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.
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.
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!