This is actually being written as I prepare for my first 5K race which is scheduled June 22, 2013. I pray this journal will inspire someone to press through the pain of achieving their goals. Don’t give up, don’t give in. Persevere. It’s worth the effort to say DONE! I began training on my own in January and in March I injured my knee to the point it hurt to walk. Yeah, I’m that person. I figured I’d go to the first RFG session like boo-ya! But er uh, that’s not going to happen. I really thought this wouldn’t happen because the pain was so intense. However, my knee is fine. It’s the patellar tendon that kinda got mad that I was a couch potato who turned running beast without notice! I gotta take it easy. As of this writing, I’ve been receiving physical therapy for two weeks and got the green light yesterday to try running but not to push it.
Orientation (3/26/13): Tonight was awesome. There were so many people there and I’m the kind of person who doesn’t mind meeting others. So I did. We didn’t do any running or anything tonight but our leader, Tori Cearlock, introduced us to the program and gave us an overview. We also received our RFG books. I’m looking forward to next week.
Week 1 (4/2/13): Intro to the RFG book and 30 minute workout. Two miles of
walking/running intervals through our illustrious city and guess who was in front of her group? (The slower paced group) Meee! But we kept up. It was kind of weird running down main streets I drive every day. I even saw someone I knew. They looked like Was that Daphine??? Here’s a pic of me stretching afterward. There are actually 80-100 people out there altogether. It was awesome. No knee pain! Praise God. (PT tomorrow)
Week 2 (4/9/13) It was a little warmer outside and a sista (me) was drenched by the end. The drills were longer but every time I got to a certain part of the lot (we ran around a funeral home parking lot–go figure!) I would recite Phillippians 4:13, I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens me. I felt good that I was able to endure the entire session tonight. #Icingtheknees Update: 4/13/13 For some reason I woke up with both knees hurting today. I don’t get it. I need to do this for myself and others. I can only trust that God will heal my knees and allow me to be a witness that perseverance prevails. Believing in total healing…trying to stay motivated. #wontgiveup
Week 3 4/15/13 Ok, I saw the CNN alerts on my phone, but watching the footage on TV is making me feel some kind of way. I can’t put words to it, but it is 4:57 pm and I’m home watching the multiple explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. What the heck is this about? You mean to tell me people who have trained for months, years even, to run this race are being injured and killed senselessly? And for what? God be with them. As a runner (I can finally say this now, even though at this phase, I’m a new runner) this breaks my heart. Tonight’s run was dedicated to the runners in Boston. Check out my Tuesday night posse!
Week 4 (4/23/13) Today my friend, Nikol, joined me. She joined me on Week 4! When I first mentioned this to her back in February, her response went something like, Have fun with that. I can’t do it. I hate running…bla bla bla. Now, four weeks later, she hit me up by saying she was going to join me. Hmm, oh really? Did I inspire a young “whipper snapper?” LOL! It was fun having someone I really know run with me–and Nikol, it was awesome!
Week 5 (4/30/13) I can’t feel my legs! I can’t feel my legs! We ran (ran/walked for me) 2.96 miles tonight. The instructor said Week 5 is the toughest because we run farther and longer intervals. I believe it. Some people have dropped out but we are still about 80 strong. I registered for the race and bought my official Run for God race day shirt. I’m excited. While we were running tonight, some dudes drove past and yelled WHAT ARE Y’ALL RUNNING FOR? Someone behind me yelled: GOD! #awesome UPDATE: 5/3/13 I was released from Physical therapy after 6 weeks today! Woo hoo! As long as I do my exercises, stretch often and don’t push too hard, I can do it.
Week 6 (5/7/13) Dear Jesus,
I can’t feel my feet. Please help. Love, Daphine. Seriously, well I can’t feel my feet but today’s entry is simply this: We ran in the rain! (…and I smelled like 5 wet dogs!) How many times have I passed someone at night or in the rain and thought Is it that serious, dude? But tonight, I did it. It is that serious because it has to be done. We are training. We are runners. I am a runner. No excuses. We did it. I did it. I still can’t feel my feet but I did 2.35 miles on them so they are probably retaliating right now. I can do this. I will do this. I am a runner. Hmm, has a nice ring to it.
