Running the Race

If you were to ask me, at any time in my life before that last 4 months, if I would ever delight in running, I probably wouldn’t even give you a spoken answer. I would simply laugh as if that was the funniest joke. Ever.

Today, however, I ran a distance of about 2.5 miles in 35 minutes. And no, no one was chasing me (I hope I would be faster if that were the case). All kidding aside, I enjoyed that run. Yes, now that it’s been a few hours I can feel some muscles tightening up, but would I go back and not do it? No way. You see, there’s a light bulb that went off in my mind about 4 months ago, one that changed my thoughts of not only not wanting to run, but also my thoughts that I couldn’t, to ones of planning when my next run will be and how I am going to challenge myself on the next one. It goes something like this:

I became fast friends with a great gal, Sara. She and I started to go for weekly walks talking about anything & everything, with a special focus on how God is working in our lives. We had both mentioned we needed to do something more; we weren’t being the best stewards of what He had given us; our health & our bodies. My weight & eating healthy has always been an issue for me, and nothing could keep my motivation intact, until I thought about one of the things I desire most – having kids. Not being married, I know it won’t be for a few more years, if at all, but I could not bear the thought of there being complications because I am not at a healthy weight. That was my big motivational push to start; now I long to see what this body of mine is really capable of when I rely on His strength to pull me through.

We started the Couch to 5k running plan (you can find the basic plan here) 10 weeks ago and never looked back. Oh, and the plan is only 9 weeks long, and, yes, we are still going strong. We have not yet made it to a 5k yet, but we have a race at the end of the month and a good couple weeks to finish training. I have no doubt that we will make it, and I will proudly say that if not for the grace of God we would never have been able to.

Life itself is like training for a race; it’s always better if you’re being held accountable by one who loves you, nothing will get you through it but faith, perseverance, and hard work, and as long as your focus is on Jesus and you’re following in His foot steps you’ll make it through to the finish line just fine. And truly, that is where the real fun begins.

Love & Blessings,

KJ

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