Friday, January 18, 2013

Weekly Run: Accountability & Goals

This week was the first week of our running challenge.
It's a small step in helping me reach my goal of making running a lifestyle.
Not just a yearly attempt to get running then hurt my body because I didn't listen to it.

This week I've loved running! 
Being so in tune with my body's nutritional needs.
Eating only fruits, vegetables and seeds I thought I would lag.
However I've felt the opposite. 
It's been freeing!

No calorie counting, no pace checking, no binge eating.
Nutrition the way God created it.
Relying on Him the way I've often ignored.
This year I want to run 600 miles and just maybe finally tackle that half marathon.
I want to be that person who has a 13.1 sticker on her mini van, or maybe I'll settle for a headband.
I'm starting to visualize reaching my goals: being able to say I ran 13.1 and running my 600th mile.
Until then I want to have little reminders around to remind me that life is an endurance race.  
It's not about finishing the fastest, but consistency and having a joyful heart.
God often places Hebrews 12:1-3 on my heart:

"Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!"

Life is a"marathon" and I have the best example to follow in His foot steps.
This week I ran:
Monday: 2.5 miles {10:07/mile} + stretching 
Wednesday: 2.51 miles {10:09/mile} + .29 mile cool-down
Friday: 2.15 miles {9:54/mile} + a quick yoga session
Saturday: Anticipating a 3 mile run in the sun!

A friend just gave me the 10 minute trainer program, so I'm excited to add that next week.
Follow along on the DailyMile!

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