Sunday, June 28, 2009

Lessons in "Passing" and a July 4th Adventure

Hey Gang,

Wow, not a good week to be a pop culture icon, is it? Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett, Michael Jackson, and infomercial pro Billy Mays all passed away within the span of a week. My heart and prayers go out to those who mourn the passing of these popular "celebrities", though it only reinforces the fact that life is short, fleeting, transitory and that you truly never know when your number will be up.

Of those noted above, only Mr. McMahon lived to an age beyond 80. Farrah Fawcett was 62 (I think). Billy Mays and "The King of Pop" both were only 50! No amount of fame, fortune, or popularity can buy you more time on this earth. Being rich and famous doesn't excuse you from suffering and death; sooner or later death will knock on your door as well.

So, what 'cha gonna do with each day you have been graced with? Sit around and think about what you "should be doing", or get out there and get engaged in life? Make choices that strengthen your ego, pride, possessions, and hold you captive to comfort, or rise above and follow the Spirit? Life is way too short (even if you live to be 100) to be stuck in mediocrity, ill health, defunct fitness, and to miss out on the true joys of life.

This brings me to another question, one that was posed during our Pastor's sermon last night, "do you know where you are going when you leave this world?" For some, myself included, the answer is a confident "yes", for some it's a "yes", though they don't feel all that confident on the inside. Sadly, for many, the response is filled with uncertainty, confusion, non-committal, or flat out apathy. For me, there is no more important question for which we need to find an answer in our lifetime; an answer we are 100% confident in, so much that nothing could shake our thoughts on it or rock our faith. If you don't know, are uncertain, have questions, or ever want to talk about it, just let me know!

Okay, assuming I haven't totally turned you off and you are still reading...

Independence Day Adventure
I just found out that Cityoga is closed next Saturday in observance of our nations Independence Day celebration. That means no 8a.m. "Yoga for Strength and Endurance". So, if you would still like to do a workout with me and kick off your 4th of July with a fitness bang, then join me at Eagle Creek for a morning of fun, fitness, and maybe a few "fireworks" of our own.

56th Street Main Gate parking lot.

Arrive by 7:45am. Plan to light this sucker up at 8:00am sharp. I know I tend to start things a little late, however, for this event, I intend to start promptly at 8. Plan to arrive early and be ready to roll.

8:00-8:30 - "Mystery Workout"
8:45-9:45 - Trail Run
9:45-10:15 - Yoga/Stretch/Cool Down/Meditation
Who knows, if I'm feeling good, and it jives with our babysitter, I may stick around for some more trail running after the Adventure wraps up! If so, feel free to stick around.

Trail Run and "Mystery Workout"! Mystery workout? Yup, all I can tell you is that it will be fun and challenging and that it will be appropriate for ALL LEVELS. The Mystery workout will take place first, then we will head out for a lap around our, now infamous, 5 mile loop around Eagle Creek. The run will also feature a couple challenges thrown into the mix.

Post run, I will be leading the group through a short yoga/cool down/meditation session.

What to Bring. What to Wear:
Water bottle and anything else you might need to fuel and hydrate.
Workout attire.
Yoga/Workout Mat.
Snacks/Food to share after the workout (optional).
Anything else you think you might need.

How Much:
$20. A percentage of any money collected will be going to the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP). To learn more about WWP, click the icon to the right.

Please let me know if you intend to join us as this helps me better plan the Adventure. Also, feel free to email me with any questions you might have:


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the invite to your little adventure Saturday - I'll be doing the "Stoopid Run" in North Vernon, one of the DINO series - check it out, it sounds like a blast.


Chris said...

Sure thing, John. Maybe next time.

Yeah, I thought the Stoopid Run sounded like a great event. If I'd known Cityoga was going to be closed, I might have planned for it.

Enjoy and let me know how it goes. Crank it and be Stoopid out there!