Sometimes I care but usually I let it roll off me.
It's none of my business what you think of me.
I recently heard some words said about me and my running. God has given me the gift of recognizing when I am a conversational piece. A blessing and a cursing. I try not to hold grudges and most of the time I succeed.
Here are a few points I want to share about ME;
- Yes, I LOVE RUNNING. Sharing it with others, learning from others, coaching, encouraging and running.
- My IDENTITY does not lie in my running. This is a running blog, clearly I am not going to flood it with other parts of my life, my family, my dog, my church, my work or whatever else makes me who I am.
- Yes, I run a lot, that's what I like. My running might bother a few, but to those who I have met, encouraged, cheered, taught, watched, my running has made a positive impact.
- For the few haters out there, WHAT have you done to encourage someone else? What have you done to try and inspire someone else?
- I Run to not just be part of a community that encourages, edifies, and supports one another but to invite others in and watch them inspire as well. All Are Welcomed. All colors, All sizes, All Shapes, all Beliefs, I don't JUDGE. I have been in many groups. And some of the biggest haters have actually come church people. I am a churchy person, however, I don't do many groups due to the fact they are not always welcoming, not always encouraging and not always nice.
Today, at Cross Country a mother came to me. "I just wanted to say "Thank You". Thank You for taking the time and stretching Trinities hips out. Whatever you did she said really made a difference."
"Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven."
Maybe My Identity is "Just trying to make a difference." A hip stretch, a high five, a smile, a couple words or a pat on the back.
It is all given to me from God. I do not take my responsibility as a Christian lightly. I am a LIGHT and I try to show it in the gifts HE has given me.
Distance: 14 miles, 1 mile XC & 4 miles biking.
Location: Clover Park Linden
Temp: 31 degrees, cold windy
The Crew: Danielle and Jama
The whole run was all effort today. I don't know what I would have done without the girls. Our route was another hilly one. My It Band is getting a bit angry, last weeks 60+ miles didn't score me any brownie points.
On our run we still ran a sub 9 minute mile and that is with a few water/walk breaks. I couldn't figure out why I was so fatigued, "REALLY girls, I thought this was LSD?" I felt better knowing my burning lungs weren't from being old and weak.
I have been making out with the foam roller this week. I even took 30 minutes today and laid down with Sheba after our long run and before Cross Country. I took a bike to XC in order to stay off my feet.
Pain seems to fertilize a lot of negative thoughts. Coach Jeff called me. He said this to me "Celebrate what you can do right NOW, Do the Work, and if you are still slowing then You are getting to be an Old Lady." Jeff's profound Wisdom.
"Arise, shine; for your light has come, And the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.