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Reflections on 50 Miles

One week ago I completed a very challenging physical feat: I ran 50 miles!  I told most people who asked me that I thought it would take me 10 hours.  My final time was 9 hours, 8 minutes and some change.  A week later, here is what sticks out to me:

1.  It was definitely harder than I thought it would be.

There were many challenges I had to deal with in the course of the weekend.

  • Sleep was not exactly plentiful (I woke up around 2:00 a.m. the morning of the race and slept only about a half hour after that).
  • The course was much more difficult than I anticipated.  Lots of rolling hills and extended up and down hills.
  • 80 degrees would have been excellent last weekend – for Ohio! The higher temperatures were certainly a shock to my system.
  • I dealt with a lot of pain in the joints and my feet. More than I anticipated.
  • I ran the vast majority of the race alone.

2. I was extremely happy with how I handled the challenges.

  • I never panicked.
  • I never got frustrated because things weren’t going right. My attitude stayed strong and I was able to stay focused throughout the day.
  • I drank a lot of water in response to the higher temps and kept my body moving.
  • I sucked up the pain and knew I had to keep going.
  • I give glory to God for all of this.
  • The course was truly beautiful and it was very enjoyable.

3. I had excellent support.

  • My friends Brad Horner and Craig Fullerton made a huge commitment to helping me throughout the course of the day.
  • They kept my beverages cold, made several trips to pick up things I requested, and had my supplies organized.
  • I received texts during the race from several people who were genuinely encouraging.  It was a huge boost to get these throughout the day.
  • I had a lot of people who were excited and prayerful during the day – it meant a lot.

4. I raised $1500 for IJM.

  • I wanted to add some extra motivation for finishing.  So, I decided to raise money for International Justice Mission.
  • $1500 went to help this organization pursue justice for various types of individuals caught in unjust circumstances around the globe (modern day slavery, sex trafficking, etc.)

All in all, I truly believe God was with me.  I sacrificed a decent amount of time (and sleep!) to train for this race.  It was a spiritual experience that was a one day picture of what Christ wants from us.  He wants our willingness to fight through difficulty and keep the goal of finishing in sight.  In the first few miles that was difficult, but it was worth it.  I hope our faith in Christ is the same.

So, be challenged, and know that it’s always worth it when you try difficult things to stretch yourself.

To all who supported me in any way, I truly appreciate it.  It was great motivation to press on and achieve something I’ll remember the rest of my life.

iPad giveaway contest – THIS WEEK!

This week is the 3RD ANNIVERSARY! of my blog and I’m excited about that.  So excited my wife and I are giving away . . .

An IPAD.  Yup, you got it.  Third generation, refurbished, full warranty from apple.  Ready to go to the winner.  You may ask: How do I win?

You’ll have to spend about a half hour completing a quiz and get 15 of 20 right, but you can do it!  Click here for the quiz.  Last year was a 1 in 8 chance to win, so don’t assume someone else will win.  Might as well be you!  Entries are due Sunday night by 11:59 p.m. so get moving!

A Great Story of Justice – Check It Out!

I’ve been promoting for quite a while my 50 mile run coming up next Saturday. I am excited, but most of all I’m excited to run on behalf of International Justice Mission.

Here is a great story of the kinds of justice they bring.

Here is how you can financially be a part of my campaign. The more people who donate, the more motivation I have to finish!

It goes without saying, prayer for this organization is most important!

Why a 50 mile race can free a child slave

It’s not too far away. On Saturday, November 3, I will attempt to finish a 50 mile race for the first time in my life. And I’m running the race so International Justice Mission can advocate for those around the world trapped in slavery.

So it’s simple, you see. You can go to this site and give in any amount. Even $5 would be appreciated. If you do, it adds to their ability to free humans from trafficking. And, it gives me one more reason to finish my race!

Here is a story from their website that will help you get a glimpse of their work.

Update on my 50 miles for justice campaign. How over $500 is going to help free modern day slaves – and how you can help make it $1000 – or more!

So, back in May I made a post that described my ambition to run a 50 mile race this November.  I’m well on pace and wanted to give an update.  In case you missed it, here is the original post.  Reading it would be helpful.

In the post, I outlined my desire to try something new, and for a cause.  I’ve never run 50 miles before, and I’m happy to report that as August nears an end, I am well on my way.  I ran a 25 mile training run last Friday and felt pretty good at the end of it.  I worked a very full day from 9:00 till after 4:00 and never needed a nap.  So, needless to say, I’m praying the running portion of things stays solid.

