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Going back to school for my Masters!!! / Mud Runs updates / PEAK313 challenge

Sunday, September 16, 2012

I am participating in the Peak313 challenge. There is also a sparkteam for this challenge

There are three parts to the challenge: physical, spiritual, and accountability.

First - Physical

I would like to consider my week, although not consistent or focused, a VERY physical week. Sunday, I ran the Tough Mudder in Cascade WI with CBUDACK and a group of people we didn't know. I found the team online and signed up with them hoping for the rebate (which we did earn). What a great group of people! Here is the facebook group.
In addition to adventure racing, the run and bike. If you have an interest in these activities, I suggest giving their page a look!

Monday I skipped a workout (sleep was more important to my recovery).
Tuesday I did the workout for day 1 from the challenge.
Wed I walked to work.
Thursday I did Turbo Fire.
Friday I didn't workout specifically, but I did spend 8 hours helping set up for the One Tough Cookie Run, including driving stakes into the ground with a post hole setter.
Saturday I spent the morning cheering on runners for the race and at 1:00, all my sisters, my daughter, AND my mom ran. So much fun! I think we were more tired from laughing than the run itself. I will post pictures, but haven't gotten there yet.


This was my big challenge! I did try to memorize the verse and have it down, but can't repeat it word for word. Here is my memorization - One can be easily broken, Two can offer a challenge, and Three can bind together and not be torn apart. The actual verse is: Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves, a cord of three strands is not quickly broken. I have the concept, just not the actual working. I need to work on my memorization.

Here is my actual breakthrough for the week though - I am going to go back to school for my Masters! I have been thinking about this for about 18 months. I wasn't sure what I wanted to do though. For some background, I have a Bachelors in Accounting and am a Finance Director for a Non Profit Health Center. I spend tons of time volunteering in different capacities for Girls Scouts and my church. I had found the Masters of Servant Leadership program at Viterbo University last summer and it really got my interest. However, it is really outside my comfort zone as is a touchy feelly type program. There is a reason I am an accountant. I recognize my weaknesses and know this program could really help me grow. I kept trying to find other programs, but everything kept leading me back to this one. I emailed the instructor, but didn't have the time to chat on the phone with him. The Admin Asst for the program did manage to find me in my office and I talked to her for probably an hour about the program. It turns out that I can even start Oct 26 and do not need to want until the Spring semester (which we help me from second guessing myself). I told her I needed two weeks because I had too much going on to think about it (this was the beginning of that two week hiatus I have had the past two weeks). Throughout the two weeks, I talked to people who had been in the program and everything was pointing me in the right direction.

I was the one holding myself back. I was just scared to move that far out of my comfort zone. I prayed on it and thought about it during the many hours I have been in the car the last week. Today I looked at my calendar to see what conflicts I would have with the class that starts October 26. There were only two conflicts - a Girl Scout Halloween party (at which there will be multiple other leaders) and my 2nd grade CCD 1st Confession (which doesn't really require my involvement, especially since I can make sure everyone knows from day 1 I won't be there). Considering I have 4 conferences in the next two weeks, I am amazed that none of them conflicted with the class.

I finally acknowledged that I had to accept this is the direction God wants for me.

This is the program.
I am very lucky as Viterbo is less than an hour from me. People come from all over the country to attend this program.
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