The mission of F3 is to plant, grow and serve small workout groups for the invigoration of male community leadership.
Conditions: high 70s and wet (but the rain held off)
COP: PAX stretched on their own as they arrived
A wise man once told me that I needed more intervals in my life. So YHC announced to the PAX that he would be running half-mile, quarter-mile intervals around the pond. Anyone that chose to join me was welcome. We would run one slow loop around the pond to warm up. Then we would run a half-mile loop at a quicker-than-the-big-loop pace. That would be followed by a half-loop quarter-mile recovery walk. Lather, rinse and repeat until time is up.
TKO runs from his house on Wednesdays due to another commitment, so he decided he would finish his 6 miles by just running back to his house.
That same wise man from earlier said “while I do believe in intervals and their value, I think I’m going to accompany TKO and make sure he returns home safely.” Training Wheels also opted for the distance run so Snowden didn’t have to return to the AO alone. If you know these two, you understand that they don’t really need to work on pace like the rest of us at the Creek do.
The rest of the PAX chose to run the intervals. And we did. Some faster than others as Gru drug YHC around the pond repeatedly.
In the end, the interval runners ran between 3.5 – 4 miles. I believe the distance runners ended up someone north of 5.
Namerama: Snowden, Training Wheels, Goober, Olaf, Gru, TKO, Urkel (QIC)
Pledge and COT
- Early conversations about a school supply drive, more info to come
- Palmetto 200, lets get a GC team together
Devo: Reflections from a Spring Hike
We gather each morning and get to know our brothers. We hear about the challenges of life and share those at the AOs and outside. I just wanted to offer a little reminder and hopefully some encouragement to each of us that may be fighting battles.
As we approach the Fall Hike, I’ve been revisiting the Spring Hike and reflecting on my personal experience. One of the things that stuck with me was an impromptu little devo that presented itself one day as we were hiking. Only two guys knew where we were headed and they offered no information as they have been instructed.
We started out on a moderate trail. Men were chatting, getting to know each other, lots of chatter and laughing. Eventually we hit a point where four or five trails came together: one went back downhill where we just came from, a couple went to each side with minor initial inclines, the last went straight up the mountain. Of course we were headed up.
As we climbed, the chatter slowed. It began to turn into lots of huffing and puffing. It got harder as we went along. Some men began to question things like “where are we headed,” “how much higher can we go,” “don’t we get to go downhill at some point.” Of course our Trail Lead and Rear Guide gave no answers.
Suddenly we hit the opening in the trees and began to enjoy the view from the face. It was amazing to look down from the top of the mountain over the valley below.
There are times in all of our lives that we get caught up in battles. Sometimes it’s our marriages. Sometimes it’s job related. Sometimes it’s personal health. It could be any number of things. We don’t know what the purpose of the battle is. We don’t know what the outcome we will be. We only know that it’s hard and it usually sucks.
But what we need to remember as believers is that there are times God will lead us into a battle or a trial. Life isn’t always going to be easy. And just like we ultimately had to rely on our Trail Lead and Rear Guide to get us where we were headed that day, we need to rely on God to lead us through personal struggles. Those two knew where we were headed and knew what was waiting on us. God knows what lies ahead and we have to trust that He is going to lead us through the battle and into something that was worth the fight.
James 1:2-3 (yes, Goober was right) says we should “count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness…” Every battle can be used to prove and strengthen your faith and should be used to point back to God.
Goober added that we should also trust the people that He puts in our life to help us as we go through trials.