Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Monday, August 28, 2006
This is an absolutely incredible short interview with Rick Warren, "Purpose Driven Life" author, and pastor of Saddleback Church in California.
In the interview by Paul Bradshaw with Rick Warren, Rick said:
People ask me, What is the purpose of life? And I respond: In a nutshell, life is preparation for eternity. We were made to last forever, and God wants us to be with Him in Heaven.
One day my heart is going to stop, and that will be the end of my body--but not the end of me.
I may live 60 to 100 years on earth, but I am going to spend trillions years in eternity. This is the warm-up act -- the dress rehearsal of God wants us to practice on earth what we will do forever in eternity. We were made by God and for God, and until you figure that out, life isn't going to make sense.
Life is a series of problems: Either you are in one now, you're just coming out of one, or you're getting ready to go into another one.
The reason for this is that God is more interested in your character than your comfort.
God is more interested in making your life holy than He is in making your life happy.
We can be reasonably happy here on earth, but that's not the goal of life. The goal is to grow in character, in Christ likeness.
This past year has been the greatest year of my life but also the toughest, with my wife, Kay, getting cancer.
I used to think that life was hills and valleys -- you go through a dark time, then you go to the mountaintop, back and forth. I don't believe that anymore.
Rather than life being hills and valleys, I believe that it's kind of like two rails on a railroad track, and at all times you have something good and something bad in your life.
No matter how good things are in your life, there is always something bad that needs to be worked on.
And no matter how bad things are in your life, there is always something good for which you can thank God.
You can focus on your purposes, or you can focus on your problems.
If you focus on your problems, you're going into self-centeredness, "which is my problem, my issues, my pain."
But one of the easiest ways to get rid of pain is to get your focus off yourself and onto God and others.
We discovered quickly that in spite of the prayers of hundreds of thousands of people, God was not going to heal Kay or make it easy for her.
It has been very difficult for her, and yet God has strengthened her character, given her a ministry of helping other people, given her a testimony, drawn her closer to Him and to people.
You have to learn to deal with both the good and the bad of life. Actually, sometimes learning to deal with the good is harder. For instance, this past year, all of a sudden, when the book sold 15 million copies, it made me instantly very wealthy.
It also brought a lot of notoriety that I had never had to deal with before. I don't think God gives you money or notoriety for your own ego >or for you to live a life of ease.
So I began to ask God what He wanted me to do with this money, notoriety and influence. He gave me two different passages that helped me decide what to do, II Corinthians 9 and Psalm 72.
First, in spite of all the money coming in, we would not change our lifestyle one bit. We made no major purchases.
Second, about midway through last year, I stopped taking a salary from the church.
Third, we set up foundations to fund an initiative we call The Peace Plan to plant churches, equip leaders, assist the poor, care for the sick, and educate the next generation.
Fourth, I added up all that the church had paid me in the 24 years since I started the church, and I gave it all back. It was liberating to be able to serve God for free
We need to ask ourselves: Am I going to live for possessions? Popularity?
Am I going to be driven by pressures? Guilt? Bitterness? Materialism?
Or am I going to be driven by God's purposes (for my life)?
When I get up in the morning, I sit on the side of my bed and say, God, if I don't get anything else done today, I want to know You more and love You better.
God didn't put me on earth just to fulfill a to-do list. He's more interested in what I am than what I do. That's why we're called human beings, not human doings.
Happy moments, PRAISE GOD.
Difficult moments, SEEK GOD.
Quiet moments, WORSHIP GOD.
Painful moments, TRUST GOD.
Every moment, THANK GOD.
This is beautiful and food for the soul. A friend sent it to me, and I would like to share it with you.
Sunday, August 27, 2006
But somehow I would bet I'm not the only camper to feel like things have only just begun! Everyone left camp with new ideas, new friends, and I hope a new desire to try and test their limits. I know I did!
So we parted ways today - some campers went up Fred's again this morning with Jay (see photo below), some set off to catch early flights, some went to church, and still others went through Victor to stop off for some delicious Huckleberry shakes!
Camp was a blast and I highly recommend coming to the next one...for more information about future camps, drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, August 26, 2006
And the Teton Camp isn't even over yet.
Today (Saturday) is the last full day of camp and it has just been great. The weather turned a little bit cooler today and in the morning it rained. No problem, as we retreated to the classroom for a neat clinic on Crewing and Pacing presented by Marshall. As the group includes some Badwater aspirants, this presentation was of particular interest.
