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Sunday, November 10th . . . . a fantastic day for a half-marathon!!

The temps had been running cooler in the mornings, but this day was a bit warmer, actually warm enough to toss the arm sleeves aside and run in my short sleeve top and skirt.  Loved it!!

This was a nice FLAT course.  I don’t believe I have run on anything this flat for 13.1 miles.  Debora and I had a great start, middle, and end to this run – not getting a PR but close, we were only 4 seconds behind our best time.  We were happy with that.  This is definitely a race I will run again.  It was  a smaller race.  It was flat, I think I’ve mentioned that :).  It was beautiful.  People were very friendly.  The only thing I would change is the starting time.  The race didn’t start until 9:00, hence, it was a warmer start.  I like to just get up in the morning and get to it, as I don’t eat before my runs/races.

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We got to run through many vineyards . . . fall colors . . . and flat 🙂

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Kaylie wearing purple dress, black blouse.

Debora and I crossing the finish line – together!!!

This picture means so much to me!! So many thoughts cross my mind when I remember that moment and what it meant. More on that in a future blog.

At the end of every race I have run with Debora, when she sees that finish line she takes off in a sprint.  Of course, this means I have to start sprinting to the end, too, right?!!! It amazes me how Debora can just take off with such energy at the end of a race . . . I tried to keep up with her, but I am just not as fast as she is in this whole sprinting thing . . . so, as we are sprinting in and I’m falling behind, she refuses to cross the finish line without me . . . she turns . . .  slows . . .  grabs my hand  . . . and we cross the finish line together . . . holding hands!!!! That, my friends, is a true running friend.  Thank you, Debora!!!

The half-marathon was a nice little break between my long runs in prep for the CIM.  On Saturday, November 16th, I ran 17 miles with Jenna, Emily was sick.  It was a great run.  Then my final long run was on Saturday, November 23, I ran 20 miles with Emily, Jenna was sick.  I missed my girls when they were sick, but it was also a nice time to just catch up with each individually.  I love that we can run together and share together – what a gift it has been to share running with them.  I’m thankful that I can run and we can do this together.  It is a gift.  I am blessed beyond my dreams with these girls.

These past two weeks I have been tapering my runs.  This is not easy for me, as I love long runs!! This final week, before the CIM, I ran 4 miles today, and I will run 3 on Wednesday, and 2 on Friday.  I will rest as much as possible on Saturday and run 26.2 miles on Sunday!!!

I am excited.

I am scared.

I am thankful.

I am anxious.

I am . . . . . trusting a great God, who has brought me to this point in my life, has given me the strength to train, to endure, to love the long run . . . He will never leave me or forsake me . . . When I am weak, He is strong . . . the joy of the Lord is my strength . . . I can do all things through Christ . . . 

If you’ve been reading my previous blogs, you will know that I chose the CIM as my way of celebrating a new season in my life . . . because new seasons are to be celebrated and what better way to celebrate than to run a marathon . . . right?!!!! Well . . . it sounded good at the time . . . and actually, still does!!!

Here’s to . . .  taper weeks . . . and running friends . . . and beautiful daughters who bless me beyond words . . . and a patient husband who rides his bike on cold cold mornings as I run my long runs . . . and a faithful God who has been with me every step of the way!! 

Patty 🙂

PS . . . My goals for the CIM are . . . 1) Finish the race . . . 2) Enjoy the race . . . 3) Smile – a lot!!!

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I have been very relaxed and thoroughly looking forward to running the Parkway Half Marathon.  I trained with my friend, Debora.  We ran on our own during the week and ran our long runs on either a Friday or Saturday.  We learned so much from them.  One day I would have a bad run and then the next would be Debora.  We had plenty of time to discuss our ‘issues’ and trying different ways to avert the ‘issues’ on our next long run. The issues range from hydrating to fueling to foam rolling our muscles to cadence to pace to breathing to compression socks to digestion issues to TMI issues . . . 🙂

Trust me when you run 15 miles with a friend you can cover a myriad of topics.

