Friday, February 18, 2011

November 21, 2007

From some notes that I keep...

November 21, 2007

Galatians 6:7-10 (Verse 9: And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.)

1. The Law of sowing and reaping governs life.

2 Corinthians 9:6
2 Corinthians 9:10
Luke 6:38
Genesis 8:22


God has given us the capacity to create our future. Seeds of today create the harvest of tomorrow. If we want tomatoes in our future – we plant tomato seeds. We can’t plant tomatoes and wish for cucumbers!

Sow love – reap love. Sow friendship – reap friendship. Sow into your health – reap great health! Sow finances – reap finances.

This is an unerring law of life. There may be storms or freezes that interrupt harvest on occasion – but over the long run of life, year after year, this law is constant.

This has implications...what about you?

Friday, February 11, 2011

Random Thoughts

If you are standing in line, waiting for the Verizon store to open, at 6:30 in the morning, just to get the new iPhone 4, you are an idiot. Your priorities are clearly not in the right place.

KILL YOUR TV: the less tv you watch, the less tv you will want to watch. Be honest, how much value does it add to your life anyway? Seriously? If you answered anything above zero, you lied. Isn't there something more productive you can do? How about talk to the person sitting on the couch with you, or reading a book?

Bike/Run/Walk/Bus to work. Commit to just one day a week of not driving to work. It may not be "as convenient" but you'll benefit from it. Promise.

Parents sometimes have to be parents. There comes a point when you have to act in a manner that your children will not like. I think that's when you know you're doing a good thing. There will be time for being "best friends" later in life, but honestly, best friends? That relationship is best left to a spouse. The relationship of parent-child is as fundamental as husband-wife, and it is as important to maintain the designated roles and responsibilities.

Simplify. Cut out one thing from your schedule this week. Get rid of (sell/donate/trash) on thing you own (this weekend) and do not purchase another thing to replace it. I promise there are things you have, we all do, that we haven't used in years. That thing adds no value to your life, it merely adds clutter. Remove it.

Tell the truth. One time this week/end, when you're tempted to tell something not true or hide something by remaining silent, go ahead and tell the truth. You will have less internal stress because of it. Further, a decrease in internal stress means you're doing the right thing!

Friday, February 04, 2011

New Race Series (Raleigh PFT Challenge)

3/17/11 Update: I've updated the date of the USMC event due to a scheduling conflict. PFT gets pushed back one week to July 16th, same place, same time.

2/17/11 Update: I've created an event page on Active.com:
http://www.active.com/running/raleigh-nc/raleigh-pft-challenge-2011

Also, Road ID will be sponsoring the event providing gift certificates and bib numbers (should we have enough people to warrant bibs.)



Finally, there will also be a team competition. Teams of 3 will compete for the highest cumulative score (out of 2700 points) and the winning team will get something cool.

2/9/11 Update: There's an event page for each on Facebook! Search for: "Raleigh Air Force PFT Challenge", "Raleigh Army PFT Challenge", and "Raleigh USMC PFT Challenge". Let me know if you'll be attending!

Introducing a new race series to Raleigh this year: The Raleigh PFT Challenge
Tired of running the same old 5ks? Wonder how your physical fitness stacks up to our country's military? This series is for you!

We’re holding three events this year, each providing an opportunity for you to test yourself against military physical fitness test (PFT) standards and others in the competition. We’ll score the events based on current military age/gender charts and will award a series trophy based on the highest cumulative score.

On Memorial Day, May 30th, we’ll hold the Air Force PFT challenge. Your score will be based on a 1.5 timed mile run, pushups and crunches (1 minute max each). We'll meet at 8:00 a.m. at West Millbrook Middle School for this event.

On June 14th The Army Birthday, we’ll hold the Army PFT challenge. Your score will be based on pushups, sit-ups and a 2-mile run. Start time will be 6:00 p.m. for this event, location TBD.

Then join us for the Grand-daddy of them all on July 16th, the Marine Corps PFT challenge: Hoorah! This is a true test of physical fitness consisting of a three-mile run, pull-ups (or flexed arm hang for females) and sit-ups. Start time will be 7:00 a.m. for this event which will take place at Shelley Lake.

Each event will be scheduled for a two hour slot.

Entry will be low $5 per event, or $9 for the series.

There's no military endorsement with this challenge, but the events will be strictly graded. Please email me if you've got any questions or are interested in the events (competing or scoring). This is gonna be good!

Oh, and if you need help training for this, please let me know. We'd be happy to help guide your efforts to target your best.

Bookmark this post as this is where I'll update information as Memorial Day approaches.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

A little bit of everything

Dear Future Brad,

I'm writing to you so that you have an idea about what things were like in early 2011. While there are lots of things I could write about in-depth, I think I'll just paint a broad brush and will let you know what's been going on in your old life over the past month or so.

