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Saturday, March 15, 2008

For the past couple of years I've been deeply involved with a ministry called Theodyssey. The lessons I've learned there have been extremely valuable. They've even helped me with my running. I was cleaning off my desk today and came across a 2007 calendar from theodysseygroup. As I read over the ideas on each month, it brought back to mind so much of what I've learned and how it's changed the way I think and live. Instead of just tossing it in the recycle bin, I decided to copy the 12 ideas (one for each month) here.

Tourist vs. Explorer
Tourists use reservations and roadmaps to make their journey as comfortable and controlled as possible. However, when it comes to the spiritual life, God invites us to be Explorers. Explorers have no idea where the path will lead. They only know they must take it.
The more we understand this up front, the better things will go for us.

Whole Person
Following Jesus has nothing to do with just 'believing.' Instead, he wants to remodel everything that makes us us. This includes our will, conscience, emotions, thinking, and sexuality, to name a few. Like the massive root ball that supports and feeds a towering redwood, there is a lot going on below the surface of our lives. All of it is fair game.
What area of your life is Jesus presently desiring to transform?

Productive vs. Fruitful
Factory workers make things. Success is based on hard work. Do the right things, and the results are automatic. By contrast, farmers produce nothing on their own. They can only partner with mystery. Farmers do the back-breaking work of cultivating an environment where something can grow. They have little control, and the results are long term.
When it comes to your spiritual life, are you a factory worker or a farmer?

Spiritual Habits
Sometimes we approach the Christian life like it's a cosmic vending machine. Put in prayer, scripture reading, tithing, and ministry, press the button, and out comes a spiritual person. The truth is that in and of themselves, spiritual disciplines accomplish nothing. They simply create space in our lives where we are available to God, so that he can change our lives.
The Christian life is about being attentive - and then responding.

The Desert
The desert is a place where "I get rid of my scaffolding" (Henri Nowen). It's that place of nothingness where we have to sort out what's real - about God and us. It's where God weans us away from our illusions, and teaches us to not be so needy. Or driven. Or prideful. It's where we grow up when we're big.
Embrace the desert. It's the place where we are made new.

Blaming God
At his workbench, God made decisions about how things would work.
Option A: a perfect world.
Option B: an authentic, give-and-take relationship with people. Freedom to choose.
Without so much as an eenie-meenie-miney-moe, God chose Option B. He set up a world where people can either love him or reject him.
Maybe God has to tolerate the consequences as much as we do.

"Well," said Pooh, "what I like best" - and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn't know what to call it.
Sometimes Winnie the Pooh is pure wisdom.

Imagine spending your life in a pool holding a beach ball under water so no one can see it. It takes a lot of effort and energy. So much for freedom and joy. Sometimes unforgiveness is that beach ball. The word Jesus used for "forgiveness" means "to leave behind." Not for their sake, but for ours. It doesn't mean forgetting, excusing, condoning, tolerating or even liking. Just leaving behind.
It's not about them. It's about you. Why hold onto the ball?

Train vs. Lettuce
Making progress on a train is all about passing markers. It's linear. This model of the spiritual life assumes that we have mastered each successive step along the way. By contrast, think about a lettuce with its overlapping layers. Some are healthy, others are worm-eaten and diseased. Yet, they all co-exist, laying right on top of each other.
Maybe spiritual life is more like a lettuce.

Secular vs. Sacred
We're busy. Who isn't? We exercise, do our God thing, eat, commute, work, shop, do chores, pay bills, watch TV, email, and sleep. All different pieces of our day. God is simply one compartment. But what if each moment was equally holy? What if God were every bit as present to us during an oil change as on Easter Sunday? What if every moment was sacred?
The trick is learning to pay attention.

Wanting vs. Choosing
You hate labels, but for 38 years you've worn one called "victim" (John 5). You have simple but effective strategies that help you to survive. Even though your life's a mess, at least it's your mess. It's predictable. You know how to get what you want. Now Jesus asks you, "Do you want to get well?" Possible Answer: Maybe not. Think about all the change that might mean.
Everyone wants to get well. Choosing to is a whole different thing.

Pay attention to the inner life is like laying with our ear to the roof of a three-story house. At first, we hear nothing. Soon, we detect closing doors and groaning stairs. In time, we recognize the source of each sound. First floor phone. Hot water running in the kitchen. Gradually, we're awakened to a world stirring within, where we recognize the movements and discern their meaning.
In the midst of all the motions stirring within us is the voice of Jesus.

