Update from Katie

As mentioned last week, Katie wrote today’s blog for me. Below is what she wanted to say to you… 

 

Hey, this is Katie again! As the days get closer  to our trip I find myself getting more and more exited! The tickets are being bought, our team meetings are becoming more frequent and I can hardly believe that it is all really happening. God has been so faithful in answering my prayers and it has been amazing to see what happens when I choose to trust in Him- I can’t wait to see what He has in store for me and my team as we place this trip into His hands. All I know is that it will be wonderful and we will all learn a lot about Him and His unfathomable love for all people, as we bring that love to the people that we encounter in Bangladesh. I see this trip as an opportunity to live out my faith as it says in James 2:18: ” But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do.” and my goal on this trip is to do just that. Thank you to all who are supporting me by buying Tommy’s book and I hope you enjoy reading “Running Through Life”!

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A renewed running spirit

4.7.13


As mentioned in a recent post I am in the early stages of training for another marathon. Even though this will be the fifth race I plan to tackle, the training has been very different this time around. I am still bothered by a knee that doesn’t seem to want to fully heal, I am training in the cold German winter, and I am training on top of a full work schedule and coaching. Yet, more than any previous attempts so far I have hada much renewed spirit while training.

I think this is mainly due to the fact that I have the mindset to simply go out and have fun. I have a target time of 3:30 compared to previous races where I was staring down a sub 3:00 or a 3:10 at worst. Giving myself those extra 20-30 minutes has helped my training be quite enjoyable, despite the cold temperatures and many early morning runs.

For previous races throughout my training I have established a running mantra I would focus on during my runs. This time around I wrote the key words on the back of my running shoes. I’ve always been a fan of writing words on my shoes, I’m not sure why I enjoy it or find it motivating, but for many years it has become something I have done. For this race I wrothe two words alongside the date of the race; “run” and “worship.” Run was written to remind me to go out and enjoy the ability I have to run. It is a reminder to relax, not worry about a time and just enjoy it. To help emphasize this, many of my runs have been done without wearing a watch, which is a big step for me. Worship was written to remind me to see running as an opportunity to worship. A chance to get away from the stress and worries of the day. A time to refocus my mind and heart, to pray, and spend time with God. These words are visual reminders every time I lace up my shoes for a run, and are helping me complete my training with a renewed spirit.

Thanks for checking in on the blog today. Next Wednesday I hope to have Katie write a post and give you an update on the plans for her trip to Bangladesh. It’s something you will definitely want to read!

Tommy

Here we go again.

I have officially begun a new training regimen with the goal of completing my fifth marathon on April 7, 2013 in Freiburg, Germany. Coming off the release of the book I have found myself with a fresh perspective and a rejuvenated spirit that is excited about training and tackling the challenge of training for and running 26.2 miles. 

Though I am openly talking about the marathon, I have yet to finalize my registration. The main reason is because lately I have been bothered by a bad knee. It has been a bit discouraging and frustrating, but I am convinced I can push through the initial pain and be prepared. Though the injury is a bit of a setback, I am also seeing it as a blessing. Throughout my training so far, I have not been worried about my pace. I am concentrating on getting my miles in, and am letting the time be what it is. This training and this marathon is all about being relaxed and enjoying the experience. Maybe I will go out and run a PR, maybe I will go out and run my slowest time ever. My mentality as of now is to not worry about a time, and simply enjoy it. In past races I have placed a lot of pressure on myself, and am feeling excited about not doing that this time around. 

The major downside to a spring marathon, and many others will empathize with me here… training is tough. I do not have access to a treadmill, so all my runs are outside; through the snow, in the wind, in the cold. The sun sets daily before I am home from work – so my runs are done in the early morning, when I would much rather still be in bed. But, at the end of the day it is absolutely fine with me. This is going to be a fun marathon with no expectations. 

Two weeks later and almost at 100.

After how much time it took to get the book published, it seems a bit odd to say it, but the book has officially been available for two weeks now. Seeing as how today marks the two week mark, I thought it would be a good opportunity to put up a new post. 

As of this morning we have sold 87 books! I am blown away by that fact and extremely happy with the amount of encouragement and positive feedback I have received. What is amazing to me is that I have yet to sell any books to those in Germany. I believe I have a good number of friends and students in Germany who will help boost that number and offer their support. So, to be at 87 already, is pretty big in my opinion. In the past few months I was commonly asked “how many copies do you hope to sell?” My response was always, “100.” Why 100?

First of all, it seems like a nice even number. Something that rolls off the tongue easily and quickly. It also seemed like a good goal. I thought I could reach 100, but I didn’t think it was something I was guaranteed to do. Obtainable, but not easy. Therefore my sights have always been on 100. 

Yet, even while I look at the number 100, my heart is a bit torn. This project, this idea, was never about how many books would sell. My goals have never including reaching the NY Times Best Sellers list. Writing a book has always been something I have desired to do. It has always been something I thought would be a good challenge (and it certainly was!). I had an idea, I had the desire, and I set out to accomplish my goal. To me, the beautiful thing is not that a certain number of books have been sold, but the sole fact that a book has been published.

As I continued to work on the book, I realized how much I was pouring my heart into it. The “lightbulb moment” came when I was talking to my close friend, Ross about the book. We were chatting about chapter #6 and after reading a portion of it Ross said to me, “This book came from your heart.” After hearing him say that, I couldn’t help but agree. With that in mind, this book has become something I am very proud of. It was a labor of love. 

I am proud of what has been accomplished. I believe in what is said through the book. I believe in supporting Katie and her trip. I am excited for all that has happened with the book in the past two weeks – and look forward to what is ahead. However copies get sold is irrelevant to me, the greatest thing is that the book is now a reality, and available. 

PS

I found out today that the book is NOW available in E-Book format. Click the “order” tab above to find a link to where you can purchase and download the E-Book version.