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Me and Debora after our 15 miler 🙂

I’ve learned that for less than 10 miles I only need to hydrate – no fuel.  When I run 10 – 15 miles I need to hydrate with fuel added.  I use a product called Fluid Performance, which has electrolytes and carbs in it.  That seems to be enough for me.  I take a gel along just in case, more for security – I haven’t had to use  it.  Things may change once I start doing longer runs for my marathon training.

I learned when I am done with my long run I need to drink something right away. I drink Fluid Recovery, which has protein and carbs for muscle recovery, as I walk around for about 10 minutes.  Then I can stretch.  Debora and I have had many conversations about what’s best for each of us and our guts during this running process.

So I have trained . . . I have done weight work for my legs, my core, and my upper body . . . I have read many running blogs . . . I have worked on my nutrition – upping my carbs when getting ready for a longer run . . .

So . . .

Why, after rereading the race schedule, reviewing the race map (Debora and I already ran the path, mostly), figuring out parking, going to pick up our race bibs today . . . why am I so uptight (nervous, anxious) at this moment??

In my mind I’m thinking . . . “Really, Patty, why did you sign up for this race and the two others you are signed up for? Why can’t you just run your short miles, your longer miles, your really long runs and just be happy with that? Why race?”

I can’t answer that!!!!

I don’t even know if I like running anymore . . . I don’t even know why I run . . .  

I THINK I NEED HELP!!!!

I would go out for a run right now to clear my mind, but this week has been my taper week, lower mileage week, and today most definitely is my rest day before the race tomorrow.

From everything I have read, this is a very normal feeling.  Well . . . honestly . . . I don’t like it!! No, not one bit.  Hence, I am writing today and getting this out, if it can’t be on a run it will have to be here.

This is what I can/will do today –

– Remind myself of all the training I have done. I am ready.

– Remind myself why I am running . . . what it has done for me . . . the closeness I feel with God, as I run

– Remind myself it will be a time to be around others with the same passion for running that I have . . . a time to be encouraged and a time to encourage

– Remind myself that I am running with a good friend, Debora, who has listened to me go on and on about whatever, who has encouraged me, who has waited for me (bathroom stops) patiently with a smile

– Remind myself that it is not all about me . . . it’s an opportunity to celebrate my love for running with a bunch of other runners . . . and run for Him!!!

Okay . . . if you have gotten this far, thank you!!! I feel much better.  I have a little more perspective . . . still shaking a little . . . 🙂

I have a goal time that I would love to hit . . . we will see . . . I’ll keep you posted.

I’m thankful for a God who knows my weaknesses and He loves me in the midst of them. 

I’m thankful that He has given me the ability to run . . .

Tomorrow I run for Him with a smile on my face . . .

Patty 🙂

PS – I just remembered . . . this is my do-over race . . . ’cause I never got to do it last year due to a broken foot while training for it . . . and I get to run it this year with my daughter, Emily, and some other great friends!!! Woohoo!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I don’t have much to share today. I’ve read many encouragements on twitter to get out and run today with one of your race shirts on for Boston. I was going to rest today, but felt this nagging to get out in my neighborhood and run. I wore my one and only race shirt.

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No one really saw me other than a neighbor and a few dogs. But, it gave me three miles worth of time to think and pray for so many hurting. My heart felt lighter .… one of the reasons why I and so many others run!! My eyes were lifted up to God in prayer and in Him I found peace, hope, rest, and trust that He knows!!

I will never understand tragedy like this … there are no answers to the why’s … but I will trust and I will put my hope in a faithful God who does.

I read a blog today and she expressed so well how I and so many are feeling – undone. Check it out from Dimity from Another Mother Runner.

http://anothermotherrunner.com/2013/04/15/undonebostonmarathon/

Praying for so much tonight and so many and trusting in a God of comfort, of strength, of grace in the midst of life,

Patty 🙂

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It’s been such lovely weather here in the foothills of Northern California – perfect running weather, not too hot and not to cold – happy for me!!!

Today it is a rainy day.

I had a choice to make – to run or not to run . . .

