Introduction

“Rather, train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” Paul, to his apprentice Timothy.

When I started running as a non-athletic 56-year old, I needed help. I need to know why shoes mattered. I needed to know what counted as running. I needed to know what to expect out of my body and out of other people.

I really needed to know what to think and how to think before, after, and during the runs.

As I progressed from running a quarter-mile in June 2014 to completing a marathon in October 2016, I took notes in my journal and on my daily devotional blog. I applied my research in spiritual formation, habit formation, running advice, and scripture study.

And that became this book: Not Sprinting: thinking about faith while becoming a runner.

The book is a devotional running memoir. It’s partially “how-to” and mostly “what to think about”. There are more than forty readings (300-400 words each) divided into seven chapters, reflecting on run streaks, becoming a runner, finding community, tools for running and spiritual formation, and racing.

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