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Week 6 Marathon Training: Running From God

Friday, May 31, 2013



Well, after the promises from last week, about returning to God and He will return to me, you would think I had a stellar week, right? A week full of certainty in my faith. It was like I had been given the all knowing “nod” from God that I was on the right track! Everything should have been great. Until, it wasn’t.

One thing I am learning in my journey is to surrender. To let things go, to let God do what He will do – he is the author and perfector of our fate, and I want to give him the controls. The problem is, I am a control freak.



I realize that these blogs are turning more into my spiritual journey than my physical one. My training went well last week – except that I only did one short run in addition to the group run, due to being all encompassingly busy at work. Maybe that is the stem of my “terrible” week. The thing is, I know I am in trouble when I a.) Don’t make time for my runs, and b.) Don’t read my bible daily. Taking time to be in the Word really focuses my day, and when I neglect that, other things fall to the wayside, too. So for me, it is all connected. The one short run I did get in was mid-week, I had worked another late night, and came home to my two beautiful daughters, begging me to spend time with them. What was a working mother with a backpack-size of guilt to do? I spent time reading with them after we ate dinner as a family, and then I felt that other tug, the desire to get my run in. I looked at their faces, now 8 PM and not a glimmer of sleepiness in them, and the daylight outside on this gorgeous spring day.

So I decided to do what I do best (multi-task), and told them to get out of their PJs, put on their gym shoes and I let them ride their bikes and catch fireflies as I ran up and down the sidewalk of our very short block. Now I tell you, that is love, that run was more boring that running on the dreadmill, or around the track at the gym over and over. But I did it and it made me happy to be able to watch them in our front yard as I ran, and to let them take advantage of the balmy spring day. It made me feel like a.)– a good mom, and b.) a runner in training who was doing what she needed to do, at any lengths.

So what does this have to do with running from God? Well, just like when our parents told us what we should do, when you get closer to God, his helper, that pesky Holy Spirit gets inside of you and tells you what you should be doing vs. what you are doing. There are certain behaviours that God may not like, perhaps some addictions, that I like just fine, and I want to have both. There are certain things that we turn to instead of God to fulfill our needs, and I want my proverbial cake, and I want to eat it, too. But the bible is very clear about double mindedness, that we should have an undivided heart, and love God fully with our own hearts.

Sin is anything that keeps you from God. When we are in this place, we won’t open up the bible, we won’t pray, because we feel so guilty, we feel we aren’t worthy, and so we avoid God (although He’s always watching). We create this distance that becomes a chasm if we aren’t careful.

This week ended in a blow up between me and my husband because I wanted MY way in a situation, in an argument, and I ended up hurting him. I forgot all I had learned about words and the weight they carry. About praying first, about listening more than speaking. And I could have ruined one of the most important relationships I have. I think this blow up was designed by God to bring me back to reality, and to show me the things that are important, and the things that are not.

I am also reminded of how when you pick a fight, and want to be “right”, to remember that with every “winner”, there is a “loser”. I don't recall who said this, but I heard it recently.

It’s not easy to juggle working full time, being a mother, a wife, and also being a good daughter, sister and friend. It’s something I’m working on – we are all works in progress though. And I am thankful to God for his faithfulness to me, and for not giving up on me, no matter how many times I turned up my nose at Him.

I’ll get it right someday, God. Not perfect, not in my own time, but yours, I will learn to follow you and to trust you, not my own plans.

So I am learning this week to let go.

I'm also learning that no matter how far or fast you run, God is always there, waiting to peek out at you from behind the clouds.


Photo taken from the train ride home after a late day at work


Caitlin and I on a long run.

The schedule for this week is:

Mon: 40 min run
Tues: 30 min walk
Wed: 40 min run
Thurs: 30 min walk
Fri: 40 min run
Sat: 60 min run

I am up to run/ walk intervals of 5 min/1 min.

Bible verses for the week:

The unfailing love of the Lord never ends!
By his mercies we have been kept from complete destruction.
Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each day.
-Lamentations 3:22-23

I have swept away your offenses like a cloud,
Your sins like the morning mist.
Return to me, for I have redeemed you.
-Isaiah 44:22

Prayer: Heavenly Father, when I think about your unfailing love, I am amazed that you continue to love me even when I sin and turn my back on your or just become apathetic. I am amazed that in your mercy you continue to welcome me back. I am amazed at your faithfulness, that you never give up on me. That you would lavish all this on human beings – on me—is beyong my comprehension…thank you.








