“Do you not know that in a race all runners run, but only one gets the prize?” 1 Corinthians 9: 24
Fartlicks…yes, you read right. I said Fartlicks. Pronounced like it is spelled. I hate them. They are the worst!
I have been challenged by a friend of mine to start exercising again. I haven’t run since April. I have taken the challenge. I raised the stakes and challenged her to run a 5k in November. She has accepted that challenged. Now we are training for the 5k.
I think I have a small advantage over her in that, last year, I helped with the high school cross-country team. Dillon is on the team again this year so when he gets home I asked him what they did that day. I do that the next day in my training.
But, not today. Yesterday the team did timed mile repeats. I can’t even run a mile yet. What’s a mile repeat? you ask. It’s when you run a mile and are timed. You take a few minute break then you run another mile. They did three of these yesterday. Dillon’s times weren’t bad. He ran a 6(minute): something mile, then a 7: something, then a 6:something. I can’t remember the seconds. His three miles were at 21 minutes. Not bad.
So, what’s a Fartlick. It’s when you run fast, almost a sprint, for 1 minute, then jog easy for 1 minute, run fast for 2 minutes, jog for 1, fast for 3, jog for 1, fast for 3, jog for 1, fast for 2, jog for 1, fast for 1, jog for 1. We called them 1,2,3,3,2,1 Fartlicks. By the end of the season they were running 1,2,3,4,4,3,2,1 Farlicks. They are hard, but practice is short.
Then again, all of the training for running is hard. It is not just going out there and running a long way. There are hills to run. I hate hills, too. We run hills over and over. We run fast up the hills. We push ourselves to get up those hills as fast as we can. Then we have courthouse runs. We call them that because we start our run at our county courthouse. lol There is a nice, long dirt road that is a few miles long behind the courthouse. We run for 30 minutes out then turn around and come back. The girls can get in 3-5 miles while the boys get in 6-8. I like the down hills on these runs. You can actually relax and breath as you come down the hills. And although I do hate some of the workouts, I always feel good after the run. I feel like I have really accomplished something. Some people call it a runners high.
Paul said that our Christian life is like a marathon. It takes training. There will be days the training is hard and intense. You will have to push yourself up those hills. You will have to do those repeat miles. You will have to do those Fartlicks. Man, I really hate them!!! Then you will have your downhills where you can relax even though you are still running.
It is important in training that you do a warm-up and a cool-down. The same is true with our Christian walk. We should begin each day with a warm-up or a quiet time, and a cool-down, a time of prayer and thanksgiving for what God did for us that day. And like in running you should always take a day off. The team take Sunday’s off. Sunday’s are good because it allows you to relax in the Lord and rest in His arms. It is time to be refreshed for the next week and the training it will bring. It allows both our minds and body to gain the strength they need.
I need that strength. Those stupid Fartlicks are waiting.
Father, Thank you for exercise and the benefits that it brings. Thank You for your Word and the benefits that it brings. Thank You for helping me get through the Fartlicks of both running and in my walk with You!
Read: 1 Corinthians 9: 24- 27
One day we will see God’s finish line and He will say, “Well done my good and faithful servant.”