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Training for the Race of Life.....Day 46 (Nourishment)

Training for the Race of Life…..Day 46 (Long Run Day)
 It’s amazing what a good nights sleep and some rest will do for you.  Yesterday I was absolutely worn out and dragging but today I was ready to run so my wife dropped me off at the Greenbelt in Kingsport so I could get in my long run.  Over 2 hours later she picked me up and I had gotten in 11 miles.  Again it wasn’t fast but one of the marathon trainers that I read says that you should run on these long days at least a minute per mile slower than you anticipate doing the marathon. 
 If everything goes as planned, I think I can maintain an 11 minute mile pace or so for the entire marathon, so I ran at about a 5 mile per hour pace today.  Definitely not fast but consistent.  I experimented a little as I ran, taking walk breaks at different intervals and so forth, but regardless of what I did the pace stayed about the same. 
 I felt really good the majority of the time that I was running except for when I finished up.  When I climbed into the car I was absolutely depleted.  I couldn’t have gone much farther I don’t think.  Of course I didn’t take in any nourishment or water during the 2 plus hours that I ran either and that made a bid difference.  So as soon as my wife picked my up we went to get some nourishment and something to drink.  After finishing that and eating again in a couple of hours I felt absolutely great.  Needless to say I was shocked.  The first time that I did a 10 mile run the next day I was shot.  Then when I did the 13 miles I was worn out for 2 days, and with all I had done this week I figured that I would be almost immobile by the end of the night.  That certainly wasn’t the case and I am glad. 
 A friend of mine who ran a marathon last May told me that you have to eat something on your long runs, you have to take in some kind of nourishment.  Whether its an energy gel, a gummy bear, a protein bar, or whatever, you have to eat something or you will crash.  Nourishment is that important, he said he found out the hard way.
 I’ll have to agree with him, nourishment is that important.  What we eat is important, being properly hydrated is extremely important, nourishment is vital.  In running, in exercising, in life.  Nourishment is vital.  And spiritual nourishment is as well.  That is why we must daily feast on the word of God.  It nourishes us, it sustains us, it strengthens us.  It must be a part of our lives. 
 As 2010 comes to a close, people are making New Year’s resolutions everywhere you look.  What better resolution than to say, this year I’m going to feast on God’s word, I’m going to make it a daily part of my life, I’m going to learn from it, I’m going to meditate on it, I’m going to memorize parts of it.  Why? Because we need God’s wisdom to guide us and He has given us His wisdom in His book, that we call the Bible.  So dedicate yourself to reading it, to letting it be “a lamp unto your feet and a light unto your path.”  Keep running with Jesus and reading His word.