Chevron Houston Marathon Week 26

Saturday, January 2, 2016

14 short days to go! Today's long run consisted of 12 miles. I think this was the coldest one the entire season. If we get this kind of temps for marathon day, it will be awesome. I'm praying that God will bless us with great, cool weather. I posted this photo of me on Insta and I was thankful to God for the health to run and for my feet. More than expensive running shoes, my feet take me to and fro every time. Ha ha! 
Last season around this time I was battling quite a bit of anxiety about marathon day. Bouncing back from last year's Fall marathon was tough on my body and my mind. Thank God I ran a good race but it was my toughest one ever.

The blessing God gave me through being a Chevron Houston Marathon Ambassador added a lot of joy and life into my training. It's been an immense honor to represent my favorite marathon and to work with amazing runners. I can't wait to tell you about my experience volunteering and participating during race weekend.

I'm also thankful for the support of my running group. This season I consistently ran with them twice a week, which was glorious. I think this is the first time I've been able to meet up with friends during the week and on weekends. What a great family of runners!

I've been visiting sick friends in the hospital and praying God's healing for them lately. I have been thankful for being healthy and for the ability to run. Running is quite the gift and I thank God for it.

I'm also thankful for my family's support as I pursue this sport. Everyone has grown accustomed to the routine. Everyone cheers on each other and we are just starting to get the kids involved in the sport. I'm also learning not to make anyone suffer because I'm tired after my long runs. The day I run long is a great exercise of unselfishness. While I won't clean the garage and jump hurdles I will still make sure that we have family time and a great, GREAT nap.

Next week it's our ver last long run before the marathon. I'm encouraged by God's grace, care and love for me. I'm encouraged by your readership and support. I appreciate your prayers for a safe, healthy and injury-free marathon. Thank you friends!

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Previously in this Series:
Week 25
• Weeks 23 and 24
• Week 22
• Week 19
• Week 18
 Week 17
• Week 16
• Week 15
• Week 14
• Weeks 1 - 13