Sunday, May 22, 2011

"Chariots of Fire"

I wasn't planning on blogging about running, but then I thought...why not? This morning I ran my second 5K in Ashburn. I was literally scared of running today. My knee has been bothering me and I was scared that I wouldn't finish. My success is showing up and running it this morning when all I wanted to do was hide and skip it.

My first 5K was on April 30th...Run Me Home, sponsored by my church, LUMC. It was an amazing first race. I loved everything about it. The morning was cool...race started at 7:00, much of it was on the W&OD trail, lots of friendly faces around! (Runners are some of the nicest and most supportive people around!) Here is a picture of my running in my very first 5K....

Today, May 22nd, my second 5K was in Ashburn Village. The race started at 8:00, LOTS more people, very crowded, NO shade, LOTS of hills, and the 5K and 10K started together...didn't like that. But, I had my new Enell Running Bra on, a hat to keep those whispy hairs from flying in my eyes, my iPod with my killer playlist, and my positive attitude. 

Every time I run, I learn something new. That's one of the reasons I love running. Today I learned that I need to continue to work on my cardio. My knee, my legs, my body was prepared to keep running, but I couldn't catch my breath. I am looking forward to continuing my training to fix that problem. I need to remember that I began running February 28th. Before that I was completely sedentary. My running journey continues....and I am loving it! 

This morning I found some scripture verses to inspire me to continue. There are the ones that helped me this morning: 

I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
Philippians 4:13 NIV

For God gave us not a spirit of fearfulness; but of power and love and discipline. (2 Timothy 1:7) (American Standard Version)

For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. (Isaiah 41:13)
Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart
and wait for the LORD.

Psalm 27:14 New International Version


Christine said...

BEAUTIFUL. I agree, there is ALWAYS something new to learn with each run...even if you're just focusing on a part of your body that you've never focused on before, being mindful of how it feels or how it's working. Little things make such a big difference, a good sports bra (!!!) and a hat that keeps you from having to keep wispies out of your eyes. Anything that can minimize distractions and irritations is a boon.

I am SO SO SO proud of you...I love hearing about your journey because it reminds me of my own, and how far I've come, and that I'm still progressing, too...and I love how happy it's making you. It's something you just can't understand until you begin an endeavor like this. I love being able to share it with you. Keep going!!

1981shamrock said...

I want to run again because of you. When I ran track and cross country in high school, I always compared myself to others and because of that, I rarely got enjoyment out of it. Now that I have some life experience under my belt, I'd like to give it another go. Thank you for inspiring me. Your journey rocks!
Love you girl!

Anonymous said...

You have been an inspiration to watch as you have progressed through your journey of growing in faith and running. Your dedication and personal strength draw others to you - you are a light in the world to others. Hugs. Kelly

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