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5k Every Day in the Month of May 2017 (Day 31)




Twenty-six point two.


It feels good to set a goal and accomplish it.

Last year I set a goal to run at least a 5k every day in the month of May. Got it.

Then I extended the challenge to run at least a 5k every day for a year. Nailed it.

In the midst of the year I decided to do at least a 10k every day in October. Crushed it.

Then I decided to extend the 5k every day challenge through another May… and to finish off the challenge on May 31 with a full marathon.

Today that goal was accomplished. With the help of my brother and a couple of good buddies who were crazy enough to join in on the fun, we ran the Akron marathon course this morning. My final distance was 26.3 miles at an average pace of 7:51 per mile. The total run time was 3 hours, 26 minutes, and 57 seconds.

It was a really great run. The weather was nice (a little humid, but I’m not whining). My brother put out some water bottles and gels at a couple of points on the course so that we could fill our water bottles mid-run (since there were no water stations like there would be in an official race.) The roads were definitely NOT closed, either, so some of our time was spent just trying to cross the road.

At one point we had to run through a construction zone. I’m not talking about a construction zone where there are orange cones on the road (we ran through those, too.) I’m talking about a construction zone where THERE IS NO ROAD! Not yet, anyway. There was plenty of heavy equipment, and there was plenty of dirt and gravel where the road will be, but it was not there, yet. The plan is for an actual road to be there by the time the Akron Marathon officially takes place (September 23.)

I was so excited to get to the end of the run and take the path down to the Akron Rubber Ducks ballpark.

Sweet, sweet victory.

I felt really good after the run. I know that I could do better. I ran pretty conservatively for parts of the run, but I wanted to make sure that I didn’t get close to the end and fall apart. That didn’t happen, so I feel much more confident in my ability to accomplish my next goal.

I’ll get to that in a moment…

After the run, Pope, Sully and I went to 5 Guys Burgers & Fries for a celebratory meal. It was glorious! My brother missed out because he had to work…bummer for him.

Looking back on this month, I am so thankful for the ability to run and move and enjoy God’s creation through the gift of running. I am also thankful for the many people who joined in on the challenge. Great job, everyone! We all accomplished our goals, together.

This month I ran a total of 235.91 miles in four different states. It was a great month!

Over the past year, I ran a total of 1,957.26 miles in 15 different states.

Including May 2016, I have run at least a 5k every day for 396 days in a row, for a total of 2,085.05.

I have to admit, I feel pretty victorious.

But it has all been God. He has given me the strength, ability, and endurance every step of the way. It is a miracle that I have not been stopped for health reasons. Praise God!

I do have some bad news, though. For the past several weeks I have been saying that I would ABSOLUTELY stop the streak after day 396. Well, that’s not going to happen.

My new goal is to qualify for the Boston Marathon! Accomplishing this goal is going to require a very different type of training than I have been doing over the past 396 days. In order to help me accomplish this goal, I have submitted myself to a trainer (who happens to be my brother) and told him that I would follow his workout plan starting June 1.

Tomorrow is June 1, and he has me running a 5k.

Oh, the irony.

Actually, it is probably a GREAT thing, because after running the marathon today it will be good to have a recovery run tomorrow.

He actually has me running for the next several days, and stopping on…day 399. How funny is that?! It looks like I won’t quite make it to day 400, but it’s no problem! That’s not my goal. My goal is to be running in Boston in 2018, and it is going to be a long, hard, crazy fun road to get there.

Today in the daily Bible reading, we read Acts 2-4. I love these chapters. I love this picture of the church. It doesn’t last long, but it sure is beautiful while it lasts.

Today during the run I was talking with Sully about church. I am a firm believer that followers of Christ should desire to be a part of a thriving, local church. I do NOT believe that you need to be a part of a church in order to be a Christian, but I believe that a Christian should genuinely desire to be and take steps towards being a part of the local church.

I explained that, for me, it’s kind of like being a part of a running group. You can run solo, if you want, without anyone else, and you will still be a “runner”, but if you join a group, it is a whole different experience. You can work together and grow together. You can challenge one another and celebrate with one another. When one person is not running well, another person can come alongside and help. In turn, when the helper is not running well, the person who was previously being helped can now become the helper. Running groups work together so that everyone can get better.

That is how the church is supposed to operate. That is what Jesus set up, and that is what the church in the beginning of the book of Acts looks like.

Admittedly, not every church has this same vision, so it is important that you find a group that you can really grow with, but being a part of a church is an important part of growing in Christ. When we choose not to be a part of a church, we are only hurting ourselves (and failing to help others.)

I believe that by hanging out with Jesus we will catch this vision for the church because, I believe, this is Jesus’s vision for the church.

By hanging out with Jesus, spending time in his word, and allowing the Holy Spirit to really speak to us and guide us in the way that we live our lives, we will find ourselves caring about the things that Jesus cares about.

