"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.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A Training Program For You!

A few words, and a couple of plugs, on a subject that is near and dear to my heart - Training Programs.  As an avid proponent of “following the plan,” I have found that when I commit to a race, (especially when I pay the entry fee well in advance), I am motivated to follow through with a plan.  It’s sort of the no way out approach. When the plan involves accountability to others and the opportunity to train as a group, the probability of success is pretty well guaranteed.

Below I have listed two programs that I strongly encourage all Winston-Salem readers to take advantage of over the next 9 months.  Contact information and a few links are provided, so check them out now.  Go ahead and register for the Mistletoe races and make a note about the spring race in Clemmons.  There is no time like the present to get out and run!  Trust me, even if you have never thought that you could run or run / walk anywhere near that far.....you can do it! The encouragement from your peers, the opportunity to learn from a trainer’s experience and the willingness to stay to a very simple plan will ensure that you will have a great time and complete your first 5K.

First, let me give you a head’s up on a 2012 event that I will be intimately involved with through River Oaks Community Church.  Beginning the week of Feb 19th, ROCC will be sponsoring a 12 week 5k training program entitled Run For God! We will meet once a week to spend some time in scripture and discuss a variety of running related topics. The RFG material is excellent for both subjects. Additionally, we will try to work in a group training run during the week.  The objective is to prepare those looking to run a first 5K, or a faster 5K, for the inaugural Running With Horses 5K at ROCC on May 12th. (Mark your calendars now - more information to come!)  The targeted cause is still in consideration, but a local community ministry will be the beneficiary of all proceeds.  Come join us, I promise it will be a rewarding and incredibly fun program.  (Click here: RUN FOR GOD . COM) Contact me directly and be looking for more information in December.

Next, for those of you in the Triad, you know how popular the annual Mistletoe 5k and Half-Marathon are for the holidays.  Earlier this week I was contacted by Chelsea Cullen, of the NW NC YMCA, and provided information on a couple of really great training programs that will allow you to prepare for either of these events.  In fact, the 5k program is a beginner plan, so if you have ever had any reservations about signing up for a race, or even joining a  training group, now is the time to make it happen.  Check out all of the info below and make plans to register soon.  In the Winston area, I can promise you that anything the YMCA is associated with, is first class!  Contact Chelsea directly or check out any of the local YMCA’s to sign-up.

Contact: Chelsea Cullen, Communications Director, YMCA
Phone: 336-777-6252

Beginner 5K and Half Marathon Training Helps Runners Prepare for Run to Stop Childhood Obesity 
WINSTON-SALEM, NC – September 12, 2011 – The YMCA of Northwest North Carolina and Fleet Feet Sports of Winston-Salem are launching a joint training program in conjunction with the 28th Annual YMCA Mistletoe Half Marathon, 5K and Fun Run.
This year’s race, to be held on Saturday, December 3, 2011,  is dedicated to not only raising awareness of childhood obesity, but also to fund programs that work. One example is the YMCA-sponsored P.A.C.E.S. (Program for Active Children Eating Smarter), a proven program that helps families understand and make healthier lifestyle and eating choices. P.A.C.E.S. has reached over 3,000 kids in our community to date.
Childcare is provided at William G. White, Jr. Family YMCA for all training participants during weekday practices (childcare is not available for the Saturday Half Marathon practice). Here are the details for each program:

YMCA Mistletoe 5K Training Program
Designed for inactive or minimally active people seeking to run or walk their first 5K.
·         10-week program, practices every Monday/Thursday, 9:30 a.m. at William G. White, Jr. Family YMCA
·         Kick-off meeting Monday, September 26, 9:30 a.m. at William G. White, Jr. Family YMCA
·         First practice Thursday, September 29, 9:30 a.m. at William G. White, Jr. Family YMCA
·         $100 Registration Fee; Register at any YMCA; Program capped at 150 participants; Includes technical training shirt
·         Race Date: December 3rd, Mistletoe 5k

YMCA Mistletoe Half Marathon Training Program
Participants should be able to run 3 miles in 40 minutes or less before registering.
·         12-week program, practices every Tuesday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 7 a.m. at William G. White, Jr. Family YMCA
·         Registration going on through Friday, September 16
·         First practice Tuesday, September 13, 6 p.m. at William G. White, Jr. Family YMCA
·         $100 Registration Fee; Register at any YMCA; Program capped at 150 participants; Includes technical training shirt
·         Race Date: December 3rd, Mistletoe Half Marathon

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