I still have my goal of 30 miles a week . . .  I had planned every run and knew I needed to get my 5 miles in today or, heaven forbid, I run under the allotted mileage.  Do I have a problem . . . possibly.  🙂

It stopped raining and I thought I had my opportunity, got all dressed in long tights, a couple of layers just in case it started raining and looked outside and, yes, it was raining again.  I made the choice to run anyway.  Put my windbreaker on, which will keep me a bit dryer, put my hat on and out the door I went.  It was just sprinkling and I actually enjoyed the freshness of the cool air.  It started raining much harder as I ran . . . but I didn’t care . . . I was already wet and I was outside and I was running!!

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Rain does create obstacles to run around through!!

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God just seems to lighten my heart when I get out in His creation and exert myself . . . whether it be running or biking or hiking . . . just plain moving is all it takes.

I was reminded of the different seasons in my life that have been difficult to walk through, yet God was always there.

I was reminded of how my view in the midst of the difficult season was clouded,  with emotions running wild, not seeing clearly . . .  

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. . . kind of like this . . .

The rain blocks us from seeing clearly . . . can you tell what I’m looking at in the above picture?

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But look . . . I can see clearly!!!

The cool thing is that God sees the whole picture of our lives clearly!!

He knows the beginning, the middle, and the end . . . He is always right there with me in the midst of my unclearness, my rain, my difficulty . . .

I realized I can run in the rain (through difficulties) much easier when I remember . . .

. . . the faithfulness of God in my life in the midst of the rain 

. . . the times He held me up when I couldn’t stand

. . . when He surrounded me with friends that loved me in the midst of the rain 

In remembering . . . I have strength to go forward and ‘run in the rain’ with a great God who never leaves me and has never forsaken me.

As I write this, my heart is heavy for those who are in the midst of rainy – difficult, impossible, heart-wrenching – times. 

My prayer is that they, as well as all of us, have  grace for this moment in time that God has given each one of us.  Grace to take the next step, trusting in the One who knows it all.  Grace to remember all that God has done in their/our past and is doing and will do.

Philippians 4:14 “I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.”

I’m learning to run in the rain . . . and enjoying the journey

Patty 🙂

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A couple of weeks ago, as I was running, I was in prayer for so much that day – the overwhelming sadness and loss in Connecticut, for friends battling cancer, for families in need of restoration.  I ran with a heavy heart. On my way back down the trail I looked up to this amazing view, in the middle of a cold, dismal, cloudy day.

This was a picture of HOPE. Can you see it?

Can you see that although the clouds were covering and causing a good portion of my area to be dark and gloomy there was a spot of HOPE glimmering through.  As I peered through that small opening, I saw brilliant blue sky with a warm shining sun.

I was reminded that the sun is ALWAYS shining – even in the midst of clouds. It brought the biggest smile to my face and great peace, knowing that God is always there.

Such Hope . . .

Hope in the Son (Jesus) who is always shining in the midst of our trials, our circumstances.  When we are completely overwhelmed with our circumstances He is still there.  He says He will never leave us or forsake us. We may not be able to see beyond our heaviness, our darkness, but let’s hold onto the truth that the Son is always there for us and is always shining in and through the darkness of our lives.

This is why I love running so much.  I love God’s creation and the truth that it tells.

I love how He has put together these bodies of ours, the miracle of it all, so that we can run.  We can experience His creation, His life, His strength, His peace, His rest, His freedom.

I feel so free when I run . . .

Patty 🙂

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I have not been writing as much as I would like.  Lack of time.  Lack of discipline.  Not sure.  Definitely, not lack of thoughts and inspiration.  When I get out and run thoughts just flow through my mind, through my heart, little whispers from God.

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Favorite Trail

Love this bridge.

Love this bridge.

Enjoy the view.

Enjoy the view.

I love to get out and run, well . . . not always easy to get motivated, but once I get out there and just start moving my feet, one foot in front of the other, and once I get past the first mile or two, my burdens just start dropping off and I start to feel refreshed and free.  I’m sure it is the combination of fresh air, working my body, getting my blood moving, and being in the presence of God in His awe-inspiring creation that does this.

