Monday.

I head to the track for the first workout of an anticipated hard week and I think to myself: man it’s no fun training alone.

This is one of those weeks where it would be great to have a training partner; someone to share the time with, someone who can tell me to ‘buck up’ when the workout is hard… I realized today how much I appreciated doing my fall training alongside the kids.  There is something to be said about the dynamic of a group, and how it brings the whole workout up a notch or two (or ten)!  Good training partners are priceless.  No one quite understands what goes on inside your head like someone you are with day in and day out.  An often quoted passage in scripture says that “two are better than one because they have good return for their labor”.  So true! The writer was talking in the context of physical labor and he goes on to say that “if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up”…  Lord knows you need a lift up when you cross the line after doing 200 repeats!  It’s in those times of lifting each other up that a group turns into a community; no longer only in it for themselves, but in it for the strength of the community.

It was this way from the beginning.  God saw that it was not good for man to be alone, so He provided a helper.  Even though Adam, at the time, shared perfect fellowship with God, in His perfect knowledge God saw fit to give Adam a friend.  The most successful people in life will tell you that they accomplished nothing on their own.  Only through the help, commitment, love, and sacrifice of many friends and family were they able to accomplish the goals set before them.  I am so thankful for those days when I am able to vault a few minutes alongside the kids, or for the few moments I can spend after practice running drills with my coach beside me, and for the Wednesdays when my friend Sarah takes the time to push me through the intense hills!  I have an incredible support team! And they make even the hard days I spend alone totally worth it!