13.9 Miles Thursday 11-8-12

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Luke 10: 39-42 … Mary seated herself at the Lord’s feet and was listening to His teaching. But Martha [overly occupied and too busy] was distracted with much serving… But the Lord replied to her by saying, Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things; There is need of only one ...

It is so important that I not let my natural tendencies (worry, idolatry, worldliness) outshine God’s Grace and Plan for my life, as I so very often do.  I could easily (and have many times over) allowed my dogs and this sport to rule my mind and heart, pushing The One Thing aside in an evil showing of my ingratitude, selfishness and idolatry. 

As I embark on this season, I pray that He will keep my heart and mind in His loving, protective Hand, so I am brought closer to Him as my main goal, and I am used by Him as my secondary goal.  Doing right by my dogs is also a huge goal of mine, but I’m seeking to have my fun factor be at the bottom of my list of “why” I’m seeking to run this race.  Oh Lord, may You bring this about!

So tonight’s run was definitely far less eventful as compared to the previous night, but it didn’t start out like it was going to be!  We started up the gravel road first (since the downed tree was probably still in place), and I was happy to see the gate open so we didn’t have to thread the needle around it right off the truck.  Dogs did great, even passing Shelby’s stopped team on the trail.  It’s much harder to pass a stopped or slowed team than one that is focusing on getting down the trail, so I thought we may have a problem, but they had other things on their minds than socializing… or so I thought!  We get to the top of the hill and Haw towards the airport when I see a big white horse standing at the fence.  I grabbed the brakes and hoped we would stop before the team could actually get to the gate, but they were able to actually slip under the gate and were in the pasture with the horse (who thankfully had backed up just out of their reach, about 3’ away from their noses)!  UGH!  The dogs were real interested and were definitely checking out this beast in front of them, but thankfully their first horse encounter ended as quickly as it started.  Tonight I was able to pull back the team back under the gate (Thank You Lord!) and they were happy to sprint down the trail in the opposite direction.  I could not believe how fast we were running across the fields and at one point saw that we were averaging 9 MPH (which felt a lot faster than it sounds, moving down our trails!).  We had another few opportunities at passing Shelby’s team (head on once) and everyone was on their best behavior.  Did I say how SWEET my leaders are? !!! ; )  They all did great tonight but I could definitely sense that Galena was in “huntress mode” and wasn’t listening well (was she even able to hear me over the taunts of the suicidal forest critters?!), so I demoted her to wheel, moving Tozi up front for the first time in a long time.  He and Tana took a minute to line out (Galena’s really missed when she isn’t performing this task for me!), but then they never looked back!  We ran our goal of 10 miles but when we got to the truck, I could see they had quite a bit of gas left in their tanks, so we did another loop!  I promoted Galena towards the end and we finished up 13.9 miles with an ending average speed of over 6 MPH.  They definitely slowed at the end, but didn’t look overly-tired, which was my goal.

I can see I have a LOT to learn about ~ 5000 things re: running a race like this, but specifically how to better read my dogs.  I have not pushed them as an athlete needs to be pushed in order to really build muscle and stamina, and am so excited to see where they’re going to be after some more “serious” training miles.  I’m thrilled with this “new” team of mine, whose members are all about zooming down the trails!

Goals:

1)       Love and Trust in The Lord MORE than ever before, by placing myself in situations that teach me how TRUSTWORTHY He is and how weak and limited I am (to control anything!).  This will naturally bring about more JOY and PEACE in me, as I rest my whole being on Him.

2)       Be used by the Lord as a blessing to others which will naturally bring Glory to His Name.

3)       To learn more about my dogs and provide them with all the tools necessary for their optimal (healthiest) performance in this race, in this sport, and in their lives.  This includes providing EXCELLENT care to them in GREAT LOVE, and appropriate training for them (asking enough but not too much) to build them up.

4)       To challenge myself to live above limitations caused by fear, and in so doing, to enjoy an amazing life! 

John 10:10 …I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

John 15:4-5 Dwell in Me, and I will dwell in you. [Live in Me, and I will live in you.]            Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without abiding in (being vitally united to) the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me.   I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit.                                        However, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing.

“He will not let us live satisfied without Himself” James Smith

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