Thursday, November 22, 2007

Route 66 Marathon Completion

Well, the Route 66 Marathon is now history. Weather was beautiful - overcast most of the morning, slightly misty & in the 60's. Having run the Spirit of Survival Marathon 3 weeks prior, I was not sure what I was going to do or expect. The redone course was beautiful however some the hills were saved until the latter part of the race. Oh well.

I had a quick recovery afterwards which is a good sign in my preparation for my Chisohlm Trail Challenge in 2009. I am trying to focus all of my effort on knowing that we truly do not have boundaries except for those that are physically impossibilities. Sometimes through our suffering, we feel that we have reached our limits & just quit. Time & time again, history has shown that people have endured tremendous physical & mental hardships; often beyond what the average person would deem impossible. But ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE TO THOSE WHO LOVE AND SERVE THE LORD.

I will be starting my fund raising campaign in 2008 in efforts to raise money for wheelchairs, prosthetics & canes fro those who need them but cannot afford them. It will bring about an awareness that we can all overcome our self-limiting boundaries if we only have faith & are of strong will.

- Until next time -

Monday, October 8, 2007

Way Outside the Boundaries

Well, I finally decided what to do to celebrate my 50th birthday in 2009. I plan on running the Oklahoma portion of the Chisholm Trail!

The Chisholm Trail was used to move Texas Longhorn cattle from Texas up through Oklahoma (Indian Territory back then) up to Kansas where they could have access to the railway & ship cattle to the east. Back in 1867, the first herd of longhorn cattle were driven up the trail.

Although the original trail goes through a lot of provetly owned land, the trail roughly follows Hwy 81. The distance is approximately 150 miles & if I run a marathon distance (26.2 miles) per day, it should take approximately 10 days!

Is there a point to this madness? The point is that we can accomplish impossible tasks with our mind focused on God. We have all read the parable of the mustard seed. It just takes faith, unwaivering faith that all things are possible to those who trust in the Lord.

I will be looking for help from many friends & local entities. From support on the road, to running gear (shoes, socks, etc.), to food & lodging. I will be raising money for the purchase of wheelchairs or prosthetics for those who cannot afford them.

As plans begin to come together, I will continue updating my blog.

God Bless you. And may your faith give you the understanding that you can overcome unsurmountable odds with God on your side.

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Know No Boundaries


Know No Boundaries


Hmmmm, what are boundaries anyway? To some they are what we tell our children not to color out of, to others they are what divides states and countries while to still others, they stand for our current physical limits. Through God's grace, we can overcome many (if not all) of these self-set boundaries.

Several years ago (or more), my physical boundaries were how far I had to move to get the TV remote. The thought of people actually running 5km seemed ludicrous. After finally getting off my duff and actually running a 5km, I was elated that I broke through a boundary that I thought was impenetrable. Since that first glorious day, countless 5km runs have been completed. This first boundary was just a faint memory.

When one truely loves God & desires to serve Him through all of what He guides us into, many of life's boundaries fall away; some physical boundaries included. Running a marathon was another of those self limiting boundaries. I could not imagine the insanity of running further than 5km let alone an actual MARATHON! Time passed & through much prayer, I decided to give it a try. I can say that I am now one of those insane marathoners (8 times over). The more you are ;iving in God's grace & doing His will, the easier breaking through your boundaries is.

As I got more marathons under my belt, I realized that I could over come this boundary too & to encourage others to know that they can as well with the help & guidance of God. I began to get thoughts of running beyond the marathon distance. Was that possible; I thought? How could anyone actually run 50km, 50 miles, 100 miles or more? or was this just one more self limiting boundary? I have since completed (8) marathons, (3) 50 km trail runs, (1) 40 miler & (1) 50 miler.
Now what is this all about? It is about abandoning yourself to what God has in store for you in your life. When you abandon yourself to God's will, there are no boundaries. It is about knowing no boundaries in how much you help your family & loved ones, your neighbor, your community. It is about having nop boundaries in what we choose to do for God & for God's people.
Whatsoever you do to the least of those in God's kingdom, it is done also to Jesus Christ Himself. God will never let us down & will help us overcome, physical, spiritual, emotional & financial boundaries as long as we abide in His love & do His will.
Know No Boundaries is a Catholic Christian Ministry formed to help those who feel that they have reached a boundary in their lives & to share God's love for them in their lives.

I will be 50 years old soon and so I have started thinking about what other boundaries need breaking through. I desire to reach out to as many people as I can to help them find their self-limiting boundaries & with God's help, to help them break through them. As for my next physical boundary, I am running my 2nd 50 miler in August 2007 & may shoot for my first 100 miler in 2008. After that, only God knows!