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Today is a GLORIOUS day!

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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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NITELITE72 9/11/2012 1:14PM

    Love, love, love reading this! Even when we know we need instruction, He tells us how much He loves us!!

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JO28352 9/11/2012 12:53PM

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SELENAPEPPERS 9/11/2012 11:57AM

    Praise God! I loved reading this today, I needed it. Thank you. God bless.

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DEBBIEG1232 9/11/2012 11:53AM

  Very well said! Glad you had a special time.

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KNEEMAKER 9/11/2012 11:40AM

  Everyday is

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CAROL494 9/11/2012 11:10AM

  A beautiful account of your morning run and communication with God! emoticon emoticon

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50PLUSBABY 9/11/2012 9:49AM

  That is a beautiful capture of the rising sun. I used to do morning walks, might be time to get back to them. Hope you feel better for your race, keep up the good work.

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LINDAKAY228 9/11/2012 9:37AM

    What a beautiful story of the glory of the morning! Some times are just so special like that. Glad you had such an awesome experience and it was so worth that struggle to get out of bed.

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IMSUNSHINE 9/11/2012 9:33AM

    Good job!! One step at a time!!

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BLOOMING52 9/11/2012 9:31AM

    Today is glorious!

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VICTUS_GIRLANYA 9/11/2012 9:28AM

    emoticon Life is challenging but sticking to it will be key to success.......

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IRISHKROE 9/11/2012 8:56AM

    Love how you connected with our Lord! The fact that you chose to find him is awesome! Thanks for reminding me what I can do :-)

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PAMTANNER56 9/11/2012 8:52AM

  Thank you so much for sharing...what a beautiful morning!

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AJB121299 9/11/2012 8:28AM

    great job and it sounds like it was beautiful. great photo

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CWHEATLEY12 9/11/2012 8:26AM

    This was just the blog I needed to read today. Thanks!

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1DAYATATIME10 9/11/2012 8:12AM

    Seriously, I have been wanting to get an ipod shuffle but then I hesitate because I think I would miss out on all of the natural sounds. You just talked me out of buying one! I used to run with a - how old am I? - WALKMAN!

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THETROUT 9/11/2012 8:08AM

    You are motivating me to get out there NOW!

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CLUMBOY 9/11/2012 7:28AM

    the natural world is the best healer of all. i have a poem in my garden--it says
"who plants a seed beneath the sod--and waits to see--believes in God."
don't know who wrote it, but its so very true. your morning WAS a gift to you--and the feeling you have while receiving it was the greatest gift of all. you described it beautifully.

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HENLADY11 9/11/2012 6:43AM

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NIKO27 9/11/2012 6:38AM

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OPTIMIST1948 9/11/2012 5:43AM

    Proof that exercise is good for the body and soul.

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ON2VICTORY 9/11/2012 5:14AM

    Leah, that is so awesome. This really captures the magic that happens when were out there. There is a time for a hard driving, go get 'em kinda run but then there are moments like these that remind us that running or just simply getting out here can truly restore the soul...

You are a runner.

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FALLNTENN 9/11/2012 5:03AM

    A beautiful start of the day. Thanks for sharing.

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COCK-ROBIN 9/11/2012 4:49AM

    A glorious blog!

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POETICJUSTUS 9/11/2012 4:37AM

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LOVEROFJC 9/11/2012 3:03AM

  Beautifully expressed!

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REGILIEH 9/11/2012 12:08AM

    Beautiful!!! Beautiful!!!

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FRANCES-AGAPE 9/10/2012 11:34PM

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A BEAUTIFUL lesson for all of us

Have a Terrific Tuesday

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BLESSINGS !

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GOING-STRONG 9/10/2012 10:53PM

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CHSHULER89 9/10/2012 10:04PM

    Amazing!! That's the way I love getting up in the morning, not that I always do it. It does make you feel closer to God and yourself. It can be hard rolling out of a cozy bed, but it is worth the feeling of being alive and feeling wonderful once you are done with your run, walk, or ride! emoticon

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DOGLADY13 9/10/2012 9:35PM

    Those precious moments with God are just so....... precious.

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CHARTHESTAR 9/10/2012 9:01PM

    Many time the quiet of your mind being open to all that is around you is all you need.
I too worry about getting up so early do go out in the dark. you need to be able to see where your feet are going to land. Be safe!

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SAGELADY2 9/10/2012 8:51PM

    That was awesome!! I have gotten to the point of leaving my ipod off too. I prefer to hear nature when I'm out there. It seems God has to shout to be heard over the ipod at times. I don't think He likes that concept. emoticon

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LIVEDAILY 9/10/2012 8:39PM

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What a blessing to be able to begin a day like that!

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KBRADFORD88 9/10/2012 8:38PM

    I would take an early morning run in the dark over anything else. My friend Jennifer and I ran for 4 years early before she had to get her kids to school. Best time of my day especially the moon ones. Full and almost dripping. Loved it. Glad you felt his grace today. Boy do we need it.

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 9/10/2012 8:04PM

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That's all I've got.
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MARGARITTM 9/10/2012 7:49PM

    Perfect!

Thanks

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JUNEAU2010 9/10/2012 7:47PM

    When I was younger, I lived in Alaska and did not drive. As I walked to the bus stop, even in winter, I had marvelous experiences like that. I sure miss them!
What a fantastically wonderful way to start the day!

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GOULDSGRANITE 9/10/2012 7:03PM

    Thanks - I needed that - bad!!!

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LIFEISPURRFECT 9/10/2012 6:55PM

    You have discovered my little secret! I actually am one of those rare people that, come the weekend actually look forward to my long runs. I'm on of those crazy people that enjoy getting on the road about 15 minutes before the sun actually comes up. You get to experience the world waking up and it is truly amazing. There have been moments that I have stopped and taken a picture trying to capture God's beauty. I have seen wildlife from deer and turkeys, to a owl. I'm so glad you got to experience and to hear God speak. What a wonderful gift he has given us.

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GETFIT2LIVE 9/10/2012 6:45PM

    There is nothing quite like running alone outside, the only music the sounds of nature around you. If we quiet ourselves and shut off the electronics, we can hear God more clearly on a run like that than at any other time. Beautifully shared.

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MARATHONDAD 9/10/2012 6:34PM

    nice blog

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DR8561 9/10/2012 6:27PM

    Girl, you're going to make me cry. Thanks for sharing - I needed that today.
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KATHY_NATURELVR 9/10/2012 5:55PM

    Gorgeous :)

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DATMAMA4 9/10/2012 5:31PM

    Well-stated! I've always said I like BEING up in the early morning hours, but I hate the act of GETTING up.

Love, love, love those moments when God reminds us how infinite His love is. Something about the quiet, early morning hours that seems to open our ears better, too, to hear His voice.

I'm so glad your run turned out even better than usual!

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LINDAK25 9/10/2012 5:18PM

    Thanks for the amazing run. Now you can say that you've experienced a renewal of spirit.

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TISTEN23 9/10/2012 4:30PM

    Wow...I felt like i was right next to you!! Great blog!!! Thank you!

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