Saturday, June 16, 2012

Made Strong Through Weakness

I love the days when I can finish my run strong, where I feel as though I can keep running forever. But then I have a run like yesterday, where it takes every bit of me to fight and ignore the impulse to stop. My mind hurls every excuse in the book, the simplest and most crippling one being "you can't do this".

I recently found a magnificent blog written by Olivia Ward (Biggest Loser Winner #11) and her sister Hannah called They talk about fantastic girlie things like cute bathing suits, spray tans and knee sock fashion but also fitness and health. Olivia recently wrote about "Emptying the Tank" and you can read it here.  

So yesterday morning as my mind was telling me that I couldn't go on, I was reminded of Olivia's "empty the tank". I was still running which meant there was still something in the tank, right? So I pushed myself to finish all the while having a tug-o-war between stopping and emptying the tank. And I'm happy to report that I finished. These are the days I am most grateful for my running partner. If it wasn't for her, I'm positive I would have given up.

I've come to realize that as awesome as finishing strong feels, finishing on your last leg of energy and will is so much more rewarding. My anthem song is "What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger" by Kelly Clarkson. Yes, the song is about a break-up but the rhythm is just right and the chorus could not be more perfect. The more difficult the run, the stronger I will be next time. I'm not dead lying on the side of the road, I'm not puking, my body isn't even hurting so until one of those things happen, I must keep going... there is still gas to go on, to finish.

That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weakness, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10


ABOUT THE RUNNING ME: I'm a beginner runner in the 10th week of training with no previous running experience. I made the decision to start running with the help of a friend and the C25K app on my iPhone (also available for Droids). We have followed the C25K training and have been able to complete each session/week with increased endurance and no injuries. I'm running my first 5K on July 4, 2012.

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