Run, run as fast as you can
Run, run as fast as you can, and ‘don’t lose’; the signs my 7 year old niece held for me as I attempted my first Half Marathon last Saturday.
5 Rosaries and 13.1 miles later, I completed with a proud time of 2:36! Alleluia.
My headband reads ‘What I lack in speed, I make up for in cute’.
This is me just shy of the finish line! Look at that air under my feet!
My real training started in March, but with traveling, getting some sort of flu bug and working full-time, it made it difficult to find the time and energy. (Sounds like prayer, no?!)
But in the end, it was worth it. (just like prayer).
For my first half-marathon, I had three goals:
- to finish
- to finish under 3 hours
- to not die
Thankfully, I was successful with all three, though I felt pretty close to the last one. (no joke).
I think it’s important for us to set goals, to give ourselves something to work towards, something we can accomplish and feel good about. Whether that be a 5k, a half-marathon or a full marathon, it’s not the distance as much as it is your own personal goal. Maybe it’s getting a degree, being a published author or climbing a fourteener. Whatever it is, set your mind to it and just do it. It’s not about recognition, it’s not about finding your identity in that one thing, but it’s about working towards something, discipline and accomplishment. (Kind of like the apostles and fishing?!) Maybe?
For me, running has opened up so many avenues of my life. I feel better, I sleep better, I eat better, I live better. My hope for you today is that you are setting goals and working towards them, giving yourself a chance to live more fully.
What is one goal you have set for yourself?
What is one goal you have already achieved?
Don’t have one? Make it your goal to set a goal!