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Strong ENOUGH!

I guess last Sunday’s run really did me in because I didn’t post my weekly blog. So here are last week’s runs and this week’s in one blog. 🙂  Week before last was okay until the long run and once again the wheels fell off.  Now granted, I did A LOT on Saturday the day before my 15 miler.  I should have known it would be a tough run based on that alone. But, I got it done.

Here is how the run’s panned out:

Week of August 18:

Run 1 – 8 X 400s

1:33

1:41

1:36

1:41

1:41

1:44

1:42

1:46

Run 2 – Tabata run – 20 second hard effort with 10 second rest – 8 times! This is only 4 minutes of work – but OH, SO HARD!

Distance covered:

1 – .06

2 – .06

Intervals 3 – 8  .05

Run 3 – 10k Race – 51:15 – Hard race! This was the Superhero Make-A-Wish 5k/10k at Volkswagen Enterprise South.  The race had special meaning due to the fact it was for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  My nephew Connor was a recipient of Make-A-Wish’s generosity during his treatment for Aplastic Anemia.  He was able to enjoy an amazing trip to Disney World with his family.  Two of my running angels in the photo below also received Make-A-Wish’s generosity when their son battled cancer. This foundation does great things for families in great need.  We were honored to be a part of this run. This is a tough place to run due to the hills!  It was not a PR run at all but I felt really good due to the hills!  It was a tough course but I ran well and won my age group! Yay!  (Elevation gain: 406 ft; Elevation loss: 428 ft.)

1 – 8:07

2 – 8:07

3 – 8:10

4 – 8:34

5 – 9:01

6 – 7:39

.24 – 1:35

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After this run I went to an amazing CrossFit community-wide WOD. #noogastrong was put together to benefit the families of the five military members who lost their lives on July 16, 2015 here in Chattanooga.  This was an amazing experience. Any pain I felt melted away as I thought about what these families are going through.

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The best thing about this day was not my win or my WOD – it was that our precious mini-donkeys had a BABY! I came home to play with Cabela.  He was most likely born after I left the house for the SuperHero Run.

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Run 4 – 15 miles – YUCK!  This run was miserable.  I will say it again…miserable.  I ran in my next of the woods and thought that would be good. Not so much.  It had been raining all morning, so I waited until after church.  I was hoping for a sprinkle.  Instead I got full sun….and heat. 🙂  I pushed through the first half and then fell apart on the back half.  I turned my watch to the run/walk mode in an attempt to make it back to my car in one piece. 🙂  I did!  But, it was ugly once again….but, again I finished. I wasn’t as upset with this one as I was the last one.  I just chalked it up to knowing I had pushed past my limits.  It was okay. I had a peace about it.  When I got home I text my coach and told him how I felt. He has programmed us very aggressively.  Knowing that, I asked him to dial it down a bit for me the next week.  I was losing the joy/fun and I don’t want to do that.  He told me he figured my 15 would be tougher because of my race and WOD.  He was right. I am learning from every run. I need to listen to my body and be wise.  I know I am physically giving all I can and because of this was not too upset with the wheels flattening on this run.  I knew I had another week ahead of me…and I did….a good one.

1- 9:24

2 – 9:02

3- 9:05

4- 9:11

5- 8:48

6- 9:04

7- 9:28

8 – 9:06

9 – 10:48

10- 9:54

11- 10:23

12- 12:34 – started run/walk

13- 12::15

14- 11:46

15- 10:22

Week of August 23 – a good week. I needed this. Matt dialed it down for me as requested this week. He programmed 2 rest days, 3 CrossFit days and 3 run days as opposed to 4 CF days and 4 run days.

Run 1 – 6 x 600s -HAPPY about this one!  We are always trying to keep the times as close as possible on each interval.  This is the first time I have had over 2 the same time…let alone 4 of them. 🙂

2:39

2:36

2:36

2:36

2:43 – went off trail – car coming – took some time off!

2:36

Run 2 – 5 x 1000s – did after school.  Morning runs are cooler and easier for me.  I had to make myself get out there…but I did and overall felt pretty good.

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4:27

4:33

4:23

4:35

4:28

Run 3 – 12 miles – Went into this run needing a good one.  I have had 2 of my worst long runs ever the last 2 weeks and SOO needed a decent one.  I got it.  I prayed that I would be able to finish strong and He provided.  I had an easier week this week – more rest and less running.  It helped.  My goal going in was to try to keep my pace under a 9:00 minute mile AND not stomp, walk or cry the second half. 😉  I did it! I felt good. I was able to push when I was tired and my body responded.  Most importantly my mind responded. God gave me peace through song.  Strong Enough by Matthew West played and I realized I am not strong enough but HE is and with Him I am!