  
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SEWINGMAMACDS 6/2/2013 9:52AM

    I loved the quote by Charles Stanley. Surrendering is not a one time happening, but a daily and sometimes moment by moment.
Thanks for sharing.

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INSPIREBYNATURE 6/2/2013 12:09AM

    You know that I am not religious, but I find your faith to be an absolutely beautiful and inspiring thing. I am so incredibly proud of you for refocusing where you felt you should be and following your faith. You are an amazing woman filled with so much faith and love! I am beyond happy to hear that the situation with Jim is improving. You know I feel that you two are meant to be!! I have no doubts about that. Everything seems to be a struggle at some point or another but you get through it and you are stronger for it. Fireflies.....I wish that I could do that with Azali!!!!! I love your blogs. I love you. you inspire me every single day. I am beyond blessed to have you as my best friend. SMOOCHES!

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RUNNERRACHEL 6/1/2013 1:43PM

    Great blog. Our spiritual journey is linked to our physical one!

When we commit everything to Him, He is faithful. I am learning to not worry, but to cast my cares on Him...

I'm doing a summer Bible study/book study online with the Good Morning Girls. We are reading the book Anything by Jennie Allen. The book's premise (from what I understand) is to pray the prayer "I'll do anything" and giving God full control in our lives.

You can join the study if you like! The book is available as an e-book or you can buy online or in stores...the study is free. It starts Monday. I just discovered the Good Morning Girls...they do online studies, materials are free...this one is free but the book is not included.

Anyway, great blog! I am happy that you are on this journey. It's such an important one! Our lives have so many elements and we are being taught every second. Seems like you're using every experience as a learning experience.

Score on running with your daughters outside! What a great idea! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KITHKINCAID 6/1/2013 12:45PM

    Sorry to hear this has been a tough week. You will have them. But you are stronger than you know and you will earn your might the hard way. Trust me, it's all worth it in the end.

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MSKRIS7 6/1/2013 9:52AM

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LINDAKAY228 6/1/2013 8:28AM

    I can so understand what you are saying. Just like so many other things in our lives, our spiritual life really is a journey. Our destination won't be until we reach heaven, and we won't be perfect until then. I love your prayer. I also marvel at how many times I fail or don't listen or get caught up in worldly things and how willing Jesus is to help me get back on track. I also think about what would be like without God in it sometimes, and I just can' imagine anymore. I couldn't do it.
Run strong! God is with you in all that you are doing!

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JOYCRN 6/1/2013 6:56AM

    I have found what you say to be true. It is hard to balance our busyness. I am choosing to spend time today going to a baby shower and a couple of high school graduation parties after realizing people are more important than my projects (garden). Though I do pray my husband will get my last 2 raised beds made (he is helping someone move) emoticon

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Weeks 4 and 5: Marathon Training: Recalibrating Route

Saturday, May 18, 2013


"The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth" (Luke 3:5).

In this blog I'm combining the 4th and 5th week of marathon training (woo hoo week 5!) because week 4 was a crazy/ busy week for me at work and I didn't have time to write.

Along with the physical aspect of training is the spiritual. I'm on a journey and I can't have one without the other. When God gave me this God-sized dream of running a marathon, I knew that it wouldn't just be me running the race. He would be right along beside me, every step of the way. So while I am getting stronger on the outside, I am also changing on the inside. I am shedding the old and becoming new. So in these blogs I will talk about the spiritual breakthroughs I've had as well as the milestones and barriers I break through physically.

I love the Global Positioning Systems (GPS) in the new cars. A voice comes on and tells me how far I have to go and when to turn. However, sometimes I get off course and the voice says: "Recalculating route." The GPS is telling me I have gone off course and it is now recalculating the route based on my wrong turn. Sometimes we can make wrong turns in our spiritual lives. There is an amazing thing about God. He can make our crooked places straight. He has an ability to make whatever blunder you make turn out right. It may mean there might be some consequences to those decisions, but He will always allow your actions to work together for good for those called according to His purposes if we repent and seek Him fully to make things right. These lessons can even contribute to greater wisdom in our lives if we learn from our mistakes.

