JULY 18, 2018 WAWA: “Continuing the Summer Stretch Slow-down”

Last week’s focus on stretching and recovery was welcomed with great reviews, so we are going to continue with one more week of the same.  Meet at the Cornwell Center shortly before 5:45 am for the “Strength & Stretch” class.  Non Cornwell members can ask for a Guest pass at the front desk (so long as you haven’t used one already this year).

We’re planning to be back on the roads next week, easing back into our running schedule.

See you in the morning!

WORKOUT Leader:  Mike Lenhart (Hannah leading the Stretching class)

DEVOTIONAL Leader:  Mike Lenhart

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July 11, 2018 WAWA: “Stretching our Legs…..and arms, and neck, and back, and….”

It’s been a couple weeks since we’ve ran as a group, and I noticed during today’s boot camp class that several folks are feeling a little bit “tight”.  Injuries can create havoc to our weekly runs…so I’m taking us down a different path, figuratively speaking, this week and encouraging WAWA participants to join me for the 5:45 am “Stretch & Strength” class in the Cornwell Center’s yoga studio.

If you are not a Cornwell member and want to participate, please check in at the front desk and sign up for a Guest Pass.

After this week, we’re back on the streets….but this week, I want to get many familiar with the basics of proper stretching before, during and after workouts.  Think of it as an investment towards many more WAWA’s ahead!

See you then!


WORKOUT Leader:  Mike Lenhart / Sean McGeehan

DEVOTIONAL Leader:  Mike Lenhart

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JUN 13, 2018 WAWA: “Half-Dozen AND then One More!”

Time for some hill repeats into our weekly run rotation!  Blowing off the dust from a workout we did on Dec 31st last year….and it was a very COLD morning that day!  Tomorrow morning won’t quite be a complete opposite end of the temperature spectrum, but it will be much warmer than it was back in December.

Morning temps expected to be around 67 degrees, mostly cloudy but no chance of rain.  Sunrise is planned for 6:10 am.

Half-dozen hill repeats on tap for the morning, about a mile into our route.  And those six babies will equal two miles by the time we’re done!  Quarter mile uphill; quarter mile downhill.  Six times!

Then the final mile and a half will take us back to the Cornwell Center, with a steady climb the last three-quarters of a mile!

Don’t worry.  You can do this!  Run route is at this —–> LINK

Total planned route is about 4.6 miles.

Gather outside the Cornwell Center at 5:45 am.  See you then!

WORKOUT Leader:  Mike Lenhart

DEVOTIONAL Leader:  Mike Lenhart

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JUN 6, 2018 Devotional: “Praying for Birdies”

For this morning’s run, I had one of my favorite baseball caps on my head….turned around backwards, of course, to be more aerodynamic!  Didn’t help much, but today’s specific cap was more to emphasize my theme for the devotional….a “golfing” one.  The cap was a green Augusta Masters trucker-style cap.

If you’ve been around me more than 15 minutes this past year, then you’ll agree that one of my new passions is golf.  I try to play it as much as possible, but there’s work, family obligations, community involvement, tending to my chickens…..I live a fairly busy life!  But most weekends, I am on the golf course playing.  It’s created a whole new network of friends that rarely overlaps with some of the other circles I play in traditionally.  Not to say that any one group is better than the other.  Simply different pools.

And my endurance within golf is increasing.  I started out only playing 9 holes at a time.  Now, I’m able to swing the clubs 18 holes without much thought!

In our family, my brother-in-law, Kermit Murphy, carries our golfing banner.  He’s our resident “family champion” having played in college and also a VERY frequent participant in local tournaments and outings.  Safe to say it will take me years or even a lifetime to reach Kermit’s skill level.  But, still, I try and try … and it’s certainly a focus of mine.

But my focus, physically, rarely extends beyond the weekend.  Sure, there are days when I can play a quick 9 after work.  Mostly, its weekends on the links.

So, like most things in life, only swinging the golf clubs once or twice a week, also affects my performance.  While my stroke handicap has gone down…..generally a “good” thing…..my overall game is relatively stagnant.  I was thinking this week about my Christian life as well.  If I’m only a “good” Christian on Sunday mornings when we attend church services, could the same be said about that side of my religious life similarly being “stagnant”?  How many of you might say the same?

Much has been argued over the years about who are the better Christians.  Is it the group of individuals who we see in the pews regularly, singing all the hymns?  Surely they are the most pious of all.  Or, rather, could it be those who are more spiritual in their daily lives, focusing on their families, friends, and work colleagues?

