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Steal my show!

“The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.”   Proverbs 16:9

Isn’t it amazing how God tries to get our attention?  I was looking for the iPad this morning to use while I ran.  That is the ONLY way to do it, I tell you!!  It’s so much easier to face treadmill torture when I’m able to distract myself with a show on Netflix.  But this morning the iPad was gone.  It wasn’t charging…wasn’t in it’s place and because I had gotten up a little later, I didn’t have the time to look for it.

So I grabbed my phone and my earbuds and headed downstairs to do my running to music.

God moved that iPad.

 

Have you ever had Him grab hold of your heart through a song??

I.LOVE.THAT!

Although it’s much more thrilling when you’re standing on a large rubber belt strapped around a set of motorized pulleys and gears moving at break-neck speeds!treadmill

Ok, I’ll come clean; it’s not so break-neck…only 6 mph, but it still makes things very exciting when God uses the dropped beat and swirling rhythms pulsing through the earbuds to literally take your breath away.

I felt every word of tobyMac‘s song “Steal My Show” this morning.

 

 

I want that.

I want to give God center stage in my life’s production.  I long for Him to be the director, playwrite, choreographer, costume designer and ticketing agent.

To allow Him to use me in any way He wants.  To place the people in my life He wants me to minister to.  To release my grip, take a step back, watch Him work and be ok whatever the outcome.

God used tobyMac’s words to land squarely on my chest to knock me off balance.

If you wanna steal my show, I’ll sit back and watch you go
If you got somethin’ to say, go on and take it away
Need you to steal my show, can’t wait to watch you go-o-o-o
So take it away…

For it’s when we’re knocked off balance that He can be seen.

“And He has said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.’ Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.”   2 Corinthians 12:9

 

Oh God, give me the words to say and the steps to take.  I give you control…my hands are outstretched and open.  Please use me.  Show me how to behave, teach me Your ways, allow me to see You at all times and trust You in every moment.

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I forgot to post our training the last couple weeks.  Week 4 was a good jump in running from 3 to 5 minutes, but we got ‘er done…

Week 4: Day 1, 2 & 3:
5 minute warm up
3 minute jog/90 second walk
5 minute jog/2 minute 30 second walk
3 minute jog/90 second walk
5 minute jog/2 minute 30 second walk
5 minute cool down

Week 5, however… much more challenging:  Well, for some…

Syd Week 5 – Day 2

Week 5 – Day 1:
5 minute warm up
5 minute jog/3 minute walk (repeat 3 times)
5 minute cool down

Week 5 – Day 2:
5 minute warm up
8 minute jog
5 minute walk
8 minute jog
5 minute cool down

With week 5 being a bit more running, I wondered how Syd would do.  We both struggled a bit at times over the past several weeks, and day 3 of week 5 was a 20 minute run.  20 minutes in a row!!  I just wasn’t sure how either of us would do it.

I always do my runs in the early morning when no one else is up and although I got through the 20 minute run, I did ok the first 15 minutes..it was the last 5 where I struggled, it was not easy.  But I tell you, a little 10 year old girl was my inspiration to hoof it out…to keep going…to not give up.

After all, how could I expect her to run the whole thing if I didn’t?!!  So yes…it is Sydney who is my inspiration to push through.

When it was time for Syd to do her run that afternoon, I made sure to turn on her favorite show, and I ran in place next to her while she ran so she wouldn’t feel so alone.

She did AMAZING!!  She didn’t even look like she was struggling!!

Syd killed the 20 minutes
My face as she was running…

 

 

Week 5 – Day 3:
5 minute warm up
20 minute jog
5 minute cool down

 

 

 

 

 

 

She is so going to kick my butt.

My eating was much better this past week (AND WEEKEND which I have found is my biggest challenge; staying true to eating well.)

