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Monday, September 10, 2012

So, I'll be honest. I have had a rough time getting back into my morning workout groove. The reason I rolled out of bed yesterday was because my running buddy was set to arrive at my house at 6:45am. I felt great after my bike ride yesterday. And, here's the thing, I've done all the calculations regarding alternatives...so I know that this early morning hour is really the only way I, personally, am going to be able to consistently stick to my training. It's just the way it is.

I missed my long run yesterday due to tendinitis ever-so-slightly flaring up and I really can't afford to skip a long run - not with a half marathon in 6 weeks. So, my choice was to get completely off track or get up this morning and do it. As much as I'd love to be overdramatic and say that this morning was the toughest wake-up to workout ever, I'd be lying...it is this tough every single day. I don't think I've ever had my alarm go off and thought, "Yes! Time to run!" Haha.

The sun is coming up later and later these days. And, although I've never attempted a run in the dark on the trail before, I went ahead and started this morning just about 10 minutes before the sun began to come up. I probably ought to get some pepper spray stat if I'm going to make this a habit.

About 4 minutes into my walking warm-up, I wondered if I should have worn a sweatshirt. It was a chilly 50 degrees. I could see this being a LONG, FREEZING 4 miles. But...I was already starting late, so I shrugged it off. As I grumbled to myself about how I should have just stayed in bed, I suddenly looked up.

WOW. The clearest sky with a gorgeous cresent moon and gleaming stars all around it! I literally gasped when I saw it. It was like God said, "Don't forget why you're out here. To be with Me. I made this morning for you. Just wait til you see what I have in store!"

From that point on, everything began to change. My mindset, my attitude and the world around me. The light began to creep into the eastern sky...just a dull glow that was a tiny bit brighter than the dark sky. As it slowly spread out over the sky, I had found a perfect pace that had me feeling light on my feet and not struggling for breath at all. It allowed me to look around and truly take in the artwork around me. I saw a magnificent spider's web. As I ran past a huge pasture, I heard a horse whinney in the distance to welcome the day.

As the light grew, I actually heard a rooster announcing the dawn! A flock of geese flew over my head in V-formation with an adorable baby goose flying along behind them. I ran right by a fawn and was literally about 4 feet away from her and she didn't start or run away. I saw the fog lifting off the fields and I heard the rushing of the creek, full from recent rainfall.

During my last two miles, I asked God to quiet my inner craziness and speak to my heart in the stillness. I expected some instructions...you need to do this better...you need to be more like this...etc. I was utterly surprised by what I actually felt Him say to me.

"Leah, you know how you feel about your kids? That love that oozes out of you when you see them? That is how I feel about you."

"You are my sweet, precious little girl! I love you so much, you adorable little thing. I could kiss you forever! You are so amazing! I can't even explain how much I love you. I wish I could even find words to tell you how you captivate me. You are so perfect and amazing the way you are. I can't believe I made you. So beautiful...so special. Come here...I just want to hold you and never let go."

What a gift. What a wonderful gift! I have never been so glad that I didn't wear my iPod and block out all of that with some raunchy Lady Gaga song. I'm not kidding. I might just become a running purist, you guys. Anyone wanna buy an iPod shuffle?

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LOGOULD 9/16/2012 5:50PM

    Thanks for sharing - what an AWESOME experience - to say the least! I, too, have started to wear my MP3 with just a single ear bud....and sometimes to remove it all together. It is amazing to really be quiet with God and my breathing and His nature and really experience how full of life a good run can make you feel!

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DORIAN4182 9/14/2012 7:37PM

  Great blog, Inspirational, Glad you had such a good morning,God is with us all the time we just have to listen

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JUDSTERF 9/14/2012 7:09PM

    Wonderful Blog. It's surprizing how much a person can see and hear when they open their eyes and ears and really listen for the Voice of God. He knew us before we were born. Truly a loving God.

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TEALHAWK 9/14/2012 4:30PM

  Enjoyed this, beautiful picture too

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BUSMOM27 9/14/2012 11:26AM

    Thank you so much! I so needed to hear that.

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PENOWOK 9/14/2012 8:49AM

    How beautiful is the heart that hears God speak to it!! How important it is to take the time to listen, like you did!

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JIBBIE49 9/13/2012 11:31PM

    You're a STAR. emoticon

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MARYJEANSL 9/13/2012 11:27PM

  Beautiful picture - and a beautiful experience!

