Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Slice of Life Challenge #13 - I did it!

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!

4 comments:

Jane Swanson said...

Cathy,
Thank you for your kind comments on my slice. The photos were taken by me in Door County, Wisconsin. I'm so glad you like them!
I'm using a program called Scrapbook Max to put my pages together.

Enjoying your slices!
~jane S

Juliann in WA said...

Another lovely slice - a reminder to just take that little moment to pay attention and be filled.

GirlGriot said...

Congratulations on your run ... and on your mindfulness! It's not always easy to pay attention, to really notice what's around you.

Deanna said...

I'm SO proud of you, girl! Way to go!!! And what an awesome discovery.... the buds.... in the process!