Mile 1 – Warm-up – 9:46

next .45 mile – 9:29 – reset watch here

11 Miles:

1 – 8:55

2 – 8:59

3 – 8:51

4 – 8:56

5 – 9:09

6 – 8:47

7 – 8:55

8 – 8:54

9 – 8:40

10 – 8:53

11 – 8:41

I did it without the wheels falling off and my goal was to stay under 9.  I did that! Yay! I needed this run!  As I was on my way back I passed the memorial for the 5 military members who lost their lives.  I chose to run on the road and not the trail next to the National Guard facility.  This was a great choice because as I came around the corner I noticed 5 American Flags they have placed on the railing of the riverwalk path.  They look awesome! What a great tribute.  This morning was one I needed and one where God provided.  He provided a beautiful moon and then a glorious sunrise.  He provided running angels in front of me and behind me.  Though we didn’t run together I knew they were there.  Philippians 4.13 kept coming to my mind:  13 For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.  HE DID! He made me strong enough!

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“Strong Enough”

You must
You must think I’m strong
To give me what I’m going through

Well, forgive me
Forgive me if I’m wrong
But this looks like more than I can do
On my own

I know I’m not strong enough to be
everything that I’m supposed to be
I give up
I’m not strong enough
Hands of mercy won’t you cover me
Lord right now I’m asking you to be
Strong enough
Strong enough
For the both of us

Well, maybe
Maybe that’s the point
To reach the point of giving up

Cause when I’m finally
Finally at rock bottom
Well, that’s when I start looking up
And reaching out

I know I’m not strong enough to be
Everything that I’m supposed to be
I give up
I’m not strong enough
Hands of mercy won’t you cover me
Lord right now I’m asking you to be
Strong enough
Strong enough

Cause I’m broken
Down to nothing
But I’m still holding on to the one thing
You are God
and you are strong
When I am weak

I can do all things
Through Christ who gives me strength
And I don’t have to be
Strong enough
Strong enough

I can do all things
Through Christ who gives me strength
And I don’t have to be
Strong enough
Strong enough

Oh, yeah

I know I’m not strong enough to be
Everything that I’m supposed to be
I give up
I’m not strong enough
Hands of mercy won’t you cover me
Lord right now I’m asking you to be
Strong enough
Strong enough
Strong enough

Now to be able to run effortlessly as my new baby, Cablea…

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Let HIS teaching fall like rain…

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Deuteronomy 28:12
The LORD will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none.

Deuteronomy 32:2
Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants.

Today I ran in the rain. The pouring down rain.  The wet rain. The cleansing rain.  I stomped in water puddles.  I watched the water flow down creeks that I didn’t know were there.  I listened to the rain as it hit the ground. I listened to the water run in the creeks through the woods.  I watched rain drip off my hat like tear drops.  It was magical.  I felt alive. I was alive. God blessed me with a cleansing rain.

The Lord let His heavens open and the storehouse of His bounty flowed down…He blessed my run with His beauty!  My running is my work for Him.  He is providing the journey to Boston once again and I have to do the work.  Today it was wet but it was eye-opening and sense heightening.

Many people choose not to run in the rain, snow, cold or dark…but in my opinion,for what it’s worth, they are missing out! As long as you have the right gear…rain, reflective…then these runs can be the BEST ever!  Your senses are alive in ways they are normally not. You see things you might not normally notice.  You hear in a different way.

The Lord teaches on these runs. He allows me to hear Him and see Him in the beauty of his bounty – today it was the rain.

What can you do to step outside your normal routine and see Him and hear Him in a different way?  Do it and let His teaching fall on you like RAIN!

RACE REPORT….The Hot Chocolate 15k/5k in Atlanta

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This picture was on Facebook today.  It is a perfect picture or yesterday’s race in Atlanta.  We were Road Warriors yesterday in the hills of Atlanta.  (This may be my first and last race in Atlanta…During the race I saw several shirts that read Heat, Hills, Humidity…Welcome to Atlanta! AMEN! 🙂

I approached this race as a training run. The schedule called for a long run of 12 miles at a moderate pace – 915.  I decided to go with how I felt and add a few miles running others in after my race.  The race was a 15k or 9.3 miles.  Running others in would help me get my 12.  As in fact it did.

How did it go? Really well.  Despite the hills, I felt great! I ran well! My Garmin reported 9.45 miles with a 8:20 pace. I am so excited because I can tell my training is paying off. The speed work and the tempo runs are working. As much as I hate them, they are working. 🙂 The time on my feet during my easy run are bringing JOY to my runs.  My new running form is helping me praise HIM as well as keeping me from running with chicken wings.  God is showing up every run.  He is showing His hand through the beauty around me, with the friends who encourage me,  through the family who support me, with the strangers who inquire about Team Hoyt, with the strength He is giving me on every run and with proof the plan is working.

God gives us direction.  God leads our steps.

Proverbs 20.24

A man’s steps are directed by the LORD. How then can anyone understand his own way?

Let Him lead you today!!!

