Sara – Another Agee Runner in the Making!
My thoughts on the 11th annual Country Music Marathon in Nashville, TN…
Country Music Marathon
April 24, 2010
My Run: Overall, the Country Music Marathon (CMM) was my fourth full marathon, and my second in the last four weeks (Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon on 03/28). In Knoxville, I set a new PR of 3:39, and in the back of my mind hoped that I could improve on that time at the CMM. I really like running with pace groups, and at the CMM, the pace groups are set every 15 minutes. It took me a while to decide whether I would run with the 3:45 group, and attempt to pick it up at the end, or try to hang with the 3:30 group. I ultimately decided to go with the 3:30 group which turned out to be a poor decision considering the conditions on race day.
All week, the forecast had called for severe storms on Saturday, and ultimately the race organizers decided to cut off the full marathon after 4:30. The prediction was for a first wave of storms that would clear out around 6am, and then a second wave would move in around mid-day. This is pretty close to how it turned out, but what I didn’t expect was that during this gap there would be warm, sunny, and humid conditions.
I was able to hang with the 3:30 pace group through the first 11 miles or so, but the heat and humidity took a big toll. Between miles 11 and 12 I hit the wall very hard (bonked). My heart rate was in the mid 180s, which is much higher than I am used to after coming through the winter months. I had to walk for a bit to try and lower my heart rate, and began dumping cold water over my head. I began to think that finishing the race was going to be extremely difficult. Once I reached the second half of the course, I was able to regain some semblance of a running rhythm, and made the decision that I was going to walk for a couple of minutes at every aid station, and simply focus on finishing.
Really proud of Kate for finishing the Country Music Kid’s Marathon tonight! She completed 25+ miles over the past 4 weeks, and ran hard the whole way tonight.
Sara Learning to Walk – Part 4
Sara Learning to Walk – Part 3
Sara Learning to Walk – Part 2
Sara Learning to Walk – Part 1
When I was a student at Lipscomb University back in the mid 90s, Dr. Gerald Fulks, one of the Finance/Economics professors (and an Elder at Bellevue Church of Christ), taught a class every semester on personal evangelism. During that class, he made the argument that it was essential to have a good recollection of the main ideas of the book of Acts when attempting to teach someone God’s plan of salvation.
In keeping with this, Dr. Fulks presented the concept of the ABC Outline as a tool for remembering the key points of each chapter. It works by matching the sequence of the alphabet with the sequence of each chapter (i.e. Chapter 1 = A, Chapter 2 = B, and so on). For each chapter, we were encouraged to come up with a keyword that captures the main idea, and also begins with the designated letter.
This has been a powerful tool for me, and is something that I have shared with a number of classes through the years. I’ve always challenged my students to come up with their own keywords, and the following chart contains some of the best from these classes and from my original notes at Lipscomb. I hope this is something you can use, and please let me know if you have any good ideas for alternative keywords.
The Acts ABC Outline
Chapter – (Letter) Keywords
Chapter 1 – (A) Ascension
*Christ ascended to heaven
Chapter 2 – (B) Birth (of the church), Beginning, Baptized
*Beginning of the church at Pentecost
*3000 were baptized
Chapter 3 – (C) Cripple (cure)
*Peter and John heal the lame man at the gate
Chapter 4 – (D) Dungeon
*High Priest placed Peter and John in Prison
Chapter 5 – (E) Evil (enters the church)
*Annanias and Sapphira
Chapter 6 – (F) Feed the Families, False Witnesses, Face (of an angel)
*Feeding of the Grecian widows (7 deacons)
*False witnesses were called against Stephen
*Stephen’s face appeared as the face of an angel
Chapter 7 – (G) Glory of God
*Stephen saw the Glory of God (heaven)
Chapter 8 – (H) Havok, Holy Spirit, Humiliation, Hear
*Saul persecutes the church
*Holy Spirit comes to the Samaritans
*Simon is humiliated
*Eunuch hears the word of Jesus from Philip
Chapter 9 – (I) I AM, Instrument, Inauguration
*Saul’s conversion (Christ says “I am Jesus”)
*Saul was to be God’s instrument to the Gentiles
*Saul’s inauguration to apostleship
Chapter 10 – (J) Joppa (Journey to), Justice
*Conversion of Cornelius (Peter in Joppa)
*Justice to the Gentiles
Chapter 11 – (K) Kinsmen
*Peter defends his actions to his Jewish brothers
Chapter 12 – (L) Life – 1, Life – 2, Loosen
*Herod kills James the apostle
*Herod’s life is taken by the angel of the Lord
*Angel loosened the chains of Peter
Chapter 13 – (M) Missionary
*Paul’s first missionary journey
Chapter 14 – (N) New Organization
Chapter 15 – (O) Opposed – 1, Opposed – 2
*Opposing of false teachers (end of 1st MJ)
*Opposing of Barnabas (beg of 2nd MJ)
Chapter 16 – (P) Purple, Philippi
*Conversion of Lydia
*Conversion of Philippian jailer
Chapter 17 – (Q) Quest (for knowledge)
*Athens – Alter to unknown god
Chapter 18 – (R) Rome
*Aquilla and Pricilla chased out of Rome
Chapter 19 – (S) Silversmith
*Diana – goddess of the Ephesians
Chapter 20 – (T) Troas, Tragic
*Tarried 7 days to break bread with church
*Death of Eutucus – False teachers enter the church
Chapter 21 – (U) Uninformed
*Paul accused of bringing Gentile into the temple
Chapter 22 – (V) Victory
*Paul recounts his conversion
Chapter 23 – (W) Wisdom
*Conspiracy to kill Paul – foiled by commander
Chapter 24 – (X) FeliX
*Paul appears before Felix
Chapter 25 – (Y) Yield
*Paul would not Yield to be tried in Jerusalem, but instead appealed to Caesar.
