Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,--Hebrews 12:1

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Weekly Journal 5/21 -- 5/27

Happy to say I made it through another good training week. Some changes to my routine created a significant increase in mileage this week, but not more than I've done before. Today's my day of rest, no run to give my legs a little reprieve until it all starts again tomorrow.

The last day of school for me was Monday so I've had a little extra time for workouts. Notice I said a little time. A lot of people think teachers have nothing to do all summer, but nothing could be farther from the truth. Now is the time to catch up on all the around-the-house projects that were neglected during the school year. Yard work is in full swing and there's maintenance to be done on the vehicles. On top of that, I'm completely rewriting the courses I'll teach next year because I wasn't satisfied with the results from this year.

Even with all of that, I have found more time to workout. This week I started swimming again and went on a couple of bike rides with Janice. My swimming is nothing like training to compete. Neither is my biking. My wife and I have a 33 ft pool in the back yard and a couple of $100 bicycles from Wal-Mart. Both work fine for the types of workouts I do, but these aren't sports I'm looking to compete in.

But at least summer gives me a little opportunity to cross train, even if it's not really serious cross training.

I won't be listing those workouts in this journal. This will continue to be strictly for running workouts. So here's what I did last week.

Training Week: May 21 - May 27

Monday3 miles
Tuesday6 miles
Wednesday5 miles
Thursday6 miles
Friday8 miles
Saturday10 miles
Sunday0 miles
Total38 miles

"Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." -- John 15:13
Next week starts with Memorial Day tomorrow, a day set aside to honor those who served in the United States Armed Forces and especially those who died in the service of our country. Across our nation families will gather at cookouts and picnics, the long weekend will be spent on lakes and rivers. Many will pay not tribute to those who sacrificed to make our nation free. Don't be one of those.

I used to watch war movies all weekend over the Memorial Day holiday. Almost all the movie channels had them playing constantly from Saturday to Monday. Now only AMC does so. It's a shame that so much of our culture has lost touch with what this holiday is all about.

Please, however you celebrate Memorial Day, take some time out to honor those whom this holiday is meant to honor. Say a prayer. Fly a flag. Visit a memorial. Do something to pay tribute to those who gave you your freedom. If you're a parent, be sure to explain to your children the meaning and significance of Memorial Day. They're likely not to learn it in school.

It's a great time to compare the sacrifice our servicemen make to the sacrifice Jesus made on the Cross. Jesus gave His life to free us from sin, from Satan the spiritual tyrant. Our men and women in uniform offer theirs up to free us from earthly tyrants. Enjoy your long weekend. Just don't forget why you have it.

If you don't know Jesus as your personal savior, if you're missing the faith, hope, and love written about here, if you want the peace that we as Christians have in our lives, please visit our Got Jesus? page for step-by-step instructions on how to accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior.

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