One of the keys to training for a 10k, half marathon or marathon is to include LSD once per week. No I’m not advocating drugs or a return to the 60’s, in runners’ terms, LSD stands for Long-Slow-Distance. The best way to prepare for a long race is to train with long, slow distance. Some of the best trainers even suggest that it’s a good idea to add short walk breaks to your run in order to increase your overall distance.
LSD can be difficult if you are alone. It’s hard to stay motivated and focused. It’s easy to talk yourself into cutting your run short. This is why I love running with the Calvary Running Team. When I run with a partner or a group, the time and distance seem to go by much faster and when I feel like quitting, the others are always there with a word of encouragement. Sometimes they even provide accountability.
Last Sunday was my LSD day. I had previously made arrangements with a running buddy to meet early and get our long run in. I was tired and really didn’t feel like running, but I had already committed so I went as planned. Earlier in the day the skies had opened up and it had poured. I found myself praying, perhaps selfishly, that it would be dry for our run. As we began to run, the clouds parted and the rain stopped. It was beautiful and dry for the whole run!
We talked about the struggles and successes in our lives and we encouraged one another. Before we knew it, we had completed our 10 mile run.
I know we’ve shared this before, but as I thought back on our run I was reminded of Hebrews 10:24 “Let us encourage one another and spur one another to love and good deeds.” Sometimes life can be like a long, slow distance run and if we are trying to do it alone, discouragement can set in. That’s why it’s important to do life together as we say about our community groups. When we encourage one another and spur one another toward godly choices, our lives are not only enriched, but the days don’t seem so long or difficult.
If you would like to experience encouragement in fitness and in life, we would love to have you join us. This week we will be meeting at noon on Wednesday at Clearwater trail, on Saturday at 8 am at Alton Baker Park (Pre’s Trail) and on Sunday at 3 pm at Clearwater trail. I hope to see you there.
Have a great week!