Trading in My Stilettos For...
This Sunday, February 23, 2014, I will be trading in my signature stilettos I wear to church in the morning for something a bit more comfortable. I'm running a half-marathon. Now before we go any further, this post isn't to boast in my own glory or to rub it in your face that I am somehow superior to you because I am running 13.1 miles, because honestly, I'm probably going to be walking a lot. Anyways.... As I decided to get started on this journey of running a half-marathon I was getting ready to go to Wales for a month, and working at an internship and writing for two different websites. While the mission trip has come and gone and the internship has been completed, the constant in this has been running. And here's where I should put some sort of comparison about how running a marathon is like life and we need to pace ourselves, but those are a bit tired and worn out right?
But what I will say about running is it has taught me a lot about God. I've gotten to see some incredible scenery of not only Orange Park, along the St. Johns River, but also the country-side in Wales. Being able to see the beauty of where you live is really incredible. I've gotten some great photos, both mentally and on Instagram, of the routes I've trained on. The biggest thing God has taught me through this training is patience. (I guess I couldn't stop myself from making that life comparison.) I knew when I first started out that my runs were not going to be easy. I also knew that I wouldn't start out running five miles a day. But that was okay. I was able to be patient, even on the hard days when I wanted nothing more than to stay in bed. I had to trust my body to tell me when to stop and when to push myself. Much like God does with us. He knows what we can handle, then He gives us more so we have to rely on Him.
Sunday is coming up soon, and I'm a bit nervous. But I think I'm ready. I do know a few things though:
1. God is going to be there with me... ALL 13.1 miles.
2. My top 3 go-to "run faster" songs are probably going to be "Coachella" by Brooke Fraser, "Midnight Memories" by One Direction, and "Sound of Sunshine" by Michael Franti & Spearhead.
3. When I'm done, I get a medal in the shape of a crown, and I'm probably going to eat my weight in ice cream, because I forgot to tell you- I'm running at Walt Disney World!!!