Up here in Michigan we have been begging for a break.
The days seem to be shortened. I wake up in dark, all the while moving so fast from one errand to the next only to find it dark yet again.
There are days that my schedule is so tight that a simple train can throw my MOJO off.
I sit here for a few minutes at the keyboard trying to just relax.
Today was the first day of Spring. It had me thinking. I can do better. I can be better. It is a day of newness. Spring brings forth growth. It blooms beauty. It offers hope to those of us that have been pummeled by almost 20 weeks of snow. Most of us here in Michigan are discouraged and depressed. We have forgotten what the color of grass looks like.
How I started my First Day of Spring.
It had been weeks since I have been able to run with my running partner, Danielle.
It was the perfect run to start off this new season. The wind blew, the air was still chilly, the is snow scattered all across Michigan, however, I never felt any of it.
All I felt was happiness. I was enjoying the company of my dear friend so much it could have been a blizzard out and I wouldn't have noticed.
For a little more than 1 hour of 8 miles, the whole world stopped. I had no anxiety, no appointments, no deadlines, no emails and so on and so forth.
I felt the Hope of Spring. I was Inspired to Smile and stay positive. I reminded myself that motivation is everywhere you just have to know where to look.
5 Ways to put a Little Spring in Your Step!
- FIND A RACE And Register! If you are a new runner this will get your feet moving! Check out this website for Michigan Races.
- Find a Training Plan! There are several good training plans out there. For BEGINNERS there is C25K. Also Runners World, Hal Higdon and Jeff Galloway all have great 1/2 marathon and marathon plans.
- Shoe Shopping! Good shoes are cheaper than a visit to the Doctors!
- Find a Friend! Don't be shy..ASK! Most people have this little flame burning to run. Our legs came before our cars, we were created to use them!
- Get your Playlist ready to RUN.
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
I am just as human as you. I have good days and I have bad days. For the last few weeks I have gone to bed almost every night beat up and sore. My muscles ache so bad some nights that I am up throughout the night.
There are mornings I struggle to find motivation in all the achy muscles. Over time you develop habits that even in pain are hard to break. The Habit of Commitment. So I just get up and do what has to be done, despite how bad my muscles are screaming at me. You have to stay committed to the plan THEN find Motivation to carry it out.
Motivation is all around you, you just have to know where to LOOK.
Sometimes it isn't even about where you are looking it, is about taking your focus off YOURSELF and looking in another direction.
I know the Lord has great plans for me. But I know His training plan for my life will require pain. Some days will be harder than others. We live in a crazy broken world. But He will equip me and give me hope.
I have to wake up looking outside myself and my circumstance and seek Him to provide me with what I need to carry out HIS Plan for my Life.
If you are struggling right now, I am so sorry. Do not give up hope. Open your heart to His Plan. It is a broken world. It is so tough out there. There are days that are overwhelming. Seek the Lord with all Your heart and all your Soul.