"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.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Lowest Common Denominator

I really like math. It was a favorite subject in school, and throughout my life as an operations' guy, homework-helping dad, family bill payer, and general all-around inquisitive puzzle solver, I have discovered that more often than not, regardless of the subject, "it always comes down to a math problem!" (Think pacing, fueling, elevation, shoe wear, the terrible too's, and much more!)

One of the more intriguing concepts of math is that of Lowest Common Denominator (LCD). It is especially helpful when trying to get the best buy on hot dog buns relative to hot dog wieners 😋

But LCD is not for math alone. It's one of those concepts that serves as a great literary device in describing the point where two similar, but different, entities find common ground.

For example, runners come in various shapes and sizes. We have different motivations and goals. And when it comes to techniques, accessories, shoes, training plans .... again, different strokes for different folks.

But aside from perhaps the commitment to discipline, one of the more obvious lowest common denominators between runners is that of being curious. In other words, most runners that I know, have a great curiosity about the sport itself, about inspirational stories, about races and results, about their own limits. To quench this curiosity, I find that many of us share a genuine interest in reading about all things running.

That said, over the past week I have picked up the above pictured magazines. They have some really great articles, and despite the title, Blue Ridge Outdoors, I found several running related pieces included. Best of all, not only were they well-written, they were FREE! Located where one might normally find the weekly auto trader or community periodical - you know, near the entrance of many restaurants and retail spaces - there they were, racked and stacked.

So, keep an eye out next time you visit the Waffle House (oops, I'm giving away my training secrets), er, the Salad Shop, and you'll hopefully find some good insight on running and exercise.

But most of all, stay curious!

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