Archive for November, 2007

On a brisk Saturday morning, the final race in the 2007 DINO Series was held at beautiful (and hilly) Fort Harrison State Park on the Northeast side of Indianapolis. The morning temperature was in the mid 30’s with a little wind but that did not deter almost 350 people from coming out for the 5K and 15K trail race.

The 15K course was an out-and-back along one of the horse trails in the park.  The course was rated 4 out of 5 for hills, but a 2 out of 5 for surface of the trail by race director Brian Holzhausen.  I would agree that it was a tough and hilly course, with some fairly steep hills.  The surface was pretty good, while the trail was cut wide, it had well grooved single track areas that were easier to run on.

Registration on the chilly morning was held inside a shelter house that was surrounded in plastic to help cut down on some of the arctic breeze that was blowing through the flat, open field where the race would start and finish.

I ran a 1:07:38 (7:17) which is a 15K (9.3 mile) PR.  I’m sure I can run them faster on a road course, but at this point all of my 15K’s have been DINO’s trail races. This was about a 5 minute PR for me, so I was very happy with that.  I was also shocked to have been first in my age group and 38th overall.  There were a ton of people in the 20-24 age group ahead of me!

Mile by Grueling Mile!

The start was in an open area and went alongside the tree line before cutting through the meadow and hitting the first major hill at about the half mile.  The course went up a steep hill (perfect for sledding), ran along the top and then back down.  Cutting through a swath of woods, we ran a short bit on the road and re-entered the woods.  I came through the first mile at 7:14, which was a little faster than I had expected but it felt like a good pace.  The miles were marked on the trail, they were a circle of cleared leaves with orange paint.

There was a lot of up and down, most were fairly short hills and I don’t remember there being any other major steep ones at this point.  I decided that I would take it easy up the hills on the out portion of the race and see what I had left coming back through the course.  It was a very winding trail and I came through mile 2 at 7:01.  I still felt really good and was just cruising along with a small group of people.

I recognized some of the other guys and felt comfortable with being around them place and time-wise. There was a water/Gatorade stop around the 2.5 mile mark (strategically placed to serve both the 5K  and 15K runners). The course continued to meander through the woods, not really staying flat long enough to get into a strong stride.  I came through mile 3 at 7:09.

I was still feeling pretty good and ate one Clif Shot Blok, per my race strategy.  At this point our group had kind of spread out and I was trying to stay with a guy who passed me.  This part of the course began to have some steeper hills and some stretches of wider trail.  We were running along near the park’s boundary lines.  After a steep descent we came to a creek crossing.  It had rained several days during the past few weeks so there was probably 3-4 inches of water in the 6-10 foot wide creek bed.  I was able to almost one-step through it, barely getting my left foot wet.  The guy I had just passed hit a rock while jumping and kind of twisted his ankle (he was able to work it out and seemed fine later when he passed me!).  The 4 mile mark was on the bank of the creek and I came through in 6:45, very surprised to have been under 7 minute pace.

This last .65 of the out segment presented some of the steepest hills of the day.  Maybe some of the longest as well.  I was just under a mile behind the leaders and they came back at me. The course finally flattened out for the last quarter mile into the turn around point (where they were checking numbers and providing water/Gatorade).  Coming back I was able to see all the runners and where different people were behind me. Crossing the creek again I got both feet soaked! I ran the 5th mile in 8:10.  Part of me thinks that the 4 and 5 mile marks may have been a little off because of the major time swing but I also know that the 5th mile was tough.

I got back into the groove of running the hills, which became a little trickier now that there was oncoming runners to deal with.  The course was definitely wide enough for us to be running beside each other, it was like I mentioned earlier that in sections the course was significantly easier (and had less leaf cover) over a worn single-track area.  I continued running with the same group of guys, but we were also getting passed by individual runners occasionally, some of whom seemed to be flying by.  I went through mile 6 at 7:18 and was starting to feel it a little bit.

At this point I kept saying to myself that I had less than a 5K to go, it isn’t that far.  I took another Shot Blok and focused on catching/staying with the runners ahead of me.  I was slowly able to pass some runners and began to feel a little cramping.  It wasn’t too bad and I tried to run through it, but it did affect my stride and pace a little bit.  I took some water and tried to fight through.  At this point I started saying, this is shorter than Shadyside (2.64 miles), which is a piece of cake. I came through mile 7 at 7:15.

