Run Report

Yeah, I'm still running and loving it more all the time. I run 8, 5 and 3.1 mile runs during the week. People have been asking about the cold weather - especially since this is my first winter running around outside. The good news is the cold hasn't been an issue at all. In fact I have really enjoyed running in the cooler temps of 19°-25°. What has slowed me down is the ice. The ice is terrible. Nevertheless I have continued to run, just a bit more carefully when I can't avoid the ice. The last two days have been so unusually busy with ministry I had to choose between eating breakfast with the kids and running. The kids of course came first. But I may be able to squeeze in a run before a meeting I have this afternoon. 5 Miles from the church building means a sink bath. Those work so well. For a few weeks I was stuck at 150 lbs, but have finally this week dropped solidly into the 140's. I am down well over 30 lbs now and feeling great.

I have found that all runners have a lot of inner dialog with themselves. Much of it, especially for us beginners, boils down to an argument between the old self and the new self; something not altogether different from the inner struggle against sin. Just as fasting teaches us about the nature of contentment, dependence on God, and denying self, I am finding that the discipline of running teaches me a lot about the nature of perseverance and becoming. This commercial from Nike, "Reincarnate Now," encourages us to leave the "old self" behind. It's beautiful and relates to more than becoming a runner. Check it out.

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...put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:22-24