Day 22 Whew!

5K 12:40/mile

We weren’t sure we could run as we both struggled with knee pain earlier in the day. But this evening we improved so we headed out on our 5k test run. We had to take it easy starting out to make sure the knees were holding up but felt great at the 2 mile point so we pushed harder on the hills and finish than ever before. The result was our fastest time on the longer course! A small victory on a day that could have been runless. We’ll take it!

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Day 20 That’s Funny

6.01 miles 1:20:33 13:24/mile

Six miles without stopping, 3 minutes faster than last Saturday! That’s more than :30 faster per mile which is pretty good for slow pokes like us! That’s funny because we started out a little slow and it felt like we were going slower than last time. With running it doesn’t always feel better even when you’re doing better. But the clock doesn’t lie. 

Thanks for your support! We are running to bring clean drinking water to kids who need it. Help us support Team World Vision by clicking here! $50 provides water for one person, but any donation large or small is appreciated and accepted!

Day 18 Thank You!

3 mile tempo run 37:19

Had to run alone today. It was hot and I couldn’t take water. Still, I got my best time for the long course by quite a bit! I’m excited about the results. I can’t thank you enough for the donations and encouraging words. They will get us to the finish line… If you haven’t donated yet please Click to bring clean water to those who need it! Getting close to my goal… Water. Hope. Life. 

Day 16 = 4

4 miles Easy Run 13:04/mile 52:14

Nice cool evening run. Had some knee pain earlier so had to run later alone. Still I managed to slightly improve my pace, even with going one mile more. Perfect weather likely affected that. Thanks for your prayers and support of clean water for children through World Vision: Click here to change someone’s world!

Day 15 On track…

3 mile Easy Run 13:05/mile

One good lap of our longer route with a couple of minor climbs. 3 miles without stopping, without incident. We are running the Chicago Marathon to raise money for World Vision, providing clean water to children who need it. Your donation of any size is appreciated. $50 provides clean water for one person. You have generously donated funds for 16 people. Just 10 more needed to reach 26, one for each mile I will run in the marathon. Thanks for your support! Click to support my run!

Day 13 YES!!!!

Click here to deliver the water I carried today…

6.0 miles 1:23 13:56/mile Details

Short and sweet. We did it! We ran 6 miles without stopping, without incident! Thanks for your support! Water. Hope. Life. Running for Team World Vision. 

Day 11 ugh

3 miles 12:43 moving pace

Today I went out too hard, nearly matching my 5k test speed on the first mile, which had been on a totally flat course. My right shin started tightening up, then my calf, then my back. I then realized I had my right shoe tied too tight. When I stopped, undid the “marathon lacing” someone had suggested and retied it normally, my shin and calf relaxed. Unfortunately it was too late for my back. I finished with a similar time to Monday’s run but with quite a bit of frustration. But that’s how it goes. Glad we finished. Glad we went out hard to test our limits. Will always wonder how I would have done with the regular lacing pattern from the start. 

But when I reflect on events in South Carolina I realize this is no big deal. I’m grateful to have lived to run the race of life another day. May I run well to the rhythm of grace in all I do. Prayers go out to all who are hurting and grieving in our broken world. May hope rise again and soon!

Day 9, More Than Fine…

Click to view our run! Click here to donate!

Well today began with the world finally discovering how the Cardinals always win! LOL. Seriously, I hope it’s an isolated act by a rogue employee. I also hope it’s not the tip of the iceberg of what most teams are doing regularly. It’s also the day we dropped 41 seconds off of yesterday’s easy 3 mile run time! All three miles were pretty close in pace and our heart rates were in check. It didn’t feel a lot easier but we improved significantly. Thanks to all who have supported me! Thanks to anyone considering providing clean water to one person for $50. Just ten more $50 donations to meet my commitment!

Day 8 Great!

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Click here to see our run… 

3 miles 12:45/mile

Today was our fastest Monday 3 mile run! (We managed to dodge most of the raindrops but wow was it humid!) We ran the the whole time and it felt good until the last half mile or so when we had to work harder. Thanks for your support! Now the Blackhawks need to wrap up the Stanley Cup tonight! Go Hawks!

Day 6, Take 5!

We did it! We made it 5 miles. 13:38/mile https://www.strava.com/activities/324642748

Not without walking but we ran most of it and finished running. We ventured out to more varied terrain, experiencing a couple of hills for the first time. The temperature shot up so at the 3 mile point we were close to home and grabbed our running hats. Based on how we finished I think we can come closer to running the whole distance next weekend. In most situations it proved easier to keep plugging than to start up again from a brief walking break. This was the second longest distance I’ve ever covered and the most in a decade. I dug deep to finish today. I thought about the injustice that keeps people from having what they need and our determination to make a difference in someone’s life. I imagined the thrill of completing this challenge and knowing that the support of others carried me to success. I thought about you and the difference you have already made in my life. Thanks. Water. Hope. Life. Click here to make a difference! 

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