Saturday, October 30, 2010

Do not grow weary

Well, I did it!  I ran my first 5K in 13 years.  Back in 1997 I ran one when I lived in Memphis.  I don't remember my time, but my goal for that was to run the whole way.  I had trained some, but not consistently.  This time, I had trained.  I could have used about another 4 weeks but I ran out of time.  My longest run before the race was 2 1/2 miles with an 11:30 minute mile pace.  My goal this time was to beat my age in time (36 1/2).  At one point I thought I might puke.  I thought, there is no way I will beat my age.  I did!  I don't have my official time but I think I came in around 34 minutes!  I got to tell you though, I deserve NO praise for this one.  I had such a great cheering squad.  You can see them below:

The handsome guy is my husband and he has his arm around my gorgeous friend 'T'.  I'm in the black jacket and the young girl is my friend T's daughter, 'S'.  S was my inspiration for starting this whole race.  She started running this summer with her mom.  Neither T or S were runners.  Not even close.  They weren't even walkers!  ;)  My husband has been running for 2 years and I kept thinking that all the people in my life were going to be runners but me!  So I started.  Slowly.  Very slowly.  At first I felt like I was going to have to walk the whole race.  And these races aren't cheap.  I wanted it to count.

That's actually become a motto of mine.  I want my life to count!  I want to be like Isaiah 40:31:
"but those who hope in the LORD 
will renew their strength. 
They will soar on wings like eagles; 
they will run and not grow weary, 
they will walk and not be faint."

At mile 2 1/2 I was feeling pretty faint and definitely weary.  I remember praying, "God if I get through this, it's all because of you."  I just didn't have it in me.  At all!  Oh, how that's true about so many things.  We try to do something all on our own.  If we would just realize early on, at the starting line, that our God is there to help us, and even carry us, then the race would be so much easier!  Run on my friends!

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