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    I know this is an "old" blog entry.......but thanks for sharing it here on spark! Very cool :)

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    thanks for sharing this...it gives me something to meditate and grow on. emoticon

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TAMTAM64 6/12/2008 8:09PM

    I absolutely loved reading this. I printed this out to show my husband. Thank you for sharing this. I have really never heard of 'theodyssey' but I am all for improving one's walk with Christ. Is there a book (or a study) about these concepts that I can purchase? I would love to study it further.


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UNFINISHED1 3/25/2008 7:08PM

    A lot to chew on here....I'll have to copy this and reflect. This might be in place of my Spiritual Exercises here in the near future. Thanks.

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Turkey Trot

Friday, November 23, 2007

Last year, 5 weeks after starting Couch to 5K, I ran my first 5K at the Turkey Trot. This summer I had the bright idea of starting my kids on the Couch to 5K to run the Turkey Trot. Fortunately, my husband said he'd join us in the training because looking back I never could have done it without him. We ran together as a family 3x/week the entire three months leading up to the Turkey Trot. Even with our flexible schedules being self-employed and homeschooled, that was no simple feat. Challenge after challenge presented itself. My husband and I quickly discovered our opposing coaching styles, his being, "You're out here to give it your all and do your best," and mine being, "You're out here to have fun and develop a love of running." It took us a while to find a good balance there. After my half marathon when I couldn't run for a week, we had to stick to paved trails where I could bike or roller blade alongside the kids. I probably would've taken the rest of the year off if it weren't for the family runs. Since my 7 year old had a natural pace of about 13:00/mile, we got the kids up to 39 minutes of continuous running before the 5K.
The day of the race we got up at 7AM and headed out just before 8. The race day registration lines were insanely long. I think we got in line at 8:15 and even with all the people that got out of line, we didn't make it to the front until after the 9AM start time. Over 6000 people registered. After about 20 minutes in line the volunteers announced they were out of t-shirts and were offering a $5 discount off the $35 race fee. 20 minutes later they were also out of timing chips so we wouldn't be officially timed. It seemed like hundreds of people got out of line at that point. They even ran out of printed bibs and began handing out plain generic bibs with only numbers on them. They didn't run out of kids T-shirts though so at least the kids got theirs. Fortunately the race started a few minutes late so we were able to be at the start line for the countdown. The kids really loved running on the streets and through the red lights with the crowds. I stayed with my 7 and 8 year old daughter and son holding their hands so I wouldn't lose them and pulling them along at times. My husband ran ahead staying with our 10 year old daughter. There was a water station at the halfway turn-around point and we took a short planned walk break there. My son and I took one more very short walk break up a hill while my daughter continued to run even though she was running as slow as we were walking. As my son took that walk break I told him it was a smart move because that last year I ran up that hill trying to see if I could run the whole race without walking, but as soon as I got up to the top of the hill I was out of energy and had to walk. We had started so far back that we spent the entire race passing lots of people which was great. During the last mile the 10K runners started catching up to and passing us. It made me feel really slow, but I think my son like seeing the fast runners go by. The kids did not complain the entire time, even though my son said he had a side stitch when I asked him how he was doing. They really enjoyed the run. As we approaced the finish line I pulled my ipod (nike+ only, no headphones) out of my pocket to check our time. Unfortunately that meant I no longer had two free hands and so I was only holding my daughter's hand when we crossed the finish. She threw her other arm up in the air and yelled woohoo!! It was so cute! Another guy who finished near us told her great job and high fived her. Our goal was to break 40 minutes and we came in at 37:15!! I think the race excitement plus the hand holding really helped their pace. My husand and older daughter had a goal of 30-32 minutes and they finished in 30:20. I told her she beat my first 5K time of 32 minutes. Out of the whole family she enjoyed the training and the race the most, even more than I did. I started running when I was her age, but I only ran for 3 years and then took a 20-year hiatus. She says she can't wait to run another race.

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KIMBOLEENA 2/9/2008 5:43PM

    Wow, I've been thinking about getting my kids started in running too. Sounds like such a fun thing to do as a family! You are definitely an encouragement!

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LECHAT 12/10/2007 5:11PM

i'm so thrilled for you and your family for accomplishing your goals and having FUN creating a great buzz and excitement in them that will last a lifetime. congratulations, all of you!

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BUCKHOLDT 11/26/2007 9:05AM

    WOW! You'r fantastic. Keep up the good work.

