WOW! I can hardly believe the year has almost come to a close, and what a great year it has been! With 18 incredible races, this has by far been my most full and successful race season to date, affording me the opportunity to see so much of our great country from the air, as well as from the numerous race courses and trails. What a blessing to race this year in South Carolina, Delaware, North Carolina, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Washington, Utah, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Maine, Connecticut, New York, Maryland, New Hampshire and Kansas; each adding something very special and unique to my life. What an amazing Savior I have to extend me such bless-filled adventures. And speaking of my Savior, it is particularly wonderful to share this post with you at this time of year – a time when my heart is bursting with joy. Not just any joy, but the joy that comes from knowing what Jesus did for me. It is hard not to get emotional just thinking about it. Christmas for me is not about the pretty paper, or the exchange of last minute tokens from those that you never talk to all year long but expect something from you under the tree (you know the deal I’m sure), or the tasty, yet often unhealthy meals we like to indulge in from now until the first of the year. No, for me, Christmas is all about Christ Himself, and how indescribable His love is for me and all of mankind. My strongest desire is to serve Him fully every day of the year, and the joy of Christmas Day simply renews that desire and continues to augment it in everything I do, especially with regard to health and fitness.
I pray that as you take time out to reflect and spend some quiet time with the Lord, that you too will feel renewed and energized to give Him your best in 2011. I am so excited about next year’s race season, with only 7 states left to go in my quest to run in all 50 states. If it is anything like this year, then I already know it will be a season filled with blessing, surprises, excitement and joy abound! Please don’t neglect to continue to exercise and stick to your clean diet regardless of the pull to do otherwise. Remember to plan your workout schedule at least a week in advance and stay focused, keeping your eye on the prize of a healthy body and sound mind. Next year, I will bring you posts concerning the importance of cross-training and how to remain injury-free, among other great topics.
It has been great hearing from so many of you. Your words of encouragement continue to serve as great blessings to me and I hope to see more of you on the race course this upcoming year. I will start posting my 2011 race schedule very soon, as well as additional race photos, so until then, may you have a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful new year!