Archive for February 2009

Revising Goals

February 28, 2009

Goals are a good thing to have. They should be realistic and they should be attainable, but they should also be a challenge. There was a time in my life when a goal of saving $1 out of every paycheck was a reasonable, yet challenging goal. Now, thank God, that isn’t very challenging.

So, from time to time we need to reevaluate our goals and revise them if necessary.

I’m doing that with my running goals. You ready, here for all the world to see – (accountability is a big factor is staying on course toward a goal).

The 5K in April in under 40 min.

A 10K in May http://www.runforthewarriors.org/clejeuner4w.html

A 10 mile run by my birthday in September.

The Myrtle Beach ½ Marathon (13.1 miles) next February http://www.mbmarathon.com/events/halffc22.htm

I’ll keep you posted – I do not foresee having to revise the last one to the full marathon J But, then you never know . . .

 

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I’m Still Thankful

February 27, 2009

There is plenty of doom, doubt and disappointment to go around these days. It is easy to find – even if you aren’t looking for it.

But, I think it is times like these when we must sit back and count our blessings – anyway. I’m not talking about some Polly Anna, pie in the sky make believe pretend optimism. I am talking about realistic and practical thankfulness.

I was watching an episode of Clifford the Big Red Dog the other day, and they were celebrating Fall Feast, or some such rot, in place of Thanksgiving. Now, more than ever, we need a good dose of a thankful spirit. Now, I’m not going to argue theology with a cartoon, but I think that depicts a pervasive problem in our society today – we’ve just gotten too politically correct, or too something to be thankful.

Our blessings do not come from Government (did I hear an amen there?), they come from God above. In His Providence, He has seen fit to bless us abundantly. If you can’t think of anything to be thankful for, try these.

You and I can speak and write with freedom.
If you’re reading this, you have the wherewithal to have a computer – and
you can read.

I’m sure you can come up with one or two on your own. Let’s go forth giving thanks to God! And, yes, I know it isn’t even close to November J

 

 

First Ten Mile Week

February 14, 2009

This week was the first in which I logged 10 miles running. With 4.2 miles on Monday! I’m not quite ready to do that on a daily basis, (yet). But, thank the Lord, there is no unbearable pain or difficulties.

A couple of my running buddies are running the Myrtle Beach Marathon today.

My wife, Eileen, and I are running our first race in a couple months.

Here is the link http://www.lighthouse10k.com

I hope you are hanging in there with your fitness goals. If not it’s not too late to get back or get started. As Branda Polk says, “It’s about progress, not perfection.”

It’s Still Murder

February 6, 2009

I just read on FoxNews.com a story about a “botched” abortion in Miami where an 18 year old was prepped for an abortion and the doctor did not arrive on time, so she went into labor and delivered a 23 week old baby girl.

The baby was placed in a plastic bag and thrown out with the trash.

You can read the story here http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,488644,00.html

Does this appall you? It should, but my question is, what is the real difference between this and every other abortion? The mother obviously didn’t want the baby. She paid (apparently) her money. The baby was killed. The answer is there is no real difference, yet so many even those who are “pro-choice” find this particular story disturbing.

It is disturbing. It is heartbreaking. But, so is every abortion and now, once again, we are funding them with our tax dollars and exporting them all over the world.

Just in case you didn’t read the story – no charges have been filed in this case yet, none may be.

May God have mercy.

A New Milestone (literally)

February 3, 2009

For those of you keeping up with the running progress- I made it three miles yesterday. It was actually a little over, but it was probably just shy of the 5k length of 3.1 miles.

Again, I must give credit to my runnin’ buddies who constantly encourage me and take turns at my side. Two of them John, Dana will be running in the Myrtle Beach Marathon on Feb 14th.

A bunch of the crew (minus me) will be running a 200+ mile relay on the Blue Ridge Parkway from Virginia to Asheville – I’m just not quite up to that one yet – maybe next year J