What can I say? I love to run. I've run 4 full marathons and 6 halfs. But I love God more and I'm determined to run this race of life for Him to receive the ultimate prize of Heaven. I'd like to share my thoughts with you. You can agree or disagree. Comment or don't. You can read or not read. But it's here if you want it. Enjoy! .

Friday, July 23, 2010

I've Got Bugs in my Tummy


Got injured by a bug last night. Yep, injured by a bug – you heard me right, or read me right. Whatever. How you ask? Or even if you didn’t ask. I was running 6 miles last night. It was going okay. I didn’t eat the best of suppers and it was still pretty hot with little or no breeze so the run was just okay. I was about a mile from home and feeling good. I love approaching home. I guess I had my mouth open too wide. I definitely breathe through my mouth when I run. Does everyone? Anyways, a bug flew right in there. And before I could help it, the bug became protein for my body. But it caught me off guard and I swallowed it. That made me cough for several seconds which totally messed up my breathing. And since I wasn’t getting the oxygen I had been getting, it literally made my lungs hurt for a couple minutes. I guess I wasn’t “injured” for a long period of time, but for a couple minutes there, I felt injured, all from a bug. Ok, took too long to tell that story.

Anyways, the interview with Dick Beardsley went great Tuesday night. I actually got to ask him several questions including asking him advice for my own camp coming up. I asked him for advice for my high school runners as we are about to begin our Cross Country camp on Monday. His main advice was to build those core muscles with things as simple as push-ups and crunches . He also said running during the summer to build up endurance is very important. Hope they have been running! Anyways, Dick seemed to be a very nice, down-to-earth guy with a great attitude and kind heart and I really enjoyed talking with him as well as a couple of the campers at his camp.

Speaking of running camp – Monday I officially begin my stint as a high school Cross Country coach and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous. So I also have bugs in my stomach for this reason. My nervousness is dropping though and I really am very excited as well. I have finished making out a camp schedule of workouts and I’m really anxious to get started. I know it will go great, but I think everyone would have some hint of nervousness beginning a new job or position. I’ll keep you posted on how it’s going. I went to our “fieldhouse” yesterday to check it out. This is the building that belongs to the team. It is used for team meetings, changing, etc. It’s a wreck to say the least. I think with the flooding back in May, it was used for storage. Anyways, I’ve gotten the ok to throw away all the junk so we’re going to have a major cleaning day(s). I’m actually looking forward to getting that place cleaned up.

Well, that’s it for now. Planning to run 12 again Sunday. Hope it goes better than last week. I promise to eat a good dinner tomorrow night. Have a good weekend.

Keep runnin’,


  1. Congratulations on being the HS cross country coach! It seems like yesterday that you were running HS cross country. Praying for wisdom and divine connections as you invest into even more young lives.

  2. Okay - I've been there...I too breathe through my mouth. Wish I didn't have to, but I do. I've swallowed my share of little bugs - gross...I try not to think about it.

    Hope camp is going well. Can't wait to hear more from you.