Going the Distance

(I have that song by Cake in my head, thus the title of the post.)

Today was the big day, the 3 mile run. Since running the 5k in May, I have only run that same distance a handful of times, and I hadn’t run it at ALL in July. You all know about my 2 mile rut, and I was determined to break out of it, so I told you and myself that this week would be the week I would run 3 miles. Though I originally planned the run for Monday, the shuffling of workouts over the weekend caused me to push it back to today. So I got up this morning, had a little YoPlus Blackberry Pomegranate yogurt (SO good), and went outside to check the weather. It was only in the low seventies and cloudy, but the humidity covered me like a blanket the minute I walked outside, so I opted for the gym instead.

I was relieved to see that my favorite treadmill was free (does anyone else have favorite gym equipment? Tell me I’m not alone in this.), so I climbed on, got my running playlist started, and began. I walked for a quarter mile then started running. I ran at a slow pace for many (5.1 mph/11:45 min.) but a very manageable pace for me, and I started playing the “How long can I go without looking at the clock?” game. I think the longest I lasted was 1 minute and 25 seconds, so not great. I then decided to play an episode of The Office in the hopes that would help pass the time more quickly, so I tried to watch “Casino Night” while running, which really didn’t work too well because I don’t like looking down while running, so I contented myself with listening to the dialogue. It helped somewhat, but I still was clock watching the whole time. When I hit the 2 mile point, I was both happy but also dismayed because I was already feeling tired and wanting to quit. Honestly, one of the only things that kept me going was the fact that I knew if I didn’t finish, I would have to come here and blog about it, and I wasn’t about to blog a failed run when I KNEW I could do it. Still, it seemed to take forever to hit 2.5 miles, and I wondered if I had it in me to get to 3. Then I started to pretend that I was in a race, and I asked myself, “Would you quit a race with only .5 mile to go?” NO! The refrain of Philippians 4:13 went through my head. Quitting was not an option. I had to do it.

So I did! I even ended up running an extra one-tenth of a mile to make it a 5k distance, with a time of 36:30. Then I cooled down by walking for 10 minutes. When I finished, I was sweaty, hot, and tired, but I was also THRILLED because I pushed through it. I didn’t let my fear hold me back. I didn’t let my negative attitude convince me I couldn’t do it. I was victorious! I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me! And so can you. 🙂

And now, sweaty proof of my workout. Please ignore the fact that I have the world’s largest forehead:

Have you pushed yourself today? Or are you letting fear stand in the way?

4 thoughts on “Going the Distance

  1. I am so excited because I can finally leave a successful comment! I feel like my comments were always about how much I admire you (which I do) for pushing yourself – but I wasnt doing that.

    I went to the gym for the 2nd time this week after a long time away from the gym. Monday was terrible – I felt ready to quit after less than 10 minutes, so I pushed myself to 20. Today I pushed myself to 30, even though it wasnt as hard of a workout as I would have liked, it was a step in the right direction.

    I love reading your success stories – in part because they are always so honest. You arent afriad to share that things are hard.


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