(Above from "Today God Is First (TGIF) devotional message, Copyright by Os Hillman, Marketplace Leaders.")

So my relationship with God is hot and then cold. Meaning that most times I am reading the bible, feeling God's presence in my life, and following that straight path. But sometimes, I veer off. I stop living in the Word. I get a little selfish. I want to have some fun, and I become more of this world, and living more in temptation than I care to admit. But I am human. Still, in bible study this week something pretty noteworthy happened. One of our questions was to put on our own words Jacob's promise to God. Now these are my own words and are not Jacob's (if you want to read what Jacob promised refer to Genesis 28:18-21)

I wrote: "If you will promise never to leave me, I will never leave you. And if I should lose my way, please make the path back home clear."

Now this is nothing profound. Until the following day, I refer to the next day of the bible study, and it asks us to read Malachi 3:6-12, which reads:

"Return to me and I will return to you." (Verse 7)

Now, call me crazy, but this to me felt like God's affirmation to me, his returning of the promise I gave him the prior day. I was sitting on the train en route to work and I got such a case of the "God is with me" moments, those moments that affirm our faith. Since we can't see God, there is no way of knowing if he's truly with us sometimes, but it's these moments where our faith grows, and we know we are on the right path.

I was also brought to this scripture during this same time, not through my study, but a podcast I was listening to through Redeemed Girls Ministry:

"Return to me, for I have redeemed you." - Isaiah 44:22

Ok God, I am listening!

See God takes up residence within us, "Emmanuel" means "God with you" and he is with us, and I'm blessed to have felt His presence this week. And we saw a double rainbow this week during a family walk, reminding me of another promise, made by God to Noah.



Last week, in Week 4, I missed two of my short runs. It was a really busy week at work, and it was near impossible. However, the group run was great, and Caitlin and I went early again so that we could double our mileage. Here are some pictures I took of Knock Knolls, the beautiful place we are running:









This week, Week 5, I got all of my runs and cross-training in. I am so happy with myself, it wasn't easy to get up at 5:30 to run in the mornings, but that way I can spend time with my family after work. I have to say though, sometimes even the short runs feel hard. It makes me worry that I won't be able to do this. I know though with training, faith and prayer that I will push through. We are on a run 4/ walk 1 interval right now, and I like it. I run for more time if I feel strong, otherwise I stay on the intervals. They actually make me quicker, and I get more recovery time. And those minutes go by quickly!

We ran a different route on our short runs this week, and we ran two towns over from where I live, it was such a sense of accomplishment!







I am feeling very happy and just honored to be able to run for such a great cause, and to make a difference.

I had a wonderful Mother's Day, my husband planted me an herb and veggie garden and I got to spend time with my lovely daughters.







The schedule for next week is:

Mon: 40 min run
Tues: 30 min walk
Wed: 40 min run
Thurs: 30 min walk
Fri: 40 min run
Sat: 55 min long run

I think one of my short runs this week I will double the time to run at least 8 miles so I'm prepared for the Women's Half at the end of June.

Here's some photo inspiration that's been sent to me this week by family and friends.









Have an amazing week!

  
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AMBER281 5/30/2013 11:11AM

    You are doing amazing!

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KITHKINCAID 5/20/2013 4:49PM

    Good for you! I can't wait to see you at the half. I'm feeling behind, but my runs this week have been great so I'm hopeful that I'll be fine for another month. Girl, this heat is already killing me though. At least at 530am it's not sweltering yet. I'll only get to run 10 miles before the Half. What's you training schedule gor you going to?

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RUNNERRACHEL 5/20/2013 12:52AM

    Running such a distance DOES take faith and dependance on God! For His glory!

He gives us the strength to do things we NEVER thought possible. Isn't it emoticon ?!

Great photos! Where you run is BEAUTIFUL!