Today we read my one of my absolute favorite verses in the Bible.

Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus. – Acts 4:13

This, more than anything else, is what I want people to recognize when they see me.

At the end of the day, I really don’t care about schooling, gifting, looks, accomplishments, whatever…

I hope that I live boldly enough that when people see me they perceive that I am an uneducated, common man…and yet they are astonished because they recognize that I have been with Jesus.



15 thoughts on “5k Every Day in the Month of May 2017 (Day 31) Leave a comment

  1. HA! That was Totes easy! Anyone for keeping this rolling through June?

    Great job today and for the last 396 days, JP.

  2. Congratulations, Jeff!! You made a goal…a long goal that required a lot of commitment…. and you did it! I think that’s awesome that you fulfilled your vow to God. Reminded me of how the Israelites would make a vow to God. I think they had to offer a sacrifice also (???) and then accomplish it. You nailed it for sure! And congratulations to all who ran and read! This has been such a challenge, mostly a fun one and definitely a learning one 🙂 We have been running/reading the past few days; I just never got around to commenting. Randy ran with Mark last night at midnight! And I finished off my 5K May with a treadmill 5K of 28:18, pace 9:06. I wanted to finish it with an outside run, but it fit into my day a lot better this way.

    I enjoyed Peter’s preaching. He was bold and confident and it always makes me want to know what the conversation was like between Peter and Jesus and also brother James and Jesus when He rose and came to them after their denials and disbeliefs. You said the other day that Jesus met Peter right where He was at and that He does the same with us. So thankful for that!

      • Wooster brick Run for Randy – yes! He’s also running today as well. Look what you started! 🙂 We are excited to watch you on your Boston Marathon journey!

  3. Congratulations Jeff! That is fantastic! And we’re feeling fantastic that we took the challenge and finished! It has been a good experience for us. We also enjoyed reading three chapters in the Bible each day. It’s been good reading all your comments.
    We wish you the best, Jeff, as you train and run in the Boston Marathon.

  4. That is a crazy awesome goal, Jeff! Congratulations on demolishing all of your other goals!

    We both gave it our all today. Sheldon was able to blow our goal out of the water with a time of 20:47 (6:42 per mile). Although I gave it my best effort, my time of 23:48 was not below our 22:00 goal (It was a personal best for me, though). My legs will definitely thank me for the break they are getting tomorrow. Our plan for the second is to see if we can get under our all time bests for 1 mile (under 6:30 for me and under 6:00 for Sheldon).

    We also read the three chapters for today. The part that stuck out to me the most was right after what stuck out to you, Jeff. I had to chuckle a bit when I read that part because it seems to me like the elders were stuck. The disciples weren’t claiming to be the Son of God, and yet here they were with a lame man now made strong, and they did it in the name of Jesus. The proof is in the pudding. A lame man is walking because of Jesus, but Jesus isn’t even there. It’s like the elders weren’t able to find any excuse as to why this happened, so they just said don’t do it again… seems like a cop out to me.

  5. Congrats on a successful victory, JP! That’s an amazing goal you completed. It felt good to finish mine as well, tonight. I got my best time yet for the month. It was a good ending. What’s up with June 1st?! I actually believed you when you said your NOT running that day! Lol
    I wish you the best on your goal for the Boston Marathon! I have no doubt you’ll succeed.

  6. Congratulations Jeff! And congratulations to everyone else. Thanks for the challenge, it finally got this old guy up out of the chair, and it feels good. It also feels good to read and understand better who Jesus is. A phrase that is stuck in my head after reading today is, “go now and be the Church”. Thanks again to all of you.

  7. Not sure where May has went? I think it was the fastest moving month all year. Which was good for the running. Early in the month I was limping from running everyday. The guys at work enjoyed harassing me about that. Lol.
    I ran yesterday’s run at 11:30 and at 12:08 in the morning I ran for today. Randy ran with me on both these runs which was great to have another runner with me. I had a pace of 9:06 on today’s run. I was hoping to save my best run for last. That did not happen. But I finished running 31 days straight.
    The scripture I read made me excited. First it was cool to see the disciples in these chapters. It felt like a different group of people. They seemed to step it up and take the bull by the horns. They seemed to really be serious about praying and taking stuff to God. Of course the Holy Spirit enters them and is a helper too. But what I loved was reading how many came to believing. That’s just awesome.

  8. I finished up on the 31st w a 5k on the treadmill. Not quite the bang you went out on. Congrats on becoming a marathoner!

    I love the obvious power boost of the Holy Spirit in Peters life here in the early church. Now he heals a man at the temple and when asked by the authorities by what power he did it, instead of denying Christ he boldly proclaims that it was only by the power of the risen Jesus Christ who they just crucified.

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