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Off to Buy New Running Shoes

Monday, February 07, 2011

Recently I developed a slight case of shin splints and everyone who offered advice mentioned that my shoes were probably at least part of the cause. So I'm off to get some good running shoes today, hopefully they'll help. I did a little reading about buying the right pair of shoes today and I think I just need some stability shoes. I think I have a pretty neutral foot, and looking at the wear pattern on my current pair of shoes, it doesn't look like I pronate or whatever the opposite of that is called. But we'll see what the "experts" in the store have to say.

Hope you have a great day!

  
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ROOBEARZ 2/8/2011 2:09AM

    Good luck to you.

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Hoping to Run Again Tomorrow but Afraid of Worsening my Shin Splints

Sunday, February 06, 2011

For the first time in my adult life I've been enjoying jogging and I'm just so bummed that I've developed shin splints. They've been hurting for the better part of a week now even though I've stayed away from the gym, and any rigorous exercise, for three or four days. I got some good advice on "active recovery" yesterday which I plan to take, but if I happen to feel good enough I do think I'm going to try to run tomorrow as well. I don't know, I'm so eager but also concerned that I'm going to exacerbate the problem and really hurt myself.

Oh well, one way or the other I trust the Lord and I'll keep pursuing a healthy lifestyle. I'd sure appreciate any advice or words of wisdom.

  
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SUZWARNR 2/6/2011 7:24PM

    Are you new to running? Have you been fitted for running shoes? If not, I'd definitely recommend that you go to your local running store to get a personalized fit. I think it would make a huge difference. Good luck and I hope this gets better for you soon.

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Shin Splints--Need Advice

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Hey, everyone, I've been an avid cyclist for years but took up jogging this year. Unfortunately I've developed a slight case of shin splints and don't really know what to do but I'm afraid to continue jogging until I get them under control. Any advice?

Thanks in advance!

  
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ROOBEARZ 2/6/2011 1:13AM

    I'm not really a jogger, but our daughter, who runs, would use this pre-wrap tape on her shins, but the athletic trainer at her school said, basically you need to keep from running on the legs and let them heal. We bought very decent running shoes for our daughter , but the shin splints continued to occur. She tends to run hard on her heels - and if she runs on "soft" ground - she can avoid the shin splints. Now she runs primarily on the treadmill and hasn't experienced shin splints since. I don't know if this information can be helpful to you. Good luck and I hope you can recover quickly! emoticon

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Amazed by the Massive Mercy of God

Friday, February 04, 2011

I am the pastor of a small church in Elk River MN and right now I'm teaching through the first book of the Bible, Genesis, on Sunday mornings. This week I'm to teach on chapter 4, the story of Cain and Abel. Cain killed his brother in jealous rage and then paid a high price for that lack of self-control but, in the end, what this story is really about is the mercy of God in the life of Cain.

God did punish Cain and this was a mercy. Can you imagine a parent who never punished their child for anything, including murder? That would be a very bad parent and most of us would suggest that that parent be punished! God is a good parent, if you will, and therefore he does punish.

But he's also a gracious and merciful God and he doesn't punish us exactly as our sins deserve but he finds a way to deal with the sin but also release us from the more severe consequences of our sin if we will only humble ourselves.

In due time Cain did humble himself and the Lord did extend his massive mercy to him. God protected Cain from those who would kill him for what he had done, and God promised to avenge Cain "seven-fold" if anyone did in fact strike him dead. There's more to be said about the story but the point is this: who treats murderers like this? God does because he's immensely merciful!

I woke up at 5:00 a.m. this morning feeling very moved by the mercy of God not only in the life of Cain but in my own life as well. I just felt so stunned and breath-taken by how patient God has been with me, and I worshiped him. Then about 5:30 I got up and wrote to God in my journal and expressed my feelings to him, after which I turned to my daily Bible reading which "just happened" to be Exodus 34-36.

Only six verses into my reading here are the words I read, words which the Lord spoke to Moses as he revealed himself to Moses: "The LORD passed before him [Moses] and proclaimed, 'The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children's children, to the third and the fourth generation'" (Exodus 34:6-7).

Wow, I felt stunned and all the more amazed at a God so merciful as this! That he would orchestrate circumstances so that I would be reading these particular words on this particular morning, well that just amazed me! He's such a good and gracious Father.

Oh, friend, seek the Lord while he may be found. He is a faithful Friend and Guide to all who will humble themselves before him, and he's immensely merciful. He will wipe away the guilt of your sin in an instant if you'll only look to his chosen one, Jesus Christ, and believe. And he will walk with you all the days of your life, pouring upon you the massive mercy that's in his heart.

Thanks so much for taking the time to read this, hope you have a mercy-filled day!

  
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HARTKITTY 2/5/2011 1:00AM

    When I teach baptism (being an Anglican I'm teaching the family as we believe in infant baptism) I always bring up the fact that allowing a child to get away with anything may seem easy but in fact does much more harm and that its important to start giving the correct punishment for the age appropriate misdoing from day one because in the end that results in happy healthy children.

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TINYC887 2/4/2011 12:13PM

    hmmmm,something to think about i guess

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VEEJAY3 2/4/2011 11:24AM

    I love Genesis. Took the Precepts course ... I think maybe it took a whole year to work through the entire book.
I find myself always particularly drawn to the stories of Jacob and Esau ... and of Joseph. How often have I thought: "You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good ..."

I love your blog. Your love of Christ shines bright.

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Pain in the Legs = An Extra Day Off

Thursday, February 03, 2011

I've been at a conference the last few days and doing quite a bit of walking in dress shoes. Not a good idea. This combined with the increased load of running from the "Couch Potato to 5K" program has caused a fair amount of discomfort, not really pain, in my shins and calves. So, I'm just going to take a day off of exercise today and try to let my body heal up. Hopefully I'll be good to go tomorrow as I'm eager to take the next run!

Have a great day.

  
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ROOBEARZ 2/4/2011 1:29AM

    I hope the body heals quickly for you! emoticon Thank you for the advice to take the C25K at my own pace, if needed. I've had to adapt, for now, to a water jogging version due to knee issues and I plan to repeat each week for success. emoticon

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