Not thrilled with the numbers on the scale, but they’re better than they have been.  So, results starting with week 6:

Weighing in at 176.6   YAY!!  But inches wise, not a huge difference since week 1 {sniffle, sniffle… I know, that’s my own fault.}  At least there’s a little change.  🙂

Day 1 – Day 35

With this being Thanksgiving week…I am going to try to NOT gain weight.  We’ll see if I can stay away from the yummies at our Thanksgiving celebration and instead focus on what I am thankful for, not what I’m missing.

Hang in there…we’re in this together!!!  🙂  Just keep running!!

“I have observed something else under the sun. The fastest runner doesn’t always win the race, and the strongest warrior doesn’t always win the battle. The wise sometimes go hungry, and the skillful are not necessarily wealthy. And those who are educated don’t always lead successful lives. It is all decided by chance, by being in the right place at the right time.”   Ecclesiastes 9:11 (NLT)

So this week, week three, has proven to be quite difficult.  I blame it entirely upon Halloween and those darn sweet treats!!

I am completely feeling the face of Orange M&M…

I have found that this low carb, high fat, diet thing is not working well for me.  As you know, I do love the bacon and cheese but what I also found is that I crave bacon and cheese.  Great for the diet, terrible for the waist line.  It seems that although you CAN eat bacon and cheese, it is not suggested that you ONLY eat bacon and cheese…hence the rise in numbers on the scale.

So sad I know.

And I won’t even mention the chocolate calling me from my high fat bacon and cheese stupor that may have something to do with the scale incline as well.  It seems Kit Kat and Reese’s Peanut Butter cups have a unique spell over me…

“Do not desire his delicacies, For it is deceptive food.”   Proverbs 23:3

So although I will continue down the low carb path; instead of high fat I will heighten protein, fruits and veggies.  That has never failed me in the past…so we’ll go back to the old stand by!!

I did continue with the week three training and did well on this week’s plan although now I’ve lost Syd somewhere in the candy dish so we need to dig her out and get her motivated…

The week’s not over yet!

On Monday, Syd came home and announced she wasn’t going to run because she was coming down with a cold.  Sort of a lame excuse, but I’ve been known to do that myself.  I figured she would run Tuesday.  No such luck with Triple Treat at church and then Wednesday was Halloween…

So when she got home today, I told her to get on the treadmill.  We have three days left of this week and three training days so we need to get boogy-ing, and she completely stalled.  She did not want to run and announced that she would start training again next week seeing as how she hasn’t started this week yet.

I knew I just needed to get her moving so I told her to get her shorts on.  She stomped up the stairs, slammed the door, changed, stomped back down the stairs and headed down to the treadmill.  I followed her and got her started.  After the warm up and the first set of running, she smiled at me and said “Sorry…”

I knew, all she needed to do was run, and she would feel better.

Week 3:  Day 1, 2 & 3:
5 minute warm up
90 second jog/90 second walk
3 minute jog/3 minute walk
90 second jog/90 second walk
3 minute jog/3 minute walk
5 minute cool down

Mission complete.

Isn’t it interesting how we can convince ourselves that the best things are not what we need but when we finally do make the right choice… we always feel better!!

“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.”   Philippians 4:8

My daughter Sydney and I are now in training.  We are planning on running a 5k race in December called the Santa Hustle. When I register for a race, I am not ashamed to say that I am bribe motivated.  I choose the race and compete, typically, for what the finisher receives: a cute t-shirt or medal.

Cole’s medals…so far 🙂

I haven’t been extremely motivated recently until God worked through a few people to get my attention.

First a friend of mine, who I used to work out with about a year and a half ago, started really watching her food intake and lost a significant amount of weight (with no exercise)!!  It is very interesting how another person’s results can either motivate or discourage.  Lisa’s weight loss did both quite frankly.

You see, I’ve been exercising for several years now after losing a bunch of weight at the end of 2006, however after I checked the run-a-half-marathon box off my bucket list last October, I sort of…well, I sat down and am now experiencing the too-tight-wardrobe phenomenon because of it.

