Pieces of Me

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Running a Marathon

1 Corinthians 9:24-27 "Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize."
Hannah and I are running a marathon this year.  Not all at one time, but together, we are participating in the RunTex Marathon Kids Program.  We each have a Runners log to keep track of the distance we are running.  Of course, we aren't out there running together.  Hannah is unable to keep up with my pace.  There are time when we do go and run together, but for the most part, Hannah is running at school and I am running in the evenings.  So far I have run a total of 14 miles since September.  Hannah is on what I believe is mile 4.  Pretty tough stuff if you want my opinion. 
Yesterday we did run together at the Marathon Kids kick off.  She was very hesitant about running with me on a track surrounded by lots of other people. In fact, part of the way through our run, I looked down and she had completely lost it.  From the start line, we had been holding hands and running.  I told her I'd hold her hand the entire time if she wanted me to.  Looking down into her face and seeing it covered with tears as she said to me, "Mommy, I don't think I can do this."  She was crying and running and trying to breathe all at the same time.  We slowed down just a bit as I told her to look ahead towards the goal.  We were nearly 1/2 way done with the lap.  I reminded her that we would go at her speed, not Mommy's and finish this lap together.  Towards the end of the lap, we were greeted by UT Athletes who were cheering the children on.  This was the moment when Hannah dropped my hand and ran to the finish line.  It was very hard for me to hold back the tears as my little girl gained the confidence and independence to finish the lap on her own.

This lap together has made me think back on all my training for the 5K.  In July, I could barely run 60 seconds without getting winded and wanting to stop.  And now, although I know it's been more than 9 week like the program should take, I am running at 6-7 minute intervals.  RUNNING.  I have gained more endurance and strength through my training. 
I didn't get serious about training for the 5K until after our trip to Key Largo.  So in 4 short weeks, I really have come from running 90 seconds to running 6 minutes.  And it's not easy.  There are days when I want to quit, but I don't because I know that what I am doing is making a huge impact, not just on my life, but on my children's.  Hannah wants to go running because I MAKE myself get out there.  She wants to do more active things because I am setting an example. 
Of course, I couldn't do this alone.  If it weren't for Stephen there for me in the evenings, willing to keep the children for 30-45 minutes while I take the dog and hit the road, this 5K would be near impossible.  He has been so supportive of my training and that means a lot to me.
And of course, my dear friend and phone buddy/training buddy, Traci.  She encourages me every day to continue in my training and in fact has challenged me to do a 5K or Half Marathon in February (whichever I'm ready for) just to keep me active.  Although I'm not sure I would quit running after my run in November, it sure is nice to have something to keep  my mind on to help me continue to train. 
All this physical training reminds me of the spiritual training I went through growing up.  Church and Sunday School were a part of my life.  It was not a choice for me to NOT go to church with my family.  We went to church, we went to Sunday School.  We participated in youth activities, and belonged to OAFC (Ongoing Ambassadors for Christ).  And through all of this, I really got the "training" I need for my life as an adult and as a parent.  I use what I've learned to teach my children about Christ's Love.  I use it daily to remind myself to be forgiving to not just others but myself. 
It's a part of me.  A part of my life and a part of my family.  It is my prayer that the Lord uses me to teach my children to trust in Him as I do. 
Both physical and spiritual exercise make me feel better. But no matter how much I exercise, there are going to be some days I just don't feel like doing it. What should I do when that happens? Do it anyway!


Rebekah B said...

Rose, what a wonderful example you're setting for Hannah! Also I have to say, that is a very practical and healthy way to develop her leadership skills!

Ashley said...

I loved this post! I was tearing up, as I read it. What a beautiful example for your children on so many levels. I love running as a metaphor for our walk with Christ. It's not easy, it's a long journey, and we can't do it alone, but the reward eclipses the struggle. Keep your shoes to the pavement and your eyes on Christ!

Pining for Pinterest said...

Keep up the great work!

Nicole H. said...

I love, love, love the blog look. I adore the colors. I haven't been blogging much. Therefore haven't been on other people's blogs either. You are so fun and creative. So good at keeping up with the blog as well. I'm so excited for all the great things you have going on. Way to go with the WW, and taking care of your body. You have to try a Zumba class. If you ever come visit I'll take ya. I wish I could run. I so wanted to do the Marathon thing. Maybe someday!