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April 8, 2013

7 times up and down Ashland Avenue part of training

ASHLAND — This is the seventh in an eight-week diary series following 28-year-old Amy Compston — a fulltime nurse, wife and mother of four — during her preparation for the Boston Marathon on April 15.

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APRIL 1

Today I can really feel the excitement and nervous energy for the race. I woke up feeling that way. Two weeks until race day! It’s crazy to think next week I’ll be in Boston. What I’ve worked so hard for the past 1 1⁄2 years is almost here!

With all the nervous energy in me all I wanted to do is go run today. I ran eight miles at a nice 7:29 pace. There were some hills incorporated in that pace and it felt great. I spent the first 40 minute of my run in prayer, going through my daily run prayer list. The last 20 minutes I focused on proper running form. Proper form uphill, downhill and on flat surface, staying relaxed, keeping my head up! People who don’t run marathons don’t understand the preparation that it entails. You don’t just get up and run 26.2 miles. Everything matters — your form, your fluid intake, your nutritional intake the week before, the day before, that day, your pace, your rest the week before and day before, everything you do must be taken into consideration.

But really isn’t this how our daily life should be? Everything we say, do or don’t do should be taken into consideration. Would God be pleased? Does this bring glory to God? Do others see God in me? Each of us would achieve great things if we considered God in our every word and deed. Something to think about … to God be the glory!

APRIL 2

Today was such a great day to run! Sunny, 48 degrees, no wind … it was awesome. I started with a one-mile warmup and then ran three quick miles at a 6:41 pace. Then I ended with a one-mile cool down. I felt great on my run. It came very easy. No pain or discomfort. I am still battling sinus problems and bronchitis but that too is getting better!

Just praising God today that my pace is getting back to where it was before my injury. I’m thankful. I know it’s only by his grace and healing! When I finished my run today all I could say was “Praise God!”

APRIL 3

Wonderful run today — six miles at a 7:26 pace. Felt easy, felt great. I am so excited for Boston! I’m so excited for God has totally blessed my training and health. I can see all the pieces coming together. My Bible verse this week was Ephesians 3:20: “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be the glory …” So inspiring and encouraging. It’s exciting to think it’s not me alone running the Boston Marathon. It’s God’s power working me! The creator, the sustainer of life, he is the one giving me the power, the strength. To him be the glory! I praise God that he is able to do immeasurably more than we can do or imagine. He is amazing and so loving. His love is indescribable. He is in control and, for that, I’m grateful!

APRIL 4

I cannot believe it’s Thursday, April 4. We literally leave in one week for Boston! I can’t believe it’s actually here! Today was a great run. I started with a 1.5 mile warmup, followed by a four-mile hill run. I ran up and down Ashland Avenue seven times, which equaled four miles. Then I did a one-mile cool down. This hill run was absolutely pain-free! I felt great and am very encouraged. I started getting things together today for our trip. I’m very excited and so extremely thankful God has blessed me with this awesome opportunity. May he be pleased and he alone be glorified!

APRIL 5

So thankful today for my health! Two more elite runners dropped out of the Boston Marathon due to injuries — one experiencing a calf injury, the other a groin injury. That easily could have been me. I’m so thankful for God’s mercy, his healing and his restoration! Today was an easy day … a rest day. This is the first time in months that I’ve had two rest days in one week. I’m really enjoying the rest time. Eating lots of protein and carbs, getting my muscles prepared for what’s to come.

Today is so beautiful. Sunny and 60 degrees! Even though I’m supposed to have complete rest today, Jarek and I went on a 1.5 mile walk. The weather is just too beautiful to stay inside. Used that mile and half to take time to praise God for all my blessings!

APRIL 6

What a beautiful day to run! It’s 69 degrees, sunny and just a slight breeze. I completed seven miles at a 7:29 pace and then went to the gym for strength training. It’s my last official strength training session before Boston. I felt great today and injury free. Nine days until race day! I’m so excited, so ready to take the long run for Christ. My last marathon in Dayton, Ohio, I could literally feel God carrying me in that run. It felt effortless. That’s when you know it’s the power of God carrying you through, when something that takes so much effort feels effortless. I can’t wait until Boston. I can’t wait to take this journey with him. It’s going to be awesome!

APRIL 7

Rest day! Excited because tonight is my last shift at work and them I’m on vacation. It all seems so surreal. I can’t believe in eight days it’s race day! The last four months I’ve been training so intensely and now it’s so close!

I can’t find the words to express my thoughts and feelings now. It’s just pure excitement, gratefulness, nervousness and happiness! I never dreamed how God would use this opportunity to draw me closer to him, how he would use this race to change my life. Before this experience I had prayed earnestly for God to make me a bold witness and to use my running as a ministry to him, to bring him the glory!

I have been saved since I was a little child but never really “walked the walk” or even tried until this past year. That’s when God really started convicting me about being a “closet” Christian. Sure I would go to church on Sundays and Wednesdays but Monday through Saturday I lived just like the rest of the world. No one could tell I was a Christian. Last July I told God, “Lord, I’m done living two lives. I want to live for you and you alone.” Since then I have had so much peace, so much joy and I can just see God moving in my life.

I believe God truly wants to use every one of us in great ways … we just have to be willing and obedient. I praise God for how he’s working in my life. There’s lots of work left to be done but I just praise him for loving me and being so very patient with me! I praise God for giving me the opportunity to use my running as a platform to witness for him. I praised him for making me a bolder witness. I pray he continues to use my running and my passion for him. To God be the glory!

AMY COMPSTON can be reached at amylwesolowski@yahoo.com.

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