Sunday, May 11, 2014

Mother's Day Half Marathon

This is surely one Mother's Day I will never forget.
This morning I ran a half marathon!

Training for this half was much more challenging than the last half marathon I ran (which was my first and only half marathon up until today).  I wasn't able to train with as much dedication as I had wanted.  With two small girls and a more busy working schedule than expected, I had to squeeze in runs in the wee early hours of the day. I was often running completely exhausted, but knew I had to log the training distance to be able to run on race day.

During the training I was learning a lot about perseverance.  So many times I wanted to just give up altogether on running the race. Right around the time I was MOST tempted to throw in the towel, Jessie just happened to be repeatedly watching this one particular Sesame Street music video called "Don't Give Up!" by Bruno Mars.
Here's the song. It's really cute!

Every time I would hear the song play, I would feel almost like a conviction that I should not give up. Almost like God Himself was singing this song to me and encouraging me to not give up... Funny huh?

So, since I had already signed up for the half marathon in January, paid the participant fee, and made the commitment, I did not want to go back on my word.  So then I made a choice.  I decided to fulfill what I started out to do, even though I was often feeling discouraged with how my training was going.

Isn't that what we have to do sometimes? 
We have to make a CHOICE to do something, and CHOOSE not to give up, even when discouragement hits.  
So, by God's grace, I did not give up.

Through it all God has been teaching me MUCH about perseverance.  This has been one of the themes of the current season I am living. 

One day as I was doing a LONG run, listening to worship music, I was meditating on the word perseverance, and I really sensed God encouraging me to persevere... Not only in my running journey, but also in my life with some personal challenges I have been facing.  

Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,
 fixing our eyes on Jesus,
 the pioneer and perfecter of faith.  
Heb. 12:1

This is what Jesus call us to.  We are to run this race of life steadily and with perseverance, and as we run, keep our eyes completely and solely fixed on Jesus.

In the midst of the messiness of real life,
I want to perservere and I want Jesus to be my focus.
This has become my prayer as I change dirty diapers, deal with disciplining an emotional four year old, and struggle to balance work and family.   I want Jesus to be the focus, the center of every aspect, every moment of my life.

So, today I am celebrating my personal victory of actually completing another half maration,
AND I am rejoicing in these revelations from the perfect perfecter of my faith.

I did it!  Slowly but surely,  I ran with perseverance the race marked out for me!

And now just for fun, here are a few more photos Felipe captured at the race today.

The top three men winners!
This sweet couple finished the race holding hands!
An amazing and inspiring runner.  He ran faster than me! 

This daddy's son ran to him close to the finish line so he picked him up and carried his son as he finished the race!

A fun shot of me on the winners' podium!