Shut Up And Run!

Happy Tuesday!

I’m suffering through the worse bloggers block of my entire life (since I started to blog two years ago). Maybe it’s just because of my current work load and my inability to focus until I’m caught up. I’m very sorry to the tribe for not saying hello to you since Friday.

So, how is life for you these days? Are you happy, peaceful, and optimistic about your future? I have not neglected to pray for you. I would love to hear from you today. If you get the time, please post a (short) comment including your name, region of the world, your dream, current situation, and how you plan to arrive at your dream. Try to keep your story to one or two paragraphs maximum… so people can read it fast and then effectively pray for you.

The publisher for my book gave me a deadline of February 16 (next Wednesday) to work through their entire, full-manuscript edit. At first, it didn’t seem possible. But I wrote a blog on Friday about how I planned to tackle this mountain: Eat This Elephant! One Bite at a Time. You should read that blog again if you can. Especially if you’re facing a mountain yourself. People tell me it’s powerful!

My whole world is temporarily out of balance, but I’m on schedule to receive my life back next Wednesday. I just finished chapter 5 (of 17) late last night. I’m on pace for 3 chapters per day as long as I don’t shower or eat. (sniff-sniff, growl, growl-lol) After this edit is complete, I hope to be mostly finished with my part of the assignment. I’m blown away at how epic this book has become! Seriously, I’ve been working on this message for 5 years and my eyes still water up every few pages! I still laugh out loud at the funny spots. It still sends goose bumps all over my body, when I think about how others will be transformed by it.

Shut Up And Run!

Whereas I am a huge advocate of balance, there are times like this in each of our lives when there is no way around the pain of giving BIRTH! On days like today, there is nothing to do but just do it! There is no time for over-analysis. No time for exaggerating the pain and sacrifice. Stop telling your story again and again to anyone who will listen.

This is the final sprint! Moments like this are not supposed to be simple. We have to beware of those who will tell us to relax when the second wind has arrived. This is the time to breathe, breathe, breathe, breathe… and run, run, run, run to the finish line! There will be plenty of time for resting after this race is over and the victory is secured.

“Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should…” (1 Corinthians 9:24-27 NLT)

Todays photos, compliments of the Charlottesville Running Company (the place where Emily and I purchase all of our running gear). They are located in the Charlottesville Downtown Mall.

In the left photo is the owner, Gill. He competes in over ten ultramarathons each year, including 50K, 50M and 100 Mile races. His Resume includes numerous wins at races ranging from 5K to 50 milers.  Gill runs for Team Montrail/Mountain Hardwear, is a full time coach and founder of Bad to the Bone Endurance Sports. His educational background includes a Master’s Degree in Biology from Duke University.

In the right photo is Francesca Conte, PhD (and General Manager). Francesca was born in Padova, Italy. She competes for Team Montrail/Mountain Hardwear. She has won numerous 50K, 50 mile and 100 mile races. Her educations background includes a PhD in Biology from the University of Virginia.  She coaches all of CRC group and training runs and she volunteers at many other local running events and serves on the Board of the Rivanna Trails Foundation.

When you visit, you will likely meet Marty Roddy… the coolest guy in the universe! Marty is the store manager: and the walking, strength and injury rehabilitation coach. Marty’s athletic career includes a football scholarship at Notre Dame Universtity, where he played for four years as an offensive lineman. Since then, Marty has run several Marathons, including the Charlotte Marathon. He now leads all of the CRC walking programs, including Marty’s March. Because of his football career, Marty is also an expert in strength training and injury rehabilitation.

Here are two motivational running videos: Why Do You Run? and Run Like You’ve Never Run Before!



That’s my inspirational message for the moment. Have a most triumphant day everyone!

With much love…

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9 thoughts on “Shut Up And Run!

  1. Don't run "like" the wind, run to create wind.

    Don't sweat "like" a horse, but be a war horse, not fearing the frontlines.

    The finsh line of each race is the starting line of your next victory, for if you have made it to the end, a new beginning awaits.

    RUN, CHUCK, RUN!!!!

      • I just came up with those quotes after I read your blog. IDK if it is something stuck in the filing cabinet of my subconscious self or if it was spontaneous. I’m hoping for the latter:)

        • It doesn’t exist anywhere on the internet… must be your Brandy! Excellent, it’s perfect as written. Right it down and tell it again and again. If I can find a place in my book for this quote, I will use it and give you credit. I used a Mel Thomas quote as well. 🙂

    • Such an honor! Marty AND Francesca on the same day! My life is now complete!! I love you guys at the c-ville running company. If anything ever happened to you guys, I would run barefooted for the rest of my life. 😉

  2. I know your analogy is running a race but I couldn't help but to stay in the vein of childbirth. It's no time to relax when it's time to PUSH, PUSH PUSH and BREATHE BREATHE BREATHE either! There will be plenty of time for relaxing later!

    The mission is at hand and the task is great! Yes, there is pain, but who talks about the pain when the prize is such a blessing! Who even remembers the pain once that miracle has been birthed and that baby is safely in your arms?

    Keep pushing and don't forget to breathe! Stay focused. Know that the reward (Prize) is priceless!

    Love ya!

    Oh, Keep in mind my portfolio of photos (hint, hint) if you want any for your book!

  3. is it fair for me to comment?

    Good stuff and I have always been a believer that a good steady sweat can clear the head. Stress in life, prepare for a project or getting to write( or write again).

    Combined with a little bit of Prayer and meditation a nice run or walk puts me in a better place and in Contact with the ( excuse the colloquialism) The Man Upstairs.