Then Lisa led us in another core session. Another challenging core session. A session that included some creative uses of indoor space, including the walls and the wooden hand rails that served as ballet bars for the group. We also did stairs during this time and Lisa mercifully ended the session with some yoga type stretches.
After lunch, we hit the great outdoors - going to an area of the mountain known as Rick's Basin. Its part of the Grand Teton Races course (hope to see you there next weekend!) and it is just beautiful! Its my third visit to Rick's Basin and I swear its gets more beautiful every time. The hills of Rick's Basin are alive! Wildflowers of the most brilliant colors and mountain views that make you think how good it all is. After this 6 mile loop, we returned to the base of the mountain and the group began the ascent up Fred's Mountain again.
Now mountaineers may scoff at my use of the term 'ascent', but I think this is a good climb! Some of us went a ways up and turned around, while others followed Jay for some extra mileage and a further preview of the race course.
I have heard that these camps are transformational...this week, I got to see evidence of just that. For example, hats off here to one of the campers who was delayed in following Jay's group, but still took on the challenge to go the extra distance. He didn't catch Jay and the lead group, but I understand his route took him further than anyone travelled today. This camper has really gone the distance time and again at this camp!
Or take the camper who has thrown her hat in the ring and will be toeing the line at the Teton 50 Miler next weekend. Lisa and Jay are so happy to get her application - she is a very talented runner and a great person! - and she will ready herself for the race with confidence, knowing she will be quite ably paced by Marshall!
More about the other spectacular campers tomorrow...for now, I am going to catch some shut-eye and hope I can make it through tomorrow's final camp workout.
Friday, August 25, 2006
Guest Blogger: Colleen Woods
I'd love to write a longer entry today, but I feel like I have been served the type of training day where I feel my head about to fall in my soup, or on my keyboard as it were!
If you're not at camp and want to feel like you're part of the fun, try jump roping for ten minutes and watch your heart rate SING!
Thursday, August 24, 2006
Guest Blogger: Colleen Woods
A friend who attended last year's camp had told me that there's nothing like the Teton Training Camp experience. Whether listening to the advice and amazing adventure stories of Lisa and Marshall Ulrich, testing boundaries in a setting both beautiful and challenging (Grand Targhee's base elevation is 8,000 feet), or reveling in the stunning views from the Teton mountain tops, he assured me my experience would be both beautiful and memorable. How could I go wrong?
So last night I joined campers hailing from across the country for the official start of the 2006 Teton Ultrarunning Training Camp, hosted at the Grand Targhee Resort. Lisa and her dear friend Marshall welcomed us campers with a great reception dinner. Dinner highlights included the opportunity for campers to introduce themselves (imagine my surprise when I actually recognized one of the campers from my Team in Training days back in NY - small world!) and the distribution of the much coveted goodie bags. Some campers chose to go to the campfire put on by the resort's Naturalist after dinner; others opted to hit their beds early in anticipation of the first full day of camp.
Today (Thursday) proved to be quite a full day for us campers. Lisa even admitted that some of it was challenging for her, too. Of course, unlike Lisa, none of us have the excuse of having run 310 miles less than a month ago!
The day began with a videotaping session.
After the videotaping session, we all headed up a steady climb to the summit of Grand Targhee Resort, also known as Fred's Mountain. The campers, who have arrived with varied running experience, all did great. I can tell you this with confidence as I was at the back of the pack and had a great view of everyone. Lisa and Marshall used the time to talk about the importance of form when it comes to power walking, as well as emphasizing the importance of technique when it comes to improving downhill running. A perfect example of a form that will get you down in no time was ably provided by Lisa's husband, Jay, who zipped up the mountain to meet us at the summit and then raced back down looking effortless and light on his feet. All this activity aside, campers took time to reflect and look at things like the wild flowers, which are in full bloom right now (or maybe that was my excuse to catch my breath!).
After lunch, we were treated to a cross training session led by Lisa. Its one of those things you have to experience to appreciate, but she had us all dancing up a hill and doing things like frog squats. One of these days, we'll capture the exercise on film. For now, you'll have to use your imagination. Giggling aside, campers were soon proclaiming that their muscles were singing and that they were using parts of their bodies that they rarely engaged in their running lives.
Then it was time to head to the classroom. Marshall and Lisa led discussions on three topics:
- Nutrition, Hydration, and Electrolyte Balance
- Race Strategy and Training
- Mental Aspects of Racing and Training
Fascinating information and so interesting to be offered by people with race credentials like Lisa and Marshall. They jokingly assured us that they have made all the mistakes and would hope that if we could avoid just a few based on their experience, their job with us was done! The session ended with us viewing a video clip taken at the end of
Some campers headed down into Driggs for the Thursday night outdoor concert, others (like me, I'm getting old!) chose to retire early.
