"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.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

A Birthday Run

Early this morning, the first day of number '44' started out like most every other morning of the past few years; a quick scroll of overnight messages while gathering the gear for a predawn workout.  As I rolled through what is mostly junk mail with a few legitimate work notes tucked in, I decided to read my daily Runner's World quote.  As luck would have it, today's quote was an appropriate word of wisdom from Ryan Hall, it read:

 "More than the time, it's about how you feel - you want to be strong throughout the race." 

Exactly! It's about pace and self assessment and consistency and strength.  Granted, Ryan is talking about running a marathon, and when it comes to running, I completely agree.  But as I considered this thought, I couldn't help but couple it with one of my longtime favorite birthday quotes:

"And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count, it's the life in your years." (Abe Lincoln).

I slipped on my shoes and headed out the door for what has become a birthday ritual.  Over the past several years, I have dedicated August 8 to an 8.88 mile run.  This year, I kicked up the craziness a bit and decided to run at an 8.88 (8:53) pace.  Aside from the symbolism, the run is intentional. I reflect on specific blessings of the previous age and consider the potential for the next one.

Upon review, I could not have asked for a better '43'. I have never run farther or faster than I did this past year. I have never experienced more collective joy and purpose than with our Run For God group this past year. I have never been more at peace with a stage of life than I've been over the past year. Family - check. Friends - check. Health - check. Sure, there were bummer moments, a little pain and some struggles, but honestly I have so much to be thankful for as 43 slips away. 

Ultimately, counting blessings took up much of the run. As to the year ahead, I simply circled back around to Ryan and Abe. The objective for 44 is to be strong throughout and to cram as much life into this year as possible! (Oh, and maybe a PR in Chicago :)

May your current age be the best one yet, and here's to your upcoming b'day run!   


  1. Happy Bithday from one David to another!!! David C.

  2. Happy (slightly belated) birthday! Glad you had an enjoyable run.

  3. Hey, thanks David / Emily. I appreciate it. Look forward to seeing you again at Salem Lake and/or the next local race.