September 30, 2017

My Superpower

Training for the Hot Chocolate 15K is in full swing!

Yep. That's right. I said 15K.

That race will be my first 15K, and it will be the LONGEST run I have ever attempted.

I'm scared to death!

But, hey, as FDR once said, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself," so I'm going for it. Besides, it is something I have dreamed of doing since I first ran the Hot Chocolate 5K back in January of 2014. Now that I'm 40, it's time to cross some things off my bucket list.

I'm using this to guide my training:

Now, I'm not doing any of the swimming or the strength training on the plan. I probably should, but it's all I can do to find time in my schedule to get the mileage in. So truly, slowly increasing mileage to be ready for 15K by the first Sunday in February is the focus.

I'm on week three of the training plan, so today, I needed to get in a 5K. And just my luck, my running buddy Jordan wanted me to join her at a local park for - yep, you guessed it - a 5K!

The North Georgia Health District put together this event at my favorite running park.  So today, Jordan and I went, ran, and both placed second in our age groups. Whoop whoop!

This 5K was to support breastfeeding - something I chose not to do with my children. However, I was more than happy to come support those who make the choice to try it.

The 5K's tagline was, "Express Your Superpower" - obviously putting breastfeeding into the category of a superpower. But I'm not quite sure that fits...

The word superpower has a couple definitions - including the word being a reference to a great nation - but the standard definition for the word is a "power greater in scope or magnitude than that which is considered natural or previously existed."

So, I would argue that breastfeeding doesn't really apply as something "greater...than that which is considered natural..." It's a pretty natural thing for mothers - all things biologically considered.

That being said, as I ran this race, I had an entirely different superpower in mind. *cue huge smile*

Philippians 4:13 says, "I can do all things through Him who gives me strength."

Now, THERE is a superpower! The Lord Jesus Christ, Himself!

And it was Him I had in heart and mind when I ran this race to express my superpower.

It was He who enabled me to run this 5K in under 35 mintues. 

And I know that if I am successful in completing a 15K in February, all the glory will go to Him. My strength. My superpower.

Are you training for a race right now? If so, please join me in my Facebook training group Training With Jamie. Let's encourage one another as we run the race before us!

September 09, 2017

A Running Daughter Of The King

This morning, I got the opportunity to run at my favorite running location. It's a local park that joins with another park. It's beautiful. And it's flat ;-)

I've been updating my playlist - cause I just gotta have tunes when I run - and one of the most recent songs I've added is Tricia Brock's "Daughter of the King."

My oldest daughter, Beth, brought this song to my attention, and it is simply wonderful. Full of truths!

Truths I needed to hear this morning...

All you ever wanted to be

Was someone the world would see

You dress to impress

You put on your best

And all it left you was empty

Running and listening to the lyrics that began this tune, I began to consider my priorities in this life...

What am I doing? Why am I doing it? 

But a dress won't make a princess

And jewels won't make a queen

Cause you were made for more than this

You're worth more than what you see

I ponder over this a lot when I run: Am I spending time on what really matters? What really matters? Who really matters?

My husband... my girls... my Jesus...

You are fearfully and wonderfully

A daughter of the King

You are perfect in the Maker's eyes

Even when you don't believe

His love poured out for who you are

Not who you wanna be

You are fearfully and wonderfully made

A daughter of the King

And perspective comes when I run to tunes that hold such truth, like this one. I see what matters most in this life. My Jesus and how He sees me. 

Living. Running. For Him. I am His daughter.

There's a simplicity in this. A peace that comes from contemplating this...

It's not about the things you can see

The mirror has the world deceived

Just look at you heart to find who you are

Cause image is not in beauty

While running, listening to this song, I find rest. That sounds contradictory, but it's true. I find rest knowing that I am His daughter. I am His. Fearfully and wonderfully made. For such a time as this. 

I do not run in vain.

And in this knowledge, I feel strong.

So I will continue to run the race before me.

And time will fade

Beauty will age

But the good we do lives on

Cause the glass slipper only lasts so long 

Run on, daughter of the King!

September 04, 2017

Hickory Flat Out 5K

Hello runners!

Long time no see. I've been out of the literal running scene ;-) since the end of June, and today, I got back to the business of racing. 

Labor Day is an American holiday that has grown to have different meanings for different people. For the runner, it signals the start to the fall racing season. Cooler temperatures in the mornings make for ideal running conditions, and that is one of the reasons I finally found the inspiration to get my butt back out to a 5K.

The Hickory Flat Out 5K is a race held every year on Labor Day to benefit a local summer camp.

I've had my eye on this event for some time now; this year, I got a chance to check it out. And I'm glad I did! The event was very well run, had a fairly flat course, and ended with a fun run and a few giveaways before awards. It's a great event for a worthy cause, and I highly recommend it to anyone in the area looking for a local run to start the fall season.

Because, I've not been running regularly - which I blame on the start to an already busy school year (#myexcuse) - my race time was pretty pathetic (36:00) in comparison to my usual 5K times. However, that race time will be good motivator to get out of bed in the mornings and rekindle my love for early treadmill runs. 

I knew my run time going into this race was not going to be pretty, so for that reason, my goal for the Hickory Flat Out 5K was simple: enjoy it.

Enjoy the beautiful cool weather and bright blue sky...

Enjoy the presence of friends...

Enjoy the run...
In the heavens, He has pitched a tent for the sun, which is like...a champion rejoicing to run his course. (Psalm 19:46-45)

Simply put, I just set out to enjoy running the course before me.

That is something we should all strive to do more. Just enjoy the course as you run.

Literally and metaphorically.

Happy Labor Day!