Leading Up to the Race

I’m so glad to finally share with you the events that have occurred since I last posted.

Have you ever said, “I feel like I’m working more just to take some time off”. I’ve actually said this not only before taking some time off, but also afterwards. I sort of felt this way just recently.

I contrast this with what’s known as “tapering” or “cut back” in a running training program. For me, I have been in a 14 week half marathon training program that is pretty structured so that there is no guesswork as to how far and how long I run on a given day. Towards the end of the program, you taper or cut back the activity in order to allow your muscles to heal in time for the big race. I’ve often been told to fight the urge to do more than what is laid out in the program. I guess I would attribute that to the whole phenomenon that takes place at work before going on vacation.

I was did pretty well in sticking to my running program; tapering and all. I’m thankful for that because activity in the other areas of my life ramped up…as I should have expected. I’m just going to list what took place in the two weeks leading up to my race.

      – Participated in an all day workshop focusing on the ministry partnership that exists between churches and Christian counselors


      – Coordinated and executed the audio/visual details for the launch event of our global outreach ministry


      – Executed the third of three Saturday morning trainings for care ministers at our Barrington campus


      – Conducted two mid course performance reviews for two awesome staff members of whom I get to work alongside


      – Participated in a tour of what started out as a food pantry 30 years ago and now provides not only food but also clothing, adult literacy, GED, and citizenship programs, art programs, among many others for their community.


      – Participated in an all day seminar downtown on team building, coaching and mentoring.


    – With my family not being able to go with me to the race, I coordinated with friends for my boys to hang out for the weekend while Jen is at a women’s retreat.

Whew! I’m tired just reading that! I have to confess that during those last two weeks, I asked myself if this was really worth it? Is going through all this really worth the trouble? I should just cancel. Why don’t I just give up…I’m going to die of stress in the process anyway (exaggerating, of course)

I’m reminded again of a statement by Greg Anderson, athlete/author, that I’ve heard throughout my 43 years of life,

Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.

Stay tuned and I’ll give you an summary of how my race actually went.

In His love,



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