So one of the things I am asked when people hear about my setting aside time on the internet is, "What are you doing with your extra time?" Among other things, I have committed to losing the 20 or so pounds I've gained since getting married 14 years ago to my lovely bride. And for me, part of that regimen is running. So today, I ran my first 5k! (1 Corinthians 9, Hebrews 12, and 2 Timothy 4 have NOT been used in the making of this blog.)
The Ritz to Roxy 5K. Today (its inaugural running), I ran it in 30 minutes! It's a small-ish event: no registration, no giveaway t-shirts, no meals, the last 100 yards are up a steep incline, there is no line to cross at the end, and there are not that many runners really (just me actually).
Just like anything, I find it helpful to be goal oriented with this type of stuff. Now, I can already hear some of you out there, "Run just for the fun of it," or "Just Do It." Well, my response to that is even Jesus was intentional about His purpose: Mark 1:38 Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.” So for me, my initial goal with running was to run a 5K. So, I pulled up Google Maps and figured out a route from my house. The half way point turned out to be our local movie theater, the Roxy. I got up off the couch (quite literally- I spent the majority of yesterday there) and ran/walked it in 30 minutes this week. My new goal is to get that down to under 25 minutes before I crank up the mileage.
As I ran through my neighborhood on the return leg of my trip (about 3/4 through), the thoughts of, "Dear Sweet Jesus... when will this be over," started creeping into my mind. It was then that I recognized something I hadn't thought of before. In the past when I would go for a run, it was to some ambiguous destination to run some undetermined amount of laps. At the Ritz to Roxy 5K, the destination is my home with my lovely bride and my awesome kid. I was running home to my loved ones and this gave me more than enough energy to make it up that ridiculous ending hill. Malachi 2 says that we should not be unfaithful to our wives, but I think the real implication there is that we should enjoy being with them! So for me, running isn't some aspect of racing to some nondescript point on the pavement, but rather a getting back to my family.
I know some of you out there run to get some peace and quiet away from the house. This isn't a bad thing, but the real challenge is how to change your home dynamic to make it a place you want to run back to.
In the comments, feel free to give us your personal best physical activity... running, cycling, swimming, etc. And feel free to come join me on the next running of the Ritz to Roxy 5K (email me for more details), or better yet... figure out your own so you can run to your own home.
Serving through love and laughter is a great way to live.