My love of running started, in late 2008, after completing a fitness bootcamp program for 3 months. Before participating in bootcamp, I disliked–short of hated–running.
Growing up, I ran outside and played games with the neighbors’ kids. That active lifestyle changed after leaving elementary school. The kids on my street no longer played outside; household chores and homework occupied play time. In the transition to junior high school, I became inactive. As for physical education classes in school, I avoided it like the bubonic plague. I elected to take band in order to steer clear of P.E. class in junior high school. Sixth period band saved me from P.E. class and Coach BL throughout my junior high school time.
“Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.” ―Dean Karnazes
Present day, running is an essential part of my spiritual, physical, and mental life. The benefits of running outweighs finding comfort in food, self-pity, sorrow, people, or any emotional state. Running clears my mind, releases the spirit, challenges my body, and allows me to tap into my Source. One amazing aspect about running, I am connected to a community that encourages, supports, drives, and challenges me to excel. I’m blessed that I have friends who are runners too. That core group of friends push me beyond my boundaries and to exceed my goals.
The list above shows my running progress for this month; I am participating in the March run-a-mile-a-day challenge with friends [for privacy, I covered the faces and names; I given “secret identities”. If they read this post, they will know]. Special note to “My Nemesis”: I’m running my pace but if you leave a decent gap, I swear I’ll do a two-a-day cardio session just to get close to you. LOL. And I digress…
Back to the message… Taking on a challenge, like running each day, would’ve been boring and dull without the encouragement, occasional trash-talking, “I got more miles on you”, and loving support of my running buddies. In addition, they challenge me to keep the commitment and go for more miles each time [one particular running buddy, Bubba, should stay at his pace and the other buddy, in my Mabel Madea Simmons’ voice, “should go sat down.” *inside joke*].
In running and in life, we should surround ourselves with other people who will support, encourage, be a cheerleader, love on us, and positively impact our lives. The right people and the right attitude will take us higher to reach our goals and fulfill our purpose. We should experience some type of elevation each time we’re around our family and friends. The right people will fill our spirits and energize our mind; their presence should create an environment of achievement, excellence, strength, and tenacity.
Honoring my running buddies, writing friends, family and friends:
Philippians 1:3-4 (NLT) 3 Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. 4 Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy….
Fight. Finish. Faith. (2 Timothy 4:7 NKJV)
PS… Are the people surrounding you pouring into your life or draining it? Are your relationships/friendships partnerships of positive progress? Or are those “ships” working you like a job–overworked and no pay? Do you know the people who make emotional withdrawals and no deposits? If you have a list, time to make adjustments. Some people are in our lives for a reason, a season, or a lifetime; adjustments are allowed.