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LORI-LU 11/24/2007 12:13PM

    You are such a spark to your children. I admire you for passing on important fitness wisdom and passion to them. I had to introduce myself to exercise as an adult and often wonder how my life would have been different had I developed a love of running sooner. Keep it up!!!

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JUSTRUNNINGFOOL 11/23/2007 10:13PM

    Ivette: That's great that you and your family were able to enjoy the run together, and the training runs too. And that you didn't lose your kids during the race like you thought you might was a bonus. :) Would have liked to seen a photo with all of you, though, hubby included. But I'm guessing he's the one who took the photo? Anyway, glad you all had fun together, and that you're both passing your love of running onto your kids.

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SAMFRANKIE 11/23/2007 5:53PM

    What a great family experience Ivette! It's such a gift you're sharing with your kids! Congrats to the whole crew!

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RUNNER-JD 11/23/2007 4:26PM

    Jeff and I just read your blog together and all we can say is, "WOW". What an awesome picture you described for us. From the long lines, to the pulling your children along, to crossing the finish line together, it's just incredible. Good for you to pass your love on to the rest of the family. You are a great role model.

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SUNSHINE4ME 11/23/2007 4:14PM

    Ivette! What a wonderful race - I pictured it all, and you have me in tears!! Beautiful picture. Next year you have to pre-register ... LOL Have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. Thanks for sharing. Julie :o)

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SUEDEMKO 11/23/2007 3:58PM

    What a great family workout! I think it is so wonderful that you all trained 3x's a week! I really get the whole 2 kinds of coaching philosophies, glad you all stuck it out! I can't believe that the race ran out of everything including bibs! I'm glad that you all were able to get out there and that your kids did so well. ~ Sue

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HILLSEEKER50 11/23/2007 3:46PM

    WOW!!!! You are such a role model!! I'm so proud of you for giving this gift to your children. Thank you for sharing your/their exoerience with us.

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DEEJACKSON 11/23/2007 2:15PM

    What a cool family!! Kudos to you for making it a shared sport as well as family fun. It must have been great to have everyone there. Watch it, they may be hooked!

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BFITNHAPPY 11/23/2007 2:11PM

    Oh Ivette, I finished reading your blog and have tears in my eyes. What an awesome experience for your family and one I hope to have with mine someday. Thank you so much for sharing such a wonderful race..your oldest daughter must be thrilled. Hope your hubby enjoyed it too..you both must be so proud :)

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I ran my first half marathon today!!

