Week Ten: Easier to Follow a Training Plan Together

PRE-RUN INSPIRATION (3-5 MINUTES)

Group Leader Speaking to Entire Group

Welcome to another great week here at our run club. Before we take off, let’s talk about another benefit we receive when we #runconnected and live connected. This benefit is being able to better follow a training plan. We’ve seen this benefit in our run club. All of us aren’t on the same training plan, but we can encourage each other on the plans we’ve chosen. We can share tips and our past experiences that can help. We can check in between our weekly group runs and even offer to go on additional runs.

This all makes sense to us, but did you know that we have training plans in our lives too? We may have a plan to pay for college or to pay off debt or to lose weight or to advance our careers. We may have a plan to raise our kids or to prepare for an upcoming marriage. These are important plans, and we need help to execute them. Other people can provide this kind of crucial help.

We find an example of this in the Bible in the book of 1 Timothy. The apostle Paul wrote Timothy a letter to encourage him to fight the good fight of the faith. As we talked about last week, we can fight to the finish better together. But there’s more. Paul also encouraged Timothy to follow a plan—pursuing godliness, faith, love, and gentleness. This was Timothy’s training plan, and Paul helped him follow it with this reminder.

Today, tell someone else in our group how he or she has helped you with your training plan. And think about the other plans you’re trying to follow in life. Is there a way someone in our group could help you? If so, today would be a great day to start a conversation about that.

 [say a brief prayer. after you pray, share any administrative details like the signup sheet. Then start the run.]


ASSESSMENT TOOL GOAL: THE WALL

At the Run

  •  Every runner knows the feeling of hitting “the wall,” and some runners may be hitting the wall after 10 weeks of your run club season.
  • Ask runners to share their experiences of hitting the wall with each other, and how they got past this obstacle.
  • Invite runners to share obstacles they’ve overcome in life, and places where they’re hitting the wall right now

After the Run

  • Add the following columns to your group’s Google doc:

      - Week 10 notes - Use this column to add any other details you remember. Make sure to note each person’s attendance this week.

      - The Wall – Record the obstacles that runners are currently experiencing, either in running or in life. If you provide a runner help to overcome the wall, record that as well.

  • If a runner needs help getting past a wall, offer help. This help could come in the form of advice, making a connection, or some other resource. 

CONNECTION STRATEGY TIPS

  •  Make note of what runners say about the plans they’re trying to execute in their lives, either in your Google doc or in another way.
  •  If a runner asks for help following through on a plan, find a way to offer that help—either by yourself, or by another runner in your club, or from a resource your church offers. 

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