Chapters 26-28 – (Z) Z-end of the book
My daughter Kate getting in some miles for the Country Music Kids Marathon on the trails at Percy Warner Park!
I have been fortunate to be able to go with my Dad to the Pinehurst Resort for the last three years on a father-son golf vacation. In 2008, we played 3 rounds of golf in 3 days (Course No’s 7, 8, & 2). In 2009, we played 4 rounds of golf in 3 days (Course No’s 6, 4, 5, & 2). Our plan for this year was to complete 5 rounds in 3 days, and to include Course No’s 1 & 3 that we had never played before, along with 4, 8, & 2.
Pinehurst is like the Walt Disney World of Golf. 8 golf courses and 3 resort hotels. The service is first-class, the employees are fantastic, the food is wonderful, and the golf courses are superb. By far the most famous course is No. 2, designed by Donald Ross, which has hosted 2 U.S. Opens, along with multiple other championship tournaments (Ryder Cup, Tour Championship, U.S. Women’s Open, etc.) Both No’s 4 & 8, designed by Tom Fazio, are consistently ranked in the top 100 public golf courses by Golf Digest magazine. No. 4 played host to the first two rounds of the 2008 U.S. Amateur Championship.
This year we were joined by my good friend, Anthony Tucker, and my cousin (and friend), Ricky Haskins. Both Anthony and Ricky came with us in 2009, and it was great to have them join us again!
When we arrived on Monday, we checked in to the Carolina Inn and proceed to play the No. 4 course at the Pinehurst Resort. This course has 180 pot-bunkers, is impeccably manicured, and is quite a challenge. It is probably my 3rd favorite course at the resort.
On Tuesday morning, we played course No. 1 for the first time, which was also designed by Donald Ross, and was redone in 2009. What a golf course! Probably the best conditioned greens I’ve ever played on. It has the classic feel of a Ross course, and is in superb condition. I think I would rank it as my new, 2nd favorite course on the property.
On Tuesday afternoon, we took the resort shuttle over to course No. 8. This is the “Centennial” course at Pinehurst, as it was opened in 1995 on the 100th anniversary of the resort. This is a great layout, but it is brutal! Tom Fazio absolutely ate my lunch on No. 8 this year (much as he did in 2008 when I played it before). This course would rank 4th on my list.
On Tuesday night at dinner we sat at a table right next to Tony Kornheiser from ESPN (PTI and formerly MNF). This was quite a treat for me, because I watch PTI ever day. We also saw him again at breakfast the next morning.
On Wednesday morning, we played course No. 2 for the third time. No. 2 is not only my favorite course at Pinehurst, but also my favorite course that I have ever played. I think I could play it every day and never get tired of it. It is a beautiful and challenging course, but very playable. The greens are the most distinguishing characteristic of No. 2, kind of like upside down soup bowls. Really have to use the bump and run shot a lot around the greens. Just like last year, Anthony and I played No. 2 with a caddie (Eddie…above). I really think that you have to walk No. 2 to get the full experience.
I played very well (for me) on the front nine, and not quite so well on the back. However, as always the round at No. 2 was something special. The picture above is of the 4 of us on the 18th green of No. 2, just after our round.
On Wednesday afternoon, we were barely able to squeeze in a round on No. 3 before we had to zip off to the airport to fly home. No. 3 was the only course my Dad and I had not played at Pinehurst. It is another Donald Ross design, and has similarly shaped greens as No. 2. This course is not as well conditioned as the other courses we played on this trip, and is quite a bit shorter than most at Pinehurst. However, it was another enjoyable course, and an enjoyable round with my Dad and the guys.
All in all….what a trip! If you love to play golf, and you’ve never been to Pinehurst, it needs to be on your bucket list. It has been really special to share all of these trips with my Dad, and I hope we are blessed to be able to do it again next year. What are some other good places for 2 to 3 day golf trips?