I love how God helps us keep our goals in mind as we persevere.
When I first started to jog regularly, at the gym, I thought I was making some progress by jogging 3.5 mph. Hey, it was something:) Then I progressed to 4.0 mph, which was about killin’ me a first. Recently I pushed myself a little bit farther and started alternating between 4 and 4.5 mph. I really felt good about that. Then a few weeks ago I noticed a lady who was working with a personal trainer, nearby. This lady looked very new to working out and seemed to be extremely out of shape. I about had a heart attack, myself, though, when I saw the PT put the lady’s treadmill up to 5.5 mph! To me, that was how fast "runners" go…clearly this lady was not ready for that! She would make her run 5.5 mph, then make her do 20 jumping jacks, over and over again.
This caused me to think about my own goals with running. Surely if this lady could do 5.5 mph for even a minute at a time, I should be able to do that. So I put myself to the test the next time I was there. I started out with my warm-up and then gradually, for a minute at a time, kept upping my speed. A fascinating thing happened…I was able to keep up with the turning belt below me! I honestly couldn’t believe it.
Since then, I’ve learned to push myself a little bit further each time and not to settle for what I’ve always done. This week I actually jogged 1.5 miles in 19.5 minutes, twice! To a typical runner, that’s not a big deal, but for me…it’s huge! I’ve never done that before. This is the girl who would take several P.E. periods just to pass the mile for the physical fitness test, throughout junior high and high school. I think the requirement was to do it in under 15 minutes, just to pass. I am mortified to tell you that it usually took me a few tries just to get my mile at 15 minutes. (Sad!) So here I am, quite proud of myself for getting closer to my goal of being about to run a full 5K. If I work on my endurance, and pace myself, I’ll be fine to complete my 5K this summer, with no problem!
How much more do I need to challenge myself when it comes to maturing spiritually? Paul says to Timothy, "For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come." (1 Tim. 4.8) The Lord is, absolutely, concerned about my physical well-being. As a matter of fact, I sense His presence cheering me on each time I come closer to reaching my running goal! But, as always, He wants me to apply what I’m learning about the physical to the spiritual aspect of my life. "Keep challenging yourself to be a woman of God and work on your endurance! Pace yourself. You’re only 27! :)" That’s what He’s challenging me with today-with a smile:)
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I am really really looking forward to running with you in the summer. It is going to be a blast!
Did you submit your registration form for the 5k yet?
You might try the following, to mix it up a bit, and to track your progress:
Make a committment to jog 5 times a week. Track at least weekly how long it takes to run a mile. And instead of your pace being your primary goal, start working on your endurance. For example, if you currently jog 20 minuutes a day, work on getting up to 30 minutes a day. When you get up to 30 minutes a day of just endurance, (just making it through the workout); then add some sppeed intervals. Like go outside and make yourself sprint from one block to the next, or from one light pole to the next. I did this pretty much over a summer and I got up to 10 mile runs a few times a week. You can do it! Keep up the fantastic progress. You have inspired me to goutside for a jog.
Thanks, Cindy! I am doing the alternating thing…I’ve checked out several running websites and that’s the most consistent thing I’ve learned about becoming a runner. I try to do 5 times a week, actually, but with my schedule it’s been difficult most weeks.
Praise God for the lax P.E. teachers I had in school. I hated the mile run and dreaded when it came each year. I definitely walked most of it, and one time even stopped in at 7/11 for a slurpee. I was at more like a 30-minute mile.
When is the race? I’ve been running a bit so I should be 5K worthy this summer.
I agree with Cindy . . . you are quite inspirational!