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#5kMay2018 Day 22

img_5915LET ME KNOW THAT YOU ARE STILL IN THE CHALLENGE! In preparation for the #5kMay2018 celebration, I want to know who is still with me. I also want to start thinking about the finishers T-Shirt. So if you are still with me, please respond to this blog post by answering the following questions (this is not the official questionnaire, but it will help me to be prepared for giving out the prizes at the end of the month):

  1. Have you faithfully ran or walked at least 3.1 miles every day so far in May?
  2. What size T-Shirt will you be wanting?
  3. Have you faithfully read at least 3 chapters of Scripture every day so far in May?
  4. Have you enjoyed the challenge?

We had 113 people officially signed up for #5kMay2018, so it will be interesting to see how many people are still going strong! Great job to everyone who has participated! Whether you made it to the end or not, I trust that the challenge has been good for you. It sure has been for me!

Today I ran 3.34 miles in 25 minutes and 13 seconds. I had an average pace of 7:32 per mile. It was just another nice mid-morning “Triangle Route” run.

Reading through Luke 20-22 today, I was struck again by the scene surrounding the arrest of Jesus. Judas betrayed Jesus, and the soldiers (along with the chief priests and the officers of the temple and the elders) had come out with Judas to the Mount of Olives to arrest Jesus.

And when those who were around him saw what would follow, they said, “Lord, shall we strike with the sword?” And one of them struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his right ear. But Jesus said, “No more of this!” And he touched his ear and healed him. (Luke 22:49-51, ESV)

I am always amazed by how in control Jesus was during His arrest. The disciples were ready to fight! They had pulled their swords and were hacking away -even cutting off the ear of the servant of the high priest. But Jesus stopped them. He even healed the man whose ear had just been cut off!

Nothing was going to stop Jesus from going to the cross. Nothing was going to keep Him from suffering to pay for our sins! He had already battled His own desires through intense prayer, and He had fully submitted Himself to the will of the Father. Now with the cutting and hacking, He had one last chance to escape -but He stayed put. He told His disciples to stop fighting. He healed His enemy. He gave Himself up.

I want to be this committed to the will of the Father! It is so easy to fight for what we think is right for us. No one in their right mind wants to suffer -if you do, you seriously have psychological issues! That is not what is going on here. Jesus doesn’t want to suffer. He is willing to suffer. There is a big difference!

Am I willing to suffer for God?

Are you?

I sure am thankful that He was willing to suffer for me!


*5k Every Day in the Month of May 2018 is brought to you by Jeff Polen Music and Vertical Runner of Wooster. If you are joining the fun, don’t forget about the Facebook group, the Strava group, and the printable PDF.



31 thoughts on “#5kMay2018 Day 22 Leave a comment

  1. 1) Yes
    2) if it is unisex, L
    3) yes -this was the most important part for me. I appreciated the accountability

  2. I’m still with ya on the 5K’s! There’s days when I’d rather do anything but go do a 5K, but once I’m doing it I’m always glad to be out. It’s been very good for me. I fell behind on the reading, but I’ll wear my size medium shirt with pride anyhow 😁

  3. Yes
    YES TIMES INFINITY Yes! This has been an awesome challenge for me. It has shown me that I can do this. The encouragement I have received has been phenomenal. I was scared when I decided to do this. I was afraid I wasn’t good enough. I had a lot of what will people think. But I have been blown away by the support and encouragement.

  4. 1. Yes
    2. Small
    3. Yes
    4. Yes. I am surprised that my legs still haven’t figured out that we are doing this every day. I have enjoyed the consistency in running. I have also enjoyed reading through the Gospels. Reading them consecutively helps me get a better sense of the reality of Jesus’ life. It helps to keep me from lapsing into ‘story mode’ reading. I have been challenged as I’ve read and been reminded of how helpful Jesus was to those around him. He met peoples’ needs.

  5. 1. Yes still running laps around apple creek
    3. I am sorry but I haven’t kept up with the reading
    4. I have absolutely loved the challenge. After having baby 3 in January, this has been a great way to get back in shape. And have gotten to have some great runs with family and friends. Thanks so much for creating this challenge

  6. Enjoyed all 22 5ks so far, gonna try to finish the rest strong! The sore legs haven’t really let up yet, maybe by the end! Size large for the shirt but didn’t keep up on the reading.

