"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.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Gobble Jogs (and other holiday runs)

Here’s hoping everyone had a wonderful week of family, food and fun.  Here’s also hoping that you took part in what has become an extremely popular, not to mention healthy, way to kick-off your Thanksgiving day; the local Turkey Trot.  
On Thursday morning, our crew celebrated what is now 8 consecutive years of waking up much earlier than we should on a holiday morning and making our way over to Marietta square for the Must Ministries Gobble Jog 5k.  Between the 5k and the 10k, over 10,000 runners joined in this year.  I recall one of the first years when less than a thousand signed up!  

Gobble Jog - 11/24/2011
I have always made a point of celebrating holiday mornings with runs.  In the past, this was typically a solo training run to mark the day.  But with all the races that have popped up in the last 5 - 10 years, I jump at the chance to support a cause, claim a new t-shirt and make the day a little bit more special.  

So now it is simply the expectation that we will burn off calories before downing the pumpkin pie in late November.  We will also celebrate our freedom with a little pre-fireworks 4th of July Independence run. And we will definitely start the new year off “on the right foot" (again, my attempt at topical humor!), by way of the Running of the Lights New Year’s Eve run. In fact, when the clock strikes midnight on 2011, it will be our 4th annual running / ringing in of the New Year.   

Running of the Lights - 1/1/2011
As I thought about this post, it became crystal clear as to the reason that these are my favorite events; FAMILY!  They are the few moments that all of us have open calendars and a single purpose.  I absolutely love seeing the girls stride across the finish.  And it means a lot that they experience, and enjoy, the race scene.

Additionally, I love tradition and habit.  In my mind, the family will run these races together for the next forty years.  That’s a really cool idea to think about.  Sort of takes the edge off of seeing our girls head out on their own in the not so distant future.  At least it’s something to shoot for, right?  

So, if you haven’t done so yet.  Check out the local holiday races for December. If in the Winston area, we would love to see you at Tanglewood Park around 11:30 pm, December 31.  Come ring in the New Year and have some really good family time.   

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