Linking the Physical and Spiritual

“He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” Colossians 1:17

It’s funny how we can sometimes experience something old in a new way or with a different perspective than we had previously. As a child in school, I never really cared for history but now I can’t get enough from books or on TV. When it comes to my faith, I am amazed how I can read the same piece of scripture and get a completely different message based on where I am in that point of my journey.

I had this type of experience recently when I read an article about a protein called Laminin that I had heard about a few years ago. My faith has grown in ways I could have never imagined since then. The result was that this information was very exciting to me in this season of Lent. Continue reading

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Trying Something New – Part 2

“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland”     -Isaiah 43:19

CBS NewsI was so excited when we had a major snow storm to start off the year in January because I love running in the snow. Our local CBS news stopped Bob and I during that storm to interview us since not many people were out at 5:30am (Interview starts at 46 sec). Despite my initial excitement, I quickly got tired of winter and running in negative wind chills day after day.

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Trying Something New –Part 1

“Be strong and brave. Don’t be afraid of them. Don’t be terrified because of them. The Lord your God will go with you. He will never leave you. He’ll never desert you.”    -Deuteronomy 31:6

I just watched the second Kilian Jornet movie “Summits of My Life-Déjame Vivir”. It reinforced what an amazing athlete he is and someone who clearly takes some risks.  Watching this initially made me think how conservative I am in my approach to running. However I then began to reflect on 2013 and realized that I did push myself in new ways last year that continue to impact my decisions this year.

Navacerrada, Spain – Early June 2013

Breath taking views and a shot of Javier

Breath taking views and a shot of Javier

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The Need for Pacers

“Even though I walk through the darkest valley,I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4

The Goat paced me at my 1st 100miler

The Goat paced me at my 1st 100miler

The controversy whether pacing is fair is one that spans the running community at all distances. Pacers are often used in certain track and field events to act like rabbits and help runners maintain a certain pace.  However in major competitions, such as the Olympics, this type of support is not allowed.

While some may use a pacer for this same reason in an ultra, I would argue that the main reason for pacing someone is for Continue reading

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Challenges Are Not Meant To Be Easy

Top of Mauna Kea, HI (Just under 14,000 feet)

Top of Mauna Kea, HI (Just under 14,000 feet)

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds” – James 1:2

What is more challenging – running 26.2 miles in under 3 hours or 100 miles in less than 24?

The reality is that it’s like comparing apples and oranges. Some people can’t fathom running 26.2 miles, never mind 100. For others pounding the pavement can never bring the same enjoyment as running in the mountains through two sunrises.IMG_1869 - Version 2

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The Difference in Faith Below and Beyond 26.2 Miles

God's Creation is Truly Awesome! (~12,500')

God’s Creation is Truly Awesome! (~12,500′)

“I praise you for remembering me in everything and for holding to the traditions just as I passed them on to you.” – 1 Corinthians 11:2

I am not surprised to see elite runners who race on the road or track openly share their faith after an event or in an interview. However the lack, if not absence of this has been a little surprising to me as I listen to top athletes who compete at ultra-distances. Continue reading

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”For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” Romans 8:18

1400671_10201607786370554_161935601_oWhy Run Another 100 in 2013?

Sometimes I like to test new things when it comes to my running and the Pinhoti 100 was an experiment that fortunately went well a few weeks ago.

I was interested to see how I would perform in my 3rd 100 mile race in 12 months and 2nd in 12 weeks. While I have friends who run ultra-marathons rather frequently, I believe one or two major races a year allow me to perform at my best. However, I am not sure what the right balance is at this point and wanted to test it out with the ultra distance. Continue reading

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