So my schedule has just been thrown completely out the window with this crazy Polar Vortex (what we used to call a cold snap) hammering us all week. The only morning I did get out and run, I looked like something pulled out of the garbage can at a Goodwill store. A trash bag covering my torso and socks on my hands probably had passersby thinking I had crawled from under my rock and went for a run just to get warm.
All that stuff went together to mean it was 3 PM before I hit the road for my 6 mile run this afternoon. I took it a little easier on the pace today. When I left, my plan was to try and get close to my goal marathon pace (10:15). I ended up finishing it averaging 9:58, but that was close enough. It was the third day in the row I've run the same route, climbing the biggest hill available on my routes from the house. So it wasn't a complete blowoff day.
According to the hourly forecast at weather.com, it should be 39 degrees at 5 AM tomorrow with a 30% chance of precipitation. That's so much better than what we've been facing! Therefore, I'm going to try and get back into my early morning running routine, starting tomorrow! God willing, I'll get in 6 miles.
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. ~ James 1:2-4
This week has definitely been filled with trials, challenges that would have made it easy to just skip my runs and leave the miles undone. But like James says in the verses above, those trials have simply been opportunities to test my faith. And that testing has definitely shown me that I can persevere, even when the weather and every other kind of obstacle rises to try and stop me.
Though my routine's been completely shot, God has seen me through every scheduled mile. They haven't all been easy. And I have to admit that some of them were a lot less than what I'd normally consider good miles. The cold and the wind and the rain have all tried hard to convince me that it just wasn't worth it to get out and run. But thanks to the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ, I have persevered and managed to get through each mile, through each run.
I'm a long way from perfect. I'm a long way from mature. And I'm a long way from complete. My imperfect self still lacks an awful lot. But God's at work in me, in my running and in every aspect of my life. I take comfort in the words of James, that He will finish His work in me. If I persevere, He will make me mature, complete, and not lacking in anything.
So I'll keep going, regardless what the weather, or life in general, throws at me. Because Jesus Christ runs with me, I know at the end of the race, every ache, every pain, every ounce of sweat will have been worth it.
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