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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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URGETTINTHIN 9/10/2012 4:05PM

    This almost brought me to tears and I'm not the mushy type. Good job and thanks for sharing and letting us know how special we all are as well as it's tough for all of us somedays if not most. Get that PEPPER SPRAY STAT!

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BURGES1 9/10/2012 3:46PM

  Fantastic blog, I felt as if I was running alongside you, and how wonderful to receive such an assurance of God'd undying love for you. Bless you for sharing that.

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SNOWYOGA 9/10/2012 3:38PM

    emoticon emoticon And what a picture you posted! Wow

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MOM-MOM8 9/10/2012 3:34PM

    emoticon Have a Blessed Day!

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DVIRGADAM 9/10/2012 2:58PM

    Great blog and very well written! This may be hard for us to understand, but it is true. This is how God feels about each one of us. We are all his adopted children. We are adopted into God's family through baptism. Jesus was the only natural child of God that did not get adopted. He is God's natural son. And he is our brother. So, we have a Heavenly mother, father and brother when we get to Heaven, and we are all each other's adopted sisters and brothers in Christ. This is why when we get to Heaven one day, we will be one big, happy family. We will be part of royalty. Through every trial we suffer on earth, we earn a crown when we get to heaven, and jewels to fill that crown. One crown is the crown of eternal life. That is why Mary is called Mary, Queen of Heaven. The Father is the king, and Jesus is the Prince of Peace. I'm glad the God spoke to you.

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KIPPER15 9/10/2012 2:54PM

    Lovely, how awesome. emoticon

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SLIMLEAF 9/10/2012 2:54PM

    Leah - what can I say?

Our God is amazing. I cannot comprehend Him. How could He love us like that when He knows what we're really like?

What a fantastic blessing of a run you had this morning! I'm so pleased for you.

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PEGGYO 9/10/2012 2:44PM

    way to go

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KIRSTAB 9/10/2012 2:40PM

    This made me cry. I just can never fathom that He loves me as much as I love my kids. How can that even be possible? I'm so glad you went without your iPod!

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FIT4MEIN2013 9/10/2012 2:31PM

    Your blogs are so inspiring! Thank you for sharing them with us.

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LYNSEY723 9/10/2012 2:01PM

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BUSYMOM911 9/10/2012 1:34PM

    Thanks. That was a wonderful testimony to God's greatness. Everything feels so pure in the morning. A fresh start. A new day.

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PAANDRUS 9/10/2012 1:32PM

    Love your blogs!!

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SARAALINE 9/10/2012 1:30PM

    Beautiful.

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GODIVADSG 9/10/2012 1:30PM

    Those are such special moments that you will have ingrained in your heart and soul forever... when you need a mental break close your eyes and go there... it will only get better! emoticon

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NILLAPEPSI 9/10/2012 1:30PM

    Wow!! I nearly needed a tissue -- got a little teary-eyed. Great blog!!!

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CHERRY666 9/10/2012 1:28PM

    You know, I stopped running with my iPod, too, and I'm really glad I did. The reason I stopped was just because it's an old one and too heavy to clip to my pants without dragging my pants down (ha), and holding it is just awkward. I totally understand what you mean about being glad you didn't block out everything with some song you could hear any time else. (Nevermind it's probably safer to run without music.)

I appreciate your honesty about not feeling like "Whoohoo! I can go running!" when your alarm goes off so early. I've been thinking I'll have to get up earlier, but the thought is not pleasant. Heh.

Glad you had such a great run! =)

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POISONGIRL999 9/10/2012 1:25PM

    Sounds like a beautiful run. Maybe there is something to morning runs hmmm.....

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SWEDE_SU 9/10/2012 1:22PM

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