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Free radicals cause cellular damage, accelerate aging and contribute to the development of diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s. Along with eating a highly nutritious low calorie diet, maximizing your intake of foods rich in antioxidants is an excellent approach to anti-aging and disease prevention. Blueberries are one food that is absolutely loaded with antioxidants. They protect against sun damage, support eye health, are high in fiber, low in naturally occurring sugars, and contain a potent dose of proanthocyanidins beneficial for skin, cognitive function and cardiovascular health. This same antioxidant activity is also present in pomegranate, pink grapefruit and tomatoes which makes them all the rage for cancer protection and heart health.
Avocados contain glutathione, one of the most potent antioxidants and disease fighting agents available. Unfortunately avocados, high in monounsaturated fats, have gotten a bad rap during the past lowfat era. But, depriving yourself of avocados will only work to impede your weight loss while definitely depriving you of a source of healthy fats and antioxidants good for any complexion. Studies show that people sustain their nutrition program longer and have greater weight loss on a diet that contains about 30% healthy monounsaturated fat, like those in avocados, rather than a lowfat diet. This is because fats, when eaten in the proper balance with carbohydrates, can help to slow the release of sugars into the blood stream, thereby triggering less insulin release. Insulin is basically the hormone which instructs the body to store energy as fat while preventing the use of stored energy, making it a dieter’s nemesis if levels are too high.
Your skin certainly needs healthy fats to stay supple—but water is the key to preventing fine lines and a dehydrated appearance. Our skin, like the rest of our body is comprised mostly of water. Sufficient water is crucial to prevent joint stiffness, weight gain, headaches, decreased athletic performance and poor recovery after exercise. In general, the eight cup guideline is sufficient, but if you exercise or are in the sun you will require more.
This is yet another compelling miracle food. Studies have found that just four cups daily can result in weight loss without a change in diet and exercise! Green tea also contains antioxidants useful for cancer protection and, if taken regularly, can help to lower cholesterol, improve blood sugar balance and increase your energy. It is energizing (it does contain caffeine) yet calming at the same time due to theanine, a natural compound in the green tea that blocks the release of stress hormone.
Bone density, hormonal balance and cholesterol levels change as we age but having a serving of soy daily can help to lower cholesterol, keep your bones strong, improve heart health, protect the prostate and ease the symptoms of menopause.
The therapeutic effect of soy is due to the phytoestrogens naturally occurring in soybeans. Simply a cup of soymilk, a handful of soy nuts or a palm-sized serving of tofu can do the trick.
With the tofu, steamed or stir fried broccoli is your next best choice. Some sources say that just 2½ cups of broccoli a week is all that you need to reduce your risk of various types of cancer. Broccoli is high in fiber, numerous minerals and vitamins, as well as a compound called indol-3-carbinol (I-3-C). I-3-C is an anti-cancer compound because it helps to convert estrogen, linked to breast and prostate cancers, into a less harmful metabolite.
Fresh, wild salmon is my next miracle food primarily because it is so high in essential fatty acids, which help to keep our skin smooth (salmon has been called a “wrinkle curing” food) and are natural anti-inflammatory compounds. All of the cell membranes in the body are comprised of fatty acids and our brain is over 70% fatty tissues. It is not surprising then that the fats in salmon are crucial for a healthy mind and memory, along with their well documented cardiovascular benefits like blood pressure regulation and cholesterol balance.
For snacking, raw nuts like almonds and walnuts are your top choices as they are rich in healthy oils, zinc, selenium, vitamin E and provide a mixed protein and carbohydrate source good for the carbohydrate-conscious eater desiring weight loss. Snacking on these or adding them to salads or oatmeal five times per week can reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes, as well as lowering cholesterol too.
The French have had it right for a long time with their consumption of red wine. Consumed in moderation (four cups per week for women; seven for men—and not all on the same night) red wine can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, prostate cancer and heart disease. It is the antioxidant polyphenols, especially catechins and reservatrol, found in the skin and the seeds of grapes that help to prevent the development of certain cancers and inhibit inflammation. Another benefit of red wine is that it is a good digestive aid when taken with meals.
Cancer has recently become the number one cause of death in
What is Glutathione?
