Saturday, September 27, 2014

Faux Trail Hike

Last Monday, I ran for 3 minutes.  Wednesday, 4.  Friday, an amazing five.  I didn't think I could do the five and now next Monday is 6 with Wednesday 2 sets of 4.

I have no lingering soreness from the runs so it's a good sign that my body is able to do this.  However, with just these small walk/runs 3 times a week, I'm concerned that it's not enough to bring down my weight and get me in shape.  Weight-wise, I gained a little these last couple of days but I was kind of expecting it.  Since being sick a couple weeks ago, I lost a bit and I think my body is equalizing itself.  Hopefully that's done with and it's all downhill now.

The last couple years I've been reading trail journals, Appalachian, Pacific Crest, The Way, etc.  It's not feasible for me now but maybe someday.  In the meantime, I'm going to take the miles that I go on my walk/runs and see how far I would be on the Appalachian Trail starting in Georgia on Springer Mountain.  I do realize that a treadmill, a paved neighborhood or a state trail is no comparison to the real trail.  I don't have physical mountains, I have mental mountains to cross.  And no backpack or bugs or pumping water or bears, you get the picture.

So that's why this is a Faux Trail Walk like a Faux fur is to a real fur.  No animals were harmed in the walking of this trail.  I'll use this guide to gauge how far.

Going back to the beginning of my running schedule, I've gone 7.72 miles which brings me past the logging road, almost to Hawk Mountain Shelter.  Only 2,170.58 miles to go.

Friday, September 19, 2014


I was sick last week.  So like usual, I did a marathon watch of a television show.  This time I chose the Amazing Race.  Suddenly, I was hooked - I watched every season that I could for free.  What was it about this show that was touching me deeply even after I was well again?

Then a phrase kept popping up in my mind, "run the race."  I went to the verse in Hebrews that tells us to run the race of faith.  And not only to run, but to run so as to get the prize.

There was a team of two guys a couple seasons back, Tom and Andy.  They were quite good at anything physical that they had to go through and enjoyed it.  It was like the world was their playground.  On top of this, they were Christians and ran the race with integrity.  When it came down to a foot race for first place in a leg, they ran and won it by seconds.  They ran to win the prize.

I wondered, what would it be like to be in a race like this and able to go through each obstacle with joy as this team did?  More than that, isn't that what Hebrews is calling us to do in life?

As my mind spiderwebbed, I realized that not only do I want to run the race spiritually, but also physically.  Just think what could be done if my body was ready to face physical obstacles.  And in being fit and able, the mind is shaped and ready as well.

Time to start running again.  I started this week on a different C25K schedule than before.  Because I can still run a lot more than I did when I started the first time, I stepped it up.  This schedule starts me at running 2 minute intervals and today was 3.  I got through each training run by mental games.  It wasn't about the physical condition of my body rather it was my mind overriding and encouraging me to complete the task.

Once I'm able to run 3.1 miles straight, then I'll work on other things.  One step at a time.