"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.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Sweet Summer Sweat = Sweet Fall Success (DH 2013)

I'm thinking the title is probably a bit too obvious to be an original, but until claimed otherwise, you can credit coach Holcomb for this super scientific distance running formula. Actually, I've been reminded of this universal truth while starting up week one of fall marathon training this week. With squishy shoes and drips of sweat that turn into continuous flows off the bill of the cap, I remind myself every quarter mile that summer workouts do produce the best race results.

Yes, here we go again.  Seventeen weeks until the Savannah Rock-n-Roll marathon (November 9th).  Most of these weeks will be run at an average of 80º and 70% humidity, requiring that I go through more gallons of Powerade each run than Jeff Gordon's #24 goes through in race day fuel. But I have actually come to appreciate the direct correlation that occurs between summer runs and race day.

As evidence, going into this next event I have completed marathons in the Fall (2), Winter (3) and the Spring (2). Of these races, my two most successful (fastest & better than expected) were the two Fall ones.  I am positive that the summer training has been the key.  Of course, most runners know that temperature has a significant impact on performance; over 55º +/-, you begin to lose precious seconds for every degree warmer.  From hydration to endurance, it absolutely kills you.  So, it reasons that staying to your training plan in the higher extremes better prepares you for that nice crisp fall morning.  This is just my experience, but I can point to the opposite of this being true as well.  A good winter training does not lead to success for a warm Spring morning.

Alright, that's all.  A little motivation to move me into week two, as well as an open invitation to anyone looking to join in the Savannah fun.  We already have a couple of couples that are running and would love to meet up with all of you.  Now repeat after me ..... "sweet summer sweat equals sweet fall success .....  sweet summer sweat equals sweet fall success ..... sweet summer sw....."

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