January 16th, 2010
Sometimes I think to myself, “last year at this time, I was running double-digit runs just for the heck of it.”
It’s kind of depressing but I have to remind myself that a lot of good came out of my injury and I’m currently learning patience and perseverance. Last night, I opened my Bible to this passage:
“But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead. I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13-14)
Immediately I applied this running: I can’t dwell on last year because I’m not there anymore, I’m here. Even though it’s a setback, I will still push ahead. God saw fit to bring me to this point, so I’m going to keep moving forward.
But it’s not just about running (duh!), this passage is applicable in many areas of life. Life experiences get you down, broken relationships haunt you, guilt, fear… you name it! Life can be harsh and full of so many obstacles. But we’re not meant to live in the past. I think the best thing to do is to accept the past for what it is, ask yourself what you can learn from it, and then apply it to your life. You never get anywhere if you make the same mistakes, or fall in the same traps over and over again.
The good thing is that life is full of second chances. And if you don’t get a second chance, then you have probably been given an entirely new opportunity. If either of these are the case, then stop dwelling in the past, and press onward. Every trial, every setback, every tear, every broken bone and broken heart is His way of making me more like Him. That’s a comforting throught, and it gives me the strength and courage to persevere.
We know what the past holds, but it’s in the future where the excitement is!
Training today was less than exciting. I was scheduled for an easy 4-5 miles, and it was a perfect sunny 40ish degrees out. I decided to head down to the trail hoping that the warmer weatehr would have melted the snow by now. Nope. Not at all. It was a very wet, slushy, and slippery run (but there were no hills!). I noticed that when I was running on dry, flat ground, I was running between 9:00-9:30 pace. I was ok with those numbers
Avg Pace: 10:13/miles
Mile 1: 9:57
Mile 2: 10:06
Mile 3: 11:15
Mile 4: 10:01
I promptly went to the grocery store then to stock up on some ingredients because I’m actually cooking meatloaf for Dave tonight. He really only eats meat when we eat out, so this is a treat for him!
And speaking of treats… Chobani was kind enough to send me a complimentary case of their pineapple yogurt! So excited to dig into these babies! Unfortunately, one was lost in transit. How sad! I think Chobani wins the award for most superfluous packaging EVER.
I’m out.. foam rolling/Lost time!
And remember, friends… Press onward!