Perseverance.  Focus.  Endurance.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, (2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.)
        Hebrews 12:1-2
The Summer Is RUNNING By

So looking at the calendar makes me realize that August is almost upon us.  August brings many things:  the last month of summer, back to school (and the associated shopping), the last few days of unbearable heat.  But it also brings us something exciting.  It means that our fall goal race is coming up quickly. 

For many, the fall means a nice, cool marathon to get that BQ and to run again in April.  Since I ran Fargo (with a PR and a BQ), I’m taking the fall off from any marathons but doing a couple of other bucket runs.

The first one I just completed last weekend, which was Tough Mudder in Somerset, WI.  This was a great run and can’t be summarized in a couple of paragraphs, so we’ll cover that in another post.

The second one is the Ragar Relay, Great River in mid-August.  Myself and 5 other “ultra” runners will be covering ~200 miles from Winona, MN to St. Paul.  Again, we’ll cover this one in another post, hopefully with plenty of pictures.

The third event for this fall is the Twin Cities 10 mile race.  I am a huge fan and a 2-time participant of the Twin Cities Marathon, but this year I wanted to try something different.  The 10 mile requires a little different training vs. a marathon, as I definitely will be pushing the pace in this one.

To those that are running a fall marathon, best of luck!  Just remember perseverance, endurance, and dedication are key.  Train hard and continue to Run The Race.

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