"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, March 28, 2017

ROCC RFG 2017 - Week 6

"Running into the sun, but I'm running behind ....."

Fuel, both spiritual and physical nutrition, was a central theme to our time together this week. During our connect time, we took a listen to Jackson Browne's well-known song Running on Empty. As we listened (link with lyrics included below), we considered the application to our faith. Have we ever felt as aimless, desperate, or uncertain, as the character in this song? Why do believers sometimes feel like they are running on empty? Has anyone ever helped you "refuel?" In overhearing a few of the table conversations, it seemed that this connect activity resonated with several of us. 

Following, we spent some time discussing a healthy runner's diet, nutrition, and weight management. Always keep in mind that each of our needs, body types, and rates of metabolism are unique. Know your body, but also know there are some general, universal guidelines when it comes to improving performance and reaping the benefits of a good diet. We tried to emphasize these common threads. 

Additionally, we watched a video for Crisis Control Ministry of Forsyth County (our ROCC 5K beneficiary) and a moving video on Elon cross country / track athlete Molly Offstein. Both are included below. Next Monday we plan on sending Molly a #showusyourshoes pic of support as indicated in the video. I will have an update on her condition and I look forward to sharing. 

Have a great week. Stay at it. You are halfway through the training and your consistency will pay off as we increase the intervals in week 7. On Monday, we will run the back half of the course for the first time, come back to celebrate and have an early night. Keep running for God. You can do it! 

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