Welcome to Season 2: Whatever is True …
Let me thank you for joining The Second Wind for our spring season. We are excited that the season has arrived. Looking back, it was one year ago that God brought The Second Wind into existence. My good friend Jon and I were competing in our first triathlon on April 9, 2011 when God put The Second Wind on our hearts. It is amazing to see where things have evolved one year later.
We will be following a 12-week 5K training plan designed by The Second Wind. During the 12-weeks you will not only be training for a 5K, but you will also learn about topics such as stretching, injury prevention, gear, nutrition and more. The workouts are designed to help you reach that finish line for what may be your first 5K or if you are an experienced runner, maybe setting a PR. The Second Wind has 3 plans for all runner experience levels that you can choose below.
You may be wondering, what is The Second Wind is all about? As you may have seen, we are working with a new theme this season: “running with a higher purpose”. Jesus tells us in Matthew 28:19a to “Go, therefore and make disciples of all nations.” This not simply “going” on Sunday to church and saying you have fulfilled this command. This is sharing the Gospel as we live our daily lives. That may be at work, having lunch with friends or sports. This is why The Second Wind evolved. The Second Wind exists to connect walkers, runners, cyclists, swimmers and triathletes by using the endurance platform to share the Gospel to make disciples of all nations. Whether we are meeting for a group run or competing in a 5K, we can “glorify God by making disciples” where we are. In races, there are sometimes thousands of people competing. This is a great opportunity to share the love of Christ with people you come in contact with. You will be amazed to see God working through us for His glory.
This season we will be focusing on 4 virtues found in Philippians 4:8. Over the course of this 12-week journey, we will spend 3 weeks looking at each virtue in greater detail and how they affect our lives today. Below is the schedule we’ll be working from:
- Weeks 1-3: Whatever is True
- Weeks 4-6: Whatever is Noble
- Weeks 7-9: Whatever is Right
- Weeks 10-12: Whatever is Pure
Whatever is True – Week 1
In chapter 4 of Philippians, we see Paul telling the people to stand firm in the Lord and provides direction. At the end of verse 8, we see Paul saying “think of these things”. What are “these things” you ask? Well, we should think about whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy. Each and every day we should think about all that we see in verse 8. For the first 3 weeks of our training, our spiritual workout will focus on whatever is true. The Greek meaning for the word “true” is open, real, actual. What is the only thing that is true in this world? That is God’s word. Everything is true that comes from God. The word of God is open, the word of God is real, the word of God is actual. Probably the most well know verse in the Bible about truth is found on John 14:6 where Jesus said – “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” As Christians, we believe that every word in the bible is true. Having God in our hearts allows us to listen to His truth every day!
During each of the 12 weeks there will be 3 workouts. To encourage you in your workouts, we will have 2 scheduled running “meetup” sessions (weather permitting) during the week. The first will be on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 pm. New this year for our Tuesday sessions, we will be holding them at 2 different locations. One will be held at Main Street Park in Rolesville and the other will be held at Joyner Park in Wake Forest.
The second running meet up will also be held at either Main Street Park or Joyner Park on Saturday mornings beginning at 8:00 a.m. We will begin with our first Saturday meetup on April 14 at Rolesville Park and rotate locations each week.
Please refer to our calendar for the meetup locations throughout the training. Of course, we realize everyone’s schedule will not accommodate these meetups, but if you are able to attend we look forward to seeing you there.
If you have any questions about the training schedule or the meetups, please do not hesitate to contact me. You can reach me via e-mail at email@example.com.
In His Service,