SPARK 5k – 2 weeks of training

11836738_867490773342475_7203560509864618926_nFor those of you planning to walk the upcoming Spark 5k, here’s a two week training suggestion to get  you ready for Saturday September 19th!  Don’t forget to REGISTER before THIS Tuesday so you can guarantee a t-shirt with your entry fee.

Proud of each of you stepping out and trying something NEW!  It’ll be worth it. If you’re free Tuesday, I’ll be joining the Faith and Fitness group at Clover Hill at 6pm to trial run the 5k route.  Hope to see you there!  We will meet outside at the back of the church building.


Monday September 7th – Rest or walk

Tuesday – 30 min walk

Wednesday – Rest or walk

Thursday 30 min walk

Friday – Rest

Saturday – 3 mile walk

Sunday – 60 min walk

Monday – Rest or walk

Tuesday – 30 min walk

Wednesday – Rest or walk

Thursday – 30 min walk

Friday – Rest

Saturday September 19th! – 5-K Race

[TRUE CONFESSIONS] of an Associate Pastor : 26.2 miles

Lord willing, I’ll start and finish my second marathon tomorrow.  Last year I barely completed it.  I had a great training regiment until I crashed my motorcycle and broke my collarbone just 10 weeks before the race.  My new goal wasn’t based on time but rather completion.  This year, I have a time to beat.

Many have asked why!!!  Some are inspired, some are challenged and most think I’m outright crazy.

I don’t say much when asked why … but just listen to what different responses are as to why the person could or couldn’t do it.  So … I thought I’d share my reasons.

20 years ago this month, I nearly took my own life while struggling through a long battle of depression.  I remember wrestling with God as I walked across this bridge (picture below), and in complete anger, yelled at God saying “WHERE ARE YOU!?!?!”


Within seconds of me reaching the end of the line, I began weeping for several minutes and wasn’t long before a peace came over me.

So what does that have to do with running a marathon?

18 years ago this week, I was filled with the Holy Spirit.  I mean consumed.  My priority, my purpose, my resolve, my passion came alive.

I’ve reached a place where God has not only given me purpose but has begun to show me His purpose for you.

With that knowledge and revelation has come the desire to move from a place of selfishness to a place of selflessness.  What an incredible opportunity to leave a legacy that lives beyond your years on Earth where others can say,  he/she pointed me to Jesus.

So what does that have to do with running a marathon?

This road of life as Jesus wants us to live is less traveled.  The road is narrow.  The road is freaking hard. This road will cost us something.  This road isn’t comfortable.  This road is stretching me.  So I pursue things that are beyond my ability right now.

I focus on 4 areas of life.  Physical, Financial, Relational and Spiritual to move from where I am to a place of greater discipline.  I’ll be honest.  Training is hard.  I don’t enjoy it.  But the journey has been unmistakeably incredible.  I’ve met incredible people and have learned many spiritual truths through this endeavor.  I think Jesus used a story or two about simple things in life to explain spiritual truths.

Jesus was a leader.  Jesus was disciplined.

Leaders will lead from out front.

Leaders will constantly learn.

Leaders will constantly grow.

Leaders will move from where they are to the next level so in the end, the legacy speaks to something even greater than themselves.  I love how John Maxwell lays out levels of leadership.


There’s a leader within you.  Trust me.  The question is to what degree are you willing to lead and at what cost.

Do something.

Physically, Financially, Spiritually, Relationally.  Let’s move to another level.  I won’t compare myself to you or you to me.

Evaluate where you are and where you need to be and surround yourself with the right people, resources and resolve to get there.

I look forward to what your legacy will say.  Until then … 26.2 miles up next for me.

Ukrops 10K – Why I run it

THIS WAS A POST FROM EARLIER THIS YEAR.  I HOPE YOU’LL THINK, CONSIDER and JOIN ME!  It’s a different day.  It’s now the “Martin’s 10k” and I’m running this race for the 4th time.

Here we go …

This is my third year running the Ukrops 10K.  EVERY year, while on mile 3 I say to myself …

1. My calves hurt

2. I’m bored

3. My calves hurt

4. I could use some fried chicken right now

5. My calves hurt and …

6. and oh yes, my calves hurt.

Yet, each year more and more people turn out for this event.  I think the numbers were roughly around 35,000 participants.  On top of that is the family and friends who faithfully come out and cheer us on.

So why do I run it? There are not many events in Richmond that bring out such a diverse group of people.  This is harvest.  As I see the masses of people, my heart calls out to the King and I ask Him to deposit in me a desire to reach people in the 804 area code.

This is my mission field.  This is my home.

Every year, I ask.  Every year, He brings greater strength and inspiration.

If you haven’t walk, run, or jogged this event just come out and see what the Lord has shown me.  Lord willing, next year I’m hoping to run the kids mile with my eldest son, Isaac.

24 hours after the event is over, my calves still hurt and my heart is ready to roll with what His Spirit has in store for us.  Here I am, Send me.