Friday, January 27, 2012

I Just Ran Half a Half Marathon!

Well, I just finished running 6.6 miles. That's the longest distance I have completed since I busted my knee back in August. I must say it was not easy! I had done 5 miles last week, and that was pushing it. I guess my run today made me realize how out of shape I am. My body is not just talking to me right now - it's screaming that I have to get myself back in shape by eating right. I know I am eating out of pure emotions - but I gotta figure out how to stop doing that...it's not easy either!


I sort through a lot of my thoughts while I am running. It really seems like it makes it go a lot faster and I get a lot of goals set for the coming days and weeks. (usually) In between I do have crazy thoughts about things like not spitting into the wind and fears that I won't make it back to the bathroom in time! But I get a lot of my emotions and thoughts all lined up and controllable.

 6.6 miles - not too bad for an old lady I guess. It's a little better than half of a half marathon. I tricked my mind into doing it to my body. I run a 2.2 mile loop here close to my apartment. I set a goal that my maximum time for each look can only be 30 minutes. That's pretty slow - but I don't think I have ever been that slow although a couple times it's been close!!

When I set my running goals, I think of it as chunks of 2.2 miles. Today I wanted to cross 6 miles so I thought I'd run it 3 times. It seems a lot easier to think of running the "loop" three times, rather than thinking of running 6.6 miles. In 3 weeks, I'll run the loop 4 times. (I will try not to let my body know that this will be 8.8 miles! lol! I realize that setting goals is just that easy.

 I set one goal - 6 miles. Then decide what it takes to achieve it - 3 loops. Then I break the loops up into my head and do them one at a time until I get to 3. Easy as pie. (I will remember to tell my knee that after it stops hurting - and I'll remind my back about it in the morning too! lol!)

 What are your goals? I would hate to think about living life with no goals. Even the Word has goals - Paul says that he was pressing toward the goal for the prize of the upward call in Christ. (Philippians 3:14) The Law aimed us toward the goal of the New Testament in Christ; and He points us toward the goal of being in the Father. We have to have goals to achieve any level of success.

So what are your goals? Where do you want to be in 5 years? What kind of Christian do you want to be (now and) in five years? Start now in your growth by setting some realistic goals. You can do anything a "loop" at a time. But you gotta start from where you are and go to where you haven't been. It's okay to push yourself a little bit - who else is going to do it? (answer: no one) Get up and get moving - read your Bible, spend a few minutes in worship, go visit someone who is sick, or shut-in. Feed someone who is hungry or pray for someone who is hurting. 1 John 2:6 says the one who says he abides in Him, ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked. As believers - that's our goal - to walk like Him!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Just Ran Bernice, Louisiana!

When I first started running, my son was in a nursing home in Bernice. I would get up early in the morning and go for a run so I could get back and get a shower before they started the patient showers. (yes, I literally stayed there with him!) So tonight, I ran it in my mind...but there's more to the story.

 My own life is filled with much stress - just like everyone else! Part of my struggles means that I am limited to running on a treadmill and not outside. Did I mention yet that I hate  the treadmill? And running in the evening is even worse because I can't see out the window so I stare at the living room wall! This just makes it more of a struggle to get on the thing! lol!

 Quite honestly, I get depressed and just want to quit! Imagine that! So I had stayed off for nearly a week... even though I already signed up for the half marathon for April. So I had to make a choice - am I going to be a runner, or not? If I want to be a runner, then I will have to make use of the treadmill for training...

Then I had this crazy thought. I decided that while I was running I would think about all my different races and the places I have run. You know what? It worked! So I picked one to focus on last night. I thought about Bernice, Louisiana. I ran the routes over in my mind - it was really a pretty little town! I pictured all the trees, the old barns and railroad station...I thought about all the places I ran in preparation for that first 5k! It was a great place to run!

 The point is - to get where we want to we may have to suck it up and run! One of my favorite blogs is called, "Shut Up and Run!" I decided to do just that! I can whine about my circumstances - or I can suck it up - and run! It may mean that I have to do it in a way that is not as enjoyable as others - or in a way that is not preferred - but I can do this!

 What's your biggest obstacle to being the runner you want to be? Or perhaps your obstacles and hindrances are in other areas of your life. It does not matter really what the goals are - it is a matter of choosing whether or not you really want to accomplish them. We all have the option of sitting and complaining - or getting up getting going. It's about which path you want to take. It really goes for our faith too... do we really want to walk it out? Or do we want to sit around and whine about how difficult life is? life is difficult... period. faith is a choice... who do you want to be?  Suck it up - and run toward it then!!

 This evening -- I'm running New Orleans!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Gotta Set Some Goals To Get Anywhere

I know.. none of us like to really talk about goal setting. But this morning while I was beating out a couple of miles on the dreadmill I realized if I want to do the half marathon (that I have already signed up for) I'm going to have to set some realistic goals. It's never an easy task no matter what - but coming off a relatively major injury sure does seem to make it more difficult.

 The funny thing is that I know I can run 13.1 miles - because I have done it~! But I also know that I cannot do that today! I hate starting all over! I am up to about 10 miles a week again since the injury that sidelined me for about 10 weeks this season. (frustrating --sigh) And you know what? I really did not want to get on that treadmill this morning! It's difficult because I really like to run outside. However, I do not have the privilege of doing so. That means that if I really want to do the half marathon in April I do not have the luxury of a choice! So I have to ask myself How bad do I want it?

That's exactly the type of questions I was asking myself while putting an hour in on the tread this morning. But I have to start where I am. You really cannot start from where you are not! lol! And all I can do is the best with what I have to do with right now...and keep pushing. So..my goal is to put 30 minutes in on the treadmill 5 days a week, do toning exercises to build my core for 30 minutes 5 days a week, and then one day a week put an hour in on the treadmill. That should help me get through the next 3 or 4 weeks. Then I will have to bump it up a notch. But for now - these are my goals.

No matter where you are in life's journey and what your circumstances are - you gotta set some goals to get where you want to go. I know I have goals set in various other areas of my life as well. But as I discipline myself in one area - it seems the others follow. Funny isn't it? Well, one of those goals is also to keep up with my blogs a little better. So today is the start...

We must set goals - and as a Christian our ultimate goal is to be like Chris. 1 John 2:6 says that if we say the one who says he aides in Him ought also to walk in the same manner He walked. I cannot run a half marathon today...I may not look just like Christ in my walk today either. But as I start the journey - I will get where I am going. We have to press on toward the goal - fight it through. No one said it would be easy! (if they did...they lied!) But we must start from right where we are today - and proceed! Take a step toward your goals today. Take a step toward looking more like the Christ we love today...it'll be worth it when we cross the finish line!