Second, I happened upon the Milwaukee Santa Hustle website and saw the sweet race shirts and gear they give out for the runners and knew I had to do it:

Running with a beard?  Oh I am IN, BABY!!

Third, another friend of mine told me that she is done being overweight, done being miserable and was starting the couch to 5k program in order to be ready for the Berbee Derby on Thanksgiving Day.  My sweet friend inspired me to stop feeling sorry for myself and get back out there.  I know I can do it and if she is motivated, I will get motivated.

Last, my daughter.  My second born daughter, Sydney, was very active as a little girl.  She loved running around, riding her bike, playing soccer and other sports and we found she was good at them.  I was thrilled that I would have another runner in the family when she got older, but what happened was I introduced her to my downfall, my addiction: CARBS.  She, like me, loves carbs, sweets and anything NOT healthy and also like me, she sat down.

I was a heavy 10, 11, 12+ year old who was quickly approaching obesity and now I see so much of myself in Syd.  She struggles fitting into her clothes, prefers to just sit around and is very self-conscious.  I get that, I know EXACTLY where she’s at and it’s a horrible place to be … especially when you’re facing those lovely middle school years and have an older sister who is tall, thin and beautiful.  Yup, I get it.

But I also know Syd; she is a leader, she does very well when a goal is set before her and can be quite headstrong and focused, so I showed her the Santa Hustle website.  She, like me, loved the idea and a new runner is born.

I meant to start training a couple weeks ago, but with birthdays and celebrations getting in the way… I know, nice excuse – cake and ice cream.  Syd and I have started (along with a new lo-carb eating plan – by the way, anyone know anything about the Keto diet?!!) the couch to 5k (Coolrunning C25K) running plan.

Measurements and “before” pictures have been taken…bacon has been purchased and we are on our way.

Syd did great her first day; she walked at a 3.5mph and ran at a 4.5mph!!

Week 1:  Day 1, 2 & 3:
5 minute warm up
Alternating 60 second jog/90 second walk for 20 minutes
5 minute cool down

We’ll see how she feels tomorrow and more importantly on Wednesday when her second run is scheduled!  🙂

Do any of you struggle with your weight or food?  Do you struggle with exercise or staying motivated?

I know there are women who feel the same way and I would love to hear from you!!

What has helped?  What do you struggle with?

What’s your excuse?!

“Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win.”   1 Corinthians 9:24

Please check out my other posts relating to my weight loss battles:
Lacking Motivation
My Motivation
Skinny Jeans
184. Now it’s personal.

Job is mad at his friends in chapter 12 and chapter 13 because of their advice and accusations, but Job still gives glory to God, even though he’s not feeling very worshipful.  Job, by just pleading his case to his friends, acknowledges God’s creation and power;

“But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you; or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you.”   Job 12:7-8

“If he tears down, none can rebuild…
With him are strength and sound wisdom…
He pours contempt on princes and loosens the belt of the strong.
He uncovers the deeps out of darkness and brings deep darkness to light.
He makes nations great, and he destroys them…”
Job 12:14, 16, 21-23

I have found that I love taking pictures.  I realized this when I was training for my 1/2 marathon last year.

Haunted Hustle 1/2 Marathon

Yes shocker, I ran a 1/2 marathon.  Ran the whole thing too!!  And yes, I dressed up as wonder woman.

Don’t even think about it.

But what I found as I trained, running outside usually before dawn, was the amazing majesty and beauty that surrounds us.  Especially when the first rays of light pours its radiance out upon the dark rolling hills and jagged corners.

Amazing.

I always had my phone with me on those early morning runs, losing myself in the music, but as God revealed His glory to me through His light peeking over the horizon, I began to capture those moments through the, albeit limited, lens on my phone.

