I toed the line for my final Indy Mini on Saturday May 6, 2017.
The journey to that final start line has been frustrating and painful.
It all started nearly a year ago when I experienced some pain in my knee. I had run 3 half marathons in 2 months, while not totally unusual for me, it was a lot of running, so I figured I just needed a bit of a break. I focused more on biking over the summer.
But the knee just didn’t get better. In fact, it seemed to get worse.
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A year and a half later, I’m still running my race.
My word for 2016 was run. Hebrews 12:1 says “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”
If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you probably know that I’m a runner. Cardio is my thing. I lift and do yoga, because I know those things are beneficial for me, but given my preferences, I’d just do cardio. I’ve been a runner for a long time. I’ve completed over a dozen full marathons and 60 half marathons and too many 5Ks and 10Ks to count.
But races aren’t what this blog is about. It’s about running my race in life. This blog is a reminder to keep my eyes on my own paper. It’s about staying in my lane.
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I first posted this April 4, 2016 but we can always be reminded of the benefits of trusting the process.
Trust the process. Easier said than done when you have 10 pounds to lose. When you have personal records to set. When you have goals.
Around here in Indiana we have 4 seasons. We know that April showers bring May flowers. We’ve lived through enough Aprils to know that the rainy days bring the beautiful flowers. It doesn’t happen overnight. We’ve learned to trust the process. Then why do we rush the process when it comes to our health and fitness goals?
This Saturday I’ll be running the first of 3 spring half marathons. Saturday is the Hoosier Half in Bloomington. The next one will be the Indy Mini (If you’re an Indiana resident and a runner, you’re sorta obligated to this one, right??), and I’ll wrap up my spring with the Michelob Ultra half marathon in Chicago. (I’m running this one with Team Momentum, first time I’ve done a fundraiser run. More on this in an upcoming post!)
Today I want to take some time and talk about trusting the process.
I’m sure you’ve heard the quote. Sometimes it can be a cop out, “well it’ll take time; just keep on keeping on”. But you want results, right??? How long is this “process” going to take?? What do I do in the ‘waiting’?
You can’t trust a process you don’t even know. You still need to identify your goals and how you’re going to get there. It may be a training plan for a 5K or half marathon. It could be some changes to your eating habits to lose weight or have more energy. It could be a schedule change. You may need a mindset shift. Maybe you need to find a Bible study to follow.
Just as the saying goes “April showers bring May flowers” so we have to do the work and spend the time to get the results.
If you want to run a race, whatever distance it may be, you can’t just one day get up and go do it without having done at least a little training. I’ve run over 50 half marathons and more than a dozen marathons, but every time I start a new training plan and am running 7 or 8 miles, I think “how am I going to be ready to run 13 or 26?!?!” Well, I’m not ready on day 1 of training but by the 10th, 12th week, I’ve built up my mileage, and I’m ready to go.
When you decide it’s time to make some changes in your nutrition, the first day you cut out your daily Coke or iced tea, you won’t lose 5 pounds. But over time and replacing that coke with water every day for a week, two, or three, you will begin to notice a change in your body.
The first day you set your alarm to get up early to read your devotions, you may want to hit the snooze and put off this new routine until tomorrow. But once you get up Monday and then again on Tuesday and again on Wednesday and spend 10 minutes of quiet time, you’ll realize that these few extra minutes get you focused for the day. You’ll face the day with peace and confidence.
But all these changes don’t just happen. The results don’t magically come as soon as you do something. It takes time. Time to figure out what changes YOU need to make (not what your best friend is doing). Time for your body and lifestyle and mindset to respond.
But just as these April showers bring forth beautiful May flowers, those changes you start making today will have results if you stick with it and trust the process.
Are you having to trust the process in some area of your life? If so, what is it?
Do you have any tips on how to trust the process?
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