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I read a quote recently that said something along the lines of never wanting to view running as something I have to do, but rather something I GET do to.  God has given me a strong, healthy body that is able to run!  That is a gift that I never want to take lightly!  (He has also given me a husband that is supportive, even if it means he is awake by 6am with sweet Cora)

(but let’s be honest, there are also times when I do feel I have to run – like after I eat multiple Little Debbies in 1 day – food like that is such a curse!!!!!!)

I have run 452 miles since Cora was born, and I had really hoped to hit 500 miles by the end of the year.  Only 48 miles to go in 15 days. Very do able.  But I’m frustrated.  First, I had a brief (like 6 hour) version of the flu over the weekend that left me feeling really run down.  Then, I rolled my dang ankle AGAIN this morning. I caught a pothole by Point Park, thus running about 2.5 more miles on it back to my car.  I was so frustrated.  Am so frustrated.  48 miles in the next 2 weeks now seems impossible.

I’ve been praying today, asking the Lord to give me better perspective.  As I said in the beginning of this post, I GET TO RUN!  I’ll bounce back from this ankle soon.  Jon has a compressed disk in his back and can’t even be on his feet for too long right now. Lots of other people have worse things than that.  So in reality, thank you Lord that a weak ankle is the worst of my complaints!

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not my own

“I … am not my own, but belong unto my faithful Saviour Jesus Christ”  (Heidelberg Catechism)

As a wife and mama, I also belong to Jon and our girls.  Their needs come before my own.  I never want my running to be at the expense of our family.  Quite the opposite!  I want my running to enhance our family!  – for our girls to witness me living a healthy, balanced life AND for running to be a healthy outlet where I return home feeling refreshed and energized to engage with my family.

With this mindset, there are days where I plan and want to run … and then those plans don’t work.  Sarah had a fever yesterday, so I didn’t want to leave her with our normal Tuesday babysitter.  So I did not go to practice and thus did not run.  Part of life when you’re a mama.

I had a good run on Monday – 7.4 miles on the roads from Covenant to LMPC, with a bit of back tracking to run the last bit with a girl who was a bit behind me.  Today, we are doing a tempo/speed workout on the track.  It’s a continuous run, where all of the recoveries are jogging – and so I will not be timing their splits.  So I get to run!

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matters of the heart

1st Timothy 4 is one of my favorite chapters in the Bible.  As I’ve been putting in more time running these past few weeks, verse 8 has been on my heart (“For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.”)  What exactly does this mean? (I’d love to hear your thoughts!)  Do I need to spend as much time reading God’s word and praying as I do running?  With my cross-country team – do they need to spend as much time reading God’s word and praying as they do at practice each day? What about time with my husband and kids? For my runners, what about studying?  These questions have been rolling around in my head.  1 conclusion/realization I have come to is that 100% of our days should be focused godliness.  We need to be meditating on Christ all day, every day, as we go about everything we do in our days.  Physical training is of some value – it is important – and it is not separate from godliness. Godliness and living life for Christ is it. Full stop.  Physical training should be an expression of godliness – praising God for the ability, opportunity, etc.  This is going to be a point I reiterate to my team (and thus to myself) again and again this Fall.

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