Be who you are!

So, I’ve taken a 3 month hiatus. I’m not proud, but hey, it happens.

This morning I went on a 5 mile run with some friends. I in no way knew whether or not I was going to be able to finish that run. But being the runner I am, I was excited to be back on the roads. The run itself was a little rough, but I’ve had worse. That’s one of the reasons I love running, our bodies so quickly adapt to it!

Running aside, it was a comment made after our run that got me to write this post. Several of my running buddies just completed their first half-marathon. I commented on one of them already having slapped the “13.1” sticker on the back on their vehicle; I was proud of her and glad that she was proud too. Then we noticed another friend who completed the race hadn’t put a sticker on the back of her car yet, and we were joking around with her about it. Then she made a comment that struck me:

“I think I’m going to wait until I lose some weight before I advertise that I ran a half-marathon. I’ll get out of my car and people will see me and be like, ‘Yeah, right!'”

I was so sad to hear her say this. She finished that half-marathon fair and square, and with a decent time.

We are so caught up with not just being runners, but “looking the part.” It’s true, I’ve done it, and I know others do it too. I’m running to get in shape. I too need to lose some weight, and that’s ok, but we shouldn’t be so ashamed of what we look like that we feel the need to hide our passions.

When I got home I examined myself, my motives. I realized that on social media I do the exact same thing that my friend is doing; I hide. I don’t “look” like I runner so I avoid posting pictures of myself. I talk about my runs, but I too am afraid someone will see me and think, “she’s not a runner.” Wow. I truly am ashamed that I do this! You know what I have to say about that?

Screw that!

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I run long distances. I am doing it to better my health. My body is slowly changing, becoming stronger. Who the heck cares what we look like? There needs to be a change. We need to take a moment to be proud of our accomplishments, not constantly beating ourselves up because we haven’t yet achieved our ultimate goal.

Be proud of who you are. Be proud of what you do. Whether you’re a runner, lifter, cyclist, swimmer, or whatever it is that you do! Be proud of it. There will always be someone who is better than you, but don’t focus on that. Focus on being better than you were yesterday. That includes our attitudes about ourselves.

Love yourself as Jesus loves you. See yourself through His eyes.

2014 Achievements and 2015 Goals

Yesterday morning I went on my last run of 2014. It was an incredible year. I ran my first marathon, first half-marathon, found a new group of local runners that hold me accountable to 5am runs and push me to go further.

This year my husband and I also completed our home restoration that we began in 2013. It is so nice to no longer be living in a construction zone. In addition we gained a new family member, Molly, who is a black Labrador retriever and is such a joy!

The year also brought about many challenges as we learned that my mom had cancer in late May. This experience has humbled us and brought us closer to God, and closer as a family. She is doing exceptionally well as she continues to fight this disease. We believe she will make a full recovery!

As we welcome in 2015, I welcome in new challenges. This evening my husband and I sat down and wrote down our resolutions. Here are a few of mine:

1. Read the bible every day. I’ll be using this app to read the Bible in a year.

2. Lose weight. Sounds pretty general, but this is something that’s a work in progress. To be a better runner I’d like to continue losing. This is one step on the road to better health.

3. Run another marathon. I fully plan on running another marathon in 2015; it’s going to be part of my training for the Dopey Challenge that I’m doing in January 2016.

I feel that these goals are realistic, yet still very challenging.  I am so excited to see where this new year will take us, and what the Lord has in store. Next week I will be starting school back up and am looking forward to that challenge. Many of you know that theatre is my passion; this semester our school is starting a theater arts program and I am thrilled to be one of the first students participating in that.  Balancing college, running, and married life is always a challenge for me. I am praying that God will help me keep priorities in order and handle my stress in a healthy way.

Before I sign off, I thought I’d share one last resolution. I decided to choose one word to focus on for the year. A theme, so to speak. This year I have chosen joy, and will try to continue to choose joy every day. Only Christ brings true joy. In joy, we are free of all worries or cares.  Joy uplifts not only us, but others around us.

So that’s my piece. Here’s to 2015! May God bless your year and bring you great joy.