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August 2007 Training

3 – Track: Ran 2×400 w/ Meagan (2:55, 3:16), Ran 3×400 w/ Caleb (2:34, 2:10, 2:35), and ran 1×800 (3:11)
10 – Track: Ran 1×400 warmup w/ both kids (3:07), Ran 2×400 w/ Meagan (3:12, 4:04), Ran 3×400 w/ Caleb (2:24, 2:29, 2:28), and ran 2×800 (3:51, 3:57) [Total 2.5 miles]
13 – Track: Ran 1600m (8:30), Ran ? w/ Meagan, Ran ? w/ Caleb (lost records of the kids’ runs)
17 – Beat the Heat 5K (28:00)
18 – Caleb ran his mile in 13:20 (3:05, 2:50, 3:44, 3:41); Meagan ran her mile in 16:11 (3:12, 4:12, 3:13, 5:34).
24 – Office PT at Track: Ran 1.5 miles while kids both completed at least 1 mile on their own.
27 – Office PT: Ran 1.9 miles
31 – PT on our own, so I loaded the truck with 1380 pounds of household goods

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Homeschool PE Program

I am going to try to be more serious about our homeschool PE program this year.  Last year, we were part of a cooperative PE effort (Vision Homeschool) and I allowed that to fill the box for PE.  This year, however, the majority of the Vision Homeschool folks have formed a christian school, besides which we are moving in less than a month.  So now I get to see if I can focus my efforts on helping my children learn to love fitness.

This morning, we did a pre-test of sorts, in which I took them out to the track and asked them both to run/walk a mile as fast as they could.  I told both of them about trying to pace themselves, and it was their fourth time out to the track, although they had never tried to run four straight laps before.  The fitness test is actually made up of 4 components:  flexibility, cardio, abdominal strength, and arm/shoulder strength.  There are three basic fitness levels:  competitor, challenger, and champion.  Both kids tested today at the competitor level (meaning they didn’t reach the challenger level in all four categories.

Caleb ran his mile in 13:20 (he needs 12:00 for challenger level); scored less than zero on the flexibility (he needs 1.0 for challenger); and did not do any situps or pullups.

Meagan ran her mile in 16:11 (her goal is 15:00 for challenger); scored four inches on the flexibility test (which is what she needs for champion level); and did 8 situps and was too nervous to do the flexed-arm hang.

I hope to be able to take the time to spend with the kids throughout the year to help them improve their fitness level.  Both kids are very excited about reaching the champion level, although they also express amazement at what that would mean they would have to do (they both see pain in their futures).

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July 2007 Training

1 – 8 6-mile long run @ 9:30/mile (1:05)
2 – Rode bike to/from PT, ran 1.9 miles at PT
6 – Does Golf count?
9 – Rode bike to/from PT, ran 1.9 miles at PT
16 – Ran 2 miles (while collecting cans)
23 – Ran 2 miles (while collecting cans)
27 – Rode bike to/from PT, ran 1.9 miles at PT
30 – Rode bike to PT, ran 1.9 miles at PT, got flat tire on way home, walked 2+ miles

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Half-Marathon Training

Yesterday, I woke up and didn’t feel like going running.  This was after missing my running all week.  I think I want to skip the whole half-marathon thing in late summer in the desert southwest.  I would like to keep running the 5K training distances, but no more of this running 8-12 miles on a Saturday.  So I have removed the half-marathon training page.  I think I will continue to monitor my running on this site, but we will see.