So happy to read your blog and cheer you on! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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INSPIREBYNATURE 5/19/2013 12:55AM

    I am so incredibly proud of you. Your faith is a beautiful thing!!! Seriously, it is absolutely touching to read your relationship with God and how it impacts every aspect of your life. I'm so glad you have a running partner too! The pictures are GORGEOUS!!!!!!! I love you tons!

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LINDAKAY228 5/18/2013 3:51PM

    My note would be that I've gone hiking and not to call unless a fire because that is my passion LOL. But seriously, I love the spiritual insight in your blogs and your trust in God and his Hand on your journey. I've trusted in God and had a relationship with Him for many many years but at times it's been a little cooler and not the same passion. The last several months I've been going through a "re-awakening" or whatever you want to call it and seeking to draw closer to Him and opening myself up in new ways. It's an awesome journey. I love to read about other's journeys too!

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UNICORN212 5/18/2013 3:36PM

    I wanted to add that our Garmin has a snippy lady's voice that sounds mortally offended when she says "recalculating" - we call her Martha!

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UNICORN212 5/18/2013 3:34PM

    Awesome blog. You have been missed! :)

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 5/18/2013 1:06PM

    This is a great post! You have so much strength to tackle a marathon. Physically and mentally. You're AWESOME!

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TWINZMOM7 5/18/2013 12:59PM

  I love all of these motivational quotes you put in your blogs!! They are GREAT! I also LOVE LOVE the note you left the kids...is that really yours?? So perfect.

When is the race?

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Week 3 Marathon Training: The Perfect Pace

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

This week went great, I usually don't run two days in a row to avoid injury but the training plan had me running on Friday and Saturday, and I followed my plan and felt good about it. I have been feeling a pain in my right hip, so I've started incorporating stretches before running to extend my hips and encourage my running gait to be correct, I may not be extending my leg all the way back.

My 6 yr old daughter came on my run Monday with me on her bike. it was really rewarding to see her ahead of me on her bike,I felt like a healthy mom and I was so proud of her for riding 3 miles on her bike, the farthest distance she's ever gone! It was also nice because I'm aware of how much time I spend away from the girls while at work and now training for the marathon. it was a win win.

Then Tuesday I got my walk in walking to and from the train to my work. Wednesday I ran with my friend Caitlin, who is also running the marathon for Team World Vision. She signed up for the marathon after registration sold out. I posted on my fb page that TWV had extra entries and she signed up. I feel like this is such a blessing. She lives blocks away from me, and she is one of the few people who are the same pace as me. My good friend Blaize is as well, but she lives in CA. It is so rare to find someone like this, and she is there to go on my training runs with me. I am thrilled about this.

Thursday I taught walk class, so got in my walk that way.

Friday morning Caitlin and I got up early for our run as I had plans to see Iron Man 3 that night. Then Saturday was our group run and I went there early to get more miles in, and Caitlin offered to go early too! We went 5.77 miles total, I wanted to go 5 or 6 so I am right on track. toward the end of that run, Caitlin took her earphones out of her I phone and we danced while running to love shack. it was do much fun! I know this is going to get much harder, but I have to say, right now with the team support the runs go by quickly and I feel great.

I am really liking the walk/run intervals. I am at a run 3 min, walk 1, and my pace has actually improved! I'm at about an 11 min mile vs 12 and I have more recovery time between runs.

This week's schedule looks like:

Mon: 35 min run
Tues: 30 min walk
Wed: 35 min run
Thurs: 30 min walk
Fri:: 35 min run
Sat: 45 min run (I'm going to go for 6-7 miles)











  
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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 5/8/2013 3:57PM

    It's so awesome that you're sharing this with your kids!

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INSPIREBYNATURE 5/7/2013 2:27PM

    You are so amazing!!!!! I am ridiculously proud of you!!!!

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GETFIT2LIVE 5/7/2013 12:18PM

    How cool to have your daughter join you on her bike--you are really setting a wonderful example for you! I love love LOVE the pictures you posted, especially the Psalm 26:2 one. Great job, you are going to ROCK that marathon by keeping this up!

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TEMPEST272002 5/7/2013 11:12AM

    Thanks for the inspiration this morning! I love you being a healthy Mum. What a gift you are giving to those gorgeous girls of yours.

