I remember when I took up running–eeking out those first few steps on the Wii Fit. They were hard. And worth it.
It is still hard. And still worth it.
When I ran those first steps, I never dreamed how important running would become to me. I never dreamed how the Lord would use it to teach me about Himself. How He would use it every day to remind me what a powerful, loving, constant God He is.
Last night, I put a few of my thoughts in a video. It is not very flattering of me, but honestly, it is meant to be flattering toward God, not toward me.
Those thoughts, about the Lord and the gift He has given me goes through my mind at least once on every run. Today, I formed a few other thoughts that I would never have even thought to piece together when I was taking those first steps in running. I started to think about Running Bucket Lists.
I started with a 5k. Next, I did a 10k. Followed by running across the Mackinac Bridge. Next month I am going to do my first 10k in a long time to celebrate my Birthday, and then in June, I am so excited to be running a 10k on Mackinac Island. I suspect the crowning jewel in my running adventures will be a half marathon in September. Nestled in there is something I never considered doing, but now think every runner should do at least once–a marathon relay race.
Today I had the privilege to run the 4th leg out of 5 with a group of women. It was extremely nerve-wracking leading up to the race to have other people depending on how well I did, but ultimately, it pushed me to train harder and then definitely run harder during my leg earlier this morning.
Turns out I ran so hard I popped a blood vessel in my eye, but it was worth it.