Sunday, December 19, 2010
So I ran a half marathon today, after not running for a least a month. And it was the most painful run of my life. The race started at 7 am. I woke up late. I ended up having to park about a mile or so away from the start line. I heard the gun go off for the race to start as soon as I got out of my car. By the time I found the start line (amazingly none of the police officers who were blocking off the roads knew where the start line was) the race had already been going on for 13 minutes! The volunteers were about to pull up the thresh hold that runners have to cross in order to active the timing chip. So about 4 minutes after I cross the thresh hold, I see people running toward me. I'm thinking how far behind could I possibly be in only 13 minutes??? There wasn't a runner in front of me for what seemed to be an eternity! I was exhausted as I turned the first corner only to find out that I hadn't even ran a mile yet! That's when I thought about quitting. Until some enthusiastic volunteers offering water cheered me on. After all, it was about 25 minutes into the race, and I hadn't even ran a mile yet! I wanted to quit. I was overweight and out of shape. There's no way I could do this! Plus, it was about 40 degrees and the fog was so thick, it seemed like it was raining. I didn't have gloves. My hands were freezing. I couldn't think of anything except the pain. Then I turned the second corner and what did I see? Walkers! And the police car trailing them since they were believed to be the last of the half marathoners. I jogged a little until I was able to pass about 4 people. I wouldn't be in last place after all! I'll spare the other details, but I managed to finish the entire 13.1 miles in 2 hrs and 35 minutes. And it was the most painful run of my life! Not to mention the mile walk to the start line and the mile walk back to my car after the finish line. Every single part of my body hurts today. But I did burn over 2200 calories. And as out of shape as I am AND after starting late, I still managed to run faster than 200 other people.
I really learned so much about myself today. I showed up late. I was far behind everyone else. The weather and a lot of other elements were against me. It seemed like there was no one around to support me. I didn't know where to start. I couldn't see nor envision the finish line. BUT, I did show up. I did not give up. And even though it was painful, the further I got into the race, the more I improved. The better my running became. My endurance started to build up. And even though I ached every step of the way, I appreciated how strong my body was and it's ability to push past the pain to accomplish the goal!
After I showered and lay across my bed, I read my new SELF magazine and ran across 3 words that shook my world. "Happy New You!"
I just began to think about how my day started off. How last week went for me. How this year has been for me until now. I started thinking of all the things that made me decide to just dive into a 1/2 marathon without training or stretching or anything. Happy New You?
It made perfect sense! The truth is, we do not have to be anything that we don't want to be. No one can label you or make you believe that you are anything unless you allow their opinions of you to outweigh your opinion of yourself, and more importantly, who God says you are! You can decide for yourself to become who you want to be. And the awesome news is that you can become that person RIGHT NOW! You don't have to wait until tomorrow, or next week, and definitely not next year!
I want to encourage everyone reading this to decide today what you want to be. Decide to believe the report of the Lord! God wants us to have the desires of our hearts! It is not God's desire to tell us no! He wants us all to be happy and cherish the gift of life that He has given us! Make a list of the type of person you want to be. Write down all of your strengths and build on those. Make a list of areas you would like to improve and get busy improving them! Shoot for the moon! We all deserve it! Don't wait until 2011 to start fresh. Figure out the type of person you want to be and then get busy working on you today! While everyone else waits for midnight on January 1, 2011 to shout happy new year and start working on their resolutions, you can resolve on December 20, 2010 to be the best you ever.
When you wake up tomorrow morning, look yourself in the mirror and say...
HAPPY NEW YOU!!!