I had my long run (26 miles) all planned out today. It was going to be VERY windy, so I decided to get up at 4:00 AM so I could eat and then run at 6:00, to try to beat most of the wind. I went to bed at 9:00 PM, but of course, couldn't go to sleep. I tossed & turned all night - great start. I was up at 4 & checked the wind - already at 10 mph - wonderful! I was able to get out the door to run at 5:56 - a good start.
I am using the Jeff Galloway run/walk program and decided to stick to the plan of running 2 minutes & walking 1 minute. I was able to continue this plan up until mile 12, and then went to run 1 min/walk 1 min because of the winds (yes, they picked up to about 15-20 mph). Usually, I start out way too fast and then crash the last 2 miles.
I made a big mistake - I was trying to run in a direction away from the wind so I went North - that unfortunately is downhill (and I mean VERY downhill). The first hill I went down was about a -12% grade and it kept going for almost a mile, winding around curves. My shins & knee weren't used to this type of downhill running, so I ended up tweeking my knee and getting shin splints - stupid move on my part. Anyway, after running for 17 miles, I ended up speed walking the last 4 miles and only ended with 21 miles. I didn't want to injure myself this close to my marathon, which is May 30, so I decided to call it quits after 21 miles.
I was actually surprised that I averaged a 11:57 pace overall, since I walked the last 4 miles, but the run-2/walk-1 method DOES work on increasing speed - my first 17 miles were a lot faster than I usually run.
It was a disappointing run and now I will have to rest my leg the rest of the week, but I learned my lesson - "the best laid plans" I have may not necessarily work.
I'm finding this to be true in my life also. Whenever I think I have great "plans" for something and forget to ask God's advice, I usually end up failing. The scriptures are clear on this matter:
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
You notice, God doesn't say I know the plans YOU have for yourself; He knows the plans HE has for you. His plans are always the best; mine are not.
Many are the plans in the mind of a man,but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand.
I want plans that will stand, don't you?
The heart of man plans his way,but the LORD establishes his steps.
I like this scripture; we are not robots doing what God tells us. We CAN establish plans as long as we allow God to establish our steps to make those plans succeed. How much better than me trying to do it myself. Thank you, Lord!
Commit your work to the LORD,and your plans will be established.
So all I need to do is commit all I do to the Lord and He will work miracles. This is hard for me to do since I sometimes think I know best - that is SO funny - there's no way I know more than God. :)
O LORD, you are my God; I will exalt you; I will praise your name,for you have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure.
I'm definitely going to let God be in control, even in my running. I need to remember that He DOES know best and will not let me down. I'm going to let God plan my days. :) How about you?
Have a great and glorious day today. May God be with you and bless you.