I was able to get my daily 5k in this morning before church, which was a good thing because after church I ate lunch, loaded up in a van, and spend most of the day traveling with Polen Band to Harrisonburg, VA. We are playing a Memorial Day event tomorrow at the fairgrounds, so today was a travel day.
I ran the same basic route this morning as I had run the previous day, but I was a little faster this time. I have mostly just been taking it easy leading up to the big finale full marathon planned for May 31.
Today I ran 3.4 miles at an average pace of 7:26 per mile for a total run time of 25 minutes and 38 seconds. That puts my total mileage for the week at 42.5, which is FAR from my original goal of 70+ miles for the week, but I had already decided against aiming for 70+ after my 20 miler last Friday went better than expected. My new goal was to get at least 40 miles this week and taper heading into my final week of turning at least a 5k every day (from May through May).
In the daily Bible reading, today we read through one of my favorite passages o scripture: John 15:1-11.
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.” – John 15:1-11
I know it is kind of poetic and figurative, but I feel like the philosophy to life is wrapped up in these amazing verses.
I want to abide in Christ! I want to obey his commandments, and bear much fruit, and so prove to be his disciple!!
I love that Jesus tells us this because he is interested in our joy being full!