It's been a while since I wrote about running. Not because I haven't been running - thank the Lord! - but because I don't want to bore you with the mundane ins and outs of my training. Today I hit a road block. Partially physical, partially mental and a whole lot of spiritual.
Last weekend I ran seven miles for the first time in well over a year. Seven miles is the longest I've ever run. Not a single step further. Saturday I ran it seven miles in weather that was almost ninety degrees - and felt way hotter - not the best idea I know! I took it super slow and took lots of running breaks. I looked back at my last years times and I ran 20-25 minutes slower. It was kind of discouraging. This year I've put in the time - I'm more dedicated and consistent then I've been with running. And yet I'm slower.
"No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening--it's painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way." -Hebrews 12:11
Thank you for not giving up on me!
Thank you for showing me grace and direction.
Thank you for placing encouraging people in my life to remind me of truth.
Thank you sweet friend for reminding me that I am not where I was a year ago as a runner.
Thanks for reminding me to step back and gain some perspective on where I've come from.
Thanks for the laugh starting your encouragement with "remember that time you ran a 10k last year and threw up on the finish line...then crushed that time a few weeks ago."
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us." -Hebrews 12:1Thanks for reminding me that today I'm a little further along in this race that I was last year.
PS I'm SIXTY FIVE days from running a half marathon!!