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!

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