It was a nice, muggy morning… Perfect for a quick run. I got out before the heat became a factor and put in 5 easy miles. I ran for 38 minutes at an average pace of 7:35 per mile.
While I pounded the pavement, putting miles under my feet, I had two main thoughts running through my mind.
The first thought running through my mind was the fact that I feel amazed and blessed to know that 165 people officially registered for this year’s “5k Every Day in the Month of May”! That is awesome!
[cue Michael Jackson’s “You Are Not Alone”]
In 2016 I did the challenge on my own. In 2017 I opened the challenge up to others, and there were 16 people who did it with me! In 2018 I joined forces with Vertical Runner of Wooster to make the challenge even better, and 113 people signed up. This year we have 165 people who officially signed up, and I can’t help but think there are even more awesome people out there who are doing the challenge but did not know how to officially sign up.
*As a side note, if you DID NOT officially sign up, but you are doing the #5kMay2019 challenge, email me ASAP to let me know so that I can collect your information and be sure that you get your prize.*
The second thought running through my mind was from today’s scripture reading. The daily reading ended with Jesus saying, “Do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” (Matthew 6:34, ESV)
When I left the house this morning, I was not sure what route I would run or even how far I would run. I initially figured I would just do a quick 5k. Then I starting thinking about how it will probably rain tomorrow, so I may as well try to get some extra miles today, while I can… I wound up running a 5 mile route that I have run several times in the past few months. It was not an amazing performance -just a normal run.
But this “normal” run was a little more difficult than I was hoping…
When mile 3 clicked over on my watch, I began to feel really out of shape! Oh my! In just a couple of weeks I will be running 26.2 miles! How am I going to do that?!
I am signed up to run a full marathon in Connecticut on May 17. I DO NOT feel ready for a full marathon. What was I thinking even signing up?!
These are the crazy thoughts that were running through my head as I was working on mile 4 of today’s run. That’s when the words of Jesus hit me like a ton of bricks.
Why in the world was I bothering to be anxious about tomorrow’s run? Tomorrow will be anxious for itself.
That is when I switched gears mentally and simply started running the mile that I was in. It is amazing how much better I felt (and performed) when I did what Jesus said to do.