Friday, October 12, 2012

10k Time Trials, Redwood Trails and Thoughts Inbetween

Much has happened in the last few weeks, but I am back from Blogcation! Ready to write and read with gusto- between runs and lots and lots of coffee. Here are a few updates, and very little to tie any of them together...

On Death and Faith
Currently, my husband is watching over his grandma who is in the hospital. More tubes will be pulled today and we hope she is breathing well enough to make it without them.
Locally, 2 very wonderful people passed away last week. I was asked by my friend to sing at her dad's memorial service. I knew the man- a wonderful man in his 80's. He was a believer- (born again later in life) who had really lived three separate lives in one lifespan. I was so nervous to sing, as I wanted to honor his memory and it has been 5 years or more since I have sang in front of others. God really blessed me with a gift that day, as I had only heard the song 3 days prior. (I am NOT a talented singer and will never be on radio). Somehow I hit all the notes- in a quiet shaking voice, alternating with a friend. If you asked me to sing the song now, I could not. I just don't know it- but I knew it long enough to sing it Friday when it mattered.

Also at this funeral, I watched a moving rendition of a Paul Simon song played by my friend's brother. He had played the song for his dad a week before he passed. Human relationships are so very complicated...and he mentioned before playing that he and his dad had not always seen eye to eye. But when he became a father, he understood his own dad a little better. Anyways, he choked up on the third verse about the father/son. I lost it too.

All this has me thinking a lot about how I will be remembered. Who would come to my own funeral? What would they say or sing? Circumstances of the last two weeks have been heavy, but cleansing. I want to be remembered NOT as the runner...(well, It's OK to be a side thought!). But as a person who cared for others.
 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Galatians 5:14
 This is a stretch-- a long-term goal. A much bigger challenge for my life, but lasting and one that's well worth the effort.

Also, I have renewed my commitment (again!) to read through the Bible in a year. The most consistent I ever have been with Bible reading was when I was either in a group study, or the first time I decided to read the new testament from beginning to end. My difficulty comes in reading the old testament - I can never stick to reading it from cover to cover. Usually when I get to Deuteronomy I fall off the wagon... This time I am using a program that sends a day's worth (3 chapters- 2 old testament, 1 new) to my inbox.

On Trails
 The boys and I were able to go to the redwoods recently with my mom and dad. It was our big camping trip for the year! I got to run an amazing bark trail through some GIANT trees, but stopped before I went too far. I was mapless, (GPS was questionable), alone, and didn't want to trip on a root a few miles away from any help. Next time I will bring a map and a friend! More pictures of the trip are here.




On Time trials
How crazy is a 10k time trial? This was on my schedule (as a race) a few weeks ago, but I have pretty much re-written everything on my 5k training plan anyway, so considered dropping it.  I didn't want to race a 10k if I couldn't PR...I didn't think I could. And then I thought.."Well...that's silly! Just make your own race and then you'll know for sure."
I don't make the practice of doing time trials. But the curiosity got me - that and the idea that I could use a good, solid 6 mile tempo run. :)

 It was a cold morning and I ran on the road, where the elevation stayed within a 100ft range over the 6.2 miles. I made sure to loop it so that it was not all downhill or uphill. Also, I made the mistake of eating banana chips for a late night and early morning snack. Amazingly, I made it the whole 6.2 without stopping, but still...this is not recommended. If anyone offers them to you before a race, just tell them you have been warned!

Something different between this time trial and the three 10k races I did last summer/fall, was that I was not getting mile splits in the TT. Just the average pace for the whole 10k as I was doing it. I might try that approach next time in a real race- except program it for longer (6.3 maybe?). After doing this workout, I am fairly certain I had the sub 40 last summer, but just let myself try to slide in just under the clock and missed it due to a long course and bad planning on my part. Today's course was actually short, since 10k= 6.21 not 6.20, but I am confident on a good course I could make my goal. In fact I was so satisfied by this TT I might just hang up my racing shoes. Only kidding. It did feel pretty good though!

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  1. I didn't realize your 10k time was in a trial, and not an actual race-- wow! That is serious mental toughness.
    Sorry to hear about your husband's gma- those are tough times, even when expected. And definitely get us thinking about the big picture. I agree- I want my life to be about so much more giving back. I'm gotten out of the habit of daily Scripture since L was born but just the last few weeks am working hard to make it a habit again. I am always glad when I do, but it's so easy to skip!

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    1. Thanks Laura. So true. Good for you to make it a habit. With God it is possible!

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  2. Congrats on your time trial. Fantastic time. My half that I've been training towards for the last 12 weeks is on Sunday. Eek! I really don't enjoy racing. ;) I loved your section on death and faith. I have a similar problem with reading through the Bible. I'm always tempted to start up a plan a few months into the year (therefore skipping the first few books of the OT.) But that's not to say there isn't lots to be gleaned from those books. Best wishes for a routine that sticks. In the short time that I've known you do you know what sticks out most in my mind? You are so ENCOURAGING! I would definitely say that you are living your life as one who cares about others. Have a great weekend!

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    1. Wishing you the best in your race!! I know you will honor Him with it :)

      Thanks for the thoughts on the OT. I want the foundations for the New T, but maybe I need to be in a group to really get what I want out of it. Not sure..still reading though.

      Thanks for your kind words. I hope to become moreso.

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  3. So Sorry to hear about granny and the losses lately. Always so sad and reminds me of how finite and fleeting life is. I'd love to run among the redwoods one day.

