"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, June 12, 2013

Turning Up the Heat!

Oh, there will be hotter days, more humid and utterly miserable ones.  Shoes will be soaked with sweat, dehydration will be monitored closely, and Powerade will fly off the shelf faster than Usain Bolt on a downhill track.  But there is always only one 'first' summer workout each year. Today was that day, and the post-run exhaustion never felt so good.

With the mercury rising to a toasty 92°, and the sun still high in the sky around 5:00 pm, I took off for what I thought to be another Spring day 6 miler. It wasn't long before I realized this run was the one that I acknowledge every June as my "back to the grindstone" kick-off event.  With several months of inconsistent training between official marathon cycles, coupled with a few more Krispy Kremes than normal, the weekly mileage drops and the pounds rise. The light at the end of the tunnel is always that balance I find once Summer arrives and I begin to prepare for the Fall.

So, here we are.  Thirty days from the start of a Hanson Brother's training plan, and it is time to get going again.  More water, less Diet Pepsi.  More fruit, less sugar.  More running, less walking.  More sweat, less clean.  More "happy, happy, happy",  and less bummed attitude about not burning 1,000 calories today.  More sleep, less late night television.  In short, more discipline, less lazy.

Thank you Summer for your timely arrival.  Let's just hope you are kind to all of us runners when July and August rolls around.

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