“…this aint nothing, we are runners!”

We are 3 weeks into our 8 weeks of training, and both on and off the track the kids are off to a great start…

We started with our first run as group on Friday April 8th and of course in true Chicago fashion it was a beautiful 38 degree “Spring” day with windy and rainy conditions.  As the day progressed toward our 6pm start time, I could not help but become a little nervous.  So much effort and anticipation had been put into the start of this program and I wanted to it to start off with a “bang”.  I began thinking about how not ideal it would be to have our first day canceled because of weather.  Talk about a momentum buster!

But sure enough, as soon as I started to become a bum and consume myself with worry and doubt God slapped me across the face…this time he happened to use one the participants, Nick Jordan, to do so!  Nick fell in love with running this past fall during his first year in the running club. In fact, him and a couple other students trained for and ran the Turkey Trot 8k on their own last year, even after our season had finished.  As rain began to soak me and Nick that Friday while he was helping me unload supplies from a van, I made a negative comment about the weather and how it will probably be raining that night.

Nick said, “Rusty, you are not going to cancel running club are ya?”

“Not sure yet, man.” I replied.

Nick stopped what he was doing and looked me dead int he eye and said, “Man… this aint nothing, we are runners!  We have run through a lot worse weather than this! We got…what you call it….endurance!”

I smiled.

Nick was right.  Over the past 2 years of running club, the Breakthrough youth have consistently shown up to as early as 6am on Saturday mornings despite the weather.  During the first year (09) our girls ran through hail and freezing rain on more than one occasion.  Last year our boys ran on the lakefront during a day in which the winds blew with gusts up to 60 mph and the sand from the beach mixed with rain was literally cutting them till their legs bled as the ran.  Anybody remember these days?!?!

How quickly I had forgotten the spirit and determination of our students.  For years I had preached that running teaches discipline and running through bad situations develops endurance, and now I needed Nick to remind me of that!

Needless to say we ran that day.  All 6 of our kids cruised through their 1.5 mile run despite rain not letting their eyes look any further than their feet!

I got a feeling that this is not the first time these kids are going to blow me away!


Side note; we as a group our running the Ravenswood 5k, courtesy of our friends at Fleet Feet Sports, this Sunday May 1st!  Anybody out there going to be there too??

Also, I don’t have a lot of pictures of our crappy weather runs for obvious reasons, but I was able to snap the above one with my phone during the sandstorm run of 2010…I am not exaggerating when I say that their legs were bleeding!


8 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Marcie Curry on April 28, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Love it!


  2. Posted by Karen Carter Lynch on April 28, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    Wonderful story, wonderful kids…They are OUR teachers.


  3. Posted by Pam Funk on April 29, 2011 at 12:18 am



  4. Posted by Russ Funk on April 29, 2011 at 4:42 am

    Great post! Inspired by the commitment!


  5. Posted by Amanda Hofbauer on April 29, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Great post! Made me tear up a little 🙂


  6. Posted by Helen on April 30, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Love it!


  7. Posted by Andrea Jensen on April 30, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    I’m excited to follow the journey on here! 🙂


  8. Posted by Kimberly Embery Carroll on May 18, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    You are a awesome young. God has great plans for you life Jeremiah 29:11.

    God Bless!!!!!!!


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