I know I’ve plastered stuff all over social media about finishing my Couch to 5K program, but I’m not ashamed to write a post about it! It was SO HARD and I am proud of myself for completing it. I kept myself accountable by choosing to link the app to my Twitter account. I tried to have fun with those tweets… (keep reading after the pics)
It did not escape me that I finished the workout plan on the 4th of July. I was thinking about how lucky I am to have this freedom. Meaning – I acknowledge the fact that I:
- Have a good paying 40 hour a week job, backed by labor laws, in which I can have a day off
- Can run outside alone on safe, well-paved road without the fear of being kidnapped, killed, or harassed (except for a few harmless catcalls)
- Have the independence of a single woman to do as I please and not have to live under governmental or cultural male dominance
- Can afford really nice workout clothes, socks, and shoes and ways to pull back my hair
- Can afford sunglasses, nice headphones, an iPhone with ways to charge it and plenty of music to download to accompany my run
- Have unlimited access to CLEAN WATER
- Have unlimited access to hospitals, doctors, therapists, trainers, medicine, and medical supplies, if needed
- Can afford food to replenish my calories
That’s a lot to be thankful for. While I was struggling to run for 30 minutes straight, other women my age are working in hard labor, or are being trafficked for sex, or are living in poverty with children to feed.
It’s convicting. I need to do more to help those who are less fortunate. That is Jesus’ whole ministry. Let’s come together and do great things for God’s kingdom. It’s okay to focus on doing good things for yourself, like running to stay in shape. But if that’s all we focus on, then we’re keeping ourselves from doing greater things for the Kingdom.
Sorry this is a little late getting up! Here’s a recap of last week’s posts:
June 9, Listen
If we don’t work on listening, we will become a generation that nobody will come to for help.
June 10, Pride
Those who wear God’s love don’t think of themselves – not because they’re not worth thinking about, but because God has filled them with His love and they have no need to feel insecure.
June 11, Gift
A reflection on my nephew Haden, on his 3rd birthday
June 12, Diligence
If we put as much work into seeking God as we do other, less important things, what would happen?
June 13, Aesthetic
Sometimes music is the mechanism we use to tune into the Holy Spirit. But sometimes the music itself is the Holy Spirit encounter.
June 14, Favor
…we should never be ungrateful for the doors He opens or doesn’t open, as He knows us far better than we know ourselves!
We’re halfway kids! Happy Sunday and tune in tomorrow!
The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied. Proverbs 13:4
I am not a runner. At all. And yet.
I’ve been doing Couch to 5K for the past 5 weeks. Thank the Lord for this program. I don’t know what kind of algorithms and testing they did but it works for a lazy person like me! They have you run in gradually increasing increments separated by intervals of walking. And just when you think you’re going to DIE, you’ve finished. Today I ran for 8 minutes straight! Twice! What the.
The reason I’m babbling on about this is because I am not a runner. It is counterintuitive for me. I’ve been diligent about other things, but they come easier for me, like music, or school. Running does not. It probably stems from the fact that I am terrible at sports. I have zero hand eye coordination. When I’ve tried playing tennis, I always hit the ball with the rim! What’s up with that?
So as I was running through my 8 minutes (it was so hard) I was thinking about how unlikely it was that I’ve made it this far. Usually I’ll quit something that’s just a little too hard. They say it takes a month for something to become a habit. I don’t agree. Some things never become a habit. Some things you have to consciously choose to do each time. It’s true that I’ve started to look forward to running, which is a huge change for me, but I still have to DECIDE to do it.
It brought me to the verse about taking up your cross daily. It’s a conscious choice. It takes diligence, it won’t come easily. Why? I don’t know. I guess it’s counterintuitive to us because we’re all self-absorbed. If we put as much work into seeking God as we do other, less important things, what would happen? You might surprise yourself.
p.s. this is so cliche – but if I can run, you can run. Seriously, I’m a lazy couch potato and I have big boobs. And yet, here I am in week 5. I’m still in bewilderment.