My Year In Running

Year in RunningIt looks like tonight has several retrospective posts.  The first was a blogging retrospective.  This one will be a running retrospective.  If I don’t get to the rest, it is because I am worn out from our missions trip and those I will write tomorrow.

My total mileage this year was 1,217.  This is about 300 miles less than last year.  I spent part of the summer injured and did not prepare for a full marathon this fall, That probably made up some of the difference.  In addition, I didn’t do as much walking this year.  This is the fewest miles I have run since 2011.  This year was a year of struggles and yet, I refuse to give up.  I continue to press on.  I was able to run the Park-to-Park 1/2 Marathon this year once again.  I ran it slower than last year, but I was able to set a personal record in the 5K this year, finishing in 22:37.  That put me at a pace of 7:15 or so per mile.  It was a fast pace, but it was a great morning for it.  I’m really hoping to do some more competitive running, because that helps me keep focused on a goal.

So far I have my eyes on:

  • The Macon Mud Run
  • The Park-to-Park 1/2 Marathon
  • Comfort Care Stride

at the very least, with maybe some more thrown in.


2014 Blogging Review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 12,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Sunday Night Thoughts

Georgia On My Mind

Tonight I write from our hotel room in Macon, GA. We were up early on Friday morning and 10 of us from Parkway church came here to Hephzibah Ministries. This ministry is an outreach of The Wesleyan Church. We are here on a missions trip. It has been a great time so far. Yesterday, we were able to spend some time with the residents. We went bowling and hosted a pizza party for them. As part of our volunteering we did some clean-up work in the kitchen. It was a great day yesterday. We also had a great trip down here. We have found a Krispy Kreme and it was Hot Now so that was awesome.

As part of this trip our plan was to go to Atlanta and go to 12 Stone Church, our largest Wesleyan congregation. That was an experience that I was glad we were able to do. I met several of my Facebook friends and also ran into the District Superintendent of South Coastal District. He was my pastor when I received the call to the ministry. The even better thing was that his son Jason preached this morning. That was pretty cool.

Like I said the plan was to go to Atlanta this afternoon, but the Falcons were playing their final home game with a chance to go to the playoffs. Several of our friends who live here advised not going downtown when there was a football game going on.

So we did some alternative things, especially considering it was raining. We just got back to Macon and I had to make a detour to the local Walmart, which is just across the street.

I have one run in so far and am hoping to get in another one tomorrow morning before we get started at 7:30. At the moment, I have the room to myself and the quiet is beautiful. Well, that is about all I have for this evening. Carp Deim – Seize the Day!

Prayer for the Week


First Sunday of Christmas

Almighty God, you have poured upon us the new light of your incarnate Word: Grant that this light, enkindled in our hearts, may shine forth in our lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

First Sunday After Christmas

star-of-bethlehem-wallpaper-source_bffFirst Sunday after Christmas Day (December 28, 2014)

Praise the Lord!

Praise the Lord from the heavens!
    Praise him from the skies!
Praise him, all his angels!
    Praise him, all the armies of heaven!
Praise him, sun and moon!
    Praise him, all you twinkling stars!
Praise him, skies above!
    Praise him, vapors high above the clouds!
Let every created thing give praise to the Lord,
    for he issued his command, and they came into being.
He set them in place forever and ever.
    His decree will never be revoked.

Praise the Lord from the earth,
    you creatures of the ocean depths,
fire and hail, snow and clouds,
    wind and weather that obey him,
mountains and all hills,
    fruit trees and all cedars,
10 wild animals and all livestock,
    small scurrying animals and birds,
11 kings of the earth and all people,
    rulers and judges of the earth,
12 young men and young women,
    old men and children.

13 Let them all praise the name of the Lord.
    For his name is very great;
    his glory towers over the earth and heaven!
14 He has made his people strong,
    honoring his faithful ones—
    the people of Israel who are close to him.

Praise the Lord!

Missions Trip | The Night Before

photoTomorrow morning our family and three other families from our church will be meeting together at 7AM and heading off to Macon, GA.  We will be going on a one week missions trip to Hephzibah Ministries.  This is an organization that is part of the Wesleyan Church.  We are looking forward to a great week.  In case you are wondering, the regularly scheduled posts are already scheduled, so I don’t have to worry about those, but I will be sharing some insights from our trip and I also hope to share pictures, at least of our team in action.  I would ask for your prayers as we leave and are on the highway tomorrow.  Blessings…Dale