I got another double-dose of running in today. Yay!
I woke up to my bride getting ready for her daily run and I decided to join her. Out of nowhere her knee started acting up several days ago and she has been running with a lot of pain in her right knee. Not fun. I have been trying to tape her up with some KT Tape, but it’s not quite doing the trick. She had that happen before a couple of weeks ago, but the pain disappeared as quickly as it appeared. For her sake, I hope it quickly disappears again!
She is rocking the 5k Every Day in the Month of May challenge, though. A lot of people are! Great job, everyone!
For my first 5k, Jodi and I ran 3.1 miles in 31 minutes and 48 seconds, which was an average pace of 10:13 per mile.
I got a second run in this evening with my buddy, Randy. He had a goal of running home from the Orrville YMCA, which ended up being 11 miles. He had attempted the run a couple of weeks ago, but did not quite make it.
You know what they say… if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.
Today was that day, and he nailed it! It was a rainy, fun 11 miles. We ran at an 8:21 per mile pace and finished the run in 1 hour, 31 minutes, and 53 seconds. Great run!
Last week I was leaning towards trying to get another 70+ mile week, but after a great 20 miler last Friday, and with this week being the first week of “Project: Marathon”, I have decided it would be best for me to try to stick to my training plan as much as possible.
I have not been doing great with that.
According to my plan, I was only supposed to run four times this week, but at least seven times seemed more appropriate… Today I was supposed to do hill repeats. Missed it. Oh well. After May 31 I will commit myself to that plan. Until then, I still need to finish my current goal.
Tomorrow should be an easy run. I plan to get a longer run in on Saturday and follow-up with another easy run on Sunday as I continue to set my sights on a full marathon on Wednesday, May 31.
Today as I was reading John 5-7, there were two main things that stood out to me. The first was how plainly Jesus claimed to be equal to God. While there is no direct quote from Jesus saying, “I am God”, there were plenty of direct quotes from Jesus that clearly meant as much. In fact, though he spoke in parables, the religious leaders had no problem understanding exactly what he was saying.
This was why the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God. – John 5:18
I have heard many skeptics try to make the case that Jesus never claimed to be God. That statement is simply not true.
The other part of today’s reading that stood out to me was from John 6.
Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. – John 6:53
I once wanted to call a Polen Band album “Cannibals & Vampires” based off of this verse. It is funny to think about now, but I thought it would be an interesting idea to talk about being a flesh eater and blood drinker. Thankfully the band talked me out of it (and we named the album “Alive To Shine”).
Of course, the crowd did not understand what he was saying, and it would not become clear until Jesus instituted the practice of communion during the “last supper” before his arrest. But I love this passage because he unapologetically speaks the truth regardless of the consequences.
I think a lot of people look at the trial of Jesus and assume that Jesus did not speak out very often in his lifetime. They assume, based on the trial and his conversation with Pilate and Herod, that the godly approach to life is to be silent. That is simply not the picture that we get from the majority of Jesus’ life. He was not afraid to speak up. He was not afraid to speak the truth. He was not afraid of the consequences.
After Jesus says these things, John gives us this insight into what was going on:
When many of his disciples heard it, they said, “This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?” – John 6:60
It was a hard saying, for sure. Honestly, much of what Jesus has to say is hard. We know deep down that it is right, but to really live it out would often require a significant heart change and lifestyle change. Notice what happens next:
After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. – John 6:66
What Jesus was saying was simply more than many of his disciples were willing to do, so they turned back and no longer walked with him.
Did he run after them, begging them to stay? Did he water down his message to make it easier for them?
Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” – John 6:67
If they said yes, he would be utterly alone. That was the price he was willing to pay. Simon Peter was the first to speak up:
Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life – John 6:68
Simon Peter understood that following Jesus is hard, but when it comes right down to it -what’s the alternative? Following Jesus leads to eternal life. Anything else leads to eternal death.