I shared with my husband my goal of running 100 miles in 100 days the day before I decided to start. He did not say much but was supportive of the idea. Before embarking on this personal challenge I also said a prayer. I prayed that God would provide everything I needed to succeed in this goal. I prayed for his provision.
I’m sure you are familiar with the experience of setting a goal and then having odd scenarios pop up to knock you down. How many times have you started the day thinking that you were going to eat healthy or start a diet, then you arrive to work and it’s a food day, a birthday, or the boss is treating everyone to donuts and coffee in the morning and free pizza for lunch? Ugh! It seems to happen this way for me EVERY TIME. Each time I set out with good intent, there are no doubt road blocks and temptations that pop up and try to take me down. So I prayed.
Lately, I’ve even been keeping a journal of my prayers. I write down my requests and how God answers them. It helps me to see that God IS LISTENING and that He is ACTIVELY engaged with what I’m going through in life. It helps me to notice all the little miracles in my otherwise mundane daily activities and one of these little miracles happened on Sunday.
Day one of my challenge (9/1/19), my husband, my daughter, and I were out at the mall killing some time. We go there for the free play place for Katherine. My husband suggested going to a shoe store and encouraged me to try on some new running shoes. My current running shoes are 7 years old with holes on the sides but they are still comfortable and still have a little tread left on them. I’m actually very attached to them. I even have them in a couple of my wedding photos. Every pair of shoes I’ve tried on as a potential replacement …just… have not felt right.
While in the shoe store, Katherine begins to act up. We wore her out, and now she needs a nap. We considered leaving at that moment. The gentleman helping us in the store was a father himself and did not seem bothered by Katherine’s irritability. He said confidently that he had a shoe he thought I would like. The first pair he brought out was decent but the second pair he brought out was even better!!! “They are the most light weight shoe on the market,” He said with a smile. It literally felt like I was wearing a sock. For a runner, THAT IS AMAZING!!! There’s nothing worse than having heavy feet when you go for a run. I FINALLY found a replacement shoe to put on my wish list…maybe for Christmas !!! With that, Katherine began crying uncontrollably so I excused myself and stepped out of the store with her.
Now I am married to a VERY LOVING man but he is frugal. He is good with money and this strong suit of his has helped us in life. BUT, on Sunday HE walked out of that shoe store with a big smile on his face and a new pair of shoes for me!!! He smiled as he handed me the bag!!! I’m tearing up as I write this and the love that I feel. I did not even need the shoes. But I am blessed and God provides. He provides even when it’s a WANT and not a need. There’s a verse in Matthew that talks about the good things that God has in store for his children. All we need to do is ask for his blessing and its ours! I am blessed because God is good and so is my husband!
Read about God’s Provision for YOUR LIFE in Matthew 6:25-34, 7:8-11
Life starts over again when you have a child. You pour 100% of your time and your energy into this little precious child. But then it happens, they begin to start taking care of themselves. They are no longer reliant on you as they were in infancy. So what do you do with your time? You rebuild your life from the ground up. You ask yourself what you need most and re-prioritize life now that your own interests and needs are given room to breathe.
This is the turning point, or the crossroads, I’m currently at. My beautiful bundle of joy is 13 months old and no longer needs me nearly as much as she did just a couple months ago. While it’s amazing how a child can develop over the course of time, it’s refreshing to NOT be NEEDED 24/7.
In this moment, I have a decision to make. What do I want to do with, dare I say it, the spare time that is developing? RUN. No, no, no! Not in a sarcastic ‘get out of dodge’ sense, but run. What I’m lacking is true physical activity. I need to bring exercise back into the picture for my overall health and wellbeing. It is something I enjoy and want to get good at again. I’ve managed a couple 5K’s in the past few months, but I struggled through them. I’m soooooooooooo over that. Sayonara! Let the re-training begin!
So here’s my goal, just to get back in the game, I’m going to run 100 miles in 100 days. Sound easy? Theoretically it is. I know that there are going to be days that I will have to double up on my runs due to my “Mom Schedule” and work schedule. But it is a very do-able and realistic goal for me to start with. Why am I sharing this? I need YOU to hold me ACCOUNTABLE.
Let DAY ONE begin!