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I am excited to announce that I have signed up for another half marathon, the Parkway Half-Marathon on May 4th.  This is the half-marathon I signed up for last year with my daughter, Emmi, and broke my foot while training for it.  Yay, for that being behind me and a chance to run it this year with Emmi and other friends.

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Emmi, Ian, and Jenna right before the race last year.

After training and running the Urban Cow Half Marathon in the beginning of October last year, I continued to keep up my running.  It just seemed a shame to let all that training go after working so hard to build up my mileage.  I started with a weekly goal of 20 miles a week, which was doable and felt good.  Over the weeks, I increased my mileage to 25 miles a week and am now running about 30 miles a week.  My runs during the week vary from 1 mile to 6 miles with a long run thrown in there somewhere of between 8 to 10 miles.  I can’t really explain why I chose these numbers – more a competition with myself.  Yes, I’m crazy that way . . . I love numbers . . . I love competing with me . . . 🙂

I am also, it makes me shaky to write this, contemplating (almost 99% sure) on signing up for my first ever marathon this year – the CIM  in December.  Yikes, I said it. 

After reading some posts on running marathons I either get really scared or I get very encouraged – especially the ones that give me permission to walk (which is something I don’t give myself) throughout the marathon if needed.  I have much to learn, much training to do and I get a bit giddy thinking about it.  Does that seem weird?

I think this is part of the reason I have kept my running up and am increasing my weekly mileage.  If I am going to do something as crazy as sign up for a marathon at the age of 58, I really want to be prepared for it.  Wow, I can’t believe how anxious I am getting just writing about the possibility of signing up for running 26.2 miles.

I think that until I sign up and run a marathon, I will have this nagging in the back of my mind, wondering if I could run one.  So . . . why not just run it.  I’m not getting any younger . . .

Again, I am forever thankful to a great God who has given me a body that can run and the freedom to do so.

Get out there this week and run or walk . . . just move in the fresh air.  You won’t regret it.

Patty 🙂

 

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This was quite a challenge for me.  I have never run 41 days in a row, through sunny, cold, wet, rainy, snowy, windy conditions.  It was sometimes hard to fit the one mile in amidst all the holiday goings on and commitments.  I found I had to plan my runs to make sure I could get them in.  That usually meant on Sunday mornings I had to get up earlier than usual to get my one mile in before church.  Some days I found I was running at dusk, almost dark.

I learned a lot about myself.  I can be disciplined if I want.  I can be creative in when and where I run.  I can run in ALL types of weather and it will not kill me.  I actually have found that I enjoy cold weather running.  I also found that I am not a fan of running in slush and/or ice on the hills by my home.  I do want to be safe and continue running for a long time without injury.

Running is refreshing to me.  It was so hard to get out many days and make myself get out the door, but I never regretted a run.  I always felt energized when I got back.  I could leave with a mind filled with turmoil and indecision, possibly frustration and I would come back with clarity and peace.

Running has made me stronger.  I believe just running everyday, even for a mile, has made me stronger physically and spiritually.  I feel stronger  both inside and out – learning to persevere, despite my feelings, in the midst of life and what it brings.

I’ve learned that just running a mile can be a rest if taken slowly and with no goal in mind, just running and enjoying the fresh air – breathing in and breathing out.

I loved this RunStreak so much that I have extended it for me until Valentine’s Day and then I will reassess.

How many did the RWRunStreak? Did you enjoy it? Did you learn something about yourself.

Happy Running/Walking . .

Patty 🙂

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I Like Fresh . . .

I started writing a new post titled ‘Endings . . . Beginnings’ and decided why share a post about the past year when it’s all on my blog and the New Year . . . well really, what do I think about the New Year? Hmmmm . . .

I don’t like resolutions because they lead me to feeling a great sense of failure when I don’t keep up with them.  It seems each year I am dealing with the same need for de-cluttering my house, getting more organized, spending more time with God . . .

After writing the above mentioned post and sharing with a friend my frustration, on yesterday’s run, I came to this conclusion – I like FRESH!!

 I like the freshness of a new day, a new week, a new month, and this time of year – a new year. 

 I like the freshness of starting a new book, a new recipe, a new project, a new run, a new exercise. 

The freshness of meeting a new friend and seeing an old friend. 

 The freshness of clean; as in a clean car, a clean bathroom, clean sheets on my bed, a clean house.

 The freshness of a raked and weeded yard, a swept porch.

 The freshness of a brilliant blue sky with puffy, glimmering clouds.

 The freshness of the next day after a rain – the smell, the feel, the clean air.

 The freshness of snow – covering gently everything with soft white

I could go on, but I think you get the point that I like fresh, new, clean moments in life.

 So . . . I love the freshness of beginning the New Year of 2013 and all it will bring with no big resolution’s, but a heart desire for changes which I believe will come as I take the time daily to just sit with a great God and spend time in His word –  letting go of the past and looking forward, pressing on to the goal that is set before me . . . in all it’s freshness.

As I was finishing my one mile run for the RunStreak Challenge that I am doing, a song came on by Kristene Mueller, “Homeward Bound.”  It sums up how I’m feeling about this New Year 2013.

 I will run.  I will run this race and I will do it all for love . . .

Your love compels me forward . . .

I will fight this good fight of faith . . .

May all be blessed with a fresh New Year of 2013,

Patty 🙂

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