"If you’ve raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in thickets by the Jordan?" (Jeremiah 12:5). Our journey is intended to be more than simply "stumbling" through the days while the world "wears us out.” We are made to experience the thrill of "running with horses” and to navigate life amongst the "thickets." The RWH blog focuses on both the spiritual race of which Jeremiah speaks, and the physical act of running that I absolutely love. In short, it's where "the miles meet the Message" to provide insight, perspective & encouragement that might enable you & I to successfully run either of the races set before us. May our course be purposeful and may we be passionate in our pursuit of the abundant life He desires for us.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

MCM Training Update

Earlier today, much earlier, I made my way out of bed and into the all-to-common pre-dawn ritual. Close the bedroom door behind me, so as to not wake my sleeping bride, fumble for the light switch and then stare in the mirror while I repeat to myself "make another moment, Dave, make another moment."  I dress, then take one more look at the training plan that is posted above the sink, just to ensure I know this morning's mileage and pace requirements, even though I studied it last night and can recite each of the 18 weeks from memory.  Smile and laugh, at least on the inside, (recall Psalm 126:2 is the accompanying verse to the above mentioned mantra). Then out the door.

But this morning was different. Today I realized for the first time of this cycle that I'm getting close.  As I stared down the square that was telling me to go get those 8 miles @ 8:40, I noticed how the checked off days were outweighing the unchecked days. That's a pretty great feeling.  I know, I know, there are some very long runs that still lie ahead, but ..... only 3 more really long ones.  And yes, there are still 38 total runs to go, but .....  that means I've already completed 51.  And of course, I do still have 8 weeks to remain injury-free, but ..... I keep feeling stronger and lighter everyday.

So, as you might guess, I have been extremely fortunate thus far with a successful training period. The heat has definitely impacted the pace as compared to the training of last fall / winter. I am hopeful that as the temperatures cool I will see significant benefit from the summer runs.  I think I am still on track for a 3:49:59 goal and am beginning to get more serious about the diet as the starting line nears.  Unlike the previous marathon buildup, there have been far fewer treadmill runs.  There have also been a couple of really wet runs. I figure that if it rains on race day I will have at least put in 16+ miles of practice for those conditions. It's all good.  

I hope that each of you who are putting in miles for a fall marathon are sensing that shift in the schedule and continue to enjoy the process. Only 38, make that 37 runs to go!

Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy
Psalm 126:2
A beautiful sight, even for early morning eyes!


  1. I have 4.5 weeks until Chicago. I've used a Pfitz plan for my last four cycles, and yesterday was the dreaded 18 with 14 @ MP. I nailed the 14 @ 7:20 so I am feeling pretty good about my fitness. Last cycle I ran the 14 @ 7:40 and according to my notes was a bit of a struggle.

    Glad you are getting the training in and enjoying a healthy cycle.

  2. Man, you are smoking it. I’m saying a sub - 3:00? (ok, so maybe a sub - 3:10?) Great work. I’ll have to take a little time and study up on the Pfitz plan for the next one. After DC I’m taking 6 months off to work on the Run For God group and hopeful race. Then back to it for Chicago or a November marathon in the south.

    Hope the next 4.5 go well for you. Sounds like you’ve rebounded from any hip injury and running strong. Thanks for the update.