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LINDAKAY228 5/7/2013 10:25AM

    That is so awesome! Glad you have a friend close to you to train with. Your daughter riding while you run is awesome too! You are really rocking it!!

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KITHKINCAID 5/7/2013 8:44AM

    So glad you have a new running buddy close by! That makes all the difference!

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ADVENTURESEEKER 5/7/2013 1:55AM

    I don't know what I would have done without my great friend last year for my first half. She made the long runs 'fun'.

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KPETSCHE 5/7/2013 1:18AM

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UNICORN212 5/7/2013 12:36AM

    It is great that you have a running buddy, and also that you got some mother-daughter time. It is so hard to be a working Mom with all the juggling that needs to be done!

You are awesome!

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Week 2 Marathon Training: Honoring and Celebrating Loss

Monday, April 29, 2013

To start off this week of training, I packed my running gear Monday so that I could meet up with my amazing friend Jenn (KITHKINCAID) to honor those who lost their lives in the Boston marathon tragedy.


Martin Richard, the 8 yr old boy killed in the Boston bombing

Lots of running stores around the country were having group fun runs to stand in solidarity, this one was through Ram Racing. I had the misfortune of getting a cab driver who didn't know where Lincoln Park Zoo was, and once he did he dropped me off at the opposite end of the zoo, so I was late and had to run around the zoo to meet up with Jenn. I called her and we met up ( she was sweet enough to wait for me!). We missed the pack, but on the way back we saw a sea of runners in blue and yellow, it was inspiring. Jenn toward the end of our run said "Well here we are, 2 people who have each lost over 100 lbs, and we are running." It reminded me of how far we both have come. Jenn ran the Chicago marathon last year, and I'm running it this year. It made me thankful and grateful for this life I've been given, for my friendship with Jenn, for both of our new lives.


Jenn and me after our run


Me and Jenn the first time we met, a few yrs ago

I had a really busy week, so didn't run again until the group run on Saturday. I did teach walk class on Thursday.

Saturday we met at Knock Knolls, a forest preserve in the suburbs. I hadn't run there before, and it was beautiful! A gorgeous day in Chicago, it would near 70 later in the day. My friend Caitlin couldn't make it due to an event at the school she teaches at, and the woman I encouraged last week wasn't there (I'm hoping she's there next week), but I found a new friend that ran at my pace and the time went by so quickly! We ran for 35 minutes as we are building up 5 min. each time. What I loved most was the smell of fresh cut grass as we ran, and being out in nature. Growing up an overweight child since the 3rd grade, I avoided being outside. I preferred to be inside, watching TV with some Cheetos and a pillow. I didn't like to sweat, to walk, to live, basically. So now, whenever I am in nature it sometimes hits me how much I missed during those years. And that makes me sad, but also, it's all so new to me. The smell of that grass made me tear up, it was just so crisp, so fresh, so alive! And I felt alive, too. I was thankful for the sun, for the beauty that surrounded me, for these new people I was getting to know. It was amazing, a life changing run. I know they aren't all like that, so when they are, I cherish them.


Here is a picture of the group after our run.


Here is a picture of some of the group after the marathon last year at a reunion run. Can you tell how positive and fun these people are?? They are amazing.

After the run we went to breakfast and I got to know some of the team better. It was great. I came back home and took the girls for a walk out in nature, I don't want them to be like I was when I was younger.

Sunday was a rest day.

Since the Chicago Women's Half marathon is at the end of June, I'm in a bit of a pickle because my training schedule doesn't have me running 13 miles until the end of July. So on the group runs I'm going to have to either get there early to run more, or stay later. For example this week we run for 40 min., and we build up to a 5k on June 8. But I need to be running at least 10 miles by that time, if not more. So I need to double my mileage.

Nutrition wise I've eliminated dairy, wheat, gluten, yeast and processed foods from my diet. **EDIT: I CAN ALSO NOT HAVE RICE AND CORN** This is for my skin condition, I have psoriasis and its gotten pretty bad. The downside is I'm not eating a lot of calories and I'm afraid my body will start losing muscle mass. I'm working on making sure I get enough protein in, but without carbs it's a challenge. For example I love toast and peanut butter plus a banana before a run. I've discovered Udi's bread, and did that this past Saturday, and it was good. Not as filling, but good. I'm supposed to get around 2,000 calories in while training, maybe not now, but when my mileage gets up there, and I'm worried I won't get those calories in.

