Running Update | May 8, 2021

I haven’t done one of these in forever, ,but thought it was time to get back on the horse and start logging this again.

Since I last posted one of these, I’ve slowed down quite a bit – a far cry from the Richmond Marathon when I ran 26.2 miles in 4 hours and 20 minutes. These days I’m happy if I can be in the 11 minute mile pace. It’s been a good week of running and walking and I currently have a 13 day run/walk streak going. My rules are I have to run/walk at least a mile. Since last Saturday I have run walked 30 miles and it could have been more but we had some rain on Wednesday and a very busy day yesterday.

Today I ran my longest run in a long time – 6.5 miles and at a very reasonable 12:12 pace. It was my fastest pace of the month. Currently I have 36.39 miles logged for May and have already beaten cumulative totals for this point in the year for several past years.

Since I never wrote an end of year post, my goal for this year is 2,021 km running/walking. In order to hit this goal I need 4 miles a day every day until the end of the year. Obviously days like today help because I was 2.5 miles over that. So that goal is still very possible. I need to keep my eye on the goal – keep my eye on the prize as it were. I have always loved the spiritual analogies to running.

That about wraps it up. Pressing On!

Remain in My Love

Sixth Sunday of Easter | May 9, 2021

Acts 10:44-48 • Psalm 98 • 1 John 5:1-6 • John 15:9-17

John 15:9-17 | New Living Translation

“I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. 10 When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. 11 I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow! 12 This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. 13 There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me. 16 You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name. 17 This is my command: Love each other.

Prayer for the Week

O Lord, our heavenly Father, keep your household the Church continually in your true religion, that we who trust in the hope of your heavenly grace may always be defended by your mighty power; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.

Prayer for the Week

O God, whose Son Jesus Christ is the Good Shepherd of your people: Grant that, when we hear his voice, we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Showing the Love of the Shepherd

4th Sunday of Easter | April 25, 2021

Acts 4:5-12 • Psalm 23 • 1 John 3:16-24 • John 10:11-18

John 10:11-18 | New Living Translation

11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep. 12 A hired hand will run when he sees a wolf coming. He will abandon the sheep because they don’t belong to him and he isn’t their shepherd. And so the wolf attacks them and scatters the flock. 13 The hired hand runs away because he’s working only for the money and doesn’t really care about the sheep.

14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me, 15 just as my Father knows me and I know the Father. So I sacrifice my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep, too, that are not in this sheepfold. I must bring them also. They will listen to my voice, and there will be one flock with one shepherd.

17 “The Father loves me because I sacrifice my life so I may take it back again. 18 No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily. For I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and also to take it up again. For this is what my Father has commanded.”