Now, onto the finances.  As motivation to do this race, I am attempting to raise as much as $1000 or more for International Justice Mission.  I said that if $250 were raised, my wife Julie and I would match it for a total of $500. Well, praise God, that’s happened!!  And it only took three donations (four including ours).  So, I’m definitely hoping for more!  If the total reaches $750, we will add another $250 to make it $1000!!  Small gifts of $5, $10, or more can pile up and provide a big help.

The cause is International Justice Mission and they work with people who are at best trapped in property battles and disadvantaged, and at worst enslaved in the sex trade across the world.  They provide legal resources for victims to have a chance.  Raising money for them helps victims like this get justice – and freedom.  Would you consider helping this organization – and my motivation for my race – by donating some money to the cause?

You can both donate and read more about the cause at this website which IJM set up for my campaign.

If nothing else, don’t sit around.  Try something new.  Challenge yourself.  You only live once, so maximize it and go do something!

Kevin’s 50 Miles for Justice – A Challenge of Faith and Life. Will You Be A Part?

I am excited to announce that I am launching into a specific challenge over the next several months.  Between today, May 26, and Saturday November 3, I am embarking on Kevin’s 50 miles for Justice – a Challenge of Faith and Life.  Here is the What, the Why, and the How You Can Be a Part.

WHAT

On Saturday November 3rd I’m going to attempt to run 50 miles all at once.  And since I think that’s mentally and physically going to be a very difficult task, I’m doing it raise money for a cause – the International Justice Mission.  (Visit this website and see below for more on the fundraising part.) I’m also challenging people I know and people who read this blog to do something they’ve never done before.

WHY

There are some very simple reasons I’m doing this.  Here they are:

  • I want to honor Jesus with my life.  He died on the cross to free people from sin.  I believe the Bible speaks very clearly about justice and freedom.
  • I want to challenge people to do something with their life they’ve never done before.
  • I want to have motivation for my training.
  • No one should ever be bored.  I’m trying to help people think about how to combat boredom.
  • I would love to be a part of saving children and/or adults from international sex trafficking and slavery.  I’d also love it if more people became aware of this global crisis and got involved.

HERE’S HOW YOU CAN BE A PART

There are some main ways I’m challenging you to be a part of this specific journey in my life.

1. Pray that God would be glorified.

Seriously, if I am glorified in all this, it’s a big waste.  No one needs another person and another cause.  I hope this is an encouragement to others that brings glory to God.  Nothing more, nothing less.

2. Do something this summer/fall that you’ve never done before.

I’m challenging this happy little group of people who read my blog to do something you’ve never done before.  Get active.  Run a 5K.  Get to know someone you dislike.  Bury the hatchet with someone.  If you’re not a Christian, get some answers about why people are Christians. If you’re a believer, grow in your faith – read the bible between now and November 3rd.  That might mean a little less ice cream and Netflix, but you can do it.  Share your faith with one person per week.  Organize a free car wash in your neighborhood and refuse to let anyone pay you.  I hope these ideas spur your thinking.  Use this summertime to do something!

NOTE:  If you decide to do something and want to encourage others, e-mail me directly at burkholder.kevin@gmail.com.  I’ll be posting blogs over the next several months which will share ideas and encouragement for what others are doing.

3.  And finally, HELP ME RAISE $500 OR MORE FOR INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE MISSION.

What do I mean $500 or more?  Here’s how this will work.  I have set up a web page that will track what anyone decides to give.  Is it worth trading a pizza so someone across the globe can be freed from sexual slavery?  If you’d like to contribute, go to this website:

Kevin’s 50 miles for justice.

If the readers of this blog donate a combined $250, my wife and I will match it for a total of $500.  If the readers of this blog donate a combined $500, my wife and I will match it for a total of $1000!!

Please do not feel obligated to give money.  There are passions other people have I am not a part of and I don’t expect them to be offended if I don’t share the same passion.

CONCLUSION

I am excited to spur people in my life to deeper faith in Christ through love and good deeds.  I do that (I hope!) in other intentional ways already.  This is not to diminish any of those.  However, in adding this personal focus over the next several months, I hope to share some encouragement among friends and acquaintances and benefit an organization and a cause I think people should know about.

A usual theme of why I write a blog is this:  be challenged!  So, everyone – BE CHALLENGED!