I've also been listening solely to Christian music while running. It's inspiring me, I used to think without my rap, high paced music I wouldn't be able to do it, but I've been actually running faster with the Christian music. Score! I want to devote this time to Christ.

The schedule for this week is below:

Mon: 30 min run
Tues: 30 min walk
Wed: 30 min run
Thurs: 30 min walk
Fri: 30 min run
Sat: 40 min run (I'm going to extend so I run 5-6 miles)

The run walk intervals for the runs are: run 3/ walk 1, but for the shorter runs during the week I'm just going to run them straight out as I'm used to that distance. If anyone knows of a good app for the smart phone for intervals please let me know, thanks!

Ending with some inspiring images:




Blaize (INSPIREBYNATURE) sent this one to me, I love it!

  
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PRETTYPITHY 5/1/2013 1:26AM

    Wonderfully inspiring. Good luck with your training!

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SGTSUNNY 4/30/2013 11:45PM

    Great blog! You are doing great, I have faith in you! Keep pushing and you will surprise yourself and do great in the half. Are there gluten free protein drinks?Take care and keep pushing!

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MELROSE13 4/30/2013 6:29PM

    Peanut butter on the banana would be a great alternative to having it on bread. Have you looked into rice products to replace the wheat? Or corn tortillas (they are dry and can take a little getting used too but can be a good replacement to breads etc)
Sounds like you have a great plan!

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AMBER281 4/30/2013 5:38PM

    You are doing awesome.
I have never run a marathon or half marathon, but I have heard other people say to pay attention to your body it will tell you what it needs. It sounds like you are already very intune to your body so you should do just fine.

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LINDAKAY228 4/30/2013 5:20PM

    I don't know if you've messed with it yet, but Runkeeper (I have the free version) has a way to set intervals on it. On the opening screen of the app, the third item down is Workout. The middle tab at the top is One Offs and on that screen you can then go to the bottom where it says Create New Workout. You can set warm up and cool down time and add intervals and the number or repetitions. You can set the intervals for distance or time. Set one interval for the walking time, then Add Interval to set for the running time. Under the settings for the app you can set the audio cues you want so it can let you know when to change. I thought I had seen you post a run on fb using Runkeeper but can't remember for sure if you use that app. But it's one suggestion for intervals using just one program.
Great job and glad you're enjoying it so much and making friends through it! You and Jenn have certainly come a long way! WooHoo!

I also love my Christian music when running or walking in town. When hiking though I just like the peaceful silence. But my Christian music motivated me!

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PAULACOLLINS 4/30/2013 3:18PM

    You are doing awesome things! I ran a 2K with my grandkids last month and I am doing a 5K in May--that is not bad for an old lady who has never run in her life. I too am training with Chrstian music--love running for the Lord.

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INSPIREBYNATURE 4/30/2013 2:29PM

    so inspirational! I actually LOVE Christian music :D

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TWINZMOM7 4/30/2013 12:31PM

  You are doing great!!! Way to go!

I LOVE the pic that Blaize sent to you!! Can I use it too??

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MANLEYSANDY 4/30/2013 11:53AM

    Keep it up Kathy!!

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IGSBETH 4/30/2013 11:50AM

    Way to go!

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ME-N-JESUS 4/30/2013 8:26AM

  I run to "Grandpa Bob's Ole Time Radio Show" by Veggie Tales! Nothing like Junior Asparagus belting out "It's ME, it's ME O LORD, standin' in the need of prayer!!"

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ADVENTURESEEKER 4/30/2013 1:22AM

    I am eating wheat-free, and it makes me feel so much better! I do carb-load with potatoes, rice, wheat-free oats, nature's path gluten-free organic cereal and udi's bread for the 2 days before my long run (18k +) and I found I ran muuch better, felt much better, and recovered much better because of it. (This past Fri/Sat in my tracker). I'll do that for my next 2 long training runs as well before the half. Granted, some people eat the balance I ate those two days regularly, however, I have tended to feel better generally eating more protein and fats (all the other days of my tracker, for the most part).