Sunday, October 14, 2007

A year ago I wasn't a runner. I tried running on the treadmill at the gym once or twice, but it was hard and definitely not fun. That all changed last year at the Rock 'N Roll Half Marathon. I only went to cheer for my brother-in-law Gordon at the finish line. I was watching all the finishers come in and it brought me to tears. I thought to myself, "I want to do that." The strong and powerful running bug bit me that day. I started running the very next week with the Couch to 5K program. This time it was a lot of fun. It is such a great feeling to run further or faster than you've ever run before. So great it often brings me to tears. Fast forward to yesterday.
I didn't get as far in my training as I would've liked to. I had only run more than 9 miles twice so I knew those last 4 miles would be tough. I decided to put an end to my pity party from Friday (last blog entry). I was not going to let a bum hip keep me from enjoying my race. I've enjoyed all the shorter races I've run this year. I enjoy pushing myself. That was my positive self-talk that I kept going over all day. I created a playlist on my ipod full of mostly praise music. Oddly enough when I had chosen all the songs I wanted, it added up to 2.1 hours. I thought I'd have to weed some out, but it was perfect. That's when I decided on a middle goal of 2:06. I actually had 3 goals. My shoot for the moon goal was 1:59, realistic goal was 2:06, and worst case goal was 2:15. But of course since this was my first half marathon, I tried to tell myself the goal was to enjoy it and finish safely. Before bed I taped my feet on four spots that I'm prone to blisters. They say never try anything new on race day but I had been having problems with blisters on my last few runs, and I was pretty sure it would be a problem if I didn't tape them. I had recently purchased this great blister prevention kit with taping instructions from zombierunner. I hardly slept at all, couldn't fall asleep until midnight, and then kept waking up on the hour. After 4:30AM I didn't go back to sleep. Gordon came to pick me up around 6:00AM. It was his first half marathon last year where the running bug bit me so it was great to have him there for my first one. We got to our corral, said a prayer, listened to the national anthem, and were off.
Mile 1 - 9:11 - Perfect first mile pace, feeling good. Gordon notices I'm hobbling. That's my new rotated pelvis (bum hip). Must get it fixed.
Mile 2 - 8:58 - I trained with a walk break at each mile, but decided to skip the first one. Gordon doesn't take walk breaks and we're running together and no one is walking.
Mile 3 - 8:39 - One of my coaches yelled, "Go Ivette" from behind me which gave me a little boost and then he quickly passed me. I missed the first Accelerade table. Fortunately I had my own on me. First walk break. I picked up the pace to catch up to Gordon, not realizing that he picked up the pace too, hence the 8:39 mile.
5K split - 28:12 - That was right after my second walk break at the start of mile 4. Had I known there was going to be a timing mat there, I would've waited until after I passed it for my walk break.
Mile 4 - 9:24 - That's okay because the last one was fast.
Mile 5 - 9:18 - Still okay.
Mile 6 - 9:42 - The 2 hour pace runner is ahead of me now and I don't think I can keep up. Positive thoughts, positive thoughts. Just keep going. Don't slow down. You can take a walk break after the 10K split.
10K split - 56:52
Mile 7 - 9:18 - Halfway there, yes!! Actually it was more like, "Only halfway, I can't do what I just did over again. I'm tired. Go away negative thoughts. I'm here to enjoy this race."
Mile 8 - 10:00 - I didn't want to have any miles slower than that, but it was getting harder. I think I'm drinking too much. My stomach hurts. Just get to the next aid station and you can take a walk break.
Mile 9 - 10:26 - Where is that PowerGel table? One more mile. Just run to the PowerGel.
Mile 10 - 10:27 - I ate that PowerGel so fast. I usually take them around mile 7 and eat them slowly. I should've brought my own. I'm trying to remember my most important goal to just enjoy the race. With each mile getting slower it's not feeling very enjoyable so I start high fiving the kids on the sidewalk. Trying to have fun isn't easy when you're so tired.
Mile 11 - 10:09 - My beautiful family!! They came to cheer me on. What a nice surprise. It made me cry.
Mile 12 - 10:19 - Starting to feel the beginnings of a blister. If I pick up the pace, I might still make my 2:06 goal.
Mile 13.1 - 10:40 - That was 1.1 miles. I had to dig deep to pick up the pace, but I did it. The cheering crowd helped a lot.
Finish 2:06:37 Goal Met! And I enjoyed it!

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CMSWANNACK 11/13/2007 9:56AM

    That's so awesome Ivette! Wow! I haven't been on spark for a LONG time, and this was such a great success story to come back to. You are such a hero! I'm amazed!

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SMURFETTE0725 10/29/2007 10:56PM

    CONGRATULATIONS!! We both ran our 1st 1/2 on Oct 14 !!! I can SO relate to your blog!!! YOU DID AWESOME GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Smiling so big for you!!

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GARCIA7039 10/17/2007 5:18PM

  hey Ivette!
Nice job! I knew you would have a great race, now we need to get you ready for the next one, SVHalf!.

see you on saturday.

Coach Mike

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BFITNHAPPY 10/16/2007 4:30AM

    Oh, Ivette..that is awesome! A race well run and a great time, especially for your first one. You are an inspiration! Congratulations and enjoy the glory..what's next

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DEEJACKSON 10/15/2007 4:53PM

    Ivette: You are my hero!!!

I started running last year and was trying to talk myself into a 10k this year, but my time is still too slow. You ran a half marathon! You wanted to do it, set your goal, and accomplished it!!! Yippee!! You are one impressive person!

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HILLSEEKER50 10/15/2007 4:43PM

    Hey!!!! I loved reading this blog. You did a wonderful job with this Half. Very impressive time!!! You did great!!
Are you plotting another soon???


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SGARRIS11 10/15/2007 3:40PM

    Great job Ivette and you did it in your goal time - VERY IMPRESSED!!! I hope you can get things straightened out with your hip soon. The frustration of injuries ... UGH!

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PETRATX 10/15/2007 2:26PM

    Wait to go Ivette! I love your race report and I can definitely relate to some of those feelings. I also loved your comment on the thread where you said running a half-marathon was harder than childbirth. I KNEW IT! Congratulations. Now take some time off and get your hip back in order

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SUEDEMKO 10/15/2007 12:10PM

    Ivette: Congratulations! What a great race! So glad that you met your goal and that your hip didn't give you to much trouble. Great race report, it felt like I was there with you high fiving the kids, willing myself to have fun! I'm so happy and proud of you!

