"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.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The First 5 Miles to Chicago

Going tried and true with Higdon's Intermediate I 1/2 plan
And so it begins ........

Today marks day one of a highly anticipated four month journey to Chicago. No, not an extended summer vacation trip. Nor is it a short term business assignment.  Today I complete the first training run of a brand new plan, one that will conclude on October 7th in the Windy City. But in truth, it marks much more than just the start to some serious running. It’s the beginning of a proven process that, with a little good fortune and a disciplined approach, continues to yield positive results and unforgettable experiences.

To me, the kick-off of a plan is a pretty exciting moment. As I try to "begin with the end in mind," (thank you Stephen Covey), I look forward to each and every one of the nearly 90 runs that will take place before crossing the finish line. The early morning mid-weekers, the Salem Lake Saturdays and the long, slow Sunday sunrise sessions, each designed to build greater endurance and propel me to a new PR in October. I also start to envision the physical benefits I will enjoy while going through this cycle, from weight loss to annual physical improvement to better sleep. You have to agree that all of these outcomes are worth getting excited about!

However, lest I haphazardly approach day one wearing my “marathon rose colored glasses," I do take time to consider the darker reality of what lies ahead. For instance; Am I mentally ready for the multiple shower days,  the elimination of caffeine, the overflow of sweaty laundry, the cases of Powerade, the ..... well, you get the point. The good news is, "YES, I am."

So, I would love to hear from anyone else registered for Chicago.  There is accountability in numbers. Additionally, if you have completed Chicago in the past, I'd appreciate all the insight and help you can share. If you are in the Winston-Salem area and are training for any fall race, you know I'll be out there five days a week, so let me know if you are looking for a run.

Hope you have a great start to your summer running and the next race photos you see on the RWH blog will hopefully be along Lake Shore Drive or outside Wrigley Field. And so it begins ......

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