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It’s been snowing here in Michigan since noon yesterday, so I decided to wear trail shoes for my run this morning. I parked at Potter Park and did 3-miles out-and-back on the Lansing River Walk, which took me right to the edge of the MSU campus.
The snow on the greenway was ankle-deep in places, but my traction was really good with the Saucony Peregrine trail shoes. It was a really beautiful route by the river, and my legs felt good considering the 14-mile run yesterday.
The running was slow in places with the snow, but I still managed to get in just over 6-miles at around 9-min pace.
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Today’s run was a little bit slippery with all of the snow and ice here in Michigan. I almost fell 3 times, but thankfully only actually fell 1 time. Luckily I escaped any significant consequences, coming away with only a couple of bruises.
Otherwise it was a really good run. I started out at our hotel with a 2.5-mile loop through a residential area, and then ran 5.5-miles down Saginaw Highway to the Grand River in downtown Lansing.
Olivia drove out and met me at one of the trailheads for the Lansing River Walk. From there we ran just under an hour out and back on the River Walk, which was a much better route than the 5.5-miles down Saginaw.
In total I finished just over 14-miles for the day, and felt really good throughout.
After a full day of driving, Team Agee arrived in Michigan around 5pm this evening. It’s always hard for little people to be in a car for so long, but Kate and Sara both did fantastic. I don’t think either of them fussed a single time. So proud of them.
Before meeting up with Olivia’s family tomorrow morning, I’m hoping to crank out a run of 14 to 15 miles around Lansing. The temps are supposed to be around 16°, which is just a wee bit colder than I’m used to in Middle Tennessee. Add some ice and snow, and this should be an interesting run.
It didn’t seem possible back in September, when I was on the shelf with a femoral stress fracture, but today I crossed the 2000-mile threshold for 2012.
Not sure what this means in the grand scheme of things, but it still feels pretty cool. I haven’t had many run related posts recently, but things have continued to go well in my training for the 2013 Rock n’ Roll NOLA Marathon in February.
The weather in Middle Tennessee has been a bit unpredictable, from days where it is in the mid 60s by 6am to days where you need two pair of gloves. Last Thursday I finished a track workout at Vanderbilt with the JSRC in 30+ mph wind. It was brutal and felt like I was running in place in the turns. It was such a crazy night that we took a picture at the end to commemorate those who survived 🙂
Today was one of those days where you know you’re a real runner with wind, sleet, and snow pounding you in the face throughout. Even so, Nathan and I still cranked out a good 7-miles through Belle Meade.
By far the highlight of the past couple of weeks was participating in the 26.4.26 run last Saturday in honor of the victims of the Newtown tragedy. The course was a 6.5-mile loop, and runners could choose to run it once or up to four times for a total of 26 miles for the 26 victims at Sandy Hook Elementary.
My longest run since coming back from the stress fracture had been 17-miles on Dec 8th, so I was definitely not trained to run 26-miles. However, on the Thursday before the event I decided I was gonna give it a shot.
Each runner was asked to carry an “angel” with the name of one of the victims, and mine was for Grace McDonnell, age 7:
It wasn’t easy, but little Grace and I made it all the way through 4 loops. 26.38 miles completed in 3 hours and 43 minutes. I faded a bit in the last of the 4 loops but I was determined I wasn’t going to walk a step. I thought a lot that day about Grace and the 25 other precious souls that lost their lives. I’m proud of the city of Nashville and our awesome running community for supporting this effort in such an overwhelming way. It was awesome to be a part of it.
I found out later that the entire thing was born of out a text message that was sent from one friend to another suggesting a group run the following Saturday of 26-miles to honor the victims. After that it was posted on Facebook, and they ended up with 1,012 runners, and many, many volunteers.
Hope everyone else out there is doing well with their running, and enjoying the Christmas Season!
For students in my Wednesday night class on Romans: Handouts and Notes for Romans Chapter 8 are now available online. Lord willing we will cover this great chapter during class tonight at 7pm at Bellevue Church of Christ!
Note: These notes only cover the first 25 verses of Chapter 8. I hope to have the remainder finished over the next couple of weeks as needed for class.
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Another video of the 26.4.26 running event yesterday for the Newtown victims. There might even be a sighting of yours truly in this one!
Video about the 26.4.26 run in Nashville yesterday in honor of the 26-victims in Newtown, CT. What an awesome event! I feel so privileged to have been able participate.
My little Sara sharing a bit of her Christmas spirit. Enjoy.
26.4.26 – it wasn’t easy, but little Grace and I made it all the way through today. 26.38 miles completed in 3 hours and 43 minutes. I faded a bit in the last of the 4 loops but I was determined I wasn’t going to walk a step. I thought a lot today about Grace and the 25 other precious souls that lost their lives in the senseless tragedy at Newtown. We need to continue to pray for those families. I’m proud of the city of Nashville and our awesome running community for supporting this effort in such an overwhelming way. It was awesome to be a part of it.
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