"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, March 2, 2012

Never Limit Where Running Can Take You!

This past weekend, the Twin City Track Club hosted a morning run and evening seminar with running legend Bart Yasso.  (For those unfamiliar with Mr. Yasso, try a google search for 'Yasso 800's' and you will soon be overwhelmed with information.)  Throughout his presentation, Bart shared many of the photos and stories behind so many interesting, and often humorous, adventures from his years of running. It was a great event and if you ever have the opportunity, you will definitely want to hear Bart Yasso in person.

The theme of Bart's speech is found in his tag line, "Never limit where running can take you." In his wildest imagination, he never thought he would be doing what he is doing for a living, nor have experienced what he has taken in over the past 30 years, as a result of a passion for running. From marathons on all seven continents, to ultra-mileage events, to runs through destinations that are far removed from general access, to meeting people across the globe on a regular basis and engaging causes that better our world. All because he first decided to put on a pair of running shoes and take off out the door.

After listening to Bart motivate the group on this "chase your dreams" philosophy, I found myself thinking the same thing.  Running has allowed me to explore so many sites and sounds that I otherwise would never have known.  From along the Amazon to beneath the Eiffel Tower to Salem Lake.  The perspective gained in a pair of Brooks is just not found by car or walking shoes. Then consider the races, often through closed streets of major cities, the trails, parks and green ways, on and on. 

But most importantly, and certainly most current, is the involvement with the River Oaks Run For God group. The opportunity to share fellowship, encouragement and growth with so many new friends and fellow runners, is truly a blessing.  A blessing brought about by not limiting the application that running might have when blended with purpose. In my wildest imagination, I never would have envisioned having an opportunity to be associated with this study. Now I find Monday nights and weekly group runs are the most anticipated events on my calendar.  Again, never in my wildest imagination......

Thank you Lord for a passion for you and a desire / ability to run.  I can't wait to see what's next.

Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing - Psalm 143:10

* For a really good overview of Bart’s presentation, check out this post from ‘Run. Eat. Nap. Drink.’  It nicely captures many of the details that made up his talk; click Bart Yasso Presentation - Emily

3 comments:

  1. Thank you for the link! I enjoy your perspective. It sounds like the Run For God group is a great undertaking and I hope it does big things in those participating. I look forward to continuing to read your posts.

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  2. I walked away from a Bart Yasso talk with the same gut-feeling. Made me want to run an ultra. Haven't done it yet. But I will.

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  3. Christian, had the opportunity to chat with Bart at Quintiles Marathon this past weekend. Following race, near finish, so engaging and just as colorful referencing his adventures in the book and in the race that day. In fact, after 10 minutes I felt like I was monopolizing his time, although no one else was hanging around, and politely excused myself. Genuine love of fun, running and people.

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