 

SAVED THE BEST FOR LAST:  One VERY important thing about this race is that it supported the Ronald McDonald House.  The Ronald McDonald House Charity is very close to the Newsom family.  It has been a home away from home for my brother-in-law, sister-in-law and their children as their oldest son has and is still dealing with Aplastic Anemia.  The RMH in Milwaukee, Wisconsin was their safe haven as he went through treatment and is available if and when they have to return.  My nephew is still fighting and he is showing all of us how the hills of life can be turned into joy.  I think I can safely say, we have learned A LOT from our nephew.  He is an amazing young man who loves the Lord and is using his circumstances to make a difference for others! Thanks, Connor for being such a pillar of strength for us. We love you and are praying for you daily!!! You are a warrior! Keep fighting!!!

 

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Salt and light…the almost final answer…

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Dear Trish:

Thank you for submitting your application for entry into the 2012 Boston Marathon. Regrettably, we are unable to accept your application due to field size limitations and the large number of applications we received from qualified runners.

Name of Applicant Gender Age on
4-16-2012
Submitted
Qualifying Time
Trish Newsom F 43 3:48:59

Entries from applicants in your age group were accepted through and including the time 3:48:46. (13 seconds shy…13 seconds!)

So…that is where we are…13 seconds shy of running the 2012 Marathon with the “qualified” group.  In preparation for this day I start collecting scriptures and one quote that I knew would encourage and comfort at the same time…here they are:

Don’t count the steps ahead; just add up the total of steps already covered, and multiply it by faith, confidence, and endurance. Always remember that for those who persist, today’s dreams are transformed into tomorrow’s successes.”~ Kelly D. Caron

Pslam 66.19-20

19 but God has surely listened
and heard my voice in prayer.

20 Praise be to God,
who has not rejected my prayer
or withheld his love from me!

John 15.7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.

Hebrews11.6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

Psalm 62

5 Find rest, O my soul, in God alone;
my hope comes from him.

6 He alone is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.

7 My salvation and my honor depend on God;
he is my mighty rock, my refuge.

8 Trust in him at all times, O people;
pour out your hearts to him,
for God is our refuge.

During the day today, I was struggling.  I text some of my family and friends and asked them to pray for peace.  Yoli…my tried and true running buddy, called me back and said, “Can we pray?”  She prayed the sweetest prayer.  She spoke the words I could not.  She asked for His will to be done…and let Him know our desires. But she ended by praying His glory being shown in all of this.  You all know this has been my prayer all along.  Then my sister, Lisa text me the following scripture:

John 11:40 Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?”

At this time I also put in my headphones to try to process peace with some Christian music.  I currently had the station on Easy Listening.  But to my surprise, the Lord had His song on the Easy Listening station for me…I Surrender All – God put this song on that station at the very moment I needed it!!!!

He was orchestrating peace through far away prayer by many of you, direct prayer by Yoli, scripture sent by my sister and then His song on the radio.  I was listening!

This all prepared me for the above email.  The one that says we appreciate your effort but you missed it by 13 seconds. But did I? NO! I qualified.  And as Hebrews 12.1 states…

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 1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,

That race is the 2012 Boston Marathon…so as of right now, I am researching and applying to run for a charity.  How incredible would it be to run as a qualifier…AND to run to help others in a way I would not running solo?  My husband is fired up.  After being disappointed with me and for me he realized we could do this.  We could still run and do it for others!!! My goal is to apply to be part of the Alzheimer’s Association charity team.  Being that Tennessee is God’s chosen home for me…and that Pat Summit is the new face for this disease, she would be the drive behind this effort.  She is a lady of integrity who has not given up…she is the face for perseverance.  My grandmother also suffered from dementia.  This disease is close to many close to all of us.

This is also being done for my incredible nephew, Connor. I have learned so much from him in regards to giving. Connor and his family have benefitted from the Ronald McDonald House Charity during his battle with Aplastic Anemia. He is collecting tab tops to raise funds for the RMH charity. (If this was a chosen charity for Boston, I would be all over it…but unfortunately, it is not.)  He is teaching all of us what it means to give selflessly even in the midst of struggles.  Connor, you make us proud to know you and to be able to call you family. You and your family have taught all of us the meaning of the following scripture:

Matthew 5:14-16

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. “Nor do men light a lamp, and put it under the peck-measure, but on the lampstand; and it gives light to all who are in the house. “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”

Stay tuned for this update…if this is not what God has planned…then I will keep moving forward and praying for His will in regards to my running.  Let’s continue to…not count the steps ahead; just add up the total of steps already covered, and multiply it by faith, confidence, and endurance. Always remember that for those who persist, today’s dreams are transformed into tomorrow’s successes.”~ Kelly D. Caron

Blessings have been numerous throughout this process. Friendships have been formed.  Prayers have answered.  Spiritual growth has been present.  Goals have been met.  This is just the start of the journey to the next mailbox….

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