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SUNSHINE4ME 10/14/2007 10:52PM

    Ivette!! Congratulations! WoW, I am so proud of you. Goal accomplished! What a super amazing time! You now have a PR. You're next half will be a sub 2-hour for sure!! Thanks for sharing all the details, it really felt like I was there! You rocked your Rock 'n Roll Half Marathon - nothing can stop you now!! (((hugs))) Julie

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DIANERYAN 10/14/2007 10:07PM

    Ivette, your post is really cute. And what a great surprise to make your goal in spite of the training lags. I hope your hip doesn't give you too much pain during your recovery.

Congratulations on your success. I have thought about you all day.


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BUCKHOLDT 10/14/2007 9:56PM

    Congratulations! I love your report. Take care of your hip and feet.

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CAROLCRC 10/14/2007 8:17PM

    So glad you bounced back and enjoyed your race!

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GOTARHEELS98 10/14/2007 7:58PM

  you rock Ivette, way to go. you run girl!!! I'm on week 7 on C25K and can hardly believe how much fun this is. I've never run in my life. Reading your blog is really encouraging. Good for you. Stacey

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JONNYSMOMMY 10/14/2007 7:43PM

    Yay Ivette! Your race sounded great...congrats on an awesome time! Once that running bug bites ya it sure is hard to shake it off. What a nice suprise that your family was there to cheer you on. I'm glad everything went so well. Rest up and enjoy...you have earned it! BTW...I'd love to see some pics please :)

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SAMFRANKIE 10/14/2007 7:20PM

    Oh Ivette! Congrats!! I was thinking of you all yesterday. I am so proud of you!--and so pleased that you made your goal. I loved your mile-by-mile reporting. It made me feel like I was there--and will help so many of us imagine the reality of a half. Again. . . a HUGE Congrats!!!

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RHYNIC 10/14/2007 6:09PM

    I have been waiting all day for your post all day long. Your hip held out, your time was great. Good for you. Your race sounded tough. I found my first race very tough, my second one was faster and easier....the same will happen to you. congratulation on you 1/2 marathon. well done. gail

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Last run before my half marathon.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Yesterday was my last run before my half marathon. Unfortunately things haven't been going very well at all. I'm so glad I was able to experience that great 10.5 mile run that I wrote about in my last entry because my runs have been pretty rough since then. A day or two after that long run I started to feel my old symptoms that I had six months ago from a rotated pelvis. Things got worse quickly so I saw my chiropractor a few days before a planned 12 mile run. He fixed me up enough so that I was able to run that 12 miles without any pain, but it was slower and harder. I went from 10.5 miles @ 9:44 avg pace down to 12 miles @ 10:36 avg pace and my average HR was up 3 BPM. The encouraging thing was that I didn't think I'd make it the whole 12 miles without pain and I was able to do it. The pain didn't start until a few hours later. Things got worse again after that so I saw the chiropractor one more time and he said I should be fine for the half marathon. I don't feel fine though. It doesn't hurt to run, but it's so much harder than it normally is, which is so discouraging right before a big race. My leg feels weak and stiff. One leg seems to be doing all the work and the other leg is just along for the ride. Originally I didn't even want to run a half marathon unless I felt confident I could break 2 hours. Now it seems like that would take an act of God. I want to enjoy the experience, but being the competitive, performance driven person that I am, it's such a mental challenge to enjoy it when I'm doing so much worse than I believe I'm capable of. I'm not giving up though. I'll run a sub 2 hour half marathon eventually.

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SUNSHINE4ME 10/12/2007 11:53PM

    Ivette - I'll be thinking of you! Wishing you a great run. Even if it's a little slower than you had planned, do enjoy your first half marathon!!!

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CAROLCRC 10/12/2007 6:45PM

    It is common to struggle on the last long runs - the race atmosphere will give you an extra adreneline lift. I averaged a minute a mile faster in my last race than in any of my long training runs.

Because you know you have an injury, you will need to run smart, and focus on finishing in good shape so that you can continue to enjoy running. It's not enjoyable if you are hurt. Remember - this is just one race in your hopefully long and happy running adventure.

We'll all be thinking positive thoughts your way this weekend!

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RHYNIC 10/12/2007 5:55PM

    I understand you competitiveness, I am very driven in the same way as you seem to be. I have no hope of winning a race but even so what makes running fun for me is knowing that I couldn't have run my race any harder. Although I love the race atmosphere, and I do chat with other runners, I am really not there to socialize. Believe in yourself, and trust in your training. My couple runs before my 1/2 marathon were hard. I really had to push to run pace + 20 seconds. My thoughts were 'how in the world will I ever run pace if I can't hold pace +20'. Well race can and I ran 7 seconds per mile (average) faster than planned pace. I understand that you have an injury, and there is no guarantee that it will not flare up during your race...that is out of your hands. But this stress and doubt you are feeling is a very common, and it' s called pre-race jitters. :-) Once you get to the starting line and the gun fires what you are feeling now will be in the past. Best of luck to you. I can't wait for the post where you say, "gail, you were right, I did great."

