Leadership Lessons From Running A Half Marathon At 3AM

Why I Ran A Half Marathon At 3AM

Many months ago, my pastor came up with a crazy idea: Let’s run a half marathon! (For those of you who don’t know, a half marathon is 13.1 miles. That’s a long distance to go by foot.) That sounds crazy enough on its own. The next thing he said was: at 3 AM.

Wait… What? Did I just hear Pastor Ben right? He wants me to run a half marathon early in the morning? Well, he had. And I tentatively agreed.

half marathon leadership lessons

There was no firm commitment on my part. I think I said: I think I could do that.

Over the next couple of months, we did a couple of preparation runs. We started out at a 6 or 7 miler. Our last run together was 10 miles. That was two weeks before the half marathon.

3 Money Habits To Help Unity In Our Community – Catalyst Atlanta 2016 Rachel Cruze

Today, I’m live blogging from the Catalyst Atlanta Conference. Catalyst is a gathering of leaders to hear from some of the best and brightest in leadership.

Catalyst’s theme for 2016 is Uncommon Fellowship.

If the live updates on my site aren’t enough, you can also watch Catalyst Live here.

The next speaker at Catalyst Atlanta is Rachel Cruze, the daughter of Dave Ramsey, author of Live Your Life, Not Yours.

Rachel Cruze speaking at Catalyst Atlanta

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There’s a lot of fear, shame, and intimidation around the topic of money. We’re going to put those feelings and emotions aside.

There’s hope and inspiration to be had on the topic of money.

3 Money Habits To Help Unity In Our Community

1. Quit the comparisons: We live in a time and culture where we compare ourselves to others. We’re comparing ourselves to the Jones’.

8 Ways To Improve Your Conference Experience

One of the best ways that I’ve found to experience exponential growth is through attending conferences and workshops. There, you are able to hear from thought leaders in your areas of interest.

Listening and seeing the speakers are only one part of the experience. And probably the least productive way to grow.

Have a better conference experience

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My personal experience has been that there’s only so much I can take in from long sessions of speakers. Eventually, those speaking seem to drone on or say the same things.

Not that this isn’t good content. My attention can only be held for so long.

Then I need something more. I crave interactions. That doesn’t come from listening to speakers.

There’s more to getting more out of attending a conference than speaking. The next time you go to a conference, try the following:

Everyone Needs A Team

Halford E. Luccock once said that no one can whistle a symphony. It takes an orchestra to play it.

How profound. How beautiful are these two sentences.

And how applicable to our lives.

friendships are vital

Life wasn’t mean to be done alone. We were meant to have friends and family and acquaintances surround us.

Much like Halford Luccock’s quote about the orchestra, we can say the same applies to our lives.

Your Life Deserves A Team

When I think back to elementary, middle, and high school, I remember the teams I had. They weren’t people on a sports team.

Rather, my teams were support teams. And I needed them.

In elementary and middle school, some of those people were Nick, Brian, Phillip, and Greg. They were my bros.

We rode bikes together. We hung out after school. We played Nintendo (the original 8-bit system) until the wee-hours of the night.

Why We Need Community

I’ve always believed that community is important. We must live and interact with others if we want to truly thrive.

The sad truth is, I haven’t lived this well recently.

Over the past year or so, my relationships with others have fallen by the wayside. Replaced with work or my inner thoughts.

It’s a struggle I’ve had and I’m not ashamed to admit.

Why Community?

Community is a powerful thing. Community is there to hold you up. Community is there to hold you accountable. Community is there to back you.

Something truly spectacular happens when we begin entering into relationships with those around us. We begin to experience who we truly are.

Desmond Tutu said:

A person is a person through other persons

Andy Snyder put community this way:

We need others to help us become ourselves