As most of you know I am training for a marathon in March and a trail Ragnar in April. This means a lot of running! This week alone I had the pleasure (said with all sarcasm) of running five miles in the freezing cold rain on Tuesday (I was splashed head to toe by a bus and stepped in several puddles), and running 10 miles on Friday in the freezing cold, miserable and windy DC weather (I DO NOT LIKE WINTER). Every moment of both runs was miserable, but I had to do it. I’m currently on a marathon training plan, no matter what the weather, I have to persevere and run through it all. There are days I would rather sit on my butt, drink hot tea and eat cake while binge watching old episodes of Gossip Girl on Netflix; but I can’t because I made a commitment to this race and have to go out running. Besides the cold, the part that really sucks is that I haven’t even lost a pound (ugh, so frustrating)! SO, the one thing that helps me continue to train is the fact that I paid money to run this race and I’m instagraming every step of the way!
In Romans 8:25 is states “But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.” So for me, in the realm of running, I don’t see the “fruits of my labor” just yet, but I know I’m working hard, and not only will I see a new fit me, but I’ll also finish this dang marathon. And also in Romans 5:3-5 it states that “tribulation produces perseverance, and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint…” To me anything can be considered tribulation, for training it’s the pain I feel right after I run (no one wants constant ankle pains). I’ve learned to persevere through it with the help of an awesome ankle brace. This is building my character to think more about my health and listening to my body, and my hope is that I’ll be a lot healthier come race day, and be able to finish my first marathon!
On a more serious note, I think there are difficulties that we face in our daily lives, and the question becomes are we going to press through the pain and opposition, or are we going to fold and give up. This can be in the realm of our work, relationships, health, finances, school, you name it. Are you doing what you are called to do, and are you persevering towards it no matter how much resistance there is. It won’t be easy, but nothing in life is!
To personally help me, I’ll start blogging about my health journey and be honest with you guys how it’s going (this will help keep me accountable). What have you been persevering through in this current season, and what has helped you to keep going? I look forward to hearing from you.