"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, Who is in you, Whom you have received from God? ... So use every part of your body to give glory back to God..." 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Benifits of Running Partners

"Be Kindly affectionate one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another." Romans 12:10
Today was my first official run from my ultra. I ran with Jama today. That girl doesn't know how to slow down. She is a little roadrunner. I was up for the challenge, however, I was hoping my body would be able to keep up with her cheetah legs.
It was a humid drizzly run. Jama took me on some back roads to enjoy the fall colors. It was hard to notice anything other than the hills that continued to roll out in front of me as we were running a sub 8minute pace. "JAMA, Your killing me!!"
We added a couple water breaks in there to catch our breath and back out we blasted.
We laughed and encouraged one another. This is the power of good running partners.
  1. They hold you accountable.
  2. They push you to be better.
  3. They encourage you when your just not feeling it.
  4. They share their experience and wisdom to help you be better.
  5. They meet you where YOU are at not necessary where they are at in order to motivate, encourage or just get you going.
I am always amazed at the encouragement of runners. RUNNERS are seriously some of the best cheerleaders out there too.
“If you don't have answers to your problems after a four-hour run, you ain't getting them.”
Christopher McDougall.
Runners are passionate about running so much many think the whole world should run. They see not just the health benefits of running but the wisdom that comes with running. The camaraderie amongst one another.  They see laughter, goals, victories, challenges, defeats and even ailments. But they encourage one another in all of them. I have gotten more encouragement from runners I have met for the first time that you might think we were long time friends. Runners KNOW the power of words.
Many runners are spiritual and deep. They may not have religion but they do know the power of words.
On my run today as my physical tank depleted I could feel my mind strengthen. Jama like all my running partners is full of good words. Uplifting and inspiring. She shared scripture with me to hold me accountable and to be a better me.
Just like us runners do. We try to help others be the best them.

I got a 20$ gift certificate to Gazelle Sports for my Ultra. I will NEVER use it. I am not in Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids or Holland Michigan. If you would like this HERE is how!
  1. Must be a follower of the blog
  2. I posted a question on todays post about running partners. Leave an answer on blog about running partners.
  3. email me your Address!
  4. First email I get!!

Power Balls (Stephanie's recipe that Kelli stole!)

Flax seed
Peanut butter (crunchy or regular)
Chocolate Chips
*Combine and roll into BALLS!!!
Kelli and I with Stephanie's Power balls!

Distance:10 miles
Time:1 :24:39
What Do YOU like about having a Running Partner??


  1. First of all - GREAT RUN! How do you pull off that pace a week after an ultra?? Running partners are great b/c they share your passion. they know the feeling of being the one to lift up or being the one in need. they can push the pace and help the miles fly by. they are friends & confidants. they are AWESOME:-) (Especially mine;-)

  2. p.s. can't you use that gift certificate online???