Today I met a friend after he got off work. His job - motivate me! I had already run a 3.4 loop around the blocks where I live. He was going to run another with me...keep in mind, he's a marathon runner. He had it easy! We finished up...but I wanted to keep going. My plan was to surprise my friend, Megan, because she was supposed to run my first 8 mile run with me. I pushed myself...and while I only walked less than 3 minutes of the ENTIRE run, I did it! I ran 8.2 miles tonight...I don't know how I did it. There were definitely parts of this run that were not fun, parts that were scary (was short of breath and felt a little lightheaded), and parts that were exhilarating (finishing)!
However, one of the best parts was when I stepped onto my sidewalk. I had prayed during the run to notice things around me...to notice God. When I finally stopped and stretched, my face was right with the ground. Peeking out from the amazingly wet dirt were tiny green buds. The beginnings of the plants that I had planted in the fall (they had been a gift from my friend, Megan, above). I am so excited to see these flowers grow and bloom.
I am just like these flowers...taking my time, going slow, and I'll finish this race if I keep pushing myself forward!