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Two milestones!

Just realized that two milestones coincide with this post… the first being that this is my two hundredth blog post.

[brief fanfare, golf clapping]

Second, all those weeks of training paid off & I completed my first 5k race on Sunday. I wasn’t first – evidently my young daughters were upset when the first runner crossed the finish line & it wasn’t me – but I wasn’t last, either. To celebrate, I bought one of those 5k oval stickers you see on car windows. Hey, I earned it! 🙂

Made a rookie mistake by starting too fast. In training, my running pace was around 10:45 – 11:00mi. Not so on Sunday. Jen & I ran together at the start… yeah, my wife the marathon runner. Suffice it to say I kept up with her for the first mile at a 9:30 pace – set a personal record for the mile, but beat myself up for the remaining 2/3rds of the race. UGH!

As I approached the finish line, with volunteers & spectators cheering us on, I have to admit that I got a little teary. All that time, hard work, runs in the dark, in the rain, etc…

…or maybe the watery eyes were due to the 25mph southerly winds. All I do know is that I dug in for the last 50 yards & sprinted faster than I thought possible. May have even growled a little. 🙂

35 minutes 44 seconds

Jen asked how I felt when we reconnected near the finish line. I smiled & said it didn’t feel real, so I’m gonna have to do it again.

Next 5k: November 25th


Why I run…

Good morning, readers… been over a month since my last post, so I figured it was about time to end this drought. If you haven’t figured it out by my twitter/ Facebook status updates, I’ve been running for over a month. I think it’s sticking this time – enjoy the feelings of accomplishment with each new PR (“Personal Record”… learning the lingo :-)), getting closer to my first 5k event & beginning to realize I may actually be able to do this. I’m even starting to entertain thoughts of going further… 10k, half marathon? Why not?

So, why do I run? I was mulling this over as I approached mile #2 in the rain last night (running gives you lots of time to think.) Here’s what I came up with:

(1) Personal health. I want to be around for a while. I want to actively play with my girls as they grow up, walk them down the isle on their wedding day, play with my grandchildren. I feel good when I run. Plus, some of you may be familiar with my family health history. To borrow from Dave Ramsey, Jen & I want to change our “family tree” in this area. I love the fact that regular exercise is a normal part of our everyday lives.

(2) Personal accomplishment. “Whoa, wait a minute. don’t you bike?,” you may ask. Painful honesty moment – in actuality, I’m probably closer to being a “poser” cyclist. Sure, I’ll hop on my road bike & pound out a 45mi ride, but I didn’t really train for it… and my body protests for days afterward because of the abuse I subject it to. There’s no coasting in running, you either move or you stop. To do this, I had to start at square one, and I’ve had to kick & claw for each milestone. It’s actually those achievements that have spurred me to keep going.

(3) Inspire others. There’s no bragging here, no “check my twitter feed for last night’s run stats [‘cuz I’m AWESOME]” intent. Social media makes my running “public” and adds to the accountability. Not so easy to drop off the radar just because it’s “hard.” People comment because I’m running, pretty sure they’ll comment if I stop. Don’t want to see my stats? Block my status updates, unfollow me, etc. You won’t hurt my feelings because I’m not doing this for fame & glory. First & foremost, I’m doing this for myself & my family. For others, I hope my running updates simply show that a 43 year old sedentary guy with 40-50lbs to lose can actually do something like this. Only four weeks ago, as I was chugging & gasping during 90 second running intervals, the thought of running several minutes was crazy to me. Tomorrow night’s longest run interval is 9 minutes, and in 3 weeks I’ll be running my first 5k. That’s crazy… BRING IT!

DAVE RUNNING FUN FACT #1 – You may notice my run posts are almost exclusively made at night. Nike+ refers to me as a “Night Owl.” This is intentional, because it’s colder at night (I am preparing for a winter series, afterall), helps me unwind at the end of the day, but was originally chosen because it was harder for others to see me gasping, snorting, and struggling during those early weeks. 🙂


C25K – Redeux

Ok, remember those posts months ago about me training for running a 5K? Many months ago?

