We’ll get back to our original plan for the next set of practices (Sat, Jul 29 through Sat, Aug 5):
This week our practice locations are a little different. Monday at 5:15pm will be at Lake Pine instead (1808 Lake Pine Dr, Cary, NC 27511). Thursday at 5:15pm will be at Jobie Ruhl’s house (174 R Family Rd New Hill, NC 27562). These will be long runs, 4 miles continuous for one group and 6 miles continuous for the other. Saturday at Sugg will be more intensive.
Those of us going to Guatemala next week to serve Agua Viva Children’s Home have an interesting challenge on our hands. We leave for a week and likely can’t run and the return to our first meet just a few days later. Here’s what I recommend: run every day Monday through Friday this week–at least 3 miles, more if you have time and energy. If you’re doing the 6-mile runs on Monday and Thursday, you’ll finish the week around 18-20 miles. For some of you, that’s a big jump in mileage, not for others. The basic goal is to over-train this week and then allow yourself the extra time to recover next week.
God as Creator? What about that? Running cross country is an interesting way to experience God our Creator. First is that we’re running! We are souls in bodies that are able to run. And that’s amazing. It is an engineering marvel at so many level.
Second we’re running in God’s creation. The trees and paths and hills and sky (and yes, scorching sun!) are all part of the wonder of God’s creation. When you’re not gasping for breath and trying to keep your lungs in your chest, it’s good just to appreciate his handiwork all around us.
But third is the glory of Christian competition. Running against other people is an excellent way to push yourself, develop in ways you didn’t think you could, and know what it means to go hard after a goal. And like in all such endeavors, sometimes you reach your goal and sometimes you don’t. But the striving is a glory in itself–as long as it’s a good goal that you pursue for his glory.
In a very broad sense, this is connected to God’s mandate to humanity at the Creation:
“Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth” (Gen 1:28).
With this mandate, our goal is not to be at the top and make sure all others are beneath us, but it’s to work hard within the creation to develop as people for the tasks he’s given us. Cross country is one small way we do that. We work hard now so that we can glorify him more as Christian men and women.
See you tonight!
I mentioned in the last post shooting for a dozen miles per week at this part of the summer….But far more important is your chapters/week number: How many chapters per week of the Bible are you hitting? A dozen per week is not a bad number for that either. One chapter from the Old and one from the New and reading a Psalm to start your prayer time will get you there without breaking a sweat–unlike running in July!!
We run because it’s a blast. We read our Bibles because it’s bread to our hungry soul!
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; 2 but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. 3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. (Psalm 1:1-3)
Here are our July training days:
Mondays and Thursdays at 5:15 @ Bond Park (meet in parking lot by boat house).
Saturdays 7:30am @ Sugg Farm (park and meet by front gate on Grigsby Ave).
Our first meets are Aug 9 and 16, so make sure you’re getting your miles up. A dozen per week is a good goal for right now. If you run with us, you’ll hit that (and then some). If you run on your own, try and hit that 12-miles/week number.
This fall we’ll again be running the SSS Invitational. Smithfield-Selma High School is again hosting their 5k race with area public schools running. Christopher Bradshaw the host welcomed us back. Details on the race are at NCMilesplit: http://nc.milesplit.com/meets/279452/info#.WRx0nMm1tR0.
- Name – Place Overall – Time
- Jediah Ruhl – 1st – 18:07
- Micah Winn – 2nd – 19:17
- Jackson Winn – 3rd – 19:45
- Joshua Ruhl – 4th – 19:47
- Caleb Weathers – 6th – 21:24
- Henry Noel – 7th – 21:27
- Mzee Ruhl – 8th – 21:45
- Gideon Ruhl – 13th – 22:24
- Zack Weathers – 16th – 23:54
- Emily Baker – 20th (top female) – 24:43
- Asher Moonen – 23rd – 25:01
- Caroline Baker – 44th – 30:26 (honorable mention, since she graduates this spring!)
- Kathryn Weathers – 51st – 32:38
- Charlotte Moonen – 64th – 35:01
- Ivy Moonen – 72nd – 37:18
Consider this your baseline for measuring improvement over the summer and especially into next fall. We’ll be starting weekly summer runs in June, twice weekly in July.
Then consider checking out the Cary Fire. We are a new team (est. 2016) but hope to provide a chance for competitive running for homeschoolers in this area. For more details, check out the ABOUT page on the site.