Faith and Fitness Routine

november 2013 routineAs we begin a new month, I would like to share my current fitness routine with you.  It is what is working for me right now and feasible to do with work travel and the upcoming holidays.

A good workout routine is one that should allow you to grow both physically and spiritually.  This month Faith and Fitness Magazine is celebrating their 60th issue! Quite an accomplishment! The editor’s page speaks about the qualities of a good routine.  I am sharing portions of it here.  Please feel free to visit the magazine to read the entire article as well as all of the articles in this month’s issue.  Here are the ‘routine’ characteristics evident in “a good physical workout, an intentional lifestyle and in the very core of our spiritual design – your faith.”

DETERMINATION AND PERSISTENCE – What is your “Don’t give up” attitude? That is the strength when no one else stands with you. It is the hope that drives you to go forward and go hard beyond reasoning, popular consensus and even obligation.

LISTENING AND LEARNING – This is your capacity to take every experience in every moment and process it into a God-given opportunity to grow. It is fueled by persistent humility and eagerness to discover and apply. You do this best when you realize that to be like God is to be free from the narrow limits that control and destroy.

CONFIDENCE AND BARING – These are markers placed throughout routine to guide us. They are the tried and tested that give us familiarity and assurance. These qualities provide a recognizable spiritual genetic fingerprint to the repeating but continually evolving journey.

MEASUREMENT AND DEFINITION – Maybe you can feel it and sense it. But are the changes and strength really there? Routine gives us the needed parameters to achieve and define progress and growth with measurable results. There is no vagueness only clarity. Your physical fitness can be measured in health and muscular definition. Similarly you can taste and see God’s blessings and guidance.

EVALUATION AND VISIONING – Finally, no routine is ever complete and simply begun again without the important processes of reflection and anticipation. God gives us others because this isn’t meant to be a solitary experience. It is usually not without some pain but it is most certainly intended to be brimming with hope. Routines are documented, sometimes poorly, hopefully well and with detail. Take time to review the experiences, conversations, notes, emails, prayers and journals — everything in your routine that now becomes a new layer to your life. This is your new skin, fresh cells created so you can Be Life in new ways like you’ve never been able to before.

– Faith & Fitness Magazine ~ Brad Bloom, Oct/Nov 2013

100 miles

During this Sunday’s #runchat discussion, a few of us decided to keep each other accountable for both our mileage and, especially, our speedwork! Check out this post for links to the Google Doc spreadsheet if you would like to join us. There will be surprise giveaways along the way. This is a great way to celebrate Movember and stay fit during the upcoming holidays.

Angie Runs

Can you run (or walk) 100 miles in the month of November?

During one of my weekly #runchat discussions, a group of us were talking about a way to be accountable and stay motivated.

Join the challenge! It’s an easy Google Doc spreadsheet. Just add your name (or whatever you want to be known as) to a column, and log your miles for the day.  Keep in mind rest is important!

So you think this is too easy?  Well there could be surprise challenges or mileage checks along the way. Who likes speed work? May even be prizes. (I recently won some swag from Body Glove / Surge that I am willing to share, I also make awesome head bands.)

Are you in?!!? Tell your friends.

I am not shy about telling you to get out there and get it done. I also don’t do well with excuses…

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Rock N Roll Philly Half Marathon

Race # 10September 15th, 2013
Aiming for a PR!