Run with Endurance

Have you ever had an off day and coincidentally a stranger says the exact thing you needed to hear?

Well, I am a little over a week away from running in my first half marathon, and the training has been long and grueling. *See below for accurate image of my running.

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I’m going to be honest, there were days when all I wanted to do was take a nap. Okay fine, that was everyday. I did cheat a few times and skip a run, but that doesn’t mean I gave up.

I was half way through my 6-week training plan, when my motivation went downhill quickly. I’m a full time college student, working 3 jobs, training in my spare time, and trying to get at least 6 hours of sleep each night. Sounds impossible, right?!

I was beginning to get discouraged that I wouldn’t be ready in time, until this adorable older gentleman comes into the YMCA where I work, and tells me to answer a question for him:

“What is the most important thing you have full control over?”

I stood dumbfounded as I told him I didn’t know.

He said, “Self discipline. You gotta push yourself harder when you think you’ve done your best. You gotta wake up, and say you’ll do more today.”

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How could he have known that I needed to hear exactly that to get my butt in gear for this race??

God is good, y’all, and he will sneak in those little wow moments where you need them most. I am now starting my tapering week, and next Sunday is the half marathon.

I have pushed myself harder and did more everyday. That older gentleman had no idea of the impact he had on me that day!

With the help of that older gentleman, and God’s amazing grace,  I will finish this race, beat my personal record time, and get a pretty cool t-shirt from it.

“Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.”

– Hebrews 12:1

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