Remember that?

Yeah, that didn't go far. Ok, that's not completely true & discounting over a month of running progress. Last spring I was slightly more than halfway through the training regimin, then I hit my wall & learned a few valuable lessons…

  • Treadmill running is NOT like running on the road.
  • Don't eat & drink like a fiend before a run.
  • Even weeks into a regular training schedule, the temptation to quit is still there. Habit, bah! Decide to push through!

So… there ya have it. This morning I hit the road again, square one of my training program. First event of the Winter Series is November 11th. I will run all six. I will earn my sweatshirt!

 


Perseverance

 

If you've been following thedavewave lately, you've probably put 2+2 together and have deduced by the photo that this post is about running. Well, yes and no. God's been teaching me some things as I head deeper into my fourth week of training for my first 5k run.

To some degree, I'm sure all of us have something we'd like to change about ourselves – our spiritual life, our weight, our job, our relationships, etc.

“I'd like to _________.”

Really? How bad do you want it? Are you willing to work for it? Are you willing to push through the stretching, the pain that comes with lasting change?

For me, God is challenging me to draw even closer to Him. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” (Dt 6:5 NIV) I remember doing a word study on this verse years ago and the Hebrew word for “strength” literally means to the point of pain. That sure sounds like giving your all.

I was into bodybuilding many years ago and I remember after a session of supersets for my legs I could hardly make it up our stairs at home – had to literally pull myself up the hand rail. I overdid it that day, but I wanted the results. I had my eye on the prize & I was willing to push myself to get there. Walked funny for almost a week!

Here I am, 25 years later and I'm running. I hate running! It's hard work, my muscles cry for me to stop, but I'm fixed on my goal – better physical condition, weight loss… and that cool hooded sweatshirt you get for running all 5 events of the Winter Running Series. If I drop out now, I guess I didn't really want beneficial change in my life, and they don't award that sweatshirt for good intentions.

Spiritually, I want to be like the Apostle Paul – “I don't know about you, but I'm running hard for the finish line. I'm giving it everything I've got. No sloppy living for me!” (I Cor 9:26 MSG) My prayer? God, give me the perseverance to draw closer to You, to honor You, obey You, trust You more than I ever have. As difficult as the journey may be, the eternal prize is worth it.

 


Still going…

I still hate running. This morning I remembered one of the last times I was required to run was gym class in high school (24 years ago), and I CHEATED! Yes, you read it, I skipped the final lap of our quarter mile track and clamed the 3/4mi time as my 1 mile “finish.” Teacher didn't even question it… shows how closely they were paying attention. Almost a quarter century later, maybe there's hope for me yet? Some key milestones since I started training:

(1) I'm still running! My next training run marks the start of my 4th week. That's got to make it at least close to a habit, which brings me to my next point…

(2) I'm driven to run… there, I said it. Last night at 9:30pm, I was dog tired. Every fibre of my being was screaming “GO TO BED, YOU CAN RUN TOMORROW!” It was so tempting, but I HAD to run before calling it a day. Dang it, I'm turning into one of those people. 🙂

Roughly 5 more weeks before I finish my 5k training program. Time to start looking for some events to register for? Nothing motivates like non-refundable registration fees!

 


What a night!

As I’m thinking of the title I just wrote, I realize it could set a negative tone. To the contrary, it’s been a good night, finished with a 1 1/2 mile run under an incredibly bright full moon & a skyful of stars. Add to that the fact that it’s January, I’m running at 11:30pm and it’s a balmy 36 degrees…just a beautiful night to be outside. As I was finishing the last quarter mile, I slowed down a bit to watch the wispy cirrus clouds drift overhead, bright silver in color as they’re back lit by the moon.

What a night!

“But the basic reality of God is plain enough. Open your eyes and there it is! By taking a long and thoughtful look at what God has created, people have always been able to see what their eyes as such can’t see: eternal power, for instance, and the mystery of his divine being. So nobody has a good excuse.” Romans 1:20 The Message


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