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June 2007 Training

4 – 2.9-mile run to PT (27:00), played football at PT, 2.9-mile run/walk home (45:00)
8 – 1.9-mile run at PT (very fast – under 12:00?)
11 – 2.9-mile run to PT (27:30), played football at PT, 0.8-mile run home (8:00)
13 – 2-mile run (while gathering cans)
15 – 1.9-mile run at PT
18 – 1.9-mile run at PT
19 – 4x400m @ 1:56 target pace (1:34, 1:43, 1:41, 1:47 actual)
21 – 3-mile tempo run @ 8:45/mile (Just did 2.25 miles @ sub-8:45 pace)
22 – 1.9-mile run at PT (tired & slow – 17:00)
23 – 6-mile long run @ 9:30/mile (still tired & slow, plus gathered aluminum cans – 1:20)
25 – 1.9-mile run at PT (18:00ish)
27 – 4x800m @ 3:58 target pace (3:49, 3:52, 4:02, 3:50)
29 – 4-mile tempo run @ 8:45/mile (run Firecracker 5K instead – 25:32)

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A Good Weekend

We had a very slow, relaxing weekend at our house.  We really didn’t do much of anything.  We went out Saturday morning to pick up our vegetables at the co-op, then went to lunch with a family I know from work.  Same thing Sunday morning, we went out to church, then went to lunch.  Both days, Gina & I spent hours playing a computer game called Heroes IV.  I know it was a colossal waste of time, but it allowed us to sit next to each other and enjoy a challenge.  We both tend to allow ourselves to lose alot of time on computer games.  Some big timewasters from our recent past have included SimCity and Railroad Tycoon.  I am hoping the farm life will cure us of this, but it probably won’t.

Over the weekend, I made a lot of progress in the book I am reading, “In Cold Blood” by Truman Capote.  I also spent some time looking at how to arrange our farmstead and what work would need to be done this fall, when we get to our land.  I am a bit confused about when we should plant our fruit trees.  I have seen some say November (John Seymour) and others say March (John Jeavons).

This morning I studied Ephesians 4:7-16.  Part of the passage came back to one of the items I have been working on for my What I Believe page.  Following is an explanation I read this morning by Vance Havner:

Every Christian is commissioned, for every Christian is a missionary.  It has been said that the Gospel is not merely something to come to church to hear but something to go from the church to tell — and we are all appointed to tell it.  It has also been said, “Christianity began as a company of lay witnesses; it has become a professional pulpitism, financed by lay spectators!”  Nowadays we hire a church staff to do ‘full-time Christian work,’ and we sit in church on Sunday to watch them do it.  Every Christian is meant to be in full-time Christian service … There is indeed a special ministry of pastors, teachers and evangelists — but for what? … For the perfecting of the saints for their ministry.

There are three main sections of the above passage that are clearly distinguishable in my mind.  The first section refers to the idea that we are all missionaries.  Admittedly not something I have been dwelling on lately, although I have always liked the churches that have signs as you leave their parking lots that read, ‘Now Entering the Mission Field.’  That first section is also necessary for the conclusion eventually reached.  What I have been dwelling on is his idea that the NT church is supposed to be a gathering of believers, in a circle, to share their inspirations and troubles and triumphs.  There is no need for the professional pulpitist.

This morning I am off to PT — I will try again to run to PT and run home, although last week I had trouble with my energy level on the run home.  I have another long week of work ahead of me, but the end gets closer every week.

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May 2007 Training

1 – 4x800m @ 8mph 3-1/2-mile run
2 – 4-mile run
4 – Fitness Month 5K (25:20)
6 – 4-mile run
7 – 2.9-mile run to PT & 1.3-mile run at PT (40:00), 2.8-mile run home (27:00)
8 – 4x800m @ 8mph
9 – 4-mile run

12 – Fitness Month Half-Marathon (2:23:36 – a 10:58 pace)
17 – 4-mile run
18 – 2.9-mile run to PT, 1.5-mile run at PT, 2.9-mile run home
19 – 6-mile long run
21 – 2.9-mile run to PT, 1.5-mile run at PT, 2.9-mile run home
24 – 4-mile run
25 – 2.9-mile run to PT, 1.5-mile run at PT, 2.9-mile run home
27 – 8-mile long run
29 – 6x800m @ 8mph
31 – 6-mile run

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