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Month: June, 2019

Finished. Well.

In the last two weeks, two chapters in my life came to an end. First, after seven years serving in the role as co-president for my school’s teacher’s union, I resigned my office at the conclusion of its term. The second, after being a teacher at my school for ten years (nine of them teaching, one year inactive due to a reduction in force), I resigned from the school, having accepted a teaching position at a different school district for the next year.

About two months ago, I saw the good chance of the latter thing occurring, which meant that the former would have to happen, too. Seeing the writing on the wall, my focus shifted from not just ending the school year well, but ending this part of my career well also. In considering this, I realized that in order to end well, I needed to accomplish three things. These three things are what I leave you with:

  1. Finish in such a way that whomever follows in your steps does not have any messes to clean up because of you.
  2. Finish in such a way that whomever follows in your steps is thankful to be coming in after you.
  3. Finish in such a way that when your last day arrives, you feel proud of what you’re leaving behind.
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Review: “Run the Mile You’re In”

This is a review of the book Run the Mile You’re In by Ryan Hall.

I’m not sure what I was expecting when I picked up Run the Mile You’re In. Based on the description of the book, I wasn’t sure whether to expect a book of insights like Peter Sagal’s The Incomplete Book of Running -part memoir, part book of insights on how to be a good runner; or, a book more like Shaken by Tim Tebow, which is really more of a “here’s how I put things in order” and life/sports is the framework the author uses. If you’re looking for a book on principles to keep in mind for running, stick with Sagal. But if you’re looking for a book of short memoir-anecdotes on faith and making improvements, go with Ryan Hall’s book.

Run the Mile You’re In is divided into 26 chapters, equal to the number of miles in a marathon. In each chapter, Hall shares experiences from his time as a runner (high school, college, and at the professional Olympic level) and lessons he learned along the way. The topics he meditates on in this book range from the importance of having a vision to remembering your identity, and that anything can be worship to moving through the different seasons of life. Each chapter is relatively short, so at approximately seven pages each, this book could serve as a devotional component to a morning Bible reading plan.

I was disappointed in a way, as I was hoping that running advice would play a bigger part in Run the Mile You’re In, instead of it being a backdrop for life lessons, but I’ll survive. In the end, the book is an enjoyable read and I did not find it to be a waste of time. I doubt you will, either.

I received my copy of this book for free through BookLook Bloggers in exchange for reviewing it. I was not obligated to write a positive review; the opinions expressed are mine.