First off, Liam is now seven weeks old. When Finn was this age, I remember spending a lot of time holding and looking at him. Now, however, since Finn is a full-grown toddler, he still occupies most of my home time. Luckily, for you, this is all you've known so you're in a much better place to accept the divided attention. I do enjoy the time we spend together after Finn and Mommy go to sleep, even if I do wish to be asleep with them.

Finn is a trip, an annoying, frustrating, amazing, beautiful trip. He can simultaniously have me on the verge of anger and laughter. We never know what he's going to come up with next. Potty training - enough said.

Andrea's doing an amazing job balancing being a mom of two, graduate student, and wife. She doesn't get much (if any) time to herself, but doesn't appear to hold it against any of us (much). She continues to grow in her faith every day, and that makes me very happy. She'll be done with her Master's degree this May and will graduate. That also makes me very happy and I can't wait to see her "walk". She started back running this past weekend with a slow 2-mile run/walk around Shelley Lake. She'll be good to go, pushing both boys in the double jogger in no time (well, at least when the weather warms up.)

I haven't been running much, but I have been some. The Uwharrie 40 miler is coming up this weekend and even though I'm not in very good shape, I've been too preoccupied and sleep deprived to worry about it. It will be a good, long day on the trail at one of my favorite races.

We're getting our finances in order. Though we're probably not in bad shape (comparatively) overall, we never really thought about what was possible, just accepted what was. Mark's message at Church on 1/23 (in the "This Is It" series) about money really opened our eyes. We've made pretty good strides in the short amount of time since then and now have our eyes focused on getting totally out of debt. It will take several years to pay off our mortgage, but we're together in it and will do it. Short term sacrifice, long term peace.

I started the year with two resolutions/goals. The first was to stop reading the "comment" section after articles. I used to get mad over the stupidity of some uninformed comments that amounted to nothing but gossip, heresay, or outright dumbness. The same goes for internet message boards. To that end, I've done very well and have kept the resolution so far. I honestly think it's made me a bit less cynical and angry, too.

The other resolution/goal was physical. I didn't set any running goals this year, because I had no idea what I'd be able to fit into my new family schedule. So, the goal I set was to do 10,000 pull-ups during the year. The only one of the 6 goals I didn't meet last year was a single set of 20 pull-ups. I figured this was a good goal to meet that end. It does help that I have a pull-up bar in my back yard and it's much easier to sneak out to do a couple sets of 10 than it is to go run for half an hour, so it's an appropriate goal for the time being. I did 1,050 in the month of January and increased my max set from 13 to 17. If I keep that up, I should be at 20 sometime in March.

I'm in love with the idea of being a one-car household. Prior to this week, we had three, so we weren't even close. On Monday, however, I posted a for sale ad for Andrea's old Tercel and by Monday evening I had cash in my pocket and we were down to two cars. This matched up well with our debt-elimination goal. So, now we have two cars, and I'm commuting by bus/foot/bike to work in the hopes of cutting out dependence on my car. I just hope it gets a little lighter and warmer in the mornings so I can bike in easier. Maybe we'll be able to get rid of my car at some point, but even if we don't, I'd like to be used to getting by if something should happen to it (it does have a lot of miles on it.)

I've been thinking a lot about simplifying my life and find that that philosophy has some spiritual grounds as well. The less complicated life is, the more time can be spent on important things, relationships (family and friends), work, rest, and recreation, all while keeping God first. I'm not going to dive into that here, but I've found that simplifying things makes life a whole lot less stressful. At the same time, it makes life a whole lot more satisfying as the important things get the life-affirming attention they need.

Our racing team recently had a divorce from it's main sponsor of the last 6 years or so. It's a change for sure, and like all change, it is uncomfortable, but it was a good thing. The result is that the old sponsor started up a team while the old "team" moved under new sponsorship. On this issue, I've gone back and forth, multiple times. I haven't prayed about it, per se, but I've thought about it a lot and have come to a conclusion I'm content with and will thusly move. (Again, not something to dive into here.)

I was Baptised back in November, (in case you forget.) Church is a place (and group) that I now love to be. We go to the most amazing Church with some of the best people I've ever met. The best thing is how welcoming everyone is. Growing up, we never really went to a church where people interacted outside of the 9-10 service, but this is totally different. We're friends with these people and we actually care about each other, (not just on facebook, either). It's been such a difference being involved and meeting people and has helped deepen and strengthen my faith (which was pretty non-existent up to four years ago.) Though physically I'm the same, I'm a significantly different person than I was back then. I see things differently, see people differently. Life is way less complicated when you follow the rules set out by God through Jesus Christ. Not necessarily easier, but way less complicated and less stressful. What a better place this world would be if Truth were a little higher on everyone's to-do list.

If you're still with me, thanks, it's been fun giving you an update, I hope to be a more frequent poster over the next couple months, updating on topics addressed here and others as they arise.

Brad