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Welcome to The Training Crucible.  A crucible can be a severe test. It can also be a vessel used the hold metal as it is heated and purified. Iron enters a crucible and comes out as steel.  The thoughts shared on this blog might help you through your crucible as experience in running.  My hope is that you will take the lessons learned from running and apply them to your life. So if your brave enough, jump into the crucible with me and let's see where it takes us.

Author: JD Eddins
Here's a picture of me and my two youngest girls, Lexie and Lucie after the 2010 Country Music Half Marathon.  My wife, Meg, and I have been married since 2001 and have 3 girls.  Our oldest Gabie is missing from the picture (She was busy helping herself to some my post-race goodies! Plus I don't have a third arm for holding her).
We live in Arkansas.  My wife stays at home with our girls and I work at a Christ-centered drug treatment center for young men ages 14-24 called Capstone Treatment Center. One of the highlights of my job is on Fridays when they take the boys off campus for adventure days where we hike, fish, rock climbing, kayak, canoe and simply try to enjoy nature.
For 4 years I worked as a youth minister in Baton Rouge, LA and put on an extra 20 lbs enjoying crawfish, boudin balls, and anything from Copeland's Cheesecake Bistro. I started with Capstone at the begin of 2009 my goal became to get back in shape, so I started running again. I'm happy to say that I've lost the 20 lbs and now I am trying to push myself to my greatest potential.

*Disclaimer: Please note that the opinions expressed here are my own and do not reflect the opinions of my employer.  Nor am I a certified coach, trainer, or doctor.  Before engaging in strenuous activity please consult your physician.
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