I find udi's bread with the salt/sugar-free peanut butter didn't sit as well in my tummy for long runs as wheat-free oats, my homemade granola bars, or the Nature's Path gluten-free cereals do.

Congrats on coming as far as you have!


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TIMOTHYNOHE 4/29/2013 11:20PM

    I found just starting out that the 3/1 interval was very comfortable. As I progressed I reached a level of 1mile/1 minute intervals. I have since dropped back to a 4/1 interval.

We'll see what happens on Sunday in Frederick MD.

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GETFIT2LIVE 4/29/2013 11:11PM

    I am just so proud of you for all you've done and for what you're doing! I know how you feel about being outside, I was the same way as a kid and appreciate it so much now. Love to run with Christian music, too (try Toby Mac, Newsboys, Building 429 for really upbeat songs!). I have psoriasis as well, and I've started using some products that are helping so much even without changing my diet. To get in enough calories, you might try adding in more nuts and nut butters; nut butters can go on things like apples, pears, and bananas. Also hummus is a good protein source and can add calories for you; I love to dip bell peppers and carrots in hummus. Best wishes as you continue your training and finding what works for you!!

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KITHKINCAID 4/29/2013 11:05PM

    Beautiful blog honey! So proud of you. I just started the same clean diet. We'll have to compare otes. No dairy, no soy is making it rough to find protein. I love cashew butter, but one would normally eat it on bread and so no wheat is also an issue.

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Week 1 Marathon Training: First Team Run

Saturday, April 20, 2013

My good friend Jenn (KITHKINCAID) did an amazing thing when she trained for the 2012 Chicago Marathon, she wrote a weekly blog that summarized her training runs, nutrition, everything. If you are also training to run a marathon, I HIGHLY recommend reading her blogs (which I intend to re-read throughout my training). The link to her first weekly blog is below:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4838051



I decided to also do a weekly blog for the next 26 weeks, however mine will not be so detailed, I am sure, but will serve as a way to keep myself accountable, and to also help anyone out along the way. I will post them on Saturdays, the days that my team meets to do our "long runs".

Today was the first team run, and we ran in honor of the victims and families of the Boston Marathon tragedy. We had special bibs to wear to show our solidarity.



It was a cold morning, only 32 degrees and ice on the windshield of my car, and frost on the ground. But the sun was out! And that's good, yesterday it was snowing, hailing and raining in Chicago. We went 30 min. this time (each week we will increase our mileage, and train throughout the week on our own), and my good friend Caitlin is running with me, and this is the first time she has ran since her surgery in January, so I took it easy with her, "easy" meaning 2 min. of running and 1 min. of walking intervals. This only slowed my pace down by 1 min. overall, and I am going to see how I like run/walking for the marathon, just as it may be easier on my body. I am going into this with no predetermination of how things "should" go, my #1 goal is simply to FINISH.

One woman on my team had a very difficult time running, she wants to lose 30 lb., and she feels very out of shape. At one point she stopped and said "I suck~!" out loud. I stopped running and put my hand on her shoulder and emphasized that she did NOT, in fact, suck. I motioned for Caitlin to go ahead as I wanted to encourage this woman as I clearly remember how it felt to be the last one in a pack of runners, and someone was kind enough to take me aside at that time, and I wanted to do the same. I told her how when I first started running I could only run 30 seconds at a time, and that once you continue to run, it gets easier. I do hope I encouraged her, and that I see her next week.

I am blessed to have a group of people to run with, and that we are all working toward the same cause, to bring water to those in need through Team World Vision. Everyone in the group is so nice, helpful, and willing to share their knowledge (most of the runners in this group run the Chicago Marathon every year).

Our team name is 121:Run. We are named this for the scripture in the bible, Hebrews 12:1.

This verse says:

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.
(New Living Translation)

Boy, does this verse apply to my life right now, and also the upcoming marathon. Let us run "with endurance". Let us "strip off every weight that slows us down, especially sin."

I am excited for the road ahead for me.


A picture of Team Run:121!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

ME-N-JESUS 4/29/2013 5:03PM

  I'm sorry I have to miss most of the training runs because of work. I plan to take a few Saturdays so I can work with the team. Training alone is very difficult. I look forward to being able to run with you one of these Saturdays.
I also love the team name. Hebrews 12:1-2 is my life verse, especially the "run with endurance" part. Even had it added to my Road ID!!
Blessings!!

