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!

June 27, 2017

Run for the Prize

A couple weekends ago, I ran another 5K.

Surprise, surprise?

ran for this organization before; the race was for Zenit, one of our local gymnastics gyms. My oldest, Beth, used to take tumbling lessons there.

The first time I ran this race, it was to support Zenit; this time, I ran this race purely because I wanted to run, and they hosted it at my favorite course -  a local park with a nice flat and scenic route.

The weather started out sunny but with a nice breeze. It felt good - unexpected for a late June race.

Unfortunately, it didn't stay that way for very long.

Soon after the race began, I knew the heat was going to negatively influence my race time. The sun was beating down on me and seemed to be pushing my whole body down into the pavement. I could feel myself slowing down. It crushed my hopes of getting an age group award, but I wasn't about to let it destroy my run.

I pressed on, despite the heat. Despite my disappointment.

I ran this race as if there was still a chance to achieve a prize.

And to my joy, I did receive a prize. Second in my age group!

Reported Stats: There were 5 finishers in the Female 30 to 39 age group and 64 finishers in the race. Your overall finish was 41 and your age group finish place was 3. Your time of 37:18 gave you a 12:02 pace per mile.

My pace was more than a minute my usual pace because of the heat, but that didn't matter. I had finished the race. I had collected a reward.

And my friends with me that day also collected age group awards!

1 Corinthians 9:24 - Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.

That day, despite heat and discouragement, I ran in such a way as to get a prize. And I did.

Do that. Every day. Run in such a way as to get the prize.

Running Tip: 1 Corinthians 9:24-27

24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.26 Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. 27 No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.