I began to look forward to spending time with Him in His creation and looking for Him at other times as well and discovered how much He reveals Himself to us through it!  I even started another blog where I only post photos and scripture revealing God’s astounding creation: Omniscience

God is an amazing artist and everywhere you look you can see His handiwork.  The Bible even says that God will not be ignored — creation screams His name, even if  no, especially when we won’t.

“For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.”   Romans 1:20 (esv)

“‘I tell you,’ he replied, ‘if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.'”   Luke 19:40 (niv)

Job doesn’t understand his suffering and he knows he has done nothing to “deserve” it as his friends have suggested.  Still, because he is aware of God’s presence around him, he is able to remain faithful in the Lord.  He questions, but still has hope and knows he will be vindicated. [Job 13:15-18]

Are you feeling like God has left you alone and empty?
Even in this struggle you’re going through, in these hard times you’re facing… God is with you.
His magnificence surrounds you!

Just take a look around!

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As I put on my jeans today I noticed immediately that I grabbed the wrong pair.  You know that snug feeling as you’re pulling up that unyielding denim, knowing that there is no way it will go over the saddlebags looming above.

Awesome.

Then, glancing down at what must be my skinny jeans, I notice my not-so-skinny-jeans stuck helplessly, hopelessly, on my somehow suddenly-much-more-swollen-than-last-time legs.

Aaaack!  Talk about impending muffin top!!

It broke my heart.  I sat down and cried out (quite literally) “COME ON!”

I ripped off the unforgiving denim, gave in to pulling on some sweats and stomped out to mow the grass.

I was so angry.  I was mad that I haven’t been eating well and I was mad that I had stopped exercising.  Sure, I worked full time and didn’t have a lot of time to spare, so I replaced exercise with extended prayer to seek God’s will and plan for my writing.

But now I’m not working.  I have time.

Last night, I spied God leading me to a wonderful blog post by: runninggalinsights.  It reminded me of what I miss from my early morning runs…

“I run. It’s where God and I hang out.
On each run, I spend it listening to Him (not an Ipod). It’s quiet out there on the road, me and my shoes and the open air.
Welcome to my wandering thoughts collected from miles on the road. This blog seeks to explore anything that relates to a healthier Spirit, Mind, and Body.”

As I mowed and spent some much needed time in God’s creation;
warm sun rays engulfing me,
smell of cut grass filling the air,
birds flittering in playful circles nearby…
I began to reflect upon runninggal’s blog

What if one of the reasons I have been so unmotivated, so down, and so unsure, is because I have an adversary;

“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”   1 Peter 5:8

…an enemy who wants nothing more than for me to turn from things of God and focus on myself, my feelings, my sorrow.

“That’s ludicrous,” I thought and tried to wipe the thought from my head.  I’m the one that stopped running.  I’m the one that chose what I put in my mouth.  But as I turned it over in my mind, I couldn’t help but realize the partial truth to it.

I found great joy in my early morning runs with God.  Not necessarily the running part, but the God part.  I experienced nature in ways I never imagined, and unlike runninggal, I do listen to music…but I tend to cry and praise God while I run.  Which I actually don’t recommend, because it makes breathing much more difficult, can be quite hazardous while running with closed eyes and hands raised, and it is NOT pretty.  Hence my early-morning-shadow-seeking-before-light-breaks runs.

A lovely new blogger friend God placed in my life: lovebugsworld was struggling a few days ago and she blogged about God giving her what she calls a “God wink” in her post: Day 14 #photoadayMay…

“And in that pic there is a tiny yellow flower that caught my eye. That put a knowing smile on my face!! Just as I was composing this, I was thinking about the silver lining of it all….it’s okay to began again. We are blessed to see another day. It’s another chance to be all that we can be and continue to do exactly what we were placed here to do!!”

and today I spied God winking at me.

While I continued to push the whirring mower in fairly straight lines, as the sun beat down and I was thankful to turn the final corner, something in the grass not too far from me caught my eye.  A tiny yellow flower.  It literally took my breath away, and I knew God was smiling, just waiting patiently for me to notice.

