"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.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

It Could Have Been Much Worse!

Happy Thanksgiving and pass the turkey (and the sweet potatoes, cranberries, corn pudding, pumpkin pie, cherry pie, pumpkin pie again ......)  Thanksgiving weekend has always presented me a deadly combination of my favorite foods, a large quantity of my favorite foods and the ideal situations for indulging in large quantities of my favorite foods; family, football and the holiday season.  This past weekend was no exception.  In fact, given the wonderful Turkey Tetrazzini that my mother-in-law created with the leftovers, it was an especially good Thanksgiving for the taste buds.

Fortunately, it was also an especially good Thanksgiving for burning calories. Beginning with our annual family 5k on Turkey Day, I was fortunate to get in a daily run along the Roswell River Park.  A total of 5 miles on Thursday, then another 5, 7 and 10, to wrap up the four day stay in Atlanta. It was absolutely beautiful with full sunshine and cool morning temps, and best of all, I counted slices of pie with every mile. Yep, 27 miles and 27 slices of pie. That's a pretty fair trade-off if you ask me. (Now you know why I titled this post as I did.  Can you imagine if I'd stayed in bed each morning!)

I am hopeful that each of you enjoyed a special time of gratitude this past week. For me, I am especially thankful that another year has passed and I am still blessed with the gift of movement, good health, the desire to keep running and most importantly, a passion to try and use all three to love God and to love others.

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