Make the decision to do it [Run For God #4]

Amen!

I love this picture!

I made the decision to do it and I did.

I ran my race yesterday! It was exhilarating and challenging all at the same time. I didn’t get much sleep at all Friday night and I woke up with a case of race day jitters yesterday. As I ran I kept thinking, I’m doing it, I’m doing it!

The last quarter mile was ridiculous AND emotional. Ridiculously emotional! The course was  quite hilly. We hadn’t trained much on hills like those, but I had tried the course twice with friends before race day. Still somehow, yesterday was different. Maybe it was the extra 160+ people, maybe it was nerves, but it was different. At one point I turned around to see if there were any people behind me. Of course there were but I felt like I was fading and fast!

FTF5

I think I can, I think I can…

People passed me but I kept moving because I had to run my race–not theirs. I had to do what I could do and that was all. Like I said in a previous post, I was only competing against myself and I couldn’t let myself down. The first mile went by pretty fast. I ran it in 12 minutes. Mile #2 was challenging because it was uphill then leveled out. Mile #3 played mind games on me.

Before race day, I rearranged songs on my music playlist so that the first song set the tone for why I was doing this (You Paid It All.) The next ten songs would help me keep a steadier pace (gospel hip hop songs.) I also included Hall of Fame by The Script. I love that song because it is so encouraging. I inserted it near the end to help me if I felt like stopping and walking the rest of the way. The last song was to give me encouragement before the steep hill that would lead to the finish line (Finish Strong.) I knew that I averaged about 45 minutes for 3.11 miles and I set the playlist accordingly. If I heard Finish Strong and I wasn’t near the finish line, it would help me get my legs in gear to get on up that hill. Below is my awesome playlist. (If you’ve ever run behind me, this may answer your question as to why sometimes I speed up like someone lit a fire under me!)

 

Me and my buddy, Nikol, who said she didn't want to run, but she did. With me!

Me and my friend, Nikol, who said she didn’t want to run, but she did–with me!

You Paid It All – Wess Morgan
Gimme Dat! – The Ambassador
Get Loose – 116 Clique
He Did That – KJ-52
No More – 116 Clique
Work – Tedashii
Ooh Ahh (My Life Be Like) – Grits
Don’t Waste Your Life – Lecrae
Go Buck – Flame
Hall of Fame – The Script
Hardcore – The Ambassador
Finish Strong – Jonathan Nelson (you have to listen to this one because it uses the analogy of running.)

 

My buddy came back for me!

My buddy came back for me! What’s that behind us? THE FINISH LINE!

Finish Strong started on cue as I approached the hill. Panic set in because the song is around 4 minutes long and from the bottom, it looked as though it would take 4 minutes or more to reach the top. It looked like it would go on f-o-r-e-v-e-r!

I ran then walked, ran then walked until I saw someone I knew. It was my friend, Mike, coming down the hill toward me. It was like a vision–maybe how Peter felt when he saw Jesus walking on the water toward him? 🙂 Mike had already finished his race but came back to look for me and to encourage me up the hill. It was rough but I felt so good because he came back to literally help a sista from a lowly place!

When we got to the top of hill, the Finish Line was still a few yards away and Mike dropped off and my coach, Tori, took his place and ran with me! It was awesome! I ran on, tears and all, across the Finish Line in 47 minutes.

Coach Tori in a hot pink tutu. Priceless!

Me and Coach Tori in a hot pink tutu. Priceless!

What was that thing you said you wanted to try but it seemed too big? In January of this year, I could barely run for one minute, but yesterday I accomplished my goal of completing a 5K and I’m not done.  I ran my first 5K on June 22, 2013 at age 44. I am still a bit overweight (but not much longer) and have patellar tendonitis in both knees, but I did it.

I did it. I ran for God!

What’s your excuse?

Blessings,
DGR

 

See previous Run For God posts:

Someday Goals [Run for God Post #1]

Endurance [Run for God Post #2]

Cross the finish line [Run for God Post #3]

No excuses–an analogy [Run For God]

Journal 2013 [Run For God]

 

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11 Responses to Make the decision to do it [Run For God #4]

  1. Donna D says:

    I am SO PROUD of you, Daphine!! You go girl! You constantly encourage me. One of these days…

    • Daphine says:

      God uses us all in different ways. My job has been to encourage. Oftentimes it’s me who ends up encouraged by simply sharing my experience.

  2. Wendy Deal says:

    I love reading your stuff! That last stretch was brutal, but we made it! It was an awesome experience, my first 5k but definitely not my last.

  3. kimyatta says:

    absolutely AMAZING!!! I love it! I love that Mike came looking for you. Awesome support system. I’m soooooo proud of you and VERY happy for you! You said you would…and you did. I have decided…and I’m going to do it.

    • Daphine says:

      Yay! Yeah, Mike was a blessing.
      Girl, set your mind to do it an despite any setbacks, continue to push on. It will pay off. I would love to come run with you someday 🙂

      • kimyatta says:

        well….I haven’t decided to THAT yet…lol….but my mind’s made up…but WHEN I decide to run…I’ll be letting you know..but you’ll know..you’ve come along for the ride! 😀

  4. tori cearlock says:

    I got the tears rolling again!! So very proud of you!!!

  5. Mike Sheffield says:

    I am proud of your accomplishment and was blessed to share a moment with you. Goes to show, life is made up of little moments with minutes in between. You took the minutes, the hours, the days and added in determination & Perseverance (good old fashioned guts) and ran the race that was before you with patience. And we finished this one and are ready for the next! God Bless You 🙂

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