Iron sharpens iron

As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. — Proverbs 27:17

Clay and I got a knife set when we got married last year. Being a carnivore, it was his idea, as I mostly use little piddly knives to cut fruit, veggies, and baked goods. The set was the first thing we bought with our gift cards, and it came with one of those huge metal knife sharpeners. Clay keeps ’em sharp. It was a pricey knife set and we really value it, along with everyone who contributed.

He’s not normally this psycho in the kitchen. I promise.


I coach distance running with an admirable, strong, lady who knows what she’s doing.

Like a recent college graduate seeking a job, I certainly hope my zest, enthusiasm, and ability to find anything on the internet (including workouts and coaching tips) make up for my lack of experience.

I’ll get there. It takes time, and I just started this track club gig last year.

After two weeks of observing kids, taking notes, and learning the ins and outs of various stopwatches, we paired up our distance kids with other kids who run about the same speed for a practice timed run around the fenced-in field (which includes the track, field, practice fields, and softball diamond).

This was all her idea, and definitely a great one, although I was secretly grateful to be standing on the sidelines- we have a few little boys who can smoke me in the 1500 any day. Good thing I know how to use a stopwatch and write down times, right?

No one runs the same speed every run or every day. Anything can happen- you can have an off day, and so can someone else. Sickness, hydration, what you ate that day, stress- all of those factors affect a runner, even kids. It’s early, but in one way or another, all of those factors affected someone so far at practice. We didn’t expect these kids to finish exactly with the paired teammate- we wanted them to “beast it out” at the end.

The pairs worked well. It’s great for safety when you can’t see every kid at every moment, and the kids loved running with a new friend. The “buddy run” was fun, but fun wasn’t the only motive; the kids had no room for slacking and had to consider someone else if they slowed down. By the way, two of our ‘buddies’ both placed in the last meet- 4th and 5th place, within one second of each other.

Track and field might be considered an individual sport, but things like buddy runs are what make us a team. Our athletes kick some serious grass at meets and races, and it takes a buddy. We *all* need that coworker who keeps us on our toes at work, another runner gnawing at our heels on the track, someone to push us toward being our best. Not a coach, boss, parent, teacher, or mentor- but a peer. Sometimes buddies push us harder sharpen us until we shine.

Today I’m thankful for those buddies who sharpen me like a knife when it comes to writing, running, coaching, getting healthy, and life- and thankful that a run I didn’t even do can teach me so much.

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6 Responses to Iron sharpens iron

  1. allieksmith says:

    Love that Bible verse… it’s one of my favorites 🙂

  2. I completely agree! It’s nice to have someone older or wiser than us push us along but having someone my own age or ability encourage me always makes me learn more because we can relate to each other’s struggles more!

  3. Kara says:

    I love your attitude, Amy!! I’ve actually never heard that bible verse, I LOVE IT! It’s definitely something I’m going to write down and save! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Amy Lauren says:

      You’re welcome, Kara :). Yeah there are a bunch of Bible verses that can be applied to running but I don’t really know them all. It’s really just a great one for life, I think.

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