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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
    You are doing amazing!
    1698 days ago
    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?
    1708 days ago
    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
    1709 days ago
    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!
    1710 days ago
    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!
    1710 days ago
  • UNICORN212
    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!
    1710 days ago
  • UNICORN212
    Awesome blog. You have been missed! :)
    1710 days ago
    This is a great post! You have so much strength to tackle a marathon. Physically and mentally. You're AWESOME!
    1710 days ago
    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?
    1710 days ago
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