In his book, “Jesus Outside the Lines“, the Rev. Scott Sauls tackles this point in one of the chapters that he’s labeled…”Hypocrite or Work in Progress”.  Sauls relays a famous quote from Mahatma Ghandi when asked why he chose to be a Hindu instead of a Christian.  Ghandi said, “I love your Christ.  I don’t like your Christians.”

Wow.  Pretty harsh stuff but maybe worth some introspection for all of us, even still today.  Ghandi’s observations seemed to indicate that the Christians he knew seemed more focused on materialism over service; richness over charity.  Famously, there’s another story about Ghandi where he was asked why he would use the pencil all the way down to the nub.  “I don’t want to offend the pencil maker”, he replied.

Let me reel this back into the boat before I get to far down a tangent.  I think Ghandi’s example for us is that living a Christian life is an every day thing….not just something we do on Sunday mornings.  We live busy lives….and I don’t want to be a hypocrite either.  You want your golf game to improve?  Spend some time on the practice range?  You wanna be more satisfied in your spiritual “game”….look for opportunities throughout the week to be thankful, be service oriented, love one another, and build on that relationship with our heavenly father.

My good friend and frequent Charlotte golfing buddy, Brandon Lawn, has a trucker cap he wears from time to time that’s labeled “Pray for Birdies”…. And for my non-golfing friends, the hat talks about aspirations of shooting one-under-par (a birdie).  Aside from Brandon’s lighthearted nature, the hat does point out that, in golf, there’s plenty of room for prayers.  And, more importantly, in our lives, there’s always more room for that as well.

My prayer this week is that in our lives, the fairways are wide, the greens are flat, our drives off the tee are perfectly straight….and our Christian efforts, too, are always focused on living well under par!  Work in progress, indeed! 


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JUN 6, 2018 WAWA: “Crossword Puzzle Run….2 down, and 3 up!”

You might think the title of this week’s run sounds more like a crossword puzzle than a workout:  “Two down, then Three up”!  Actually….I’ve mapped out nearly a perfect 5-mile route that goes gradually downhill for two miles, then gradually uphill for the final three miles!

Part of the route will take us along the Briar Creek Greenway behind Myers Park high school.  Once exiting the greenway, we’ll travel around AG Middle School, before taking Colony Road back towards our starting point.

The actual run route is at this LINK.

Great weather in the morning:  65 degrees with zero chance of rain.  Sunrise is at 6:10 am, about half-way through our run!

Meet outside the Cornwell Center, ready to go at 5:45 am.

See you then!

WORKOUT Leader:  Mike Lenhart

DEVOTIONAL Leader:  Mike Lenhart

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MAY 30, 2018 WAWA: “Who’s Ready for Some Stairs??”

Bringing back one of my favorite workouts this week, since it’s been a long time coming!….STAIRS!

Meet outside the Cornwell Center at 5:45 am ready to go.  We’re going to tackle the stairs over at Queens University, just across the street.  Lots of stairs….and a beautiful “sunrise” view from atop one of the parking decks….hopefully!

Weather tomorrow will be more of the same we’ve seen the last few days here in Charlotte:  Overcast in the morning, with a minor chance of any precipitation.  Upper 60’s for temps.  Sunrise is at 6:12 am ET.

Workout details will be covered in the morning.

See you then!

WORKOUT Leader:  Mike Lenhart

DEVOTIONAL Leader:  Mike Lenhart

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MAY 23, 2018 WAWA: “Surprise, Surprise, Surprise…!”

I hope I’m not really dating myself by referencing one of Gomer Pyler’s more famous lines from the Andy Griffith Show.  It’s really a play on words….as it relates to our planned run route for this week.  You’ll recall that I’ve asked for Burt Phillips’ input more often lately on our routes…especially when we’re running through Eastover.  Such is the case again this week….and I won’t know the details until the morning.  And that means, we’ll all be surprised in the morning.

All I can say is that our route will be around 4.5 miles, give or take.  Last week we made a point to realize the humidity and will adjust our pace as needed.

Weather should be great this Wednesday morning; Temp will be in lower 70’s with humidity around 85%.  No rain expected during the run and sunrise is at 6:14 am.

Join us in the morning.  Gather outside the Cornwell Center at 5:45 am, ready to go.

WORKOUT Leader:  Burt Phillips

DEVOTIONAL Leader:  Mike Lenhart

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