Well I must have caught the bug last year at Imogene, because I was crazy enough to sign up again this year. And I registered in time to make the cut off, I think it filled in less than 30 minutes. And so my feet are going to put in lots of miles in the next few months, with lots of hills to boot.
In church this week the message was on Discipline and how unless there is a goal and something to focus on everything just kind of gets either tasks without a focus and goal or no drive and motivation pushing us to complete something. I love to run and I function better if I have had a good run. I sleep better, eat better, am more calm (I’ve seen running shirts that say “I run to burn off the crazy” and that totally applies), and just all in all feel better and do better with some good runs multiple times a week. That being said, I know that I am more motivated and disciplined to run if I have a goal/race that I’m working towards. It helps me go to bed earlier, so that I actually get up to go running in the morning.
And as far as the eating better….I have to admit I love chocolate. And marshmallows. And pretty much all things sweet. Much more than carrots and almonds. But if I’m honest I feel so much better when I eat the almonds and carrots and fruit and things other than sugar. Well maybe not immediately because chocolate and marshmallows are really good in the moment, but afterwards its always better to choose to eat the healthier option. And so I’m going to cut sugar out for the next 3 months. I’m going to start one day at a time though. And sometimes it’ll be one minute at a time…just like it will be one mile at a time.
And so as I shared a few posts ago I am working on re-establishing time with God and building friendships and relationships and having meaningful conversations with others, I’m working also on building on my discipline of running and establishing a better discipline on eating. Whenever I was running in highschool, before I started each race as I was warming up or getting myself into the starting blocks I repeated Hebrews 12:1-2 in my head, and I still use it today before each race- “Therefore since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses let us throw off everything that hinders us and the sin that so easily entangles us and let us run with perseverance the race marked out before us, keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus the Author and Perfecter of our faith who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame and sat down at the right hand of God.”
And so I’ll keep you posted on the miles and hills run as well as the carrots and almonds eaten…