Today was a day of sweet, sweet redemption for Piper Nöel Polen! One week ago, we set out to run 4 miles together on what I call “the Fairlawn Route”, but it was super hot and we called it quits on running at 3.1 miles. We walked home from that point.
Today we ran the exact same route, but this time she nailed it! She ran the whole thing! We ran 4 miles in 41 minutes and 44 seconds, at an average pace of 10:24 per mile.
It was a really great run. I was super proud of her for setting a goal and accomplishing it -even if it took more than one try.
Personally, I think it is incredibly commendable when people refuse to allow failure to define them. She failed to reach her goal the first time she tried it (even though she had a great 5k that day!) It would have been easy to give up, but she didn’t. She just determined to reach her goal the next time.
We had been planning to do this run all week. She didn’t eat a big breakfast today because she was afraid that would keep her from reaching her goal. Due to unexpected circumstances, we were not able to run in the morning, which was disappointing to her, but we just planned to go for our daily run after my meetings this afternoon.
We ended up running between the rain and the rainbows and the weather was perfect. Piper ran like a champ! She reached her goal!
This whole situation reminds me of Acts 1:8.
“…you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”(Acts 1:8, ESV)
That is a BIG goal! We are called to be witnesses of what Christ has done in and through our lives in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth!
Sadly, we have not reached the goal, yet. But, like Piper and her 4 mile run, we can just keep trying until we do reach the goal.