|Late December snowy run in Howe, IN|
This has been another big, high mileage year for me: 2264 miles for the year! Although, this will be the first year in the last 5 I didn't break the previous year's record. Actually, as I look over the past year, it was rather uneventful by comparison and I don't really even have enough to publish a "Top 10 List" as I did the last couple of years. Still, there was much to celebrate in 2016.
--- I ran barefoot in 9 different states: IN, MI, CA, TN, AL, GA, VA, SC, NM
--- I ran barefoot in 3 different countries: USA, Malaysia, Singapore
--- I ran 2 barefoot marathons: Albuquerque (Duke City) and Indianapolis (Monumental)
I also ran a couple of 5K races (one in the Spring and one in the Fall) and even placed 2nd overall in the Fall race. The Albuquerque Marathon was a nice getaway vacation for Linda and I and it set me up to finish off the "50Sub4" quest next month, finally! The Indy marathon was a fun group event and served as both my 80th marathon and my 8th barefoot marathon. It also spurred me on to raise $2000 for clean water in Africa through World Vision (my heartfelt thanks to all of you who contributed and prayed for our team!)
This time of year, I like to "crunch the numbers" and the 2016 annual total of 2264 gives me a new lifetime percentage of 28% barefoot (9,226 barefoot miles vs. 32,800 total lifetime miles) Looking at the chart I also note that the last three years have been my highest annual totals ever, in the entire last 26 years (since I began running). I've also now run around the earth 1.3 times!
|OUCH...sliding on icy concrete - not recommended!|
I thank God that I didn't break anything or get more seriously hurt, because that would have really messed up all the plans for next month. God provides! Can I get an Amen! I am learning to lean on HIM more and more everyday!
Speaking of plans, it will be a very busy month of January. On January 8th, God Willing, I will run the Disney Marathon under 4 hours and will finally complete the 50Sub4 quest to run all 50 states in under 4 hours (the last 5 barefoot). Next, I have a business trip to California and Mexico scheduled for the following week. And then, on Jan. 21, again God Willing, I will leave for a 2 week mission trip to Ganta, Liberia in western Africa. We have a team of 8 people going and this will be my 3rd trip to this same location within the last 5 years, travelling with our organization known as Hope In The Harvest. We are celebrating the completion of the ARC (Agriculture Research Center) at LICC (Liberia International Christian College) which 5 years ago was literally a dirt hill on the edge of a swamp! As Jesus' hands and feet, we celebrate the lives changed through the Agriculture Program at LICC as this "seemingly" agricultural community begins literally to "learn how to farm" and its families learn to depend upon God for their daily provisions.
I will still be in Africa on the 1st of Feb, so, apologies, my blog next month will be a little late, but don't worry, I will get it done...hopefully with much good news to report from Ganta.
Blessings & Have a Prosperous 2017,
December Total = 90.02 miles
2016 Total = 2264.33 miles