"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, June 16, 2012

Man, I Needed That!

In what should be considered Nobel prize worthy research, I have once again confirmed that a Saturday morning loop of Salem Lake is the very best remedy for reviving tired legs. Somewhat counterintuitive, I know, but I can assure you that my legs have been dead since I started the new training plan two weeks ago. But an easy pace on a BEAUTIFUL morning around my favorite track, and I am ready to go. Good as new!

And as great as the morning was for reviving the legs and body, it was even better for the soul. Just a mile in and I met up with a runner, David, who had participated in the ROCC 5k back in May.  I recall being encouraged by David when he showed up in a Run For God shirt at the race, even though he hadn’t participated in the study or attended River Oaks.  He had followed along through the RWH blog and was inspired by the principles and purpose of RFG.

From previous posts, you might know that I tend to run most of my mileage solo. Mostly because of the early mornings and longer runs. However, this spring, through the RFG group runs, I was reminded of the benefits of running with others.  And in just a few steps this morning, I was reminded again.  One of the first things David said to me was that running really can help to take our minds off of work and the stress of work.  Amen!  Needed to hear that today big time.  Woke up and could only think of work issues. Immediately I realized that our Salem Lake paths had intersected by divine design.

So before I realized it, we had passed mile marker 4, then 5, 6 and finally 7. Couldn’t believe how it flew.  Maintaining conversation throughout the entire hour.  I thoroughly enjoyed our discussions on races, church denominations, Virginia trails, Run For God, and the freedom found in living out a life based on the core message of the Gospel (confess with your mouth, believe in your heart - Romans 10:9) as opposed to religion and ritual.

Finally, as we were rounding home, we even crossed paths with Jeff W.  Jeff will be leading a RFG group at Calvary Baptist in Winston-Salem, beginning in September.  A very good morning indeed.

I say it over and over, Salem Lake is mostly definitely Chicken Soup for the Triad Runner’s Soul!  

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