Week 7 (5/14/13) Tonight we talked about our spiritual health as well as our physical health. It’s important to feed both. We feed our bodies with healthy, whole foods which gives us the strength to do things such as run, and we feed our spiritual bodies by reading God’s word, praying and whatever else God requires of us. The Run For God book, is awesome because it teaches practical applications to live by for running as well as living. We ran tonight. It was a bit hot but we made it. Next week it gets serious. We’ll run for 20 minutes without stopping. I’ma start prayin’ NOW!
Week 8 (5/21/13) Whew, LAWD! I knew we would run for 20 minutes and all week I was trying to figure out how in the world that would happen, but WE DID! It was hard. Actually, hard isn’t the right adjective. I can’t think of the right word right now, but it wasn’t as bad as it sounds. We ran 10 minutes straight, walked for 90 seconds, then ran for 10 again. OMG!!! Honestly, that second set, well, let’s just say I wasn’t running the whole time. I reminded myself that 5 months ago I wasn’t running at all. So what if I can’t run both sets yet? I was still out there doing something.
Week 9 (5/28/13) I’m writing this as I ice both knees simultaneously. Tonight’s drill: Run for 12 minutes, walk for 2 (I was delirious after the first 12) and then run for 12 minutes
again. Like last week, I ran for 12 minutes with 2 periods of OMG! I gotta walk at least 5 steps or I’ma fall out right here on Broad Street, then start running again. It hurt but I pushed with all my being. It didn’t help that it was a warm and humid night either. I smelled like six wet dogs this week. (Week 6 it was 5 wet dogs, LOL) Whew, but I did it and and 43 minutes and 3 miles later, I was done. Tonight I asked myself over and over, Why am I doing this? What the heck did I sign up for? I crack me up. Update: 6/1/13 I just posted this on Facebook. I did it–finally! RAN 1 MILE WITHOUT STOPPING. (I actually cried and yelled THANK YOU, JESUS right there in the park this evening!) But anyway, I accomplished something B-I-G for me today.
Week 10 (6/4/13) OMG! Race day is 2 weeks and 4 days away! Tonight during what would normally be the book/Bible study portion, we wrote our “stories” or testimonies. A few people stood and told their testimony and of course I did. (Last year when I wrote Invisible Girl: The Suicide Journal, I ballooned 20 pounds because writing that story caused me to go somewhere I thought I’d never go in my psyche.) Anyway, I shared that story and how this 1 1/2 hour each week has really helped me achieve the goal of running a 5K and the camaraderie is wonderful. The running goal tonight was to run for 30 minutes–do your best–don’t stop. Um, how many times and ways was God called by me tonight? I have no idea! But I made it. I ran the first 1.25 miles and walked/ran the rest which ended up being close to 3 miles. Yay me and thank you, Jesus! Update: 6/6/13 I still can’t feel my legs.
Week 11 (6/11/13) One more week–wow.
Tonight we met at a local facility with a trail that runs a few miles through our town for a mock 5K. For some reason, I felt like I was going to melt and fall out all at the same time. It was pretty darn hot out there at 6:30 pm in the southern heat, but I endured and made it 3.12 miles in 45 minutes. That was pretty exciting because in February it took me 15 minutes longer to cover the same territory. Yay! It’s almost over and I’m feeling kinda sad. I know I must keep going because I’ve come too far to go back now. I’ve been doing this for 6 months and it wasn’t just for next weekend, it was for life–for lifestyle change–for years added to my life–for no medication–for GOD!
Week 12 (6/18/13) Only four days left before I can check off and put a date beside Run a 5K in my goal book. Tonight we received our certificates of completion for the 12-week 5K Challenge. I certainly will miss the gathering together each week, but several of us plan to continue “date night” on Tuesdays. Sooo, here’s to Fan the Flame and here’s to the Book Diva achieving yet another goal with God on her side! Thanks, Lord for putting this in my spirit, thanks for introducing me to Lisa Greer, and thanks for being with when I cross the finish line in 3 days! I will update this post after the race. [If you are reading this before 6/22, be sure to come back for the post-race update.]