I’m a few days late on this, but I had the most incredible run the other morning. And the crazy thing is, it was on the treadmill. I’m sure I’m in the top percentile of all runners when I say I hate the treadmill. It hurts my knees, and when I run at home, its even worse than the gym…instead of watching my treadmill TV, I stare at the tractor because its in the workshop. Borrrrrinnnnnnggggg.

For this run though, I tested out running to a new song. Its been a favorite for a while, and I thought it would give me strength to press on. I’m a little less than a month from my race now, and I’m hungry. Starving, really. I WANT this win. I’ve wanted it for a year now. A lot has changed since last year. I’m not moved in my house yet like I thought I would be- which is actually why I thought I could sign up for this race- because I would have plenty of time to train. ….Surprise! I thought I would have extra time to run since I was finished giving my free time to painting and pulling up floor and….whatever else has taken my time to renovate my house. (COMPLETELY restore it, I may add!)

So this run, though. I’m trying to figure out how my negative splits can time out for my race. The more I run, the better I get at racing. I don’t mean that as in, ‘I’m getting in better shape.’ Well, duh. No, I mean I need to stop going out too fast and wearing out too soon in my race.

So for this run, the song is “Oceans” by Hillsong. Part of the lyrics are- 

  • “Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
    Let me walk upon the waters
    Wherever You would call me
    Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
    And my faith will be made stronger
    In the presence of my Savior”

This really pushes me when I’m feeling weak. Yes, I run and work out as much as I can, and I would say I’m in pretty good shape. Yay for me. That’s me pushing myself to succeed. But none of this could be done without my Savior. I am nothing. I am a lazy couch potato who loves pizza. I pray for strength and perseverance. 

I’m pretty stubborn by nature, but I’m also weak. If I haven’t had enough sleep, I’m hungry, its hot, its windy…..those all also pretty good excuses for a walk break. If you catch me in the right mood, I can push on. If not….oh well. Its too hot to really run this much, even if it is a race. 

Everyone finds inspiration from different things. I’m happy I’ve found that this song pushes me more to be stronger and better, and remember to rely on the Lord for strength and stamina. 

I ran 3.1 this day, and my splits were 9 minutes, 8:30, and for the last mile, I ran at an 8 min pace for the first half mile, and then each .1 mile, I increased the speed by 1. For the last .2 mile of my “race” I ran at 7:30 pace until I was done. I love finishing my runs pushing myself every now and then, to know I can do it, and to prepare myself for when its actually a race. 

With all the knee pain I’ve suffered in the past and having to taking breaks from running to rest my IT band, I’m so thankful I can run without hesitation now. I could say my clean diet with paleo and drinking plenty of water is giving me that, but I know its also a gift from God. Thank you, more than I could ever express.

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