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How Long To Focus On Big Event

The big question I get from many athletes is when do I need to start focusing on my training if I'm doing "x" event on "x" date. I'm here to say that yes there is too long and yes there is too short. So that begs to ask the question stated above, how long to focus on a big event. 

Some may say a year in advance, and depending on who you ask you may come across different answers, but what I find best is 6-8 months of structured training leading up to an event works best. There are so many things that go with this though that I feel I must touch on all aspects regarding time and training load. 

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Experiencing God in Times of Confusion - February 2015

Is there chaos in your life?  Do you feel overwhelmed by work, life, and relationships? 

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Family Spotlight: Julie Hull

Julie Hull, Inheritance of Hope donor and volunteer, lost her husband, Ken, after he fought cancer for two years.  In spite of her grief, Julie is resolute.
 
“I commit myself to carrying the message of Hope and sharing it through volunteering and serving kindred families on this difficult path.”
 
Julie has sponsored two families on Legacy Retreats® and also volunteered at retreats in Orlando and New York.  She, Ken, and their son Sam attended the 2011 NYC Legacy Retreat®.  Ken passed away in February 2013, leaving Julie and Sam (then age 12).
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STOP WORRYING ABOUT UNCONTROLLABLES

One of the biggest wastes of time and stress are uncontrollables. As a coach, I can't tell you how many times I've had athletes ask me questions of concern regarding things that weren't within their  control. Such things that come to mind are wind direction, pool closings, weather, flat tires, torn shoe laces, ripped shoes, or any other detrimental misfortune. The following post will touch on methods to look past these pesky uncontrollables. If you can take away any of these pieces of information, you may find that your training and races become much more enjoyable and you stop putting so much pressure or stress upon yourself.

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Donor Spotlight: Mike Barrett

Each year, Inheritance of Hope awards a well-deserving college-bound senior with the Legacy Scholarship. These scholarship recipients all share one thing in common: they all have a parent with a life-threatening illness.
 
Mike Barrett and his wife, Catherine, have generously funded the Legacy Scholarship for the past several years. Mike met IoH founders Deric and Kristen Milligan by chance when Deric and Mike were both studying in Australia. At that time IoH was in its early stages, but the business plan appealed to Mike. 
 
“I knew, from my own personal experience, that it addressed an unmet need--that of finding a positive and life-affirming way for easing the pain associated with the impending loss of a loved one.”
 
Here, Mike describes why their gift has been a positive and life-affirming choice for his family.
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But Even if He Does Not - January 2015

I always thought that the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in Daniel 3 inspired me because these three men were willing to go into the fire. I longed to be faced with a giant crisis and answer with a triumphant “throw me into the fire.” But, as the last two years have not gone as I expected, God has revealed another part to their legacy that has impacted me in incredibly challenging ways.
 
In Daniel 3 we find Nebuchadnezzar furious when he heard that these three men would not worship the image of gold he set up. So, he had them summoned. Read their response with me…
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Why 90% is better than 100% this year

I could have simply put the title of this piece as "moderation=success", but that could have been mistaken and left to thought from a subjective perspective. Therefore, because I wanted to be more concrete and objective with this piece, I'm tying in ab2ap3_thumbnail_DSC_0422.jpg percentage that you should always keep in the back of your mind. That percentage for your new year is 90% 

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Unto Us a Child is Born... Now What?! - December 2014

In Advent and Christmas we consider the coming of a child into our world.  This year such considerations are 24/7 realities in my life since Allison and I received our first child, Estella Mae, less than three weeks ago.  Unto us a child is born!  I cannot help but reflect afresh on the coming of the child who invites all the world to echo Isaiah 9:6 with the energy of Handel’s Messiah, “Unto us a child is born!”
 
After long expectancy, trying labor, and the wonder of delivery, our beautiful baby finally arrived.  Everything we had looked forward to and prepared for had happened, yet it was clear that we weren’t done.  We had a baby, but this journey was just beginning.  Our wonder was joined by wondering, “Now what?!” 
 
This is even truer in the birth of Jesus. 
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Coordinator Spotlight: Kim Loving

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Kim Loving was first introduced to Inheritance of Hope (IoH) through a letter from a volunteer.  Kim and Natalie Lindell lived in the same neighborhood in Jacksonville, Florida.  Natalie had volunteered on several Legacy Retreats® and had heard about Kim, a young mother who was battling breast cancer for the second time.  Natalie dropped off a note about the organization and its retreats at Kim’s house.
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Donor Spotlight: Sandy Huffstetler

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Sandy Huffstetler gives to Inheritance of Hope because she strives to be intentional in how she lives each day.
 
“The emphasis IOH places on living intentionally really resonated with me. Love is a verb. We should always be asking ourselves what we are doing to show love.”
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