Pressing through

365 Project: Day 43

I started ramping up my miles again this week, getting ready for my upcoming races this spring. My new schedule starts with 20 miles the first week. That doesn’t sound quite as bad if I can get outside, but it’s been cold here again, so I’ve been on the treadmill this whole week. A little boring, but I try to lose myself in my music and not think too much about it, which seems to really help.

I read something funny in my Runner’s World magazine the other day. Here’s the quote:

Treadmill (n): A torture device perfected in the 20th century, designed to destroy one’s mind through sensory deprivation and monotony.

That made me laugh. Everyone, even elite runners (of which I am not), seem to be affected by how the treadmill can zap your motivation and make you feel kind of discouraged about sticking with it. The treadmill is just not most people’s first choice. But oh well, what can you do? You can choose to not do it at all, or you can do it in or out, and I guess I’m too much of a wimp to do it outside when it’s 10 degrees, so the treadmill it is! It doesn’t help to complain about it.

I just realized that registration opens next month for the Twin Cities Marathon already. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I may be registering and running it again. I think I might be addicted. 🙂

A far cry from last year at this time… I started running more seriously and regularly in February 2011, and I’ll never, ever forget how hard it was for me. I hated every minute of it, and I couldn’t run for half a mile without stopping to catch my breath.

It’s amazing to me how the Lord has helped me and sent me encouragement just when I’ve needed it along the way to keep me pressing through when I want to quit. I’m thankful for that.

Every day there’s hope for each of us to do the things that either seem so out of reach or are just plain difficult. One day, we’ll all look back and be so glad we pressed through.

Psalm 42:5 ~ Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise Him again—my Savior and my God!

Philippians 3:12-14 ~ I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.

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