By Pastor B.T. Gilligan, Abundant Health Team member
In February of 2019 I found myself at the most unhealthy I had ever been. My joints hurt, I was snoring, I couldn’t go up steps without getting winded, and the demands of Sunday morning were becoming diﬃcult. After a tongue lashing from my doctor where I was assured that without changes I wouldn’t make it to retirement, I started making some changes. I found a health coach and started getting back on track.
By April I had stalled out, some things had changed, but it wasn’t enough and I needed to continue to adapt if I wanted to continue to get healthy. My health coach suggested I try exercise, specifically running. I balked at the idea, telling myself Proverbs 28:1 says that only the wicked run when no one is chasing them. However, I eventually gave in and started running. One mile at first, working my way up to three miles, two or three times per week.
Now, in May of 2021, I am still a novice runner. I’m still learning about running and getting healthy through it. In search of some support, I sat down with someone who is a much better runner than I am, Rob Giannamore. Rob and I started talking about running, but the conversation quickly turned to exercise and getting healthy.
Rob has run ultra distances of 100-kilometers and regularly runs 50-kilometer races. He teaches others about running, exercise, and getting healthy. As we sat down to talk, Rob broke down the journey into three different aspects.
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