You may be asking,
I'm sorry, but uh, do you ever run anymore? Like ever?
Yesssss. I run. Of course I run! Well, some. Not as much as I should. But some. Okay, maybe twice a week? That's only one run less than on my schedule right now. I'll get back on track soon. Pinky swear.
I better. I have a half marathon in early May. My plan is not to race it. Cause it's gonna be hawt here in Texas!
But then, then, I'll be running my next 50K in July. Eep! I'm really excited about this adventure. El Scorcho hosts both a 25 and 50K race starting at midnight. In July. In Texas. Hence the name, El Scorcho. (see Ally, you already knew this!) I'm excited to switch up my Summer training plan and try some new things. I'll post about that later and ask for plenty of advice from you ultra runners. Imma need help to survive that distance in this heat!
Last night I headed out for a 4 mile tempo run. (tempo = comfortably hard, no convo) I tried to keep it below a 9:45 pace and managed to average exactly 9:30. I love it when that happens! But I busted it the last 2/10ths of a mile. Busted it. Like sub 7 minute mile. True, I thought my lungs might burst, and true, it was only 2/10ths of a mile, but busted it I did. Brought my best pace down to 6:35. As I walked to recover, I recalled an article I read on Kara Goucher regarding running while pregnant. She mentioned that she lowered her mileage and kept her run at a slow pace. At a 7 minute mile. While that may very well be slow for a superstar amazing runner like Kara (yep, we are on a first name basis, she calls me TPG) it felt like full tilt to me!
It's all about perspective. One girl's death speed is another's pregnant plod.
Last night, before I headed out on my run, I Tweeted this, "I'm going to pray though my run. How can I pray for YOU?" I like to use my runs to clear my head and spend some time with the Lord. But I don't want to be selfish and just ask for things for me and my loved ones. I want to pray for you too! It was such a blessing to pray for those that contacted me. I even prayed for a few of y'all who didn't ask, but have mentioned needs in your blog or your tweets. What a privilege that was!
I've decided to make this a weekly prayer run. So look for my tweets and shout out if you have a need. You can be as vague or as specific as you want. He knows your every need, but I want to lift you up from Texas!