In January of this year, I decided to start running–well, train to start running. Over twelve years ago I wrote my “someday” goals in a beloved journal I call The Goal Book. The only thing in this journal are goals and a few scriptures to encourage and keep me on track and I only look in this book once a year. If I have accomplished a goal, I put the date, thank God for allowing me to write the vision and close it if I don’t have any new goals to add.
On that list was Run a 5K. During each phase of my life since then I still wanted to be a runner, but I would try and then fail due to lack of consistency. How could I ever build endurance if I gave up after two weeks of trying? Ever see someone else do something you longed to do? That’s how I felt when I saw people running in the park. They weren’t huffing and puffing–it looked effortless–one foot in front of the other, right? Like walking, only faster. Hmm.
One day in January, I was reminded of my goal and thought to myself: Daphine, you really need to train to run a 5K race. It was a fleeting thought until…
Later that evening I was in a gym with some other moms during my son’s wrestling practice when I met someone who used her time to walk/run around the gym during practice. She didn’t have a child who wrestled, but knew the gym was open on those days/times and came out to get her runs in. She told me of a local church’s Run For God program (she would be participating) and invited me to train and join in the fun. She said it would consist of a group Bible study with a book titled, Run For God and endurance training after the class each Tuesday for twelve weeks. At the end of the 12-week program, there would be a 5K. I COULDN’T BELIEVE IT! (Remember my video: He knows the desires of your heart? See what I mean?)
I had been reminded of this inner longing and BOOM, later the same day I had an opportunity of doing just that. God has a way of opening doors, doesn’t He? Of course my mind flooded with the I don’t know if I can do this mantra, but a few days later I made up my mind that now was the time. So, here goes….
This post was written on February 25, 2013 to hold me accountable and in anticipation of posting it today which is a few weeks out from the 5K race. I am currently on week 9 of the program and I can’t wait to share my journey. I am journaling the journey and have other posts scheduled, some with pictures. We’re on 20 minute drills this week. WHEW! Let’s hear it: You can do it Daphine, you can do it!