I was hoping to be getting in 13 miles on a regular basis by now, but the heat and the busyness of the summer have been a bit of a distraction.
Just today, however I found a marathon training plan in Runner’s World Magazine and it looks like I am not as far off in my training as I thought. If I can complete a week of 7 mile runs, I should be right on track to start the longer runs – by then the weather may have cooled a little and the longer runs will be more bearable.
In other running news, this coming Saturday is the Sweet Dreams 5K. This will mark my 4th running of this race put on by the Augusta County Parks and Recreation Department. It is usually one of the hottest days of the year. The early forecast actually calls for a cooler start than the last couple of years, so I hope that happens. Last year’s time was a swift 25:32 (my second fastest 5K time). Like last year, I’d like to finish somewhere between 24 minutes and 27 minutes. I’m pretty sure I can pull off a 9 minute mile pace and a 24 minute 5K would be under an 8 minute mile – that would require an incredible run. I’d like to be faster than last year, which means I need to pull of an 8:14 mile.
So even though I’ve been knocked down a bit this summer I am still Pressing On!