Training tip of the week
A training program is not dependent on one workout. The key is staying consistent and healthy
over the course of the training plan. Missing a workout occasionally or taking an extra day off will
not ruin your race. It can actually improve your fitness over time by allowing you to arrive at your
next workout fresh and energized. Don’t get greedy either when things are going well. Your
confidence will build as you complete each week's mileage. The temptation is to add some extra
miles or more speed for “extra credit,” but it’s important to stick to your plan. This mistake is
repeated over and over by endurance athletes. What you are doing is working, you are healthy
and on target. Don't drive yourself over the cliff.
I ran the Big Red Shoe 15K with my husband and my
cousin Chad for the Joplin Ronald McDonald House. I've donated to the
house for years and it was an honor to run for their 15th anniversary.
The hills in the run were worse than some of the hills I ran in longer
runs, such as the Hospital Hill Half-Marathon. The last hill, the
Joplin runners like to call "Miss Jackson" was treacherous! However, it
made me a stronger runner in the end. I can say I completed it and we
did it in the heat of the summer for a great cause while training for
our St. Jude Marathon.
“All this,” David said, “I have in writing as a result of the Lord ’s hand on me, and he enabled me to understand all the details of the plan.” David also said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the Lord is finished. (1 Chronicles 28:19, 20 NIV)
The Big Idea: Don't be afraid of God's plan.
But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth. (2 Timothy 4:17 NIV)
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. (Proverbs 9:10 NIV)
* We should only FEAR The Lord, not his plans for us.
We must remember:
1. Fear and faith don't go together.
*And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe
that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. (Hebrews 11:6 NIV)
*He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a
mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing