OCT 17, 2018 WAWA: “North – South Duke Mansion Run”

This week’s run-focused WAWA takes us “north” of the Cornwell Center, then back “south” before eventually getting back “home”.  The total distance is 4.7 miles.  Easy paced, group run.  We’ll circle past the Duke Mansion about 2.5 miles into the run before heading back south around portions of the Booty Loop.

Total climbing elevation along the route is 198 ft.

Max. elevation is 764 ft.

Weather temp will be around 65 degrees, with about a 40% chance of rain.  Sunrise isn’t until 7:32 am and it’s been pretty dark in the morning lately…..so plan accordingly!

See you in the morning, outside the Cornwell Center at 5:45 am, ready to go.

ROUTE IS AT THIS LINK

WORKOUT Leader:  Mike Lenhart

DEVOTIONAL Leader:  Mike Lenhart

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OCT 10, 2018 Devotional: “Organizing My Spiritual Golf Bag”

I’ve talked a lot about my golf passion several times on past devotionals.  And, keeping along those lines, my devotional this week might cause some of my fellow golfers to look at their golf game a little differently going forward.  More specifically, you might look at your golf bag differently after reading this week’s message.

I recently purchased a new Sun Mountain 4.5 14-way stand bag.  Now if that’s “greek” to you….let me spell it out in plain English.  It’s a golf bag, that weighs around 4.5 pounds (empty), can stand on the ground with legs that pop out when pressure is applied to the bottom of the bag, and there are 14 individual holes for the maximum allowable golf clubs (also fourteen).  My closest friends will not be surprised that I wanted a bag with those individual holes.  I’m super organized, and am a firm believer that everything (in life) needs to go back in its rightful place after use.  Pull the club out, swing at the golf ball, put the club back into its hole….move forward and get ready for the next shot.

All of this brings me to the point of this week’s devotional.  I did some research on Google, and even asked one of my golf pro friends, Rob Harner, how to best organize my clubs into the 14 holes.  Should I put the shorter clubs, the “wedges” near the bottom?  Should I put the longer clubs (the driver and woods) near the top?  Where’s the best spot for my putter?

After over-researching those questions, I was left to the conclusion that it’s another of life’s first world problems that really comes down to personal preference!

I did find some parallels in organizing my bag last night, to how I organize my spiritual life.  Bear with me as I walk you through this!

Let’s start at the bottom of the grid where into the line of three holes, I’ve placed my wedges: a 50-degree, a-56-degree, and a 60-degree wedge.  These three clubs are essential to my short game, but the toughest (lately) for me to master.  These represent my family at home; wife and two sons.  Often neglected during my practice time on the range, but often times I come to the realization on the actual golf course, how important these “wedges” are to me.  And because they’re at the bottom, I find myself looking at them first when walking up to my golf bag.  Another reminder to always put those three important people as paramount every day.

Next, above the row of three wedges, is a row of four holes.  Beginning with the three holes from the right, I have three irons; 7 iron, 8 iron, and 9 iron.  These three are always together and get a lot of use during my golf game.  These represent my extended family; my daughter, my parents and in-laws, and my siblings.  A swing coach once told me that when I use these three clubs, 7-iron, 8-iron, 9-iron, that my swing needs to be more compact; tight follow through; stand a little closer to the ball.  So true is it with the people represented by these three…..especially “standing a little closer”…..

There’s a fourth hole to the far left on that second row that I reserve for my putter.  Now, the putter is unlike any other club in the bag.  Not paired with any other wedges or irons.  And typically the putter serves a singular purpose.  Now, I have seen some that will “putt from way off the green”, but it’s still a “putt”.  Little room for error.  When I putt the ball, I step back, line up my shot, look at the way the green is flowing along the projected path and make a judgement on the velocity the ball needs to take to the hole.  The putter in my bag represents “me”, oddly enough.  The putter reminds me to have focus, address the things that might cause me to fall off that path, and understand what it takes to get there in a timely manner.

