Tuesday, March 08, 2011
Today in my doctoral course we have spent the day getting a bird's eye view of the overall narrative of the Bible to the end that we might interpret each part with more insight and impact for life. I have heard the story, in all its parts, many times since I've come to know Jesus in October 1986. But I am still in awe of the God who saves, who responds to sin by providing salvation, who has done for us what we could never do for ourselves. Indeed, God is "merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love"! And he is immensely wise in the way He's chosen to work out his mercy in history. I feel SO privileged to know Him and walk with Him and talk with Him and be part of His plan, all the days of my life. I feel SO eager to come to the day when this world and this life passes away that all who believe might be with Him, and one another, forever!
If all of this sounds foreign or strange to you, get a Bible and read it from cover to cover. Ask God to help you understand and He will. You have nothing to lose if it's just a story and everything to gain if it is in fact THE story of all stories, if it truthfully relates the purposes of God in the earth.
To God be the glory!
Monday, March 07, 2011
I'm sitting in a classroom right now and I'm supposed to be paying attention to a lecture which I in fact find very interesting. But I must admit that my mind is wondering to my run this evening as I begin to cycle back through CP25K to develop speed. I still can't believe that I'm looking forward to running, so much so that it's distracting me from other things which I really love!
Hope you have a great day!
Sunday, March 06, 2011
After church today my daughter and I will be traveling to Chicago. I am in a doctoral program that requires me to be on-site 2-3 times per year and my daughter's coming along to check out a college down there. My current course is called "Hermeneutics and Homiletics," a fancy way of saying Bible interpretation and preaching/teaching, and the pre-reading has been both challenging and rewarding. I'm really looking forward to the course.
I'm not sure how my exercise regimen is going to go down there. I have several ideas of what I can do but I'm not sure what will work. There's an Anytime Fitness near the school and I'll certainly stop in there. If the weather cooperates I'll certainly jog outside. I can do calisthenic exercises in my room, of course. So we'll just have to see but one way or the other I'll make progress!
Hope you have a great day!
Saturday, March 05, 2011
Today I completed the final run of the CP25K programóI finished! I canít believe it! I took my time with the program (about 3.5 months), like Franky S. I did it my way, and in good time I finishedóI finished!
I have been thinking lately about what to do after I finished the program and thought I might go back through the program to work on speed. I was going to do walk/run intervals rather than walk/jog intervals because I didn't think I was ready to do jog/run intervals but then someone on SP suggested that if I do that I might lose my ability to run without stopping. Hmm.
Over the last couple weeks Iíve tried a couple of jog/run intervals here and there, and I found them very hard. Iím just not in that good a shape yet. But after that comment I had to rethink my plan and consider pushing myself a little.
So hereís what I did today: 5 min walk, 5 min jog, then 1 min run-4 min jog repeats to the end. This means that I ran 6 intervals at a faster pace and that I finished the 3.2 miles 1:30 faster than ever before!
I must admit that it was hard for me to do these intervals but I was able to do them. I ran the first one a bit too fast and it really winded me. In fact, I didnít think I was going to be able to do any more but then I recovered and decided to run the following intervals at a more reasonable pace. This worked out well, especially on the fourth oneóa dog ran beside me in the yard and it really motivated me and I ran very fast! Anyhow, this did work but I still think it might be good to mix up my work outs in the coming weeks.
Hereís what I'm thinking now:
Tuesdays = walk/run intervals according to CP25K;
Thursdays = 1-4 jog/run intervals;
Saturdays = 5Ks at a steady pace.
As I grow in skill and strength, I can up the Thursday workouts to 1.5-3.5 intervals, then 2-3 intervals etc. What do you think?
I canít believe I did it--I finished CP25K! I canít believe IíM a runner! Praise be to God and thanks be to you, my SP friends--I honestly could not have done it without your encouragement and examples!
Friday, March 04, 2011
I am only one run away from completing the Couch Potato to 5K program, and I can't believe it! I have been completing three 5Ks per week for the last several weeks, although I've been both walking and jogging according to the particulars of the program. Once I finish the CP25K I do plan to jog an entire 5K to see what kind of time I can put up--it'll probably be in the 33-34 minute range as I was recently able to do one in 35 minutes which included 5 minutes of walking.
Once I know where I'm at, I will then work very hard to complete a 5K in sub-30 but I plan to do so by doing a modified version of the CP25K focusing this time on speed. The first time through I walked and then jogged according to the program's intervals. This time I will walk and RUN, meaning I will keep a pace of 6.0-however fast I can run, according to the program's intervals. I was originally going to cycle back through the program and jog/run but I've come to think it's wiser to walk/run so that I can recover during each run and keep from over-stressing my body.
As far as the weekly schedule, here's what I have in mind:
Tuesday: CP25K workout
Thursday: CP25K workout
Saturday: Endurance run--complete an entire 5K or more at a steady pace
We'll have to see how it goes, but I do think this method will result in an increase of average speed and lead me to complete my goal of a sub-30 minute 5K.
Thanks for reading, hope you have a great day!
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