Running Update

Today’s run had to be squeezed in with everything else that needed to be done, but the thing is, I still got a run in.  I ran 3 laps for a total of 3.9 miles in 45:57 or a 11:46 mile.  I am really pleased with that.  I wish I could have run one more lap, because I believe that would have been a 5.2 mile personal record.  I started out really fast.  How fast?  For the first time, I almost ran a sub 11 minute mile.  My time on the first lap was 14:20 or a 11:01 mile.  How cool is that?  My plan is to get some sprinting intervals in this Saturday — I have noticed how much those have helped bring down the time.  Pressing On!


“Music… will help dissolve your perplexities and purify your character and sensibilities, and in time of care and sorrow, will keep a fountain of joy alive in you.”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Running Update

WHY Am I Doing This?

This morning my body was protesting the fact that I was running.  The first two laps around the park were absolute misery.  My legs were complaining the hardest, but I kept on pressing on.  I kept telling myself that it would get better.  It did during the third lap.  That lap was the best overall.  During the fourth and final lap, I had to keep telling myself to keep going — you can do it.  It was one of those days you had to talk yourself into it and yet by the time I completed 5.2 miles, I felt good.  There was no major pain — my ankle was sore, but I think I did something to it during softball practice.

This week I was responsible for writing our church’s weekly e-newsletter and blog post.  I mentioned that some of my friends think I’m crazy for running — today, I would almost have to agree with them.  The thing is, I completed the run (in 1:05:30) which is considerably slower than my last couple runs — but I completed the run.  I found out there is a memorial 5K run here in Staunton next weekend for a local police officer who lost his life to cancer.  It looks like I missed the pre-registration, but I can still enter the day of the race.

I encourage you to press on, as I press on!

Sunday Night Thoughts

For the second day in a row we woke up to cloudy, rainy skies and yet this evening we are looking at beautiful blue skies.  We were graced with another beautiful day.  While I was looking forward to worshiping with the Parkway family, I knew there was quite a bit on my plate this morning.  In addition to my regular duties of leading worship, I was also preaching and playing in the handbell choir during our time of worship.

Our service was a bit more complicated than usual.  We had several video elements and our laptop and EasyWorship decided that they didn’t want to get along anymore — at least until I rebooted it in the middle of the service. 😦  Things went very well and I had an additional layperson take care of some of the other elements in the service.  I was very pleased with the music and the handbell choir and once I settled down during the message, it went very well.

If you are interested, the audio link to the sermon is just above.  We had a good response to the message and God met with us.  This afternoon, our church softball team had practice and I had a great time.  We even played a scrimmage game with another team.  I went 2 for 3 with two singles.  Our season starts next week.

It’s finally time to sit back and relax.  I encourage you just like I encouraged our church family to Seize the Day!

Sunday Set List

April 25, 2010
Fourth Sunday of Easter

Welcome and Announcements

Musical Selection – Mountain Ridge Ringers

Ring Alleluia (Starks)

Call to Worship and Invocation

Psalm 23

Songs of Worship

Come, Now Is the Time to Worship (Doerksen)

Lord, I Lift Your Name on High (Founds)

We Declare Your Majesty (Du Plessis)

Connecting Through Prayer

Song of Worship

Jesus Saves! (Owens/Kirkpatrick)

Giving Back to God

Special Music – Mountain Ridge Ringers

Let Us Walk Close to Thee (arr. Eithun)

Missions Moment – Remember Nhu

Worship Through God’s Word

The Power of the Gospel

I Corinthians 15:1-11

Closing Song

Go Light Your World (Rice)