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BMCKEOW1 4/29/2013 12:33PM

    I love that you paid if foward. When I first started running I had the same thoughts and more then once said them outloud. Heck even now sometimes I let those thoughts in. Thankfully I have a great support group, family and other runners. When I see someone struggling like I use to, I try to also say something encouraging, because it was done for me. Thanks for the reminder to keep doing it.

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MELROSE13 4/23/2013 7:01PM

    How wonderful for you to pay it forward, I am sure she will be back and has been thinking about how kind you were to her all week!
Congrats on training for the marathon, it is so awesome to have a team to train with, I have done a few with the Leukemia Society and would encourage anyone thinking of doing an endurance event to find a worthy cause and a team to train with, it is such a life changing experience!
Run/walking is GREAT! I have done both the "just running:" and run walking and found recovery to be so much better with the run/walk and my time actually increased! I slowly worked up to a 9min run and 1 min walk and kept it up for the entire marathon, mentally it is great too when you know that minute of walking is coming up!
Good Luck to you and your training and will be looking forward to your blogs and your progress! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GETFIT2LIVE 4/22/2013 3:35PM

    How wonderful to have a group to train and run with! You are going to surprise yourself by how well you do, I have no doubt. Looking forward to reading your progress along the way!

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CHICAT63 4/22/2013 2:56PM

    This is awesome, and I am sure you helped this woman a lot !!!!! I would have hugged you for taking the time to do what you did. I often give thumbs-up or wave to people running or just starting out ! emoticon

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KITHKINCAID 4/22/2013 12:25PM

    So very cool. Thanks for linking to my blogs! It was helpful for me, so hopefully it works for you too. You're such an amazing support buddy. I can't wait to see how far you go! Proud of you!!!

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INSPIREBYNATURE 4/21/2013 11:57PM

    Oh! I want to join you in doing this! I'm doing my long run tomorrow and will post a blog. I'm going to be doing dailyvideo blogs because I'm starting personal training Friday!

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SKFEREBEE 4/21/2013 9:26PM

    I am going to LOVE reading your training blogs every week. If my body holds up, I hope to run a marathon in November. I'll be rooting for you every mile you run :o)

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MANLEYSANDY 4/21/2013 9:14PM

    So excited to read about your journey each week!!

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LKEITHO 4/21/2013 12:48PM

    Great work on encouraging and reassuring the other runner! I did all of my marathons using a run/walk plan and it was great for me. All the best with your training!

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SHAR8676 4/21/2013 12:17PM

    I loved your blog...so inspiring....and I love the mission and name your group stands behind. Awesome!!!

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LINDAKAY228 4/21/2013 12:03PM

    I love what you did for that lady. I know what it's like to be last too. I hope she comes back and continues. I also love the scripture and how your team got its name. Sounds like its going to be an awesome experience to train with this group.

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TRAVELGRRL 4/21/2013 9:21AM

    I am excited for you too! I only did one marathon in 2001 and we WALKED it -- 6 hours, 45 minutes. Since then we've done half marathons. I will look forward to your blogs.

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ADVENTURESEEKER 4/21/2013 2:20AM

    I love the group runs! And that is so wonderful that you could be an encouraging person in your group. I'm sure she will remember that for a long time.

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KT-NICHOLS-13 4/20/2013 11:29PM

    I look forward to reading your weekly blog as you take this journey.
Also, thank you for taking time out of your day, your run, to encourage someone else having a hard time. What a blessing you are ... to yourself and to others.

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POOKASLUAGH 4/20/2013 10:37PM

    This is so wonderful! I love the story that you were able to encourage that person. I remember once joining a running group and being way in the back, and no one encouraged me, and I stopped running with them. :( I'm glad you helped her. :) Cant' wait to see these weekly posts! That's great!

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K1TT3N 4/20/2013 8:37PM

    Awesome ....... It is great that you stopped and gave her a pep talk and explained how you were before also... I swear if it wasn't for the support of my hubby and on here , I would get no where. Keep up the great work

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