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    1. It is beautiful there. Completely worth the trip out!

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  4. Big hugs with all the challenges lately. Sometimes I think they are God's way of drawing us back in to reading scriptures, praying more often and remembering what is most important in life.

    CONGRATS on the awesome time trial. You are crazy fast! :)

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    1. Thanks Erin. I am sure this is being used for His good purposes.

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  5. Death has a way of making us feel mortal and taking a little bit of us with them. Very honoring you were asked to sing and nailed it!

    Beautiful pics from your camping trip. Looks really peaceful.

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    1. Thanks Mike. I am 100% sure that the song was a gift just for that moment. And even at that, it was plenty flawed. :) haha

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  6. I'm so sorry about all the sad times in your life right now. I always feel a bit closer to God in these trying times...he holds us close so we can be stronger.

    Yes, agreed, you definitely ran a sub 40 in the summer...and no doubts, you will again very soon! :)

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    1. Thanks Jill- hope you are recovered from your monster day in the windy city :)

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  7. I am very sorry for the bad news.
    Congrats on the time trial, you are a fast runner.
    The photos are wonderful. You live in a beautiful place.

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    1. Thanks Stefano. Hope you are getting stronger with each day.

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  8. Those trails look amazing, I hope you get to explore them further with a friend! I ran a trail race yesterday and I'm still on a bit of a high! Congratulations on a great 10k time, and I hope you have only good news moving forward.

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    1. SHerry, thanks! I would love to get back there. Running trails with a friend is not only safer, but a lot more fun. I am looking forward to taking someone there with me next time. COngrats on your race! I will have to check it out :)

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  9. I'm sorry to hear about the challenges you have faced lately. Please stay strong!

    Nice job on the time trial. I'm considering racing without a watch this weekend because I fall into the same trap of trying to let myself slide in exactly at my goal, and I think it might hold me back because maybe I can do even better. I'm kind of scared to try, though.

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    1. Rachel- sometimes I think that is the best idea. It helps to see just how hard we can really push! Have a great time!!

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  10. So sorry for your difficult times lately. Hope your husband's grandmother is doing better.

    Maybe the fact that you just told the whole world that you're reading through the Bible will help it to stick! ; )

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    1. Ha. You caught me, Tina! Yes. My blog is a good accountability tool for myself.

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  11. How is your husband's grandma doing? I hope she's ok?
    You are one fast runner! So inspired by you. =)
    Good luck on your Bible reading. It helps me to listen to it as well as read it. Sometimes listening brings out things I wouldn't have picked up on just by reading. I sometimes listen while running; though only on short runs because on longer ones my brain turns off. =D

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    1. Thanks Keeley. You are so right. Listening helps it come more to life for me too.
      She is moved from ICU to PCU, so is improving- but still is dealing with kidney failure, broken ribs and pneumonia.

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  12. Hey you! I read this right after you posted and I kept wanting to sit down and type a real comment instead of a quick surface one and apparently that took me 3 days....

    Amazing the courage and grace we're given at times... So happy you were able to pull off the song the way you wanted to. I'm sure it was beautiful and meant so very much to your friend!!

    Really loved looking at your pictures. I'm always in awe of the beauty of where you live! ONE day I'm coming!!!

    The time trial is not overly surprising to me. It's fantastic obviously but not surprising coming from you:):):) I knew that you had the sub 40 last year and I wish you would have gotten another chance back then to get it on paper, but regardless, I KNEW physically that you had it.. This SWEEEET TT obviously proves that and considering this was in training, I think you are now a fair amount under this in a real race. Amazing job!!!! You are such a fun deserving runner to cheer for and you have SO much in there!!!!!

    By your comment response above, I'm assuming Jon's grandmas is doing a little better. I've been thinking of your family!! Hope your Sunday is going well. XOXO

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    1. Well, it wasn't exactly the way I wanted to, but I hit the notes- totally by God's grace. I know my friend and her mom appreciated it- and that's what matters.

      Do come. It is a 5 hour drive to the redwoods, but if you are out west, it is so worth it.

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  13. Hi Raina!I am praying for your husband's grandma. It's rough to see beloved grandparents suffering.

    I'm very impressed with your time trial (and low HR on it!)--I wouldn't have the mental toughness to "race" in a non-race environment like that!

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    1. Thanks for praying Terzah. She could definitely use it- as can my husband's family.
      Thanks about the TT- The HR is funny. Sometimes I wonder if my heart is even in there!

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  14. I've stumbled across your blog a few times, and thought I should finally comment on it!
    #1, so speedy! Time trials are tough because it's just you and the road, I would think for sure your race 10k will be faster than that!
    #2, I had to chuckle when you said you fall off the wagon at Deuteronomy - that's pretty much where I fall off every time I try! But I really do enjoy and learn so much from the books before that - I've heard of plans that combine a bit of each, OT and NT, I think I could do that. I went to a small Christian school for one year of college and a required class was old testament - so interesting!
    Anyway, looking forward to reading more!

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    1. Katie- thanks for leaving a comment! I hope you are right about the real race V a TT...now to look for a 10k since it wasn't in my plan :)

      I bet taking a class on OT would be very interesting. What an opportunity!
      Hope you will come by again :)

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  15. My thoughts and prayers are with you; my wounds are still healing - as you probably know. Hope all turns for the better.

    Galatians - good stuff.

    Awesome pictures!!!

    Almost forgot -- SOLID run. Nice work.

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