|(This plan and others are posted on Training Plans / Misc page)|
Actually, I do look forward to these next few months. If it’s anything like the previous training cycle, then I can anticipate welcomed weight control, the discovery of new trails, a focused approach to pace and distance that helps to prevent injuries, and oddly enough, more organizational discipline to other aspects of life such as discipleship, family, small group and work. Strange how that works.
As to the marathon, I have but a few simple goals:
1. Convey a spirit of gratitude for every single training run. Being thankful that the Lord has allowed me the physical ability and desire to make it for that day. Realizing there are no promises of tomorrow. For each run I will bring to mind my 2011 theme verse, Psalm 126:2
"Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, "The LORD has done great things for them."
2. Make someone’s day as often as possible. A word of encouragement, a smile, a “runner’s wave” along the path, or a half-way successful attempt at wit to lift a fellow runners spirit. I honestly trust that encounters throughout training, and over race weekend, are intentional. Don’t waste them!
3. Reach the starting line healthy and as well trained as I possibly can be.
4. Lastly, if all the above are in line, then it would definitely be nice to finish in 3:49:59 or less. But regardless, the finishing time will not affect the level of satisfaction that I receive from the next 18 weeks.
Alright, that’s done. Shoes are laced. Garmin set. Powerade cold. Here we go ........