"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, February 10, 2015

Proud Dad

Our family has always been active. Exercise, physical fitness, and healthy competition are things that we have enjoyed and maintained throughout our marriage and with our daughters. But recently, it dawned on me just how disciplined the girls had become in their own fitness pursuits. If you will allow me one "brag on my children" post, I would be grateful.

First, our oldest, a life-long dancer, has always been a workout fanatic. She is the Holcomb most eager to attend group classes, prioritize core training, and has even been known to pull out mom's Sweatin' to the Oldies VHS tapes for a basement session. Over this past year, she has taken the initiative to become a certified instructor. So with a degree in nutrition / dietetics in her near future, and a drive to encourage others, we are very proud to have reached a point where we learn more from our daughter than perhaps we can teach her (at least in regards to a healthy lifestyle - I mean she's still our baby girl and I've got much more wisdom to pass her way!)

And our youngest, a high school senior who has spent most every waking moment of the past 8 years on a volleyball court, has made this running papa very happy recently. It was at some point just after Thanksgiving that the discussion of my April marathon came up. What happened next is a bit fuzzy, as I think I hit my head when I "fell out of my chair." In the course of this conversation, my wife and my daughter signed up for the half-marathon! And yes, that's the easy part. But for the past two months, they've been working hard. Building base and now working a Higdon half plan. And in what really makes me wonder if I'm dreaming, my sleep-till-noon girl is waking up at 4:30 to get in morning runs before school! Wait - what?! Enough said - proud.

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