"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, May 27, 2012

Coming Soon: Pocono Mtn Marathon Recap

A week ago this morning, I completed my first “checklist” marathon; The Pocono Mountains Run For the Red in Stroudsburg, PA. As part of my long term 50 state plan, I intend on finishing three marathons a year. The winter and fall marathons will follow a full training schedule with PR pursuit in full swing.  The late spring or late summer one will be more of a training run with no specific goal, other than to cross the finish line. In other words, just to “check” that state off the “list.”

In the next few days I will provide a recap of this race. The theme of the post will emphasize that just because it’s a checklist event, doesn’t mean that I didn’t learn a great deal from the experience (as always). In fact, this race might just have been my best effort thus far.  Not a PR, not a great strategy, not even the most fun, but in terms of overall effort, I certainly left it all out on the course (either on the steep downhills or on the long gradual climbs), but somewhere out on the course for certain.

Check back in a few days for pictures and commentary, including what I have now determined to be the last time a certain two words will ever appear on a race medal of mine!

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