My journey to 5km in 20 minutes

I found this image during one of my internet tours. It’s been 12 weeks since I started my challenge to run 5km in under 25 minutes. I posted 6 weeks ago when I basically reached that goal, although, I had a couple of low intensity sections in between. At that point, I also set a new goal to reach 5Km in 20 minutes.

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The Bible: The TL;DR Version

Recently, I came across this condensed version of the bible. I have no idea where it originated but the person that came up with it did pretty well. Past, Present and Future, I think we’re always going to need the grace of Jesus to get anywhere!

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Citizens & Saints: Made Alive

This song has been at the top of my playlist for the last couple days. A great tune and fantastic lyrics. Check out some of the incredible truths in this great song by Citizens & Saints, a band that was born out of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, USA. Zach Bolen, the lead singer is passionate about seeing everyone worshiping Jesus and it shows though in their latest self titled album citizens.

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5km Challenge: 25 minute milestone

On Sept 2nd, I started on a challenge to run 5km in under 25 minutes, a goal of running a 5 minute/km average.

I ‘m not a huge fan of exercise, least of all running so I started skating. That first week, I skated over 50km. As great as that sounds, it wasn’t the idea of getting fit that prompted the long skates. It was the fact that I couldn’t afford the tram to get into the city!

It wasn’t until 3 weeks later that I actually managed to convince myself to go for a run.

I started doing the couch to 5km fitness program using an app on my phone. The first week started with a ‘easy’ 1 minute run followed by a 1.5 minute walk.  I almost passed out after 3.2km and managed a 7 minute average. A friend pointed out that she could walk with a pram faster than my best effort. How embarrassing.

It’s been 5 weeks since that first run and it’s not all doom and gloom. It’s taken a little bit of commitment but I’ve kept on running every few days.

Today, I managed to run 6 km in 30 minutes. Between start and finish, there was about 6 minutes of walking. Much better than when I first started. It works out to about 5km in 25 minutes. That’s basically reached my goal (I just need to remove the walking breaks).

I’ve set a new target to run 5km in under 20 minutes. I’m looking forward to meeting this new goal! I’ll be sure to share updates!

Are you a runner or have recently started running? I would love to hear of your experiences and running times as encouragement, motivation or a challenge.

Be ready to explain your faith

If someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way. – 1 Peter 3:15

I remember the first time that someone asked me about my faith and I freaked out. I wasn’t sure what to say or how to explain it. As a new Christian all I had was ‘I just believe’. A powerful statement of my faith in the hope that Jesus offered but without explainable foundation.

If you’ve committed to living life under Christ, the most powerful explanation that you have is in your story. In fancy words, it’s your testimony. I’ve often asked people about their story and they’ll start with “Well, it’s not that interesting…”. Here’s the thing, in Christ, your story is powerful. Every decision you make and every challenge you overcome is testament to your life in the Father.

Each step in your journey with Christ has eternal significance. You can’t say that’s not interesting.

Sharing our hope as Christians isn’t about attacking others for the things that they’re doing wrong, it’s about understanding the shortcomings that we’ve overcome in our own lives though Christ. It’s about sharing how the love and grace of Jesus in our past experiences has redefined our eternal future.

Consider your story, how can you better share it to emphasise the impact Jesus has had in your life.

The missing link between prayer and action

I’m a doing type of person. I see something that needs to be done and start working on it. I’m focused on Action and I’ve often said that prayer without action will never change the world. I still believe in that statement but over the last few weeks, I’ve started to realise that I’ve missed a big part of what we’re called to incorporate between prayer and action. Faith. As Christians, we’re called to commit in faith before we act.

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How to Have The Best Vacation

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