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Running Without Someone Chasing Me

This is the weekend. I’ve been training towards it for 12+ weeks. It’s Half-Marathon week. (It was actually last Saturday, but with the moving and somesuch I pushed it back one week.)

But instead of flying out to some great destination and letting the locals pass me water and cheer me on, my Half-Marathon will be up and down 98th Street in Lubbock. I’ll try and cut a 6 1/2 mile destination out of town, and then run it back to the house. For those math losers out there, yes that is 13 miles. (Or as I like to say, 13 FREAKING MILES!) I have offically named this Saturday, July 5th as the date for the Official littlepastor Half-Marathon Event. It will begin promptly at 7am, or whenever I finally get out of the house. It will end when my tired legs have been adequetly tortured for 13 miles. After this very unofficial event there will be an offical littlepastor Half-Marathon nap, sponsored by my kids and wife being out of town all day Saturday.

I’m still trying to get my ‘last 5 runs’ meter to start working over in the right column. I’m sorry for all 2 of you that even noticed it was there over the past 12 weeks, that it hasn’t been working correctly.

Jonathan Cliff is married to his wife Starr and they together live out their days with two sons and a daughter. Jonathan serves as one of the Pastors at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, Tennessee; where he works with leaders throughout the city to help develop Christian community that leads to deep and meaningful spiritual friendships. His journey has been an adventurous one, having served in the local church for 15 years in family ministry developing leaders, building environments for kids and students to belong, and encouraging parents to take big spiritual steps with their families.


  1. Matt McKee · July 4, 2008

    I am expecting 13 miles in under 2 hours. You can do it. I know you can.

  2. Dad · July 4, 2008

    Wish we could be there to root you in!

  3. Matthews · July 5, 2008

    13.1 miles technically!