Sunday, March 21, 2010

For as much as she stumbles she's running...

I have a feeling a lot of my post titles are going to be song lyrics. Just a fair warning.

So I've been doing a lot of running lately. 9 weeks of running actually. Can I just say the iPod Touch is one of the most motivating inventions for running I have ever experienced. I found an awesome 5k training program on there that has totally motivated me (again) to run in a 5k. Now, I know a 5k may be nothing to some people, but for me, that's huge. I want to take this time to thank God that he has given me the health and ability to run like I am able to. I'm so excited that I can actually run one without stopping. And the reason I know that is because today I finished the whole 9 week training program and I feel great. I have a lot more energy and I can tell a difference in the way I look. Love it! Over the past few weeks as my running duration has increased little by little, I've actually looked forward to each day's running schedule! So much so that when I realized I had finished the program today, I immediately downloaded another app that bridges what I've just done and pushes me on to train for a 10k!

Which brings me to my connection to Mackinac Island this summer. I have about 3 1/2 weeks left until I leave. Time is going by so fast and I'm getting more and more nervous and excited. Running has kind of given me something else to focus on and push for. Since I won't be home to do any races this summer, I've resorted to finding some on the island. I found three: The Lilac Festival 10k on June 12, 2010; The Mackinac Island 8 Mile Road Race on September 11, 2010; and the Great Turtle Half Marathon and 5.7 Mile Run/Walk on October 23, 2010. So, as you can see, if I want to run a race this year, as has been my New Year's Resolution/yearly goal for the past 2 years, I'm going to have to step it up and go big or go home. All three of these races are longer than a 5k.

So that's just one more thing I'm looking forward to experiencing on the island. Running. I should be able to train quite a bit since the only way to get around the island is on foot or biking.

Oh yes, and my sister wants me to seriously sit down and write a book. I guess I'll look forward to doing that AND running. God is so good for giving me this opportunity. Life is awesome.