1 Corinthians 9:24-27 "Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So, run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly. I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified."
I love this scripture so much because it encompasses all that I have become as I have strengthened my walk with Christ. There was a time when I could not even walk a mile. It amazes me how much my thinking has changed since I've quit allowing myself alone to choose my path, and instead allow God's will to be done. I ran my first race in December 2013 and I was pregnant with my first son, Tucker at the time. It was called the "Bah Humbug 5k." Here's my very first race T-shirt...
I can remember being so nervous to run alongside "actual runners." At that time, I really didn't consider myself a runner. I mean, I ran 2-3 miles 4 days a week each week, but I did it with God alone. I can remember putting on my first race bib and thinking to myself how far I had come in my journey. Once I crossed the finish line, I had a flood of emotions as I was being cheered on by so many people I had never even met.
I could feel the love in the air. It was a feeling like no other and I knew from that point on, I was "hooked." I became a bonafide "runner" that day. I had tossed around the idea of running a half marathon before I had gotten pregnant, but had no concrete plans on actually following through. After I had Tucker, I started working at Mother's Day Out at my church where each class required two teachers. God placed me in a classroom with the exact person I needed in my life to give me continued hope and encouragement. Her name is Louisa. She has become so much of a positive Christian influence in my life and a motivator to run not only a half marathon, but a FULL MARATHON.
Here's a few pics of some races and runs I've done
So back to Louisa. Her and her husband had ran several full marathons together and at the time she was training to run her first Ultra Marathon of 31 miles. I was so intrigued to learn more about how to train for these long runs. Shortly after we met, I started training for my first half marathon and when I got ready, her and her husband ran it with me. Once I ran the half marathon, I felt nothing else holding me back. It was time to take on the big kahuna.