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

Saturday, January 4, 2014

No run today, but...

...I did get in what I'll call (for Janathon's purposes) a little workout. It isn't much, or wasn't much, but since I've signed up for this Janathon challenge to work out and blog about it each day, that's what brought this post about. So thank you Janathon, because were it not for you, there would have been no post today.

First, the reason for no run today. As I wrote in my last post, I did my long run (usually reserved for Saturday) yesterday. That's because we're leaving this morning to head back to the frozen winterland we call home, Arkansas. It's a 1000 mile drive and we're leaving around 9 AM. It normally takes 14 - 16 hours, but this trip we're also carrying our too-undisciplined-dog who we can't leave at home for my mom to deal with when we travel. So it may take longer. Anyway, I figured a pre-trip run would have resulted in sweaty clothes to carry all the way and might sap some of the energy I'll need to stay awake on the long drive. So no run today.

So now you might be wondering, "What did you do for a workout today?" Like I said, it wasn't much. Lately I've started a little pre-run routine that consists of 20 pushups, 20 leg extensions, and 20 of some other kind of ab exercise that I made up and don't have a name for. Of course, if I came up with a name, you wouldn't recognize it anyway because I would have made it up. But that's it. That's my workout for today, unless you want to count the 1000 mile trip we're about to embark on. ;)

But once again, I find myself spotting a parallel between life and running. I mean, how often does what we have to do get in the way of what we want to do, or even something else we really need to do that we push to the side? For me it's a challenge often, and many times in the past, I've let my prayer life or my church life take a back seat to other things. It's something I always have to be watchful for, and something I still struggle with from time to time.
"pray without ceasing;" ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:17

I can tell you from experience that life just goes better, smoother when I am "prayed up." That doesn't mean challenges avoid me, or even hard times, but when those tough situations do arise and I've been praying faithfully, they're just easier to handle. It's also easier to avoid many of those rough spots that we too often bring on ourselves when we're often in prayer. So today I had to skip my run, but I won't be skipping my prayers.

" 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching." ~ Hebrews 10:24-25

Now of course I can't go to my church 1000 miles away when I'm here in North Carolina, but we do go to my in-law's church while we're here. But I miss our church while we're here, and it's one of the things I most look forward to getting back to. I spent a lot of years out of church, and then several years going to church for the wrong reasons. Just like with the prayer life mentioned above, it just makes it easier to get through life when your church life is strong and steady. The day-to-day challenges are so much easier to overcome, and much of that I attribute to a solid, steady church life.

Now it's time to sign off, pack away the computer, and get everything loaded in the vehicle so we can hit the road. The next time I run or workout will be back in Arkansas. Looking forward to having the trip behind me. God bless and I pray everyone has a great day, and a great workout today.

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