  7. Yes I’ve been faithful at doing 5k everyday,even though my legs hurt 😳 Also my reading done! Medium size shirt! Another thing I’m so happy about is that I’m loosing weight! So glad I committed to this!

  8. 1. Yes. I am big on taking rest days (even God rested after creating!) so this really stretched me. A challenge indeed.

    2. Large unless they run big

    3. Yes, 3 chapters each day.

    4. Immensely! Loved interacting and encouraging. This challenge popped up just as I was praying about how to do the month of May. It has been great. Hopefully it has been helping me get ready for my next race.

  9. 1) Yes, I have faithfully walked, and ran at least a 5k everyday motivating and bringing along with me a crew that normally wouldn’t be out there! 😍 2) I wear a medium t-shirt. 3) I have been reading my scripture but am ashamed to say I have not been as faithful as I should be. 4) I have enjoyed this challenge immensely, running has always been my stress reliever, I lot my momma a year ago this coming weekend and my world fell apart 😢 Getting back at it has reminded me of just how much I love it, and need it! Thank you for challenging me Jeff!

  10. 1. Yes for Lacey and myself
    2. Justin large (and in charge) Lacey medium.
    3. Yes for Justin
    4. I have enjoyed the challenge pushing myself to run harder every day. The days we walk as a family are my favourite days though. 5k everyday in the month of June?

  11. I have run at least 3.1 miles every day this month. I had been doing very well on my reading until this past weekend and I didn’t read Saturday or Sunday, but I read 9 chapters on Monday to get caught back up with everyone. But no, technically I did not read every day. The challenge has been good for me. It’s really amped up my mileage. But some days, after working all day, then running the kids around all night, it’s a real drag to realize that it’s 10 p.m. and you still have to run 3.1 miles in the dark.

  12. Yes, I have done a 5k every day so far. Size medium t-shirt. Although I started doing the reading, I have not read every day. I am so happy that I have done this. I feel so much better than I did 3 weeks ago!

  13. 1. Yes on the 5Ks
    2. xl on shirt
    3. Yes on the readings!
    4. Yes and No… no definitely YES! I am so used to not completing something that I’m kind of freaked out that I have completed 22 days in a row! i’m actually even doing this on vacation! Never have I exercised with intention or read the Bible on vacation. I can’t thank you enough for creating this challenge! The support on here is amazing! Your blog posts are soooo good! Thank you!!

  14. Amy:
    1. Yes, I have ran a 5k every day so far. My tired legs will testify to that 😉
    2. Small, unless they run really small and then medium.
    3. Yes I have.
    4. I really do enjoy it….at least when the run is over! Ha! And sometimes I even enjoy the run as well. 🙂

    1. Yes he has.
    2. XL or XXL
    3. Not every day, but he is currently caught up.
    4. Absolutely! Sometimes it is hard to fit in, but it is fun!

  15. Cindy:
    1. Yes
    2. XL
    3. Yes
    4. Hmmmm…well, it’s been good for me, but have I ENJOYED it??? Honestly, not so much!

    1. Yes
    2. 2 XL (unless they run small. Then 3XL)
    3. Yes
    4. It’s been tough, but I’ve enjoyed it.

  16. 1. Yep I’ve done a 5k everyday so far!
    2. Read chapters daily.
    3. Medium unless they run big.
    4. Love the challenge!!! The accountability really helps motivate me along. Would be fun to live closer to do it w/others in Ohio but maybe next year I can get others on board out here!!

    Thank you Jeff for setting up the challenge!!

    Let’s stay the course!!

  17. 1. Yes. I can’t believe I have consistently walked/jogged a 5k everyday in May, but I have!
    2. Large
    3. No, I have not kept up on the readings.
    4. Yes I have enjoyed this challenge! Some days are so crammed full that I don’t know when I’ll find time, but I always do. I had given up jogging/running for awhile, but this has gotten me back into it. I’m so thankful that I saw a friend share this challenge on facebook! Thank you for doing this.