I had enough strength to charge up some of the hills, well at least charging up them faster than some of the others! It probably didn’t look too pretty as I continued to fight through the side cramp (it did go away, but I don’t remember when!) At one point I ran with a guy for a short while as he tried to pass me, letting him go when I caught the next guy. Somehow I missed the 8 mile marker, but knew that we were getting close to the end (which is the beauty of an out and back course) and started trying to pick up the pace a little. We ran back along the road and then back up the grueling hill that started it all.  Running across the top section I started picking up the pace for the final stretch. At the base of the hill (around 1/2 to go) my wonderful wife cheered me on.  I knew that Brian shouldn’t be too far behind me (we have a friendly rivalry at these races) and listened for her to cheer for him, so I could judge where he was. He seemed a safe distance back but then I began hearing the heavy breathing of someone and got scared.  I began stretching it out, knowing this was a long distance to try and kick. I crossed mile 9 at 14:54 which is a 7:27 pace for the 2 miles.

The runner who passed me wasn’t Brian, it was Patrick McCartney who I’ve met several times.  He pulled away from me a bit during this straight stretch and then I decided I wanted to try and beat him.  We began pushing the pace, ultimately running the last 100 yards or so at or near 100%.  This was an all out kick to the finish.  I tried switching on the afterburners and was able to pull out the “win.” I clocked the last .3 at 1:46 which is approximately 5:54 place, beating Patrick by 2 seconds and Brian by 10.

I am very pleased with my time and overall race.  We waited around for the awards and was very surprised to have won my age group.  Other Anderson runners did well in their age groups also. We weren’t able to stay around for the awards banquet which was being held to honor those in the fall-sub series and overall DINO race series.  I received 2nd place in my age group for the fall sub-series and 44th overall  in the standings.

Cross-posted at Run Central IndianaTeam Cross World.

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Written by Martin Dugard this is an excellent recount of how Dr. Livingstone and Henry Stanley met in the heart of Africa.  Dugard presents the story in a journal/diary format writing about the progress of each man towards their unplanned and unlikely meeting hundreds of miles from “civilization,” while delicately weaving important historical and background information into the narrative.

I really enjoyed this book and was able to complete it in just over a week.  The story-line is very compelling as Livingstone is quickly running out of luck and supplies just as Stanley, a journalist from the USA walks into the village with new supplies and hope. Drugard’s research makes you feel like you are struggling through the pain of malaria, dysentery, and the anguish of having no energy or desire to take the next step towards the African unknown and the final destination.

I never really understood the history behind Stanley and Livingstone’s meeting and the famous phrase “Dr Livingstone I presume.” By all accounts, including his own, Livingstone was lost and without any hope of rescue deep inside Africa’s jungles when Stanley miraculously arrived, beating better trained and equipped British explorers and proving to the world that Livingstone was still alive and the US was a force to be reckoned with.

If you have an interest in Africa, adventure, history, or just want a great story this is your book.  It may even spike your interest and desire to travel Into Africa.

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Welcome to the new blog for Anderson’s Perspectives on the World Christian Movement. A 15 week course on World Missions provided through the nationally renowned US Center for World Missions. Each week will have new and exciting content brought to you by both local and national experts on the biblical, historical, and cultural contexts of missions and strategic planning to share the love of Christ throughout the world. Please subscribe to our feed so that you get all the latest information delivered right to your screen!

Learn more about the Anderson class. Beginning January 7, 2008 at 6:30pm at Madison Park Church of God, prepare to have your life changed!!

WHAT OTHERS SAY!

I’m enthusiastic about Perspectives because my life and our church are devoted to spreading a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples through Jesus Christ. God means to be known and enjoyed by every tribe tongue and nation (Rev. 5:9). Perspectives has been essential in mobilizing hundreds of lay people in our church to be World Christians.
Rev. John Piper, Senior Pastor, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis MN, Author

“Absolutely – Some of us live our whole Christian life never really seeing the big picture of missions. I’ve been involved in a number of short term mission but this put it all together for me. What a pity everyone can’t share the same experience.” 2007 Anderson Class student when asked if s/he would recommend this class.

These seem obvious but in my ventures into the social networking realm of Myspace and Facebook, kids give out way too much information and may put themselves at risk.  I try to be cautious with what I put out into the open Internet realm.

1) Don’t give out personal information (one or two tidbits of information can lead to finding lots more)

2) Tell your parents immediately if you find information that make you uncomfortable

3) Never agree to meet someone in person without checking with your parents and having them present at the meeting

4) Never send anyone a picture or anything else without checking with your parents (this could exclude friends from school or church)

5) Do not respond to any messages that are mean or otherwise make you feel uncomfortable

6) Talk with your parents so that you can establish guidelines for being online

7) Do not give out your password to anyone other than your parents (even you BFF Jill)

8) Check with your parents before downloading or installing software or anything else on your computer (I would also add, be careful which widgets you add to your profiles, some computer code can provide back-door access to your profiles)

9) Be a good “citizen” in the online world and report anything that seems suspicious or could hurt someone else.

