"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.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Running With Joy - Ryan Hall

Ryan Hall is the fastest American-born marathoner of all time.  He is also a committed follower of Jesus Christ. His book, Running With Joy, follows his preparation for the 2010 Boston marathon.  Ryan reveals his struggles with injuries, weather and training, and how he ultimately was able to overcome them and return to the joy of running through his lifelong goal of glorifying Christ on and off the racecourse. 

Earlier today, at the Marine Corps Marathon pre-race expo, I had the opportunity to meet Ryan and chat for just a minute or two.  His initial comment was, "UC Davis, hey, you know I live in Redding.  Ever hear of Bethel Church?" A few comments about training in NorCal, and some back and forth on Jeremiah 12:5, and then he signed an autograph as he signs every one of them, Ryan Hall, John 10:10. A refreshing encounter and a seemingly all around great guy. Young runners would do well to find a role model in Ryan Hall, both on and off the racecourse. 

"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it more abundantly" - John 10:10


  1. How cool that you were able to meet and speak with him. His book is on my to purchase list. Praying you have a great run and hit that PR tomorrow. Godspeed! Run blessed!

  2. Thanks Trish. Was an excellent day, more to come. Hope your running is going well. We are also getting closer to our Run For God session starting in February - very excited.