April is now in the books. When I looked at my mileage on Saturday, I knew there was an outside chance that I could beat April of 2018, but it would take some effort on my part. Yesterday as part of that effort, I ran 6.5 miles. Today I went out again, knowing I would have to run at least 6.65 miles to beat April. By the time I got done running, I was at 7.2 miles. Which means I beat April of 2018. May is going to be a challenge as I get into the mid-year months that are all over 100 miles a month. It will be a real challenge to reach 2,019 km, but I think if I start getting in walks on off days, I should be able to do it. Most of my mileage this month was all running miles. Also, if I start getting in some long runs like today, that will help.
I am excited that I have 270 miles in for the year which is well ahead of both 2018 and 2017. At this point, I keep pressing on toward my goal.
It is one week since we celebrated the resurrection of Jesus. This morning we continued the celebration as we looked at Jesus’ words, “I Am the Resurrection and the Life. I’ve embedded the video if you’re interested.
It was a wonderful Spirit-filled and Spirit-led service. As we looked at the topic during Sunday School, I realized how much the topic in Sunday School would match this morning’s sermon. It was very amazing. God “showed up” in an amazing way. Tomorrow is a day off. I had something funny happen this morning. Our Sunday School Superintendent asked if there were any bulletins. I checked, and wondered where they had gone. I knew that I had brought bulletins to church, but they were now among the missing. We searched and Pam came over to the house to see if I left them here. Finally I figured out that one of our senior saints had taken all of them, when she picked them up with her Bible. It was cute.
The end of the church year things are starting to show up on the church calendar — such as nominating committee, budget committee and even local church conference.
This past week, was a welcome relief from the busyness of the last several weeks since the beginning of Lent. There were no extra services to plan and our prayer team got to meet together for the first time in many weeks on Wednesday night. We had a sweet Spirit as we met.
I was ahead most of the week and was able to work on my sermon early, which was a rare thing over the last couple of weeks. We will ramp it up a little in May. Thursday, Pam and I are hosting a National Day of Prayer service at McCrae Brook. We are have our local ministerial meeting, where we will put the finishing touches on our plan for a community baccalaureate service. At the end of May, our church will also participate in the local Memorial Day parade and we are making cookies for Teacher Appreciation in May. So May is going to be a busy month.
Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
I did have high hopes for this week. There was a possibility of knocking out enough miles to put April in the 100 mile category. I was able to get in 22 miles this week, bringing my monthly total to 82 and within 13 miles of last April’s total of 95. In order to beat April, I’m really going to have to go long on Monday and Tuesday. The good news is that I was able to run 18 miles this week, with a 4.5 mile walk yesterday on the treadmill. It was a real mixed bag this week. One day I was outside in shorts and t-shirt – another day it was long pants and long-sleeves – inside on the treadmill yesterday and inside on the indoor track today. But I am thankful that I was able to get it all in. Next month, the miles really begin to ramp up as I try to hit my goal of 2,019km for the year. That is equal to 1,256 miles. It is still a high goal, but with summer coming, I think I can up my miles and make up for January. With that, I’m Pressing On!