My less than stellar performance could have been caused by any one of a number of things, or a combination. It could have been the 7 miles I ran earlier in the morning, before the race. Or perhaps the 10 mile run I did the day before left lingering effects that dragged my time down. The fact that I'd been working most of the week putting more flooring in the miserably hot and humid attic at the house could also be the culprit. Finally, the hills on the course made this the toughest 5K course I'd ever run. Thinking about all that...I'd say I should have expected a slow time.
I'd told myself before that I wasn't going to worry too much about times anyway until after the summer. The heat and humidity here pretty much prevent me from setting PRs between June and August. But that's a great reminder that finishing times aren't the reason we do this. Our reasons for pounding the pavement are much greater than that.
"That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe." -- 1 Timothy 4:10It's only by the grace of God that I'm able to get out and run, and it's to honor Him and glorify Him that I run. How fast or slow I run is unimportant in the grand scheme of things. What matters most is that I get out there, and while I'm out there I do everything I can to bring Him glory and to bring others to Jesus.
"And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." -- Colossians 3:17Maybe the summer months, when the weather really slows me down, are God's way of reminding me that I'm not out there for me, but for Him. I was blessed with the opportunity to tell Amanda's story, to share our tragedy and our source of hope, with several people at this race. That's what it's really all about. That's why we started Running with Amanda.
This might have been the slowest 5K I ever did, but it accomplished what it was supposed to accomplish. So I'll chock it up as a success regardless of the finish time.
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