5K to 50K – Clinging to Faith
After finishing the Tough Mudder with more ease than I thought, my second goal of running a half marathon in the Fall of this year as the next event on my bucket list, all of a sudden seems a bit too easy. After talking to Tony “The Cyborg” Thoma, I have decided to train for a 50K race in the fall of 2013. Pastor Aaron has asked us to chronicle our journey in a blog, so here goes.
It is a beautiful but highly challenging race held in Duluth, MN. You can see the details here: Wild Race Duluth. I would like to invite anyone else interested to join up with Cyborg and I in this journey. It is a very large commitment and will not be easy.
At this stage the thoughts are…
- Am I crazy?
- Do I really have what it takes?
- Will my hip and knee hold up?
- Will I have any shot at placing in the top ten?
- When will I find the time?
- What will my wife and kids think?
- Will The Cyborg finally be the death of me?
[easyazon-image-link asin=”0307952193″ alt=”Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself” src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41svdZmUKcL._SL160_.jpg” align=”left” width=”106″ height=”160″]So I will put my American Ninja aspirations on hold and focus on my running and my faith. Yes, Faith. I have a lot of fears and insecurities in life. I recently have been reading a book called [easyazon-link asin=”0307952193″]Finding Ultra[/easyazon-link]. In this book as he progresses through alcohol treatment and rehab he states,
“There’s only one cure for fear. Faith.”
So my reasoning for starting this race is that it scares me, a lot, and I believe in my mind if I can accomplish this then a lot of my irrational fears I have in life will seem less daunting. So as the Cyborg and I venture forward I pray that each of you will support us and offer any advice and/or criticism you feel may benefit us. But most importantly just pray that we succeed in our journey to train, compete, and grow spiritually.
5k to 50k Training Update
I had a good start yesterday running 5 miles at a 7:19 average. I overheated around mile 4 so Mile 5 was 2 minutes slower than mile one. Next up is a 15 mile jaunt on Saturday morning aiming to hold an 8:30 pace. I intend to use the time I spend running on faith related growth. I need to spend much more time in the Word and growing my faith so it only makes sense to use my time running to divert my mind from the pain and difficulty of it to something greater.
The issue I have is how do I spend my time? What resources do I use? I wear my earphones so I can listen to Runkeeper tell me to run harder and so perhaps I can sync some podcasts to it or something else?
Here is where I would love to get input from each of you on how to spiritually grow as I run. I look forward to hearing from you.