In my initial blog post in April of 2010, I shared that I had not fully trusted in the Lord as it relates to tithing, and I made a commitment to immediately begin to fully tithe. I also promised to come back and share my progress and report back on how God fulfilled his promise. As one year has come to an end and another has begun, January 1st seems like the perfect time to reflect on the year past as well as to renew my commitment to my passion for running and sharing my faith.
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With two marathons under my belt and countless half marathons, 5Ks and 10Ks, I've put in countless hours of running over the last seven years. As a father of three young children with a full time job, a challenge I face every day is how to find the time to be a good husband, father, employee and servant of God while also finding time to hit the road. While I'm not always successful in adequately juggling all of these roles, I'm going to share a few tips that have helped me along the way.
About ten years ago, at my 30th birthday party, my wife gave me the best birthday present I have ever received. At a surprise party that she went to great lengths to successfully keep me in the dark about, in front of more than forty of my friends and neighbors, and amidst a gaggle of over the hill gag gifts meant to make me feel the impact of the milestone, my wife gave me a Polar heart rate monitor. Now a heart rate monitor may not seem like a romantic gift, but to me, it said that my wife cared very much about my health, and as it turned out, this simple device transformed the way I exercised.
I’ve been a runner for the last 7 years or so logging 40 miles per week on average except during marathon training when my peak mileage hits about 60 miles per week. So most people look at me as a pretty serious runner, but running alone does not define me. I’m also a devout Christian who studies the Bible and I’m very active in my church, currently serving on the Board of Evangelism. In addition to my family, my faith and running are my passions. So from time to time, I’ve toyed with the thought of somehow combining these passions of mine to help inspire others to both run and grow in their faith. To that end, I’ve decided to start this blog to share my thoughts and experiences with the hope that others might find them interesting and find at least some inspiration. Today I’ll start by looking to see what scripture has to say about running.