First and foremost, THANK YOU so much for all of the great messages, cards, letters, and gifts regarding my completion of running in all 50 states. You all are too much and believe me when I say that I absolutely cherish all of your expressions of congratulations. It really means a great deal to me.
Also, many of you have asked about my trip to the U.S. Open tennis tournament and to New York City. In a word, it was FANTASTIC! Every aspect of my trip was bless-filled and it was very hard to say goodbye to my friends and to the city I love so much. While the tournament was in Queens, I certainly spent a great deal of time in Manhattan, eating lunch at Columbus Circle and running it off in beautiful Central Park. Yes, if I lived in NYC, I’d be in the best shape of my life because I would simply run everywhere I wanted to go! It was such a good time that I shall be returning for Christmas and simply cannot wait!
Speaking of traveling, many of you have asked if I stick to my exercise regimen when I travel since I stay on the road so much. The answer is an emphatic YES. Of course I do. Why wouldn’t I? In fact, I tend to enjoy exercising more when I am away from familiar surroundings, probably because I am excited to be in a new place. This is especially true with regard to running. There is nothing more exciting than setting out on a run in an area you know little about. Your sense of discovery is always heightened and you get to observe things from a perspective that is much more intimate than you would riding in a car or even on a bicycle. Also, when you make running a part of your exercise regimen, you are left with no room for excuses because you can always run, no matter where you are in the world. As long as you have your running shoes, you are good to go.
I work out 6 days a week, every week, no matter where I am in the world, and I don’t make exceptions – ever. As you know, my time of exercise is my greatest time of worship and intimacy with the Lord. It’s a time that I cherish and truly could not live without. Now, while I tend to run more than the average individual, my weekly routine also involves resistance training for my legs, chest, arms, shoulders, and my core. In simpler terms, I do resistance training 3 days a week and cardio (running, swimming, tennis, basketball, hiking, etc.; all the stuff I like to do) the other 3. How do I weight train while on the road? Simple. I keep a set of weights in my car so that when I’m away on a shorter trip where I get to drive, my weights are right there with me. When it is a longer trip that requires air travel, I make sure that I stay at hotel with a workout facility or one that has an agreement with a local gym in the area. Most larger hotel chains have one or both options, so again, you are left with no room for excuses.
It’s pretty simple. Is good health important to you? Do you want to do all you can to ensure that your body gets the proper exercise it needs to function in a healthy manner? If so, then you must not fall victim to the dreaded land of excuses. Make exercising a priority and cherish that time you have to take care of yourself. You certainly don’t have to workout as intensely as I do, but make sure that you are doing something on a consistent basis that gets your heart in that target zone, and if you are a runner or aspire to be one, then by all means get out there and do it. Wherever you are now or wherever you travel to later, there is always a place for you to run and who knows, you might receive a blessing far beyond what you could have imagined. That’s what happened to me.
Please keep those messages coming. It is always such a pleasure to hear from you!