Glutathione, the Master Antioxidant
Glutathione, the Life Extension Molecule
What the Experts are saying about Glutathione
• A deficiency of glutathione can cause hemolysis (destruction of red blood cells, leading to anemia) and oxidative stress. Glutathione is essential in intermediary metabolism as a donor of sulfhydryl groups which are essential for the detoxification of acetaminophen. [PDR Medical Dictionary. Spraycar. 1999] Selenium is a structural component of, and a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme glutathione peroxidase.
1) No matter how hard you try, you can't baptize cats.
2) When your Mom is mad at your Dad, don't let her brush your hair.
3) If your sister hits you, don't hit her back. They always catch the second person.
4) Never ask your 3-year old brother to hold a tomato.
5) You can't trust dogs to watch your food.
6) Don't sneeze when someone is cutting your hair.
7) Never hold a Dust-Buster and a cat at the same time.
8) You can't hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk.
9) Don't wear polka-dot underwear under white shorts.
10) The best place to be when you're sad is Grandpa's lap.
2) Forget the health food. I need all the preservatives I can get.
3) When you fall down, you wonder what else you can do while you're down there.
4) You're getting old when you get the same sensation from a rocking chair that you once got from a roller coaster.
5) It's frustrating when you know all the answers but nobody bothers to ask you the questions.
6) Time may be a great healer, but it's a lousy beautician.
7) Wisdom comes with age, but sometimes age comes alone.
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Monday, August 21, 2006
"We had done this thing we had set out to do, and instead of becoming larger because of the experience, we became smaller, more humble more aware of how little we know: about the world in general, about ourselves specifically."
- Richard Benyo in "The Death Valley 300.
Saturday, August 19, 2006
I just have to share this photo with all of you.
This is our friend Joe with his 3 boys! Joe is a full time father, yes a FULL time stay home father.
Joe and his wife Sue made a great choice for one of them to be able to stay home with the boys and the best choice was Joe.
I have never seen Joe look so happy and so full of love. He still runs each day pushing 3 babies, he just ran a 50k race last weekend!
When I opened this photo I just sat here with such admiration! Can't you just feel the LOVE looking at this photo of a father and his 3 boys!!!
Joe and Sue what a tribute to both of you as parents and thank you for setting such a great example for all of us. It is hard to stay home all day with 1 child, let alone 3! You are amazing for having the patience that I know it must take, but knowing you, you could have 10 kids and still have the beautiful smile on your face.
Ok, everyone..go hugs your kids and tell them how much you love them!
Have a great weekend
Friday, August 18, 2006
Fiddy2 is Dane Rauschenberg's quest to run 52 marathons in 2006 (one every weekend without fail no matter where it takes him), with all the proceeds that he raises going to the organization L'Arche-Mobile.
(As all expenses are paid by Dane, he is ALWAYS looking for sponsorship, accomodations, or donations to help defray his costs or to assist L'Arche Mobile.)
And if that isn't enough, Dane will continue to work at his present occupation during the week and attempt to run every marathon in 2006 under 4 hours! With 32 Marathons down, he is well on his way!
Dane Rauschenberg, a Penn State Alumnus and member of the Phi Alpha Delta fraternity, currently resides in Arlington, Virginia and is a member of the Washington Running Club. A relative novice to long-distance running, Dane began tackling marathons in law school to lose excess college weight and considers himself to be just "an average runner who happens to be extremely stubborn". His personal best for a marathon was run at the Marine Corps Marathon, October 30th, 2005 with a time of 3:07:25.
What is L'Arche Mobile?
Located in Mobile, Alabama, L'Arche Mobile is one of the many L'Arche communities worldwide. L'Arche is an international federation of communities in which people with a mental handicap and those who help them can live, work, and share their lives together. Click on the picture below to learn more about L'Arche Mobile or the highlighted text above to learn about the history of L'Arche itself.
Click on the logo to go to Ripley's webpage!
While Dane will appear in the 2007 edition of Ripley's BION book for Fiddy2, Ripley's newest book: Expect...the Unexpected will be in stores 08.01.06.
Also, the Dear Mr. Ripley Contest (wherein everyday people can write to Ripley's and tell them why they should be in the next Ripley's BION book) begins on 07.05.06. (Official entry forms and contest rules can be found by clicking the link above or going directly to www.ripleys.com)
Thursday, August 17, 2006
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
by Dr. Kent M. Keith
People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.
If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.
The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.
People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.
Give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.
c/o Attorney Kenneth Gould
Marcus, Gould & Sussman
222 Bloomingdale Road
White Plains, NY 10605
Monday, August 14, 2006