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TXGRANDMA 9/13/2012 10:20PM

    Such a very special blog! I think it is wonderful that you are so cognizant of God's love for you! It IS a truely amazing thing! May God continue to bless you, His daughter! emoticon

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JAMER123 9/13/2012 10:05PM

    We are all blessed by God if we would only listen! You are beautiful and it's wonderful to be able to see the beauty in others. Thank you for the chance to come to awareness of the fantastic surroundings we live in!! emoticon

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JERICHO1991 9/13/2012 9:08PM

    Thanks. Brought tears to my eyes. We are truly blessed by a loving God.

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DEBBYNATION 9/13/2012 9:04PM

    I agree! I do early morning walks with my dog near a trail & the sun rising over a night sky just astounds me! This morning we saw a Kingfisher & snapper turtle too. I am amazed at God's handiwork! :)

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LIVELYGIRL2 9/13/2012 8:17PM

  Yes indeed!!! Wonderful insight : ))) emoticon

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TONYVAND1 9/13/2012 6:09PM

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INGMARIE 9/13/2012 5:27PM

    emoticon emoticon Thanks

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BECCA315 9/13/2012 3:24PM

    Amen!!

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LISA_FRAME 9/13/2012 1:00PM

  Loved this post!

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AEBROWNSON 9/13/2012 10:26AM

    I, too, was out yesterday morning in the predawn (oh heck, it was still night!!!) And it was crystal clear and the moon was indeed a crescent. but those were no stars around it...those were Jupiter and Mars!!!

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TRICIAE2 9/13/2012 10:20AM

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DNRAE1 9/13/2012 9:15AM

    emoticon What a beautiful way to start the day!

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FARIS71 9/13/2012 8:56AM

    What an amazing morning you had. Thank you so much for sharing all that perspective. It's a hard choice every morning but a worthwhile one. And I sometimes think about how much I love my kids and how God loves me even more than that, which I can't even really comprehend.

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KWING517 9/13/2012 8:36AM

    So glad your day started off so great!! I hope the whole Monday was that good!

I've been running without music for the past few weeks - cant really tell you why I prefer the quiet, but I do...oh, and I have had my alarm go off at 5am and cause me to jump up and say "Yay! It's time to run!!" Does that make me a little crazy?? :)

Hope today is even better for you than Monday was!!


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KKINDE 9/13/2012 8:12AM

    Thank you .... very inspiring...I have been searching for something to get my butt inspired to get out and move....you may be it!

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JPEARL127 9/13/2012 7:57AM

  You are truly an inspiration to all who follow your blog! emoticon

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INTRIBUS 9/13/2012 7:51AM

  Yep it is amazing out there

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NCSUE0514 9/13/2012 7:35AM

    I, too, am relishing the beautiful all around me!

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GARDENCHRIS 9/13/2012 7:12AM

    Beautiful blog And God Is always SO right!

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MYOHMYIM40 9/13/2012 5:49AM

  Wow, thank you for this!

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HEALTHYLADY12 9/12/2012 8:46PM

    beauftiful

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SHERYL_B 9/12/2012 6:19PM

    Amazing!

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CONNIEKANDOIT 9/12/2012 4:30PM

    That was beautiful.

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CAROLLEE57 9/12/2012 1:57PM

    Wow your blog inspires me so much!!!

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DOTTY7267 9/12/2012 11:40AM

    This was truly a wonderful blog. I appreciate how you share yourself and your insights with us.

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ESME25 9/12/2012 10:34AM

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SLFGOLF 9/12/2012 1:02AM

    How beautiful! Makes you feel closer to God.

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MANILUS 9/11/2012 10:40PM

    Seeing the beauty around us is a simple pleasure, great job!!

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SUSANSERENE 9/11/2012 10:28PM

    Beautifully written blog! Congratulations on your awe-inspiring run and treasure the time spent in communion with God. You are blessed, indeed! emoticon

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GUITARWOMAN 9/11/2012 8:39PM

    Beautiful!

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CATHYLIELAUSIS 9/11/2012 8:10PM

    You made me see your morning with your beautiful words. Thank you so much for sharing.

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KLONG8 9/11/2012 4:39PM

    Beautifully written and you describe how so many of us feel. We don't want to do it but when we get up and get going, every once in a while we receive a gift if we're open to it. Thanks for sharing and what a wonderful run.



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KRISTENMBATT 9/11/2012 4:05PM

    That was absolutely beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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2BOYSMEMA 9/11/2012 3:48PM

    Beautiful! Beautiful! Beautiful! I love those times with God.

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ONEATATIME3 9/11/2012 3:31PM

  Awesome! i visited your bolg after quite a long time but its as inspiring as ever!!! emoticon Keep on the dialect with the Almighty and enjoy your closeness with him . You lucky one! emoticon

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MALA77 9/11/2012 2:09PM

    Leah, that was an awesomely written post!!! I envisioned everything you described!! Way to make yourself get up and go!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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