Monday, January 14, 2008

Time For A New Goal

Last year if you would have told me that I would be a runner I would have laughed at you. Although my physique doesn't conjure up images of Jesse Owens or any other athlete besides a rodeo clown...I have seen huge improvements in my energy, stamina, and weight.

So far, I have run a 5K race and a 13.1 mile half-marathon. I went from running a consistent 11-12 minute mile, to a 10 minute mile average. During the 5K I ran a 9.5 minute average! It was rather quick for me! Now I'm off to my next challenge....a full marathon. Yep...it's out there. I said it. I am planning on running the Okc Memorial Marathon in April. This is a full loop 26.2 miles of pure torture! My goal is to do this in 4 hours....

The coolest thing about running for me, is the mind game that goes on while you're running. Your body keeps telling you to stop, that you need to take a break, but you know that you can run as much as you're running. You have to push past the pain and focus on the end goal. If you give in to the "slow down" mental game you'll postpone your goal and it will keep you from getting faster.

I've learned to use those cues to pray and ask God to help me through the pain. I'm reminded of scripture that I quote while I'm in pain...

So there is my new goal. Check in on me and see how the training is going... Do you guys have any goals this year that seem overwhelming?

7 comments:

Cindy Beall said...

Dude. Now that's impressive. I will pray for you, bruthath from anuthah muthah.

Derrick Henslee said...

Cindy...you and Kyle were meant to be friends! Kyle calls me that all the time. Maybe we're all brothers and sisters and we don't know it! One can only hope!

chris rogers said...

Wow Derrick, that is awesome. I can't even imagine running more that 2 miles at a time...you are my hero.

Derrick Henslee said...

Well....I do what I can...but a hero, well that'd be an honor. Can I wear a leotard?

Abbi said...

WOW!!! Great goal! I'll be checking back to see how you are doing...and MAN is that Scripture ever PERFECT! (naturally, I mean, it IS the Word of God!!)

chris rogers said...

Blogger Derrick Henslee said...

"Well....I do what I can...but a hero, well that'd be an honor. Can I wear a leotard?"



Only if I can have a picture!

Derrick Henslee said...

Abbi - I mean really....it's almost like God favors running over other sports or something...I don't see anything about racquetball in the scriptures!

Chris - You'll have to purchase the leotard for me first...oh, and there's gotta be a significant amount of airbrushing on the photo.