Well, I did it! After a 3 month hiatus because of holidays, travel, and just cold weather, I completed my 3 mile run yesterday and in the time that I was hoping for. Not fast by any means, but at least steady.
Did I mention that I really do not like running? Never have. I am a gym rat through and through. I have gone to gyms and done exercise classes for over 15 years. I really love weights, classes, and just the whole thing. I am 5 feet 7 inches with relatively longish legs, so people would always ask me, “Do you run?” LOL – No! I run into the gym and back out. That’s it. I guess they thought I was a runner because of these longish legs. Ha! No!
Then, almost 2 years ago now, my daughter said that she wanted to run in the Color Me Rad race here in our area. It was an April race, so the weather is getting warmer and can be nice here in southeastern Virginia. If you don’t know Color Me Rad, it is a 5K race and they cover you in color as you run by. I know, fun, right? So, My response was, “YES! Let’s do it! What was I thinking? I’m not a runner. I have never really run 5K in my life. So, I figured I better get to it.
So, that spring, before the race, I went out in the evenings, after a full day of teaching, a full evening of mothering, cooking, cleaning and such and went out to tackle the beast. And, believe it or not, I did it. It took time. It took perseverance, because, believe me, I wanted to give up. It hurt. It was hard., But, as I pushed on even through the hurt, I was able to run the 3 ish miles. I know. To many, 3 miles is really just a warm up. But, to me, it was an insurmountable goal. I had never done it. So, when I pushed through and conquered THE BEAST – I was so happy!
Well, fast forward to yesterday. I still don’t love running. I just have to be honest with you. But, I really do value a healthy lifestyle. Healthy living is so vitally important. I tell my own girls all the time: I work out because it is good for my body and my mind. Healthy is what I am striving for. And honestly, working out those 15 years, I did it for the exercise, the fellowship, and for the mental therapy. I truly believe that one of the best things I did while raising young kids was work out. It is a great stress reliever. A great one! Cheaper than therapy too. And it allowed me to be around other women and build wonderful friendships that are still around. Win – win – I think.
Nowadays, as I run, I find it so relaxing. I find it to be a great time of prayer and fellowship with my creator. It’s just him and me. I don’t run with other people. Just the Lord. I don’t listen to music either. I just get to enjoy those conversations. Running and prayer time has become a blessing to me. Never thought I would say that about running, but it has.
Well, I am now signed up to run my second ever race. Color Me Rad 2017. I am excited for that day. In learning to actually run at a distance, I learned a great lesson here. God has given us the capacity to do hard things, even when we don’t want to.
My story of running is just small, but it showed me a real example of what the Bible says in Philippians 3:13-14 :
Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
That’s us! Or that should be us! We forget what lies behind and press on or run on toward the call of Jesus Christ! There will days that it will be tough. There will be days when the race is ugly and you feel you just can’t go on, but you can. You can! God has given you the strength to do so and he will be there the entire way cheering you on. And when you reach the goal – whatever it may be – He will smile and say, “I knew you could do it.”
Happy Running and Happy Praying!
Blessings and Love – Nikki