This is not really a How To…but more of a How Not To do what I have been doing for the past 6 months! ~Enjoy!
As a newly regenerated athlete, I have had about 1 year of “training” under my belt. In the spring of 2012, we began our first Couch to 5K training program at the Milt with about 35 students, and an overall race attendance of 200.
I ran a 5K in June while training for my first virtual half marathon in July - for the Whole in the Wall Gang…(probably the hottest day in Chicago EVER!) So glad my hubby ran it with me!
We launched a fall C25K for students and ramped up attendance to 65 students and 300 racers on Race Day.
Then my BFF and I began training for a triathlon…
I ran another half marathon in January on the treadmill (for Sandy Hook Elementary kids). I loved praying for each of the kids, their teachers and families while I ran (had the race bib with names taped to my treadmill).
My swims, runs and bikes got me through this epic winter!
And did I mention another C25K program is currently in session with race day topping 400 on May 1st and the Mt. Gretna tri scheduled for the 18th!
Whew! I’ve certainly been busy, tired and…well…moody!
To avoid being overly simplistic, allow me to note that there are other factors in my life that are contributing to my current emotional state (Including at one point the contemplation of a career change)…that’s HUGE!
But training is also adding to the stress. As race day approaches, I am becoming more and more anxious about my performance, physical preparedness and overall ability to finish the triathlon.
Then yesterday something happened to put everything into perspective. I was completing my first brick workout when I got a cramp in my gut and a pain in my right ankle. I am not a stranger to running cramps and I have had this ankle pain for awhile because I think the newest shoes I bought aren’t working out for me too well.
But I began to think how the past few months have glorified God. (I do think it was the Lord who was asking me this question.) Well, I came up speechless. Other than the Sandy Hook half, where I spent the entire run in prayer…I have been pretty self-absorbed with getting workouts in, keeping my weight down, giving in to overeating, then beating myself up for doing it.
By and large, an athlete is a pretty self-consumed individual.
But, that is not me…well, at least it’s not SUPPOSED to be me…and yet it has been me for about 6 months.
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. ~1 Corinthians 10:31
Maybe turning 40 is something that I have made into a little god. Afterall, I have dedicated an entire blog to this journey of turning 40!
So that I do not give in to self-condemnation, I’d like to think that perhaps, while writing this blog and training, I have lost focus in my journey to 40. I used to write about those little nudges, gifts and losses that life gave me along the way…and now I am just too tired to do it.
But I have 1 more week until I am 40 and along with the rest of my life, to try to do the best I can for HIS glory…not mine.