Been running?

Have you ever had someone say to you, “I saw you running today.”  Or better yet, when they catch you returning from a run, they ask, “Have you been running today?”  I had a friend drive by my house the other day and ask me that as I was stretching after a long run.  Why did he ask?  Because I showed all the evidences of a person who had been running: the sweat, the clothes, the shoes, the watch (my big honkin Garmin GPS Forerunner 305), the posture (stretching) and of course, the smell.  It was obvious.

“Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished.  And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.”  Acts 4:1

I read that verse in my time with God this morning and was moved by it once again.  Will people know I’ve been with Jesus today?  Will they hear the joy in my speech because I’ve already talked with my Father?  Will they experience Christ through my actions?  Will they walk away from a conversation with me knowing that I a a fully devoted follower of Christ and feeling drawn to the Almighty?

Most of the time it’s not obvious as to whether those whom we meet are believers.  We can’t change others, but we can change ourselves.  James MacDonald has said many times, “If your faith hasn’t changed you, it hasn’t saved you.”  Powerful words regarding the power of God at work in your life.

Whether I run an easy 3 miler or a long run, it is evident that I have been running.  How will your time with God impact your speech today?  Your actions?  What you share?  Where you go?  What you do?

May we have the “aroma” of Christ today!!!!!  (2 Corinthians 2:15-16)

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Pre-Race Tips

I’ve had several people ask me questions about what to do the week before the race.  While I’m not an expert, I’ve learned some things from the races I’ve run and the articles I’ve read.  Here are some of my basic tips for Pre-Race Week:

Prepare the night before:  Lay out clothes, shorts, shirts, socks, shoes, etc., everything you will need for race day.  Do this the night before and it will ease your mind throughout the night. If you are running a marathon see “Marathon Packing List” under the Resources tab.

Tried and true clothing:  Wear comfortable clothes that you’ve worn before.  Do not wear anything new, especially for a long race.  Race day is never a time to break in a new pair of shoes.  Wearing new clothes, socks or shoes could produce undesired effects that you don’t need in a race.

Don’t over dress:  Dress as if the weather is 15 degrees warmer.  I just ran a race on Saturday where the temp at the start time was around 58 degrees, halfway through the 10k, I saw many with jackets tied around their waists.  As you do your warm up and begin running, your core temperature will rise and you will feel warmer. Read more of this post

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