"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.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

A Fall Fashion Statement

Before I introduce you to my new pair of Adrenalines, I want to acknowledge that my previous post was just over 30 days ago! For the first time in three years, the blog went idle for more than a week. I will admit that the Hanson training plan has had a lot to do with this (tired legs, tired body, tired mind). But also, life just sort of changed priorities over the past month. So, while the time and energy to sit down for a few moments to share the latest insight on running, and/or discipleship, slipped, the backlog of content did not.  The long runs and weekly sermons have provided many topics that I will revisit moving forward.  In short, RWH was out on a late summer break and is now open and back in business.  And here we go ........

Everyone knows, runners and non-runners alike, running footwear has never been subtle when it comes to colors, patterns and overall appearance. In fact, much as a cyclist is identified by the loud riding jersey, runners are often picked out of a crowd by their willingness to go neon bright on the feet.  Without shame and without giving a second thought to the fact that day-glo orange stripes against a lime green solid print are not typically worn by middle-aged men out in public.

Personally, since becoming a runner, I have also loosened my standards on shoe style. I am very comfortable in my shoe-skin and wear varying colors with confidence.  However, I have always been a sucker for blue, and for those of you familiar with the Brooks Adrenaline line, the blue shoe has been a standard offering for most of the past 10 years.  Some years they are light blue, some years dark, but blue is what Brooks does best.  Perfect, my favorite shoe is always available in my favorite color! Until recently :(
My Standard 'BLUE'

As the miles have ticked off in my latest training plan, the training shoes have worn down.  A few weeks ago it was time to invest in a new pair.  I went off to purchase that new pair of blue Adrenalines; business as usual. Except it was not "as usual." They were out of the blue model! Rather, they had the all black and the flashy yellow & black. What to do?

Well, all black was definitely out.  I felt three minutes per mile slower just picking them up. Besides, they run contrary to the entire premise of this post. An all black running shoe .... boring! So I looked the yellow pair up and down, thought back to my feelings on running shoes in general, and decided to just go crazy and give this yellow-jacket option a try.

A few runs in, and I'm thinking yellow means fast.  I love them.  I know I have spent a lot of time in the sun this summer, so maybe I'm a bit baked on this theory, but I get a whole different vibe on days that I use this pair. Could it be like Michael? Is it really the shoes? Probably not, more like the hard work and effort, but it's fun to consider the impact of shoe color and performance.  Hmmmmmm

A color for every taste! 

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