Chevron Houston Marathon 2017 Training Week 4

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

I love stories. I love to hear the amazing stories that happen all around me. This year, as I train for the Chevron Houston Marathon, I want to introduce you to some of the amazing runners that like me, love Houston and who are training for it. The first person I want to introduce you to is runner Barry Walter. Barry will run his fourth Aramco Houston Half Marathon in January. I asked him what convinced him to start running in the first place and he said "Joyce told me, 'we're gonna do this!'" I am amazed at how a little encouragement from those who live inside of our homes can help us accomplish so much. I started running, then my husband Zeke decided to join the fun. He will run his second Aramco Houston Half in January.  
Barry Walter and I after a run with running group. 
If you do not have support at home, you can always join a local running group or an online one. It has been said that if you want to go fast, go alone but if you want to go further, go together. 
This week during our group run, I decided not to add any extra miles and just focus on the group run. It was the best decision ever and I'll stick with it. I started and finished strong for a summer run. As my overall plan (nutrition, hydration, strength building, rest) progresses, I am looking to see improvements in my long runs. I also met new people who have been running the same pace as myself. We might tag along and encourage each other to stick to our goal pace. My challenge is NOT TO START TOO FAST. I know, this is the year I will actually practice self-control and stick with my pace plan. Pray for me friends!

On a personal note, I just walked out of an extra busy season this summer. I finished co-teaching Bible study with two friends. I am now ready to totally focus on fitness and nutrition. I never stopped training but to totally focus on nutrition was so difficult. Yesterday I packed all my meals for the week and I am starting weight training this week. Today is my weigh in and I lost 3 lbs. My goal is to run Houston better than I have ever ran before. Being leaner will help me rock 26.2 miles instead of suffer through it. I appreciate your encouragement in this journey. Oh, if you follow me on Snapchat, Insta, Twitter and Facebook you can get some behind the scenes action on my weight management process and all things 
Have an amazing week friends! 

Previously in this Series:
• Week 1
• Week 2

Week 3

Read the stories of my previous Marathons in Houston:
• Chevron Houston Marathon 2014
• Chevron Houston Marathon 2015
• Chevron Houston Marathon 2016