  18. 1. Yes. I have walked at least 3.1 miles outside every day in May.
    2. XL
    3. No, I have not been faithful with the readings, but I would love to purchase your book (if possible)
    4. Yes I love this challenge and accountability. This is a very busy time of year for me, but this challenge is forcing me to enjoy the beautiful spring we are having by walking every day! I appreciate you doing this for us:) THANK YOU!!

  19. 1. Yes, mainly walked. I did try to run part of it one day, but it proved to be too painful the next day. So I’ll stick with walking – I’m moving!
    2. Medium
    3. Yes, it has been nice to get out of the Old Testament for a bit, I’ve been doing a chronological Bible in a year and sometimes it can seem very repetitive .
    4. Yes, I’ve enjoyed the challenge. I keep getting behind on my posting in the group though, because I spend much more time walking than I do on Facebook 😄

  20. Yep I have been faithful w the running. I wear a Medium shirt. Yep I have kept up with the reading although there have been days where I have had to make up for previous days. I wonder if sitting on the couch eating with the Bible on audio is comparable to sitting on the couch with the treadmill on to catch up with miles?🤔. Yep I am enjoying the month!

  21. 1. YES, have done a 5k everyday
    2. Large
    3. Have read 3 chapters every day, with a few caveats: at one point I was a chapter ahead, not sure how that happened. Also one night I didn’t get to read till I got to bed after a long day, by the time I got to bed I simply forgot. Woke up between 2 and 3 am and realized it right away, so I read my chapters then. So I leave that up to you too decide, no big deal one way or the other.
    4. I have enjoyed it. The running/ walking every day hasn’t resulted in as sore legs as I had thought. And I really needed a challenge to get me back to reading the bible consistently. It’s helped.

  22. 1) Yes.
    2) size M
    3) Yes. (Read or listened)
    4) Yes. I have enjoyed the walking days more than I thought I would. I have also learned a lot from Jeff’s and everyone else’s thoughts on the scripture passages.

  23. Yes
    It’s been awesome seeing so many people taking the challenge on and encouraging each other.

    Another run in with dark clouds and some thunder in the distance. But I stayed dry. I had a 10:37 pace but noticed by the end I have a limp when I run. But the end of the month is like the light at the end of the tunnel then a short break and back to it.
    I wonder what was Judas thoughts at the Passover table when Jesus said one at the table will betray me. You would think he would have had some kind of second thoughts? Also for the soldiers arresting Jesus and seeing him heal a guys ear. You would think seeing him heal a soldier that is arresting you that would be weird or hard. I know it was meant to be because that’s why he came but just some thoughts of mine reading through the Bible.

  24. I have been running everyday. I’m behind on the reading. Need to catch that up.
    Size large shirt.

  25. We walked our 5k by a river in Chicago. It was a beautiful walk, and it was cool, so overall it was a good time. We also did our reading. I will be answering the questions for both Sheldon and me. Yes, we have done a 5K every day. Our shirt sizes are small and large. Yes, we have read at least 3 chapters a day. Lastly, yes we have enjoyed it. It was a lot harder this year than it was last year. We were not in as good of shape as last year and also a bit busier. It has been really good for us though, and we plan on continuing to run after this (probably not a 5K every day though!)

  26. I am still here and love the accountability.
    I wear a size medium
    I have not read three chapters a day, but you have inspired me to faithfully complete at least one devotion every day and to spend some quiet time with God.
    I have enjoyed the challenge. It has helped me be intentional in my fitness and my faith. Thank you!

  27. Hi Jeff,
    Yes, I am still in! Thank you for creating this challenge!
    1. I have done 23 days of doing a 5k or more.
    2. Shirt size small.
    3. Yes, I have read all the daily Bible readings.
    4. Yes, I am enjoying this challenge!!
    After the challenge is over I would like to keep reading 3 chapters a day continuing through the New Testament… anyone else want to join??

  28. Yes I’ve done a 5k everyday so far
    Shirt size small
    No, I haven’t read everyday
    And Yes I have loved this challenge.

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