"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 16, 2012

To The Beach!

And I don't even like the beach ..... However, running alongside, and over, the oceanfront is a real favorite. So, this weekend we are loading up the van and heading to Wilmington for the Wrightsville Beach Marathon.  In its third year, the WBM has received great reviews for being a well done, low key race. 

And for those that follow along, particularly those of you who put these crazy rituals into my head, the pre-race Friday haircut has been completed. The custom WBM playlist has been loaded (see below).  The new pair of lucky socks has been purchased (left in package until Sunday morning). The gels and bio-freeze have been packed.  And the Running With Horses race shirt has been selected. 

As you can tell, I'm pretty amped up for this trip.  Much like having Christy and my brother with me on past runs, this will be the first time we make a family weekend out of it.  It will be nice to spend most of the time with the girls and explore a little North Carolina shoreline.  Our first trip to Wilmington. 

There are a few others of you that will be there.  I hope you have a great run and have a good time.  See you at the starting line.
WBM Playlist


  1. I hope your race went well! I heard from others that the weather was a challenge.

  2. REND, hey. Yes, race went very well (for 23 miles), then what you heard from others hit me. I struggled home with the temps and humidity. Still a reasonable time for a middle-aged, average runner, but not the PR I was thinking for most of the race. But it was fun and really enjoyed the weekend. I'll have a brief race report and 'autopsy' of my run within the week. Thanks so much for checking.