A Tempo Run is defined as a “Comfortably Hard” run for a set distance or time. It is important for training, especially for distance runners to gain endurance and maintain pace for a long race like a 10K, Half Marathon or a Marathon. If I want to run a strong race, I must complete a Tempo Run two to four times per month. When I schedule a Tempo Run in my training schedule, I know I must:
~Prepare to be uncomfortable for a determined amount of time or distance;
~Set my mind to be positive, hopeful, and strong for the duration;
~Hold my form;
~Maintain strength and focus;
~and run strong.
In my journey with training my children, following the Lord in ministry, and following my husband, I have to remember what I’ve learned from Tempo Runs and put them into practice. I must:
~Prepare each day to be uncomfortable: training children takes time and focused effort; ministry is not on “my schedule” but the Lord’s (Like in Matthew 14 when the disciples headed on a trip to “go to remote place for rest” only to find the crowds went ahead of them. With compassion for the crowds and for their love of Jesus, they served all day and then were up all night toiling the storm of the sea); and following my husband takes trust in the Lord as I follow a man who also is doing his best to follow Jesus albeit imperfectly but whole-heartedly.
~ keep my mind positive and hopeful in the God of Hope;
~Hold my form, my emotions, my spirit with self control;
~Always look up, remembering that God is a God of Endurance and Encouragement (Romans 15:5);
~Run this race before me strong in the Name of Jesus and for His Name Sake.
It is worth it!