As I run, I look at the road, I look at people and smile, I look at the trees.  Running the same trail through the four different seasons I notice the trees with budding leaves in spring, to full on nice big green leaves that provide much wanted shade in the summer, to beautiful colorful leaves in fall, to leafless trees in the winter.

As I was running in the rain, watching these colorful leaves fall from the trees, God whispered to my heart. 

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It was a windy day.  The trees were swaying.  The leaves were falling.  The clouds were absolutely beautiful. 

He reminded me how He cares for the trees.  Even though it is cold and harsh weather in the fall/winter, there is always growth going on.  In the spring, budding new leaves begin to appear.  The summer brings nice green leaves.   In the fall, old leaves begin to fall and again leave the tree barren, leading into winter season again.  Just as the trees live through many seasons we, too, are surrounded with many seasons in our lives.

Trees stand rooted.  Seasons move around them.  They stand tall and strong, swaying back and forth in the wind, rain, sleet, and snow; but they stand.  Their roots go down deep into the soil, which gives them nourishment and strength.  Trees don’t get anxious about the seasons.  They don’t worry and stress about what they will do, how will they survive.  They just stand firmly rooted and trusting.

God has seasons for each one of us.

We need to stand, rooted in the solid rock – Jesus, as seasons move around us.

We may sway to and fro, drop some leaves, break a branch or two, but like a tree, continue to stand firm.

As the tree always has life running through it, so we stand always with life running through us – His life, His strength, His purposes, His love, His peace, His wisdom . . .

Lord, help us to be like the tree standing firm and tall, trusting you in all seasons . . .

Praying we all stand firm and tall, as we are rooted in a great God and savior, Jesus, in the midst of this life of many seasons.

Patty 🙂

 

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Sometimes unplanned runs just turn out to be the best runs of the week, like my run around Sly Park Lake.

My son, Matt, and I were only going for a couple of miles out and then back  at our local lake, totalling 4-5 miles.  It was an absolutely beautiful fall morning, just the perfect temperature for a run – not too hot and not too cold.  Perfect!!

You can see from this picture that the lake is really, really low right now. 

When Matt and I got to about 3 miles we just decided to go for it and continue running around the lake, which totals 8.5 miles.

I’m not sure if it was the wisest decision of mine, seeing as I had planned not to run any trails until I had purchased some trail running shoes, which have a stiffer sole.  This was mainly due to breaking my foot last March while running around it.  I was  ultra-careful as I ran past the place I broke my foot and all rocky, rooty places on the trail.  In the back of mind, I knew if anything happened to my feet or ankles I would bear the consequences of “I told you so” for years to come.

I was determined to continue this run, enjoy the day and the beauty surrounding me, try to keep up with Matt, AND NOT DO ANYTHING HARMFUL TO MY BODY!!

Well . . . I made it safe and sound and ever-so-happy that I finally ran around Sly Park Lake with no incident of ill-health in any form.   The third time’s the charm and I’m soooo happy!!! Woohoo!!! 🙂 

Yes, I was going to wait until I had trail running shoes.

I was. 

I really meant to.

What can one do when faced with such a situation as this?  My son had time and wanted to go with me. Marley, our dog, was thrilled.  I was thrilled Matt had control of her.  When the question came up whether we should just continue around the lake instead of heading back after 3 miles . . . well, just maybe, endorphins had kicked in and made me say, “Yes, let’s do it!!”

I’m glad for this run.  I’m glad nothing happened.  I’m glad I ran with Matt and Marley.  I’m glad it was a perfect day. 

I’m thankful for my health.  I’m thankful I can run.  I’m thankful for such amazing beauty to run in and the creator Himself, who allowed this moment in my life.

I am looking forward to many more runs . . . and getting trail shoes . . . 🙂

While the weather is this beautiful and before winter sets in, make sure to get outside and move in one form or another.  You won’t regret it. 🙂

Patty 🙂

 

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