Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,--Hebrews 12:1

Thursday, January 10, 2013

A Good Run! Thank You Jesus!

Day 10 of Janathon and the rain is still falling here. But, I still managed to chalk up another 6 wet miles this morning! (I'm really liking this challenge thing, because I'm almost certain I would have rolled over and gone back to sleep more than once when I woke to the sound of rain dripping from the roof.)

That's 24 miles for this week already, and 58 miles running this month. And there are still 3 weeks left to pound the pavement! Praise the Lord for bringing me back after my knee injury!

While I'm running a lot slower than I was before nursing my knee for pretty much 6 weeks, today was the best run I've had since I've been back on the road. I managed a 9:50 pace per mile, completing the 6 miles in 59:02. That's only the third time I've hit that pace or better since coming back in mid-November, once on a 1 mile run and once on a 3 mile run. So this has definitely been my best 6-mile run in a long time!

And, it would have been even better if I hadn't had to stop for a few seconds in the third mile, and slow to a walk twice in miles 4 and 5. I had just passed mile 2 and made a left turn to run in front of a local middle school when I heard what sounded like a child scream. I stopped to listen more closely, thinking nothing good could be happening on the grounds of the dark campus between 5 and 6 in the morning.

Halted on the side of the road, the noise continued. But I quickly surmised it wasn't a kid wailing in the wee hours of the morning. Instead, some lovesick tom cat had interrupted my fantastic run. Once that was cleared up, I continued on, now trying to make up the lost time and keep up my not-so-blazing-but-impressive-for-me pace. Then in mile 4, on a loop walking trail around a local pond, I walked about 25 yards to pass through several puddles without soaking my shoes and socks. Once past the inundated parts of the trail, I again picked up the pace. Just before the end of mile 5, a 10 or so yard section of the sidewalk was covered with water so I walked through that too.

These little distractions from my run didn't significantly affect my pace, but I'm sure it would have been a few seconds faster without them. Still, all-in-all a great run.
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. -- Philippians 4:6

Today's run reminded me how far I've come since my knee inexplicably quit on me last fall. In mid-November, when I tentatively tried it out again after 3 weeks off from running, I was worried I wouldn't be able to finish the St. Jude Marathon on December 1. I was anxious, nervous, maybe even afraid.

But Jesus worked it all out. He put me back on the road without pain and convicted me to take it slow and easy. Oh I prayed, prayed for His will to be done, hoping all the time it woud coincide with mine to run St. Jude. It evidently did, because He got me through it.

Then I was a little more confident, but still not 100%, that I could complete back to back marathons scheduled for December 21st and 22nd. Again Jesus came through. Two races in two days that were supposed to be marathons on "hard-packed dirt roads" turned into two ultras, the first 28 miles and the second 27.2 miles, on freshly dozed trails, complete with roots, rocks, puddles, and even a little debris composed of construction material thrown in for good measure.

But even with all those unanticipated challenges, Jesus kept me going and got me through. He followed through on His promise. I never should have doubted, never should have been anxious, never should have been nervous.
"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future..'" -- Jeremiah 29:11

I should have trusted Him all along. God promises us He will walk with us through any fire. He will be there, and He will get us through our toughest challenges.

So the next time you find yourself facing a seemingly insurmountable obstacle, when you see a wall in front of you that appears impossible to scale, know this...if it's God's will, if you're doing His work, He will get you through.

With Jesus, you can overcome anything. You are stronger than you ever dreamed possible with God on your side. There is nothing He can't get you through. Lean on Him. Call on Him. Thank Him for all the blessings in your life and ask Him to help you through the tough times.

He has plans for your success. Jesus doesn't want you to fail. Through Christ, you have hope and you have a future. Take advantage and watch Him work in your life like He has in mine!

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