Training for the Race of Life ......Day 76 (10k Race Day)

Training for the Race of Life…..Day 76 (Race Day)
 Well I’ve ran in several 5 ks (3.1 miles) but today I thought I would step it up to a farther race and I ran in the War Party 10k (6.3 miles) at Warrior’s Path State Park.  The weather could not have been more perfect for the race, it was sunny and 50 degrees with a slight wind.  I was apprehensive about running it in to be honest because I was tired and I wasn’t sure how my foot/ankle would hold up.  But I was certainly glad that I convinced my self to go and to run.  It was a great day. 
 I didn’t finish well because I developed a huge blister on my left foot right in the arch area.  It slowed me down to a slow jog for the last three quarters of a mile, but I didn’t care because I finished the race.  If I wouldn’t have had the blister I could have probably finished 4 or 5 minutes faster but that is okay.  I finished.  After not being sure if I was even going to run I finished, needless to say I was overjoyed.
 With the 5ks that I have ran I knew that I wouldn’t have any issues running the entire 3 miles, but with this race I wasn’t so sure.  I’ve have covered that distance and beyond many times before but I’m almost always using Jeff Galloways run/walk method, where you run for x amount of minutes and then walk for a minute.  Sometimes I run for 3 minutes and walk for 1 and other times I run for 10 minutes and walk for 1.  It gives my body a chance to “recover” even while I am running, especially on the long runs.
 6 miles though isn’t a long run, nor is it a short run.  So I just wasn’t sure.  I took off running not knowing whether I would walk or not and by the end I had ran it all (minus a quick walk at a water station), I was elated and it was made even better by my family waiting for me at the finish line (some folks from the church were there as well, and that made the day even nicer). 
 What did I learn from today’s race? There are a lot of things I could say but the one bit of wisdom I heard before the race started was, “when you are on the hill don’t look up, look down and keep running, or it will overwhelm you.”  Pretty good advice I thought considering the size of the hill.  It is probably 3 or 4 tenths of a mile long and it gains around 150 feet in elevation, so you are going up a good steep incline.  I thought about that when I was driving down into the park on that same hill.  Wow! This hill could be a problem I thought. 
 But it wasn’t.  Why? Probably because I used that man’s advice I didn’t let it overwhelm me.  I concentrate on the ground in front of me or the lake beside of me, I didn’t look up the hill.  If I would have I might have gotten overwhelmed. 
 That is good advice for running but its even better advice for life - don’t let your situations and your problems overwhelm you.  Don’t let them cause you to give up or even to slow down.  Don’t let them be your focus.  What should we focus on? God and His power.
 I love how one person put it, “don’t tell God how big your problems are, tell your problems how big God is.”  In other words focus on Him and His power and He will see you through.
 Isaiah 40 puts it this way, “those who wait upon the Lord (focus on Him) shall mount up on wings as eagles, they will run and not grow weary they will walk and not faint.”  God gives us strength on the “hills of life”.
 And I thank Him for that.  I thank Him for a beautiful day, for a wonderful family, for giving me the strength to run, and for allowing me to overhear a random conversation filled with wisdom.
 Keep running with Jesus on the hills, in the valleys, and everywhere in between. 

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