About 8 weeks ago I started a Run for God 5k training program through my church. I made it a goal of mine to do a 5k this year and God agreed with this goal so he placed it on the hearts of some fellow runners to set this up.
I have always wanted to run but have always been scared to do so. I have tried in the past, but each time I started I quit. It was hard to do. Also, my knees hurt really bad. When I was 16 it was discovered that my knee caps were slightly diagonal.
I started dancing at 3 years old and loved it. When I was in 6th grade my best friend tapped at a place called The Atlanta Dance Works. It was “the place” to learn to dance. I had to go there and I did. I loved it. My goal was to learn everything I could, move to New York, spend a few years as a Radio City Hall Rockette (seriously practiced kicks in my room just in case), and then complete my career as a choreographer. When I got the news about my knees, my career ended. At 16 I was told that I shouldn’t dance, run, hike, skate, bike… pretty much should not use my legs for anything other than walking. I was devasted. I was told that I could possibly out grow it, but it wasn’t gauranteed.
Well, I can tell you that I didn’t outgrow it because my knees still give me fits. I try really hard to take care of them but I like to be active. I can not sit still. When I decided to do this 5k shindig I knew I was going to need do it slowly and at my own pace. Armed with knee braces, a blend of essential oils, and a written goal for all to see I started with my training.
Each week I am always convinced that I can not complete the intervals. Each week I do. When I run I am exhausted and ready to quit, but I have learned to turn my focus on Jesus and I get through it. Seriously… I repeat “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus” over and over. The last minute is the hardest because you know you are almost done but you can barely make it. This week became a learning experience for me. This week I learned that I am stronger than I think I am. This week I realized that as hard as the training is for me, the feeling I have when I am done is so worth it. I am proud, exhausted, energetic, excited, at peace, and accomplished. It’s a reminder to me that anything worth doing is going to be tough, it’s going to hurt, there are moments you are going to want to quit… but don’t. Turn your focus from you on to Jesus and He will guide you through the rest of the race.
I still have a lot to do and I am not looking forward to the next session, but it’s part of the process. I’m still growing and getting better every single day. I am fortunate enough to have a great support system getting through this. My fellow runners & walkers are absolutely the best. I know wouldn’t be able to do this without them because they make it fun and keep me accountable. Thanks y’all!
I love this picture. It says it perfectly:
Working towards excellence each & every day!