As we sat there waiting for our food, mom curiously asked me "Nita, are you running alone today?"
I love when mom engages in my passion. She is always in my corner.
Very sure of my running plan, I replied "No Mom, not today, today I need to run alone, I need to feel it, I need to plan it, I need to see how my body responds to me."
Mom had a great reply, "Ah, you gotta get into you."
Many years ago, in the season of my life I was young, strong and fearless I boxed. My trainers always said "Go through the Bag ANITA"
Today, I reminded myself it was a run that I had to Go Through. And I had to go through it alone.
I had 15 miles to run, intensely and intentionally.
At mile 9, more than half way through my body felt great. I heard the little chime on my Garmin. I looked down to discover I NAILED it again. "YES, YES, YES!!" I screamed out loud on the back roads with a big cheesy grin painted across my face. I gave a fist pump to the sky I was so stoked.
I took each mile as they came telling myself to "GET Through IT."
Of course I didn't run just 15, because I mapped my run wrong it turned into 16. I did bring the intensity WAY down that last mile.
I took that mile to give thanks to GOD. I thanked him the whole 15, but I expressed it wholly during that last mile.
See truth be said I heard him speaking to me days ago. Telling me to rest. My body was achy, I was crabby, my knees were hurting and I could tell I was feeling discouraged.
I took Friday and Saturday off. I took 2-30 minute naps last week. My miles were down but I knew it was for the best.
My legs thanked me with 15 strong miles. Quality not Quantity.
Bringing it all together:
- We have to be rested up to get through the challenges of life.
- We have to have a plan, a goal, something to strive for and challenge ourselves.
- We have to get inside of our selves, with NO distractions to know what we are made of.
- We have to Seek God in our insufficiencies, Seek God in our dreams, our challenges and our goals.
- We have to give THANKS, have gratitude in it ALL.