I run this race called life not to be first, but to be of an encouragement.
"No Dear Brothers and Sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing. Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus is calling us."
As I look over these last few weeks, I'm really impressed with myself jumping in and running two 5k races all within a one week span. The first one I ended up placing 3rd in and I thought I had done horrible. The second race, I just wanted to beat my previous time. And I did!
I know I'm not an Olympian, however, I love to run! This past week after my second race I was driving to Thanksgiving dinner and the endorphins were still rushing through my body from the AM run. I began to remember back to my first 1/2 marathon I had prepped for. The training was so difficult and my toes were black and blue the majority of the time. I said I'd never run again because I hated it so much. But the more training I've done, lost weight, and muscled up, the more fun running has become. No matter if the race is in rain & sleet like the 1/2 marathon in Oklahoma City, OK or if it's just outside on a beautiful day, I really enjoy the time because I'm able to find peace in it.
What do I think about when I run? EVERYTHING!
I strap on my Ipod and zone in to my past week. I use the time running to self analyze what went well and what didn't. I think about what I had control over and what I didn't and think of a plan to better myself and others the upcoming week. I also use the time to pray. It's really hard to think about my legs and hips and lungs all burning and so forth... but I tell myself to relax and breathe. My mantra is "DON'T STOP"!
Self Analyzing... WHY STOP RUNNING? The Oklahoma City 1/2 and Full Marathon will be this spring once again. I have decided that I need to run it. The race took my breath away the first time (in a good way) and I desire to do it again. I need something in front of me, a goal to push towards. My ultimate goal in life is to be fit and healthy and inspire others to do the same. That is why I continue like the above verse I came across in Philippians. I run this race called life not to be first, but to be of an encouragement. No matter if I impact 1 person or several, I live for an audience of one and I desire to please him. Granted, I mess up a whole lot, but I don't allow that to be an excuse. I continue to push on.
What have you given up on? Who have you given up on? Are you still in this race? I present these questions because they need to be addressed. When we live for others or ourselves, we get lost. Take a look at your life and see what changes need to be made.