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Community Running/Living

When I first started training for the marathon, I was doing it alone.  This was for about a month or so.  Then Eddie decided to run with me for a while, and ended up training to do the marathon as well.  At the time, I did not realize it, but having someone there to run with you made all the difference in the world. 

The reason I say this is because Eddie has a messed up knee and can no longer run the full marathon.  For the past month I have been doing the running on my own.  Looking back, I can see what an incredible lift it was having someone run with you.  To have someone there pushing you as you pushed them.  This is not only while you ran, but also to even get out there and train.  I am a pretty self motivated person, however I most certainly need help.

Anyways, I started thinking about this in regards to community.  I believe we need each other (Please do not read that last sentence in a soft voice).  No but really, when you think about it, how many people go and live away from people?  There are communes who still live with people, but they are just more or less away from society.  I read a book a while ago, where the author pointed out that for punishment in prison they put someone away from everyone else.  There are the occasional one or two who go and live in the forest by themselves, but that is more certainly not the norm.  We not only want, but we need community. 

This is the simple yet profound truth about the Trinity.  As Christians, we follow a God who is at the very core, communal.  This communal God, is the God who created us in His image (“His” has no gender, which is whole nother tangent).  And thus, we are at the place we are at now….

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Brainal Focus

BrainSo this past weekend I had what was my longest run so far.  This is not only longest run in the training, but it also was once again the longest run I have done in my life.  I feel like I am saying this every couple of weeks actually….wait, that is because I am.  Anyways, this one was 29ks, for us Americans, that is roughly 18 miles.  This one took me just over 2 and a half hours. 

Now the reason I say this is because, have you ever tried doing something other than driving for this long?  I guess I have found that one of the hardest things in the distance of  it all is to keep my mind in a good state.  I can not tell you how hard it is to think about something other than your freaking aching body.  This of course then gets you to think about other things, like stopping.  Anyways, this has been something I have found out about more of the hard way and am needing to be more intentional about what I think about. 

This is where I reckon any readers of this could give me some thoughts…thanks heaps!

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