In that lovely, bright yellow blossom; a radiant bloom in barren terrain, a beckoning signal against a faded backdrop, a fragile and tiny gift that might have been overlooked had I focused on myself or my adversary much longer.

“However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me–the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.”   Acts 20:24

But God reminds us to stay the course, do not get distracted or listen to lies the evil one whispers.  Trust His timing, His plan, and keep your focus, because He’s everywhere trying to catch your attention!!

Ok, I have slacked faaaaar too long, and I am paying for it on the DREADmill.  Uff, running is so not fun, especially on a narrow, unforgiving, rotating belt, in a spider-filled basement at 4:00am.

“So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air.”   1 Corinthians 9:26

Um, I beg to differ. I seem to be going nowhere fast (or, more like not all that fast) on my dreadmill, but it is what it is.

Yesterday I had a bit of a wake-up call when I realized I am signed up for a sprint distance tri in July, and I have exactly 8 weeks to get my butt in shape.  Yikes, if you’ve seen that, it’s going to take MUCH LONGER than 8 weeks.

So, let’s re-phrase; I have exactly 8 weeks to get ready so I don’t drown, fall off the bike, or pass out.  That would be good.

SO!!  Here’s the training plan; and please ignore the fact that it’s a 10-week training plan, because clearly I will be 2 weeks late for the race should I follow it precisely.

Week:

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Total

1

Swim-20

Off

Run-25

Swim-25

Bike-45

Off

Run-30

175

Bike-30

2

Swim-25

Off

Run-25

Run-30

Swim-30

Off

Bike-45

185

Bike-30

3

Run-15

Off

Bike-25

Run-15

Bike-25

Off

Swim-20

100

 

4

Run-15

Off

Bike-30

Bike-25

Run-20

Off

Swim-25

115

Open Water

5

Swim-25

Off

Run-35

Bike-50

Swim-30

Off

Run-35

210

Bike-35

6

Swim-25

Off

Run-25

Swim-30

Bike-35

Off

Run-35

205

Bike-35

Run-20

7

Swim-30

Off

Bike-45

Run-45

Swim-35

Off

Bike-60

245

Run-30

8

Swim-20

Off

Run-25

Bike-35

Swim-20

Off

Bike-55

215

Bike-30

Run-30

9

Swim-20

Off

Off

Run-30

Bike-45

Off

Swim-20

115

Open Water

10

Off

Bike-15

Off

Swim-15

Run-15

Off

Race!!!

45

Sprint Distance: Swim – 0.6mi, Bike – 12.4mi, Run – 3.1mi

The way this training plan works, is you go for time, not distance.  If you meet each of these time goals, you will be ready for a sprint distance triathlon after 10 weeks of training.  It does work…I’m proof in the pudding.

“But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.”   1 Corinthians 9:27

Yup, been there done that…BUT, this year I’ve got 8 weeks, a few extra lbs. and no pool, so we’ll see how we do.  🙂 I’ve been in worse predicaments.

Can’t recall any at the moment…but I’m sure I have.

So, today I did the 25-RUN.

Come on, who’s with me?

I Spy a runner

I often say that I am not a runner.  I know how to run, have been known to run, and will run if absolutely necessary, but I prefer only to run when chased.

A friend of mine works as a dental hygienist.  She is in close contact with each patient for about 45 minutes while she cleans their teeth.  She had a patient the other day who, when she sat him down in the chair and asked “What’s new?” responded with, “I got baptized this weekend.”

He’s a runner.

I love that, I envy that.  The boldness some new Christians have.  The excitement, without regret or second guessing, about the decision they made for Christ.  They long to run out and share the gift they received with anyone who will listen and even those who won’t…their faith and belief is pure and child-like.

That is what God wants from us!

“Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”  Matthew 18:3-4

“Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”  Luke 18:16-17

I love the story of the woman at the well, although I don’t totally “get” her…

You see, she’s a runner. (John 4)  Jesus was exhausted, sitting down by the well, and like hundreds of times before, this Samaritan woman comes to draw water, but receives so much more this time around…

Isn’t that just how God works?!  Using the routine, ordinary, nothing-special-times to get our attention!!

Jesus called the woman out… He spoke of her sin, her deepest secrets, and because He knew her so personally…she believed and immediately ran to tell the people of the city about Him!

“So the woman left her water jar and went away into town and said to the people, ‘Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did…’ Many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony…”   John 4:28-29, 39

One summer several years ago at VBS, I had the privilege of speaking to a young girl about Jesus explaining the sacrifice He made for her.  I used the Bible to show her how sin separates us from God forever … but through the price Christ paid for us, we are able to spend eternity with Him should we choose to follow Him and give Him our heart.  She prayed to accept Christ as her Savior and as soon as she finished, without a word she got up, ran into the church and came right out pulling on the arm of her sister, again…running, straight out to me and telling her, “you gotta’ hear this!”

Did I run to tell others after Jesus called me out??

No.

I didn’t run and tell people.  Don’t get me wrong, I was thrilled and excited about my decision, but I was more in awe of what God did for me, than concerned about the loved ones who didn’t know.

I wasn’t a runner.  I just couldn’t wrap my head around how…

He protected me so many times when I acted foolishly.

He loved me while I was, and still am, such a selfish wretch.

He waited patiently when I walked my own path and followed my own desires.

He gave His life for me while I rolled my eyes and shrugged indifferently.

After Jesus’ crucifixion, Mary Magdalene went to His tomb to anoint His broken body with spices.  When she arrived and saw the stone had been rolled away, His body “taken,” she was beside herself.  She couldn’t think straight…  Jesus stood directly in front of her talking to her and she didn’t even recognize Him.  She was so focused on her problems…on herself.

For so long I lived like that.  God spoke to my heart, but I didn’t listen.  He faced me and I didn’t see.

Like Mary, I was blind and turned my own way…until He opened her eyes…

“Jesus said to her, ‘Mary.’ She turned and said to him in Aramaic, ‘Rabboni!’Jesus said to her, ‘Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’ Mary Magdalene went (and I’ll bet she ran) and announced to the disciples, ‘I have seen the Lord’”  John 20:16-18

Although she’s a runner, I do “get” Mary Magdalene.

… He went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God… and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out,”   Luke 8:1-2

Ok, I can safely say that I’ve never been controlled by demons, although if you ask my parents, my husband, or my children they might say the jury is still out!!

But, how often am I under their control?  How often do I allow fear and doubt to control me and keep me from running to share my faith?!   Sure, I try in my meager, failing way, to live my life for Christ, but is that enough?

One Halloween a couple years after I was saved, one of my dearest friends from high school who had moved out of state called me.  The first words out of her mouth were, “Are you saved?”

She was a runner.

When the opportunity arises, and it always tends to…especially at the most inopportune time to share Him with others… do I?

Although he wasn’t a runner…yet… I totally “get” Peter.

“While Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came by. When she saw Peter warming himself, she looked closely at him. ‘You also were with that Nazarene, Jesus,’ she said.

But he denied it. ‘I don’t know or understand what you’re talking about,’ he said, and went out into the entryway.

When the servant girl saw him there, she said again to those standing around, ‘This fellow is one of them.’

Again he denied it.

After a little while, those standing near said to Peter, ‘Surely you are one of them, for you are a Galilean.’

He began to call down curses on himself, and he swore to them, ‘I don’t know this man you’re talking about.’”   Mark 14:66-71

God calls us…

“And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.”   Mark 1:17

God commands us…

“Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.”   Mark 16:15

God equips us…

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses… to the end of the earth.”   Acts 1:8

God teaches us…

“…just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”   John 13:34b-35

Are you a runner?

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