For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.
Billy and I have started into our training routine for the Disney World Marathon. Here’s how the training goes:
- Monday – short run: 3 to 5 miles; weight training
- Tuesday – cross train: 4 mile walk
- Wednesday – medium run: 5 to miles
- Thursday – same as Monday
- Friday – rest
- Saturday – long run: 8 to 20 miles
- Sunday – rest
Now, I can hear all you Rick Warren hating legalists quoting “bodily exercise profits little” from that wide, butt-shaped dent in your couch. I know bodily exercise profits only a little, but it’s probably a little more profitable than watching the tube everyday… or blogging.
For years I ran without a walkman or cd player because that equipment just chafed me. It bounced around and was generally a hassle. Last year I started using the iPod Shuffle, but that thing hangs on a rope around your neck. I short-circuited not one, but two Shuffles by bathing them in sweat. So I bit the bullet and bought the full blown iPod. I hate coughing up the cash trendy electronics, so I bought a first generation iPod from my buddy Chris after he upgraded to the new black iPod with the mini TV screen. And, boy, am I glad. It's made my running a little more profitable.
So, while I run, I listen to free podcast messages downloaded from Al Gore’s great invention, the internet. On Mondays and Thursdays, Bob Coy’s message on the Active Word is the perfect length for a short run. Tuesdays, I’ll catch Ravi Zacharias, Bob Franquiz, or Dan Plourde. Wednesday, NPR’s Wait, Wait! Don’t Tell Me is a good length for that mid-week run, and on Saturday, I listen to Pastor Mark Driscoll on those long runs. His messages usually last longer than the run does, even if I slow down and walk some.
To help me keep track of my mileage and pace, I strap a Garmin GPS onto my wrist. My goal is to finish the Marathon in less than four hours this year. I’ll let you know how it works out.