I Am Second – Race Recap

This was my just my second time racing a 5K, my first in 2 years.  My left leg had been acting up since a speed session in early October, so I’d backed off my training and had no idea what kind of time I’d put up.  I was hoping to PR (over my...

That Dam Half! – Race Recap

I ran That Dam Half with my brother, and it lived up to its name, at least for him.  J battled injury for weeks leading up to the race, which significantly hindered his ability to train.  To his credit, he persevered.  He wisely opted for a 4/1 run/walk...

Running On Faith

So often when I am believing God for something, He will send me some form of encouragement: a scripture, a dream, or one of those little moments of synchronicity. These things are like spiritual GU. They’re sweet and give you a burst of energy to keep...

Tour Des Fleurs 2014 – Race Recap

The Last Christmas, I received a unique gift from my dad.  He promised to run this year’s Tour Des Fleurs 10K with me and wrote it up as an article in the local newspaper, as it might appear after the race: What a wonderful gift, with bonus points for...

Marathon Meditation

For those interested, here are the characteristics of God I meditated on during the Erie Marathon.  The list is not polished, as I did not prepare it ahead of time, but simply prayed and asked God to reveal Himself to me during the run.  These are the...

Erie Marathon – Race Recap

The Erie Mararthon is an experience I’ll never forget. Presque Isle State Park is beautiful.  The course was even flatter than advertised (only 68 feet total elevation gain!), and the weather was perfect for a marathon–50’s and just 4 mph...

Run Happy

The Erie Marathon is just a few days away. All my training is done. And all my training has been done in the Texas heat!  Current forecast is for 50° F on race day. I have no recollection of what that feels like and no idea how fast I’ll be able to run when...

God-focused Training

Here’s an article I wrote for Tri4Him on how to maintain focus on God while training: http://tri4him.com/blog/2014/08/07/god-focused-training-tips-tricks/ Honored that they published it. ...

Effort, Not Outcome

While I believe in their importance and usually enjoy them, tempo runs (at or slightly faster than goal marathon pace) have recently been a source of frustration.  It’s been difficult to accept that between the heat and my loss of fitness, I simply...

The Things That Keep Us Going

Patience. Endurance. Long suffering. These words are often used together in scripture, sometimes interchangeably. If you’re a distance runner, you understand why.  You also understand the importance of breaking things down. Running the mile you’re in....