RunninRev Newsletter March 27: In the church, in the network, and on the run
The Active Faith Podcast
This week on the Active Faith Podcast we talked about days off. I talked about why we need these “days off” every week, if for no other reason than accomplishing the things in other areas of our life that need our attention, and in its healthiest form care for our mental health. Check it out and don’t forget to tune into the next episode, and participate by answering our question for the next pod.
Let’s hear your thoughts for the next episode:
What is your go-to self-care ritual when you are having a bad day?
Lenten Journey of Care
Lent is a time in the Christian Liturgical Calendar born from centuries of Christian practice of preparation for the celebration of Easter. During this time it would have been customary for persons of faith to engage in a time of deep, spiritual reflection, contemplating what a more holistic Christian lifestyle might look like.
This Lenten season I wanted to bring together a series of reflections on self-care so that readers may grow deeper in their relationship with self as a manner of growing deeper in their relationship with their creator. Join along for A Lenten Journey of Care, every Wednesday a new reflection will be posted by a different person from the Active Faith Community, each of whose voices you have heard on the Podcast, bringing new words as we grow together.
Check out Week 5:
Posts This Week
This past week I publish my Shamrock 2023 Recap, as I walked my way through many feelings I had during the race, and what it was like to cross the line and realize what I had done. Check it out and let me know what kind of goals you have that you want to achieve (“The sky’s the limits”).
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In the Pulpit
Yesterday was week five in the worship series I am walking my church community through, Come to the Table: Diving into the Why of Communion. We explored the connection of the sacred meal of Communion to how we practice and understand Community. Check it out here:
Check out all my sermons on the RunninRev Preaches Newsletter or my church’s website beechgroveumc.org and follow along with what is happening at my church on their newsletter Beech Grove United Methodist Church
On the Run
This was a week of recovery. Off of the high of crushing my PR at the Shamrock Half Marathon, it was time to let my body take some time to recover (well so says my coach haha). Kept the mileage low and the runs easy. As I look towards my next goals my legs appreciate the recovery and reconnection to the joy and fun of running.
Stats for Last Week:
Week Total – 22.2 miles
Longest run – 5.6 miles
For the Year – 472.5 miles
Follow along my journey via my Strava Profile
Sunday I had an opportunity to get out for a morning run, and boy was it what I needed. I love running in the mornings but haven’t been feeling it recently with kids’ schedules and mentally getting myself out the door. I gave myself no excuse, covered my watch, and just went on feeling. Definitely filled my cup for the day.
Intention for this week: Moving Mentality
There is always that low of coming off a back race and thinking, “what is next…can I do better?” This is my current mental struggle, and as I move forward this week, I want to not let it creep its way into my mindset. Gotta keep that positive mentality and continue to push forward. How can I respond by pushing my limits without hurting myself?