Thursday, August 20, 2009

Slow and Steady

I should have reserved my "Running on Empty" title for today's post. It would really fit in well with the experience I had yesterday. Last fall I ran in a half marathon. Finally after a lot of sedentary years I finally got moving. I started to eat healthy and exercise regularly.

Then in December when I found the lump in my breast I quit exercising. I had my surgery to remove it and everything turned out o'kay. However, the exercising and eating healthy stopped. It has been almost nine months and I could not get myself motivated to start over. I keep telling myself I am going to run the 1/2 marathon again in October, but I have not even started training.

Well, last night I laced up my running shoes, grabbed my Ipod and started to run. I told myself that I had to run at least one mile before I walked. (I know for you runners out there. . .that doesn't sound like much of an accomplishment, but for me it was huge). I was listening to praise music and trying to meditate on it while I ran.

I realized that listening to praise music while running can be dangerous. At one point I almost ran into the ditch because I shut my eyes and was worshiping God.

I knew exactly how far I needed to run to hit a little over a mile. There was a stop sign straight in front of me. I just had to get to it and then I could walk. I really wanted to stop running, but I didn't. Every time I wanted to stop I would listen to the words on my Ipod. "I am weak but You are strong" and "Lord with You there's nothing I cannot do". I kept running.

I didn't stop until I got to the stop sign. Of course the next song on my playlist was "Praise the King" by Cindy Morgan. And believe me I was praising God for getting me to that stop sign.

This post may sound really silly to you. I know it was only one mile of running. (By the way I did still have to get back home so I did go over 2 miles) But to me, it was starting over. It was getting through that first run. It was a run to praise God that the surgery that stopped my running ended up being nothing.

God is so good. There really is nothing that we cannot do without Him.

However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me--the task of testifying to the gospel of God's grace. Acts 20:24


3 Blessings said...

Running 1 mile is a BIG deal to me, so CONGRATS! I also really needed this post today.

Denise said...

I am impressed:) I think the hardest thing about running is starting--that's where the mind really is the battlefield! Your blogs are an inspiration to are so gifted. Keep it up! Love you!!

Collette@Jesuslovesmums said...

Well Amy I certainly couldn't run 1 mile very easily at all! Good on you! Listening to praise music sounds like a good idea while exercising!
Love Collette xxx

Beth@Not a Bow in Sight said...

Lovely post! Keep your eyes open ;)

Jenn @ Beautiful Calling said...

I used to run many years ago and compeltely agree that a mile is a BIG DEAL. So is the very first step of that mile! Whoo Hoo. Good for you!

Watch out for those ditches :)

Anonymous said...

How real. This is more inspiring than if you'd written about logging 10 miles nonstop, Amy. I love the way you weave in the music you were listening to--and admitting your near-wipeout while worshiping.

When I jog, I pray. And when I get to praying about something really heavy, I will often find that I've slowed to a walk. So perhaps I should switch to worshiping instead of praying--it sounds like it would keep me going at a brisker pace!

Sarah said...

So... what's your running play list of praise songs? I need to go make one!

Janet said...

I have trouble running one minute, let alone one mile! I'm impressed. Keep up your efforts.

Amandasaurus said...

oh goodness. Me and running are not friends. Good thing you had encouragement!

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