10) Kids, Help your parents understand how to have fun on the Internet and talk with them about what you are doing.  Parents, be learners and let your children talk to you about the technology (don’t be afraid of it, communicate your concerns with your child and realize that if you are too hard on them they may find alternate ways to setup an online account without your knowledge).

Adapted from: Kids’ Rules for Internet Safety 

Related Links

Federal Bureau of Investigation (Cyber Division) of the United States Department of Justice: A Parent’s Guide to Internet Safety

Child Safety on the Information Highway

Looking at Child Safety on the Internet  (ppt file on legislation and case study)

Internet Censorship and our First Amendment (ppt file on legislation and case study)

 

 

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I am currently subscribed to 3 of the 27 blogs available through the Cool Running News Feeds. Cool Running has recently become part of the Active.com network. Overall the site provides a range of resources, race calendar, race results, training tips, and a community/forum section.  They also have an online running log for you. 

Back to the blogs,  I subscribe to the Community, Training, and Training Tips blogs.  After looking at the list again I might add the Midwest News blog and Top Headlines blog as well!

The blogs are pretty self-explanatory and none of them post very often.  The last few posts from the community blog are about the growing conflict between iPod users and race directors, and then a few about the Olympic Marathon trials. The last few posts in the training  blog talk about the Honolulu Marathon, tips from Frank Shorter about self-coaching, and the use of protein while training. The training tips blog hasn’t been updated in awhile but talks about keeping a journal, fartleking, and the RICE method.

I hope you are able to enjoy some of the ideas presented in these blogs and that they help give you new insights into running. 

 

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Written in simple English by the beloved Billy Graham, who just recently had a birthday, this is an excellent read. My copy is a Billy Graham Library Selection edition with a forward from Franklin Graham, Billy’s son and President and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse.
I highly recommend this book that is designed to help us understand how we can have peace with God.  We each struggle to find that peace, the peace that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7 NKJV).
In less than 300 pages we are walked from the beginning of our “Quest” to the day after our new life begins.  I got the book, because it was free and I enjoy reading, plus I thought it would be good to see what insights Billy Graham might have about how to have peace with God.  Reading through it helped remind me of what an awesome God we have and how simple, yet profound it is to accept Christ as our Savior.
Throughout the pages, we receive a working man’s case for why Christ is the only way to have lasting peace. He talks about the “Indestructible Bible,” “Dealing with the Devil,” “What is Faith,” “Enemies of the Christian,” and “Hope for the Future,” to mention a few of the chapters.
I would recommend this book for anyone who is searching, doubting, struggling, or who wants to be reminded of the simpleness of salvation.  Quick side note: Salvation isn’t by works, but by faith in Jesus Christ. Christianity is the only faith background that is not works based!
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It = Faith in this current scenario.  If we don’t utilize faith as part of our life it will slowly fade away and we may lose our faith.

Without exercise our muscles slowly fade away to some degree.  We will go blind if we are stuck in a cave without any light.  These are a few examples from Sunday’s message My Life: My View.

Hebrews 11:1 (NLT) defines faith as

…the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.

It is important to realize that we are “foreigners” on Earth and that we will have desires that aren’t of God (1 Peter 2:11-12). So we realize that our real life is WITH GOD, not here today on Earth.  This takes a daily exercise of faith to remember and live out.

Chris spoke repeatedly about how we view the world around us.  Obviously we view things with our eyes and Jesus talks about the eye in Matthew 6:22-23:

“Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light. But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!

Our viewpoint constantly shifts between the world and God.  It is simple to say that we all want to focus on God, but it takes a step of faith to actually work that out and rely on Him and trust Him with everything.  Chris also said “anything that stops me from experiencing faith is evil.”  Without diluting that message it may not be evil, but our view of it is evil.  In my life, my pursuit of a job isn’t evil, God wants us to work, but if I place that pursuit ahead of my pursuit of God (which is probably the case) then it has become evil.

Father you have seen and created everything, help me to have the confidence to trust in Your plans and to be seeking Your Will.

This week’s journal questions are:

  • What is the process you go through to make a decisions?
  • Your paradigm has been formed through experience – how much has faith impacted it?
  • Is God talking to you about your faith? How much does it come into play in your life?
  • What sense do you rely on the most? Why?
  • Faith takes us to God’s reality. In His reality we see that we are just visiting here. Does this change your view on anything?
  • If you had one year left on this earth – how would your life change?
  • Write about what you have learned about faith and yourself this week.
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