"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.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Zapped!

If you have followed this blog for very long you know that I can be fairly structured, and even a bit philosophical, in my approach to running.  One timely example is how I committed several years ago to never, ever, ever, ever, under any circumstance, complain about the heat.  I run through the winter, but can’t stand the cold.  That is when I complain.  So, by principle, my policy is to embrace the summer sun as my welcomed friend, regardless of the temperature. Well ............

No, this is NOT a complaint, only a fact; this past week has zapped just about all my energy.  Three early morning runs (5, 7, 4) with high humidity and rising mercury, even at 6 a.m.,  have me ready for an early bedtime.  This weekend’s agenda will include 7 and 13 milers, so the fun will continue as the triple digits linger.  But actually, I do look forward to these sweat soakers, and to a dip in the nearest pool immediately afterwards.  Plus, ice cold Powerade really hits the spot during these dog days of July.

I just need to keep reminding myself, “Hey, self, it could be 28 degrees with ice patches on the road and water bottles freezing up.  So this ain’t so bad.  Enjoy it!” (Hopefully my “self” will believe me!)

Oh, and by the way, did you realize that 20% of our hydration this summer should come from water-rich foods.  In fact, because of the additional vitamins, these foods can be better than excessive water. The list includes: watermelon (duh), strawberries, kiwis, peaches, tomatoes, broccoli, cucumbers, pineapple and cherries.  Stay hydrated, keep running! - Runners World (June ’11)

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