Thursday, April 25, 2013

I Want Others to Love Running Also!

As you can probably guess, I have a passion for running and endurance sports. I know I gripe about it a lot, but I really do enjoy it. I love the freedom it gives me. I enjoy the the way it clears my mind and the time it gives me to think. Sometime I can literally get lost in my run. I have even had moments where I miss mile markers, and that is a great feeling. You know we must love it or why else would we get up at dark thirty in the morning to do it?

So with this love of running, I of course want others to love and to see the value of it. Many people understand, others don't get it and many want nothing to do with it, and that is fine, but I have been looking for a way to share this love and hopefully get others off the couch and moving, and this is how it started.

I have never had a problem training  I am very meticulous about it and I can tell what I am going to be doing 3 weeks from today. I also make time for it, sometimes getting up as early as 4:30 AM just to get my miles in. I had a good balance between my family, my work and my training schedule, but one thing I was leaving out was my spiritual life. It never really fit in, I mean I went to church and all, but that was the extent of it. And that's when I realized that I needed to get that area of my life in line.

So a few months ago, I saw an ad for a program called Run for God. It is basically a Bible study with running wrapped around it, basically a couch to 5K running plan with a focus on God.  So I brought it to the attention of one of our pastors at church, and he suggested I lead it. Whooaaaaaaaa!!!!  I am not what I would call a teacher, so I was scared to death to commit. The more I thought it over and prayed, the more I felt led to lead the group. We start Saturday.

So far there are 25 people signed up for this 12 week class. 25 people that have decided they want to grow closer to God and to also start running, it is going to be a beautiful site to watch their progress. I know I have the running part down, but I pray that I also will have the leading part down as well. My wife and friends are going to help. I have some great people with great life stories lined up to help as well. I am hoping for it to be a special time.

In 12 weeks, I am hoping to have 25 people run a 5K that might not have believable it was possible before! And I will cheer them all on, except for the ones in my AG, they are on their own!!



8 comments:

  1. Hey, look, I know can learn about luxury bus rentals and small tar sprayers. Ohhhh wait.... floater cum trowel machine, something every household needs!!!

    Sorry I got distracted by the comments

    I think this is really cool, you will do great. teamroll has put on some tri 101 clinics, my advice from what I saw, is to remember they are all beginners and teach the basics, keep all advance techinques out of it for awhile

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    1. That is what is going to be cool about this is that we will meet for an hour each week and have a 10-15 minute Bible study, then talk 15 minutes about specific run related topics then do a group run!

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  2. I think this sounds great! I go to a Catholic church that's super old school so there's not anything really going on like this. We're the fish fry types :) and that's about as far as the action goes but I think you'll do great and they'll all look up to you and who knows what kinda journey you'll steer someone to and what good things will come to them!

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    1. I love a good fish fry!!!! I remember growing up having a potluck Sunday where all the ladies would bring food! I would love to go back to one of those now! I am getting hungry now!!

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  3. I bike for Jesus... I use his name a lot when climbing the hills around here.... Does that make me spiritual? (ps... name never in vain mind you, just a simple "Jesus"... usually followed by "help me")

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    1. Oh I talk to Jesus plenty of times out there on a course! Can I get an AMEN????

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  4. Best wishes on your new endeavor. Bringing people to running and closer to the Lord? What a perfect combination!

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    1. It has been inspiring to say the least!

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