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What a wonderful Maker!!

Saturday, September 15, 2007

That's what was going through my mind this morning during the last mile of my longest run to date! What a wonderful Maker to design my body to release those oh so wonderful endorphins when I need them most. Today I ran 10.5 miles! I ran 9 miles last June and spent the next couple of months dealing with ITBS which meant reducing my mileage. :( It was extremely challenging to keep a posistive attitude during that time. If it had been easy for me to hit 10 miles, I probably wouldn't have been so overwhelmed with emotion today. I kept getting choked up during that last mile. My body felt so good and I was able to pick up the pace and finish strong. So I'm running the last minute or two feeling as if there are angels at my sides helping me along, and right when I finished as I was taking my cooldown walk the next song to come on my ipod, Gospel Medley, expressed exactly how I was feeling. I was in such a spirit of praise, appreciation, and joy; I couldn't hold back those tears of joy any longer. I'm probably breaking some copyright laws, but here are the lyrics anyway.

Thank you Lord Hallelujah
You've been so good to me
Thank you Lord Hallelujah
I'm grateful for my blessings
I'm grateful for my struggles
Trials and tribulations I've been through
I realize no one
Can love like you do
Thank you Lord Hallelujah
I feel your presence near
Thank you Lord Hallelujah
I won't hold back my tears
I gave you my trust
and you took me out of the dark rain
My lord I survived it
I give you the praise
Lord you've been so good
You've been so good to me
I'm grateful for all of my blessings
Giving you all the praise

As soon as I got home I signed up for my first Half Marathon on Oct. 14. Today's run was just the confidence boost that I needed. My time was 1:42:22 (9:44/mile avg).

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MOMAT40PLUS 10/12/2007 1:55PM

    Very inspirational! Thanks for sharing!

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LECHAT 9/30/2007 11:07PM

    CONGRATULATIONS, IVETTE! i'm so proud of you ... you've come a long, long way from where you started, and i think you've grown so much phsycially and spiritually, and discovered a lot about yourself. did you ever think your Spark journey would take you this far?? you are truly and inspiration. take good care of yourself -- i want to hear all about the October 14th run!

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BUCKHOLDT 9/27/2007 9:32PM

    It is great that you were able to run that far without trouble. Did you ever determine what caused the ITBS? It is no copyright violation: you named the source and didn't make a profit. I make copies of movies and send them to my son in Iraq. I guess, if he sells, trades, or even gives them away, it would be a violation. He didn't want the original sent.

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SUNSHINE4ME 9/16/2007 10:51AM

    Ivette!! Congratulations on your 10 mile milestone! I get so emotional over running too, another reason I love it so much!
On my last run, I thought of posting the lyrics to my Power Song, O mio Signore. The song is about thanks to God. I would love for you to listen to it. It's in italian, but I will translate.
I am just thrilled that you signed up for the 1/2 marathon - Can you believe it?? It's so exciting. I look forward to training with you!! (((hugs))) Julie

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BFITNHAPPY 9/16/2007 4:54AM

    oh Ivette, I am crying now..what a wonderful entry and culmination to an awesome 10 miler. 10 miles is such a big milestone..congrats on signing up for that half..you will rock it, girl! You have been running smart and it is paying off for you.

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    Ivette, you will do great on the half marathon based on what you wrote here, and it will mean so much, especially after last year's ITBS problems. Congratulations for hitting the 10.5 mile mark. For all you've been through, it sounds like you should be thankful to God for what He's done for you.

On a personal note, I had a similar experience today to your angels pulling you along. I felt like I was surrounded by "a cloud of witnesses" who helped me not give up today. I wrote about it on my blog...not quite the same, I know, but still when you talked about the angels, it reminded me how we are not alone in our endeavors.

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LANEY12 9/15/2007 10:23PM

    Not to mention a GREAT time too!!!

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LANEY12 9/15/2007 10:23PM

    Wow! What a great run! Congratulations on going 10.5 and it sounds like you definitely had the runners high today. I have also had runs where I find it amazing what the body can do and then the emotional connection that comes too. Sounds like a really, really great run!!

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