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Friday, June 13, 2014

2014 May: A Running Year

2014 June: A Running Year
In all my years of training, I've never had a horse who loves to run the way this one does. You take that horse out one day, he's going to run faster the next.

My instinct? My instinct is to train him. Hard. To stoke that fire. 
But if I'm wrong, they will say that not only did we ruin the horse's chance at the Triple Crown...they may say that we ruined the horse.


But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14
Carpe Diem: Seize the Day!

2014 May: A Running Year

By Evan Nehring

Lucien Laurin, Secretariat's trainer, mulled over training options with the horse's owner in the lead up to the Belmont Stakes, final leg of the Triple Crown.
In all my years of training, I've never had a horse who loves to run the way this one does.
You take that horse out one day, he's going to run faster the next.
My instinct? My instinct is to train him. Hard. To stoke that fire.
But if I'm wrong, they will say that not only did we ruin the horse's chance at the Triple Crown...
...they may say that we ruined the horse.

Owner, Penny Tweedy.
Red is not afraid. And neither am I.

Photo Credit: Kristine Paulus on Flickr Creative Commons

I saw an orthopedic surgeon last week about my persistent left knee problems. X-rays confirmed significant degenerative arthritis in both knees. Bottom line? Low impact exercise the rest of my life.

No running.

Took a few days to chew on that.

The crazy thing is, I've never felt more like I really am running, flying even. Life is clipping along. 2014 is an amazing year. Just no training for 5k races.

I rarely make it to my alarm now. Every morning starts with the adrenaline rush of possibility. I'm more inspired than ever to run in life, pressing on to my heavenly calling.

Here's the May version of my goal updates for 2014. It's about 10 days later than usual since I had to focus on a manuscript deadline and a work certification. Those are nailed. 7 months to go.

1. Personal Energy

My ol' friend, Jeff Frost, called my up last Saturday on the spur of the moment. John Schlitt, Petra lead singer, was performing solo in Waupaca, WI just an hour down the road. It was a great night to connect with Jeff and reawaken the 80's rocker in me. Wow! Wasn't exactly expecting that! You'd laugh pretty hard to see how I've been cranking John's latest CD since then. (The Greater Cause...can't stop listening to it!)

It's a high energy year. So much great stuff going on to push for! I had only one non-Red day this month (non-Secretariat day). I'll give that one a Mr. Ed (medium energy). It was a rough night with an allergy throat trickle.

As for my Ideal Protein weight loss plan: today is 10 weeks plus a day since April 3 and I hit 55 pounds lost this morning! No low-energy Eeyore days. Just 17 pounds to go for my goal weight. I'm thinking about going a bit farther. Perhaps I'll be off Phase 1 in August.


Goal for June: faithfully record daily energy, focus on Ideal Protein program, fire up every day! (It's a great goal...why change it?!)

2. Road Trip Road Trip

I've got a countdown timer for days to my scheduled book launch party. It's at 91 days today. Oh my! My publisher said they'll work with me toward that September 12 date. No promises but we're going to try to make it happen. I'm not worried about the book. There are a million other details to attend to in order for this launch to be something special. I think it can be.

The manuscript is in the hands of project manager, editor, proofreader now. I've got a whole list of tasks to continue: quote permissions, website updates, marketing pieces, illustration project, cover art...I could go on for quite a while.

Makes me think about the Belmont Stakes lead up with Secretariat. Train hard. Stoke the fire. You never know what could happen!

Goals for June:
  • Aggressively continue the book launch project plan.

3. House

The house goal focus has switched to align with this wonderful spring/summer we've finally arrived at! Outdoor projects are the name of the game!

Goals for June:
  • Continue installation of the stone patio.
  • Continue overseeding and watering front lawn. (We trampled it pretty bad with the roof project last summer. It's coming back nicely now. Love my lawn!)

Blog Goodness - Poverty, Core Values

I just finished up the fifth and final night of the Road Trip Retreat up in Tomahawk last night with the Northwoods Vineyard young adults. I feel so great about our 5 weeks together. Last night we talked about rising to serve on the stages of God and man, making a difference with our lives, doing what we were born to love. Yeah, we talked about engaging as citizens to understand public policy that will serve the poor, among other things. Living out our core values as church and civic leaders...that fires me up! We can change the world!

Comments are always welcome!

So what's firing you up this year? What music is inspiring you? What passion drives you? We can run!

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