"If you’ve raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in thickets by the Jordan?" (Jeremiah 12:5). Our journey is intended to be more than simply "stumbling" through the days while the world "wears us out.” We are made to experience the thrill of "running with horses” and to navigate life amongst the "thickets." The RWH blog focuses on both the spiritual race of which Jeremiah speaks, and the physical act of running that I absolutely love. In short, it's where "the miles meet the Message" to provide insight, perspective & encouragement that might enable you & I to successfully run either of the races set before us. May our course be purposeful and may we be passionate in our pursuit of the abundant life He desires for us.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

And so it begins!

(This plan and others are posted on Training Plans / Misc page)
For anyone set to run the Marine Corp Marathon, or any October 30th marathon for that matter, today marks the first official day of training.  Yes, 18 weeks, 89 runs and 650+ miles between me and that Washington D.C. starting line. (Insert reminder here of the old adage that it really is about the journey and not the destination.)

Actually, I do look forward to these next few months.  If it’s anything like the previous training cycle, then I can anticipate welcomed weight control, the discovery of new trails, a focused approach to pace and distance that helps to prevent injuries, and oddly enough, more organizational discipline to other aspects of life such as discipleship, family, small group and work. Strange how that works.

As to the marathon, I have but a few simple goals:

1.  Convey a spirit of gratitude for every single training run.  Being thankful that the Lord has allowed me the physical ability and desire to make it for that day. Realizing there are no promises of tomorrow. For each run I will bring to mind my 2011 theme verse, Psalm 126:2

"Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, "The LORD has done great things for them."

2.  Make someone’s day as often as possible.  A word of encouragement, a smile, a “runner’s wave” along the path, or a half-way successful attempt at wit to lift a fellow runners spirit.  I honestly trust that encounters throughout training, and over race weekend, are intentional.  Don’t waste them!

3.  Reach the starting line healthy and as well trained as I possibly can be.

4.  Lastly, if all the above are in line, then it would definitely be nice to finish in 3:49:59 or less.  But regardless, the finishing time will not affect the level of satisfaction that I receive from the next 18 weeks.

Alright, that’s done. Shoes are laced. Garmin set. Powerade cold. Here we go ........


  1. I didn't see the haircut written into your plan. I thought you were all about details.

  2. Friday, October 28th 3:00 p.m. "high and tight!"

    In fact, in that same spirit, I got a good, close cut this weekend to help kick-off the training.