Thursday and Saturday – June 14, 16


backlit-beach-boy-694587Thursday will again be at Lake Pine at 6:30pm. Meet at the lot at 1808 Lake Pine Dr, Cary, NC 27511. This is the parking lot closest to Kroger at Lake Pine/64.

Saturday morning will be at Sugg Farm in Holly Springs at 8am. The park is at the end of Grigsby Ave in HS, but you should be able to find it by searching Google for “Sugg Farm” (near Bass Lake).

I’ll be out of town for these, but enjoy the good workouts! Everyone is doing well so far. Thank you for the good attitudes and willingness for a bit of pain for future gain.


Saturdays at Sugg Farm

Tomorrow morning’s run will be at Sugg Harm in Holly Springs. Meet near the entrance of the park at 8am. The park is at the end of Grigsby Ave in HS, but you should be able to find it by searching Google for “Sugg Farm” (near Bass Lake).

Josiah Ruhl is managing our Saturdays at Sugg. I’ll be at a pastors retreat. Enjoy!

Thursday Night’s Practice

Thursday’s practice will be at Lake Pine in Cary. Meet at the lot at 1808 Lake Pine Dr, Cary, NC 27511. This is one closest to Kroger at Lake Pine/64.

It’s a 2-mile loop around the lake with the quarter-miles clearly marked. About 1.5 miles of it is flat with a bit of rolling hills on one stretch.

Dawn Ruhl will be organizing the practice.
Right now they are predicting pretty decent weather (high 81, no rain).
See you then!

The 2018 Season is Almost Here – June 4th!

Hello! Spring is racing by, and June is just around the corner. I wanted to let you know that our first summer training run will be Monday, June 4th, 5:30pm @ Bond Park. We’ll meet near the kiosk in the main field below the gym and next to the lake.

By Monday the 4th, try and get yourself to where you can do 2-3 miles comfortably. We’ll adjust workouts to your typical running distances (and weekly mileage), likely having 2-3 training groups.
The plan now is to do Monday late afternoon (5:30-6:30), Sat mornings at Sugg Farm (8am), and one other weekday late afternoon TBD. We’re also likely going to stick with this schedule through the entire season. We’ll continue to pick up the miles and pace as the season goes but won’t add another team practice. Of course, running an extra day or even two can be extremely helpful for you (even if it’s only 2-3 miles on your own). But for efficiency’s sake, we’ll stick to this practice schedule.
First meets will come sometime in August, but not sure of details yet. However, three meets to have down:
  • NCHEAC state meet is Friday, Oct 12th. Boys at 4, girls at 5. You’ll notice on the meet website that Cary Fire is listed as the 2017 boys champion team. That’s back-to-back championships for the boys.
  • The Saucony We’ve Got Class race is Saturday, Sep 22nd, first race (Fr/So boys) at 9am, last one (Fr/So girls) at 11:55am. Likely another hot run! This is a huge meet with close to two-dozen public schools and an annual test for all of us. Always a blast!
  • One race we’re considering is a night-time Sep 1st run in Fayetteville, the Jungle Run. Not sure yet on that one. It’s a larger invitational, though, and run at night–first race 7:40pm, last at 9:40pm. We’ll get back to you.
We’ll get some dual- and triple-meets in there as well, probably several homeschool meets to build up the area cross country teams and also some private and public school meets.
For now, get some good runs in, and we’ll see you on Monday, June 4th!
And as we run, let’s remember the ultimate race we’re a part of:
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. (Hebrews 12:1-3)
Till June,

This week: Lake Pine, Ruhl Property, Agua Viva, and God our Creator

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!