The next row up similarly has 4 holes.  And just as the previous row, I keep another set of three irons and another specialty club.  The three irons are the 4, 5 and 6.  These three, also kept together, represent my distant friends, such as former work colleagues and college classmates.  Honestly, I don’t use these clubs much, but when I pull them out of the bag, it’s usually one of those times where I really need something.  How many of you have life-long friends you don’t speak to much, but you can pick up the phone and call them in a pinch?  With so much going on in my life, it’s hard to stay in touch with this group.  But, I know they are there for me, and me for them as well.

The specialty club is my Hybrid.  For me, I use my Hybrid club in many, many situations.  Sometimes, if the ground is soggy near the green and I’m in a situation that would normally call for one of the wedges, I’ll instead pull out the Hybrid and use a well-calculated putting stroke with that specialty club.  Or, in other situations, I’ll pull out the Hybrid to hit the ball a little longer than I think I can with an iron.  My Hybrid club is represented by Jesus in my life.  I need Him in certain, key situations.  That Hybrid is “reliable” more than other clubs in my bag.  And I realized that I need Jesus in all aspects of my life for reliability; for accountability.  Like this club, Jesus is universal and has a role all around the golf course.  For us, too, Jesus has a role in all aspects of our lives.  It’s up to us when we choose to invite Him into “play”.

The final row at the top is just three holes.  To the far left and far right, I have two 3 wood clubs…..yes, two of the same type club but they have different loft angles. Arguably, these clubs are practically the same and I tend to use one or the other without rhyme or reason.  These two represent my Christian faith; one that I display at Home and one that I display at Work.  That display is basically the same, but different environments.  In my professional career, I’ve learned how to be a leader of strong character just as I should be at home (and in my community).  I never want to be two different individuals.  I want to be mostly interchangeable.  This is what I think about when I see the two 3 woods in my bag.

Lastly, in the center of the top row is the Driver.  The “big daddy” of the golf bag.  So might say, the most important club in the game.  When uses correctly, it packs the most power.  And when aligned, it makes the ball sail straight down the fairway.  My Driver is God in my life.  Do I need any further explanation on this one?  Hopefully not!

My prayer this week is that not just the golfers in our lives, but all of us, can look at the people and things around us that help us walk the Christian faith.  As is true in golf, my prayer continues to be for straighter “drives” off the tee-box, selecting the correct tools when we get into trouble along the course, and smooth greens that always remind us of the greener pastures of Psalm 23.

Amen!

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OCT 10, 2018 WAWA: “Dodging Hurricane Mike…..”

Not a joke….the hurricane that’s brewing off the Florida Panhandle (with rain predicted to hit the Charlotte area by mid-week) is called “Michael”!  Now, I’ve been called a lot of names before…Coach Mike, Tri Mike, West Point Mike….but never “Hurricane”…..

I think we’ll be safe at 5:45 am ET on Wednesday morning this week…. 55% chance of some light rain.  And knowing the the weatherman is always correct….I’m planning an outdoor run!

It’s been a while since we’ve done an Octopus (or Spider) Run so that’s the focus, or something very similar.  Meet outside the Cornwell Center at 5:45 am ready to go.  We’ll have an easy jog over the intersection of Queens Road / Hopedale Avenue / Granville Road.  From that point, we’ll branch out several “out and backs” along the legs that channel from that intersection.

Plan on 3.5 to 4.0 miles of distance.  Great routes!

See you in the morning!

WORKOUT Leader:  Mike Lenhart

DEVOTIONAL Leader:  Mike Lenhart

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OCT 3, 2018 WAWA: “Early Fall Track Workout”

I was telling a friend that I was ready for a track workout this week, given the crisp mornings lately.  Halloween will be here before we know it!

So….outdoor track workout it IS for tomorrow morning!

Temps will be a cool 65 degrees in the morning!  Great temps for running!  Dark outside so bring some reflective gear for our run “to-from” the track.

Here’s the workout:

-Easy jog from Cornwell Center to AG Middle School track.

Route:

Wellesley Avenue to Roswell Road
Roswell Road all the way to Colony Road
Colony Road past Myers Park High School
Turn right into gate for AG Middle School track just past Selwyn Elementary School
Distance = 1.75 miles

-Main Workout at the track:

Warm Up Set: 1 lap around track at moderate pace

Main Set:  6 laps around track at 5k race pace
-Sprint the straight-aways; jog the curves
-Negative split each straight-away from the previous one
-Participants will sprint a total of 12 straight-aways

Cool Down Set:  1 lap around track at moderate pace
Distance = 2.0 miles

-Easy jog back to the Cornwell Center

Same route as before, only in reverse
Distance = 1.75 miles

TOTAL workout distance = 5.5 miles

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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SEP 26, 2018 WAWA: “Booty Loop with a Sterling Twist!”

Many around Charlotte know about the famous “booty loop” around Myers Park.  Our workout this week will generally follow that route, except we’ll expand out slightly along Sterling Road.  Don’t worry….that extension only adds about a half-mile to the normal Booty Loop run.

The extension adds Sterling Road and Queens Road East to our run.

No problems!  Planned distance is 3.8 miles.

Meet outside the Cornwell Center at 5:45 am.  We’ll step off shortly thereafter.  Easy pace.

Weather will be cooler; temps in upper 60’s…with no chance of rain.  Sunrise is at 7:15 am so plan accordingly.

See you in the morning!

WORKOUT Leader:  Mike Lenhart

DEVOTIONAL Leader:  Mike Lenhart

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SEP 19, 2018 WAWA: “Hill Repeats on a NEW Hill”

The rain from the past few days has finally ended so we have an easy paced, 5-mile run planned for this week.  We’ll travel along Princeton Ave, to Willow Oak Road, then turn left down Devon Drive.  This is our NEW hill!

0.15 miles long with about 65 feet of elevation change.  We’ll tackle the Devon hill 4 times.

Heading back to the Cornwell Center, taking an easy pace up Brandywine Road (another hill), then left along Selwyn Avenue, back to Cornwell.

Map of the planned 5.0 mile route is at this LINK.

Meet out front at 5:45 am.  Cooler temps at 67 degrees in the morning.  Sunrise is trending later now, scheduled for 7:10 am.

See you then!

WORKOUT Leader:  Mike Lenhart

DEVOTIONAL Leader:  Mike Lenhart

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SEP 12, 2018 WAWA: “Planting Seeds with Intervals”

For this week’s WAWA, we’re continuing to build up our “base” running.  Last week was stairs and stretching.  This week, we’re focused on intervals.  The goal this week is to plant some early seeds as we continue with the build phase.  Here’s the plan:

The Workout:

After the warm-up, participants will go behind the Cornwell Center for a “run at your own pace” workout.  Here’s the catch:  You will need to pay attention to your pace, time and distance.

Everyone will take off running at a moderate pace along Roswell Road, behind the Cornwell Center, heading west towards Queens Road West.  Run for 1 minute, then turn around and backtrack towards the Cornwell Center for a minute again.  The goal is to finish exactly back at the Cornwell Center at the same pace.

Next, turn around and head back down Roswell Road.  This time your “interval” is 2 minutes out and 2 minutes back.

Third interval is 3 minutes out and 3 minutes back.

Fourth interval is 4 minutes out and 4 minutes back.

After the 4 minute interval, we’ll go back down the pyramid with a 3 minute, a 2 minute, and a final 1 minute interval.

Remember, the goal is to “hit” your turnaround points behind the Cornwell Center on the designated minute interval.

Total running in this week’s workout is 32 minutes.

Hurricane Florence continues to churn off the NC coast…so out weather will remain overcast and probably a bit windier for the run.  No rain is expected….yet.  And temps will be in the lower 70’s.  Sunrise isn’t until after 7:00 am, so please wear something reflective and/or headlamps if possible.

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

WORKOUT Leader:  Mike Lenhart

DEVOTIONAL Leader:  Mike Lenhart

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