Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Running with Purpose

Hello Friends...It has seemed like it has been FOREVER and a day since I have blogged...but my inspiration is returning to blog and be more purposeful and consistent at writing on my blog.

Blogging really helps to define my thoughts and just put my ideas out there and tell of the revelation I have received, even if it feels like no one is listening but there may be one or two or ten or maybe just a journal for me to re-read when needed. Either way if its helping me, it more than likely will help someone else.


PURPOSE

It is such a strong word.

What does it mean?

The Merriam-Webster dictionary states:
1) the reason why something is done or used; the aim or intention of something
2) the feeling of being determined to do or achieve something
3)the aim or goal of a person; what a person is trying to do, become, etc.

2016 is a Year of Purpose for Me

It may just be my beginning of understanding purpose because from now on I want to live purposefully.

Why do I do what I do AND why am I doing it?

Do you ever find yourself just going through the motions or rushing from place to place ALWAYS on the GO never stopping and never thinking about what is actually going on inside of your mind?

Well I realized sometime last year that I was just doing things that needed to be done and going from one thing to the next without stopping to think about what I was actually doing with purpose.

I'm not talking about chores and the mundane things in life but more so I felt a rush of mixed emotions going from place to place including Anger, which I did not like!!

So I decided I would begin to seek this out introspectively with the Holy Spirit as my guide to find out what was going on.

I feel quite vulnerable now expressing these thoughts but the truth is I can't really blog without exposing this part of myself to get to where I am going.

I am very deep and complex and aren't we all, even if we don't think it or admit it!

The first revelation I received was that I wasn't being purposeful about things in my life. One thing that may not seem that huge but it made an impact was that I would find myself going to places out of habit or impulsiveness just because I was scared or bored or reactive. What I mean is I wasn't being purposeful with my time, my money, my relationships, I was more set on pleasing others and making them 'happy" (as if I could!) and it really set me back to loosing a part of who I was because I was not being ME.

Which leads me back to ask these questions: what is the purpose of life? Why am I here? What was I designed for?

WE are designed to be in relationship, relationship with God and people. That was the very reason we came into existence is because God desired fellowship with us. He gives us free will so that it's not a forced one sided relationship either. He wanted us to Know Him and for us to freely let ourselves be known to Him and others so that we could experience the privileged of being heard, seen and loved.

With that being said, fear may creep in and say "Well if I let myself be known then what if they won't listen, what if they don't see me and what if they don't love me?

LOVE....we are made to operate and function in LOVE. Our brains were designed to operate in LOVE and we are finding this out with technology today in neuroscience. (thank you Dr. Caroline Leaf - author of Switch on Your Brain)

See the thing is when people get scared (acting in Fear) they can become critical, judgmental, and box out others in their life. The reason is that when we don't want to be KNOWN some will even go to the lengths of cutting other people down so that the focus is not on themselves. Some of us fear criticism and will lock ourselves up so that we will not be criticized and judged. Or we will become "people pleasers" and try and do everything others want us to just so that we will be liked...yet how will we even know if we are truly loved because we are never ourselves, just a facade to indulge others.

With this I realized that my purpose was to be who God created me to be and it may not be who others want me to be but at some point I need to get over that. I need to get over this fear of being known just on the off chance that people won't like me. The truth is, not everyone is going to like me and that's OK. I need to know that God's Love will always abound toward me and He Loves me and Knows me and then I will attract friends that love me for who I am.

Which leads me to the next question: Who am I?


Well I enjoy running, I'm a mom of two, a wife, a lover of Jesus, a deep thinker, an over-analyzer, a learner, a cook...The list could continue but I want to focus on is My Purpose and that is: I'm a child of God and I have a Heavenly Father who loves me and gave His Only Son for me so that I could BE with Him for ALL eternity. I also am a lover of people because I KNOW how much He loves me and I want to be in relationship with others. Why? Because God has a design for each and everyone of us and He designed us to work together and that is the beautiful part of being who you are, so you can not only feel alive and at peace in your own skin but so that you can also help others in your own special way.

I sat down to write this blog initially because I wanted to talk about the Purpose of Running Plans and how they help you achieve your goals for your race. They were designed by coaches, experts of the sport, to help you prepare to finish the race in the time you desire(to be victorious!). But God had something else in mind here. He wanted me to relay the information that He has a PURPOSE for each one of US and that He would like us to seek Him out, Follow Him and His Design to FIGHT HARD and FINISH THE RACE.

LOL. I'm laughing out of pure joy because I did not think all of this out in any sort of scheme, I just set down and started writing and there you have it. One of my gifts: Encouragement and Here it is on this little blog out there on the web hoping to help someone somewhere. Thank you Lord, please Bless All those that read this and Help them find the Calling of their life that You have for them, In Jesus Name. AMEN


What is your purpose?





Thursday, June 12, 2014

6 months overdue Seattle Marathon Recap



Where to Start?

It's been over 6 months and I am just getting this up because I am not a very good blogger. Oh well...this will do.

Pre-Race Week:

I looked forward to this Day and week for a very long time, about 3 years to be exact. We were to head over to Seattle on Saturday and then Sunday would be gametime...I mean racetime. Neither is a word but just roll with it. This is a blog not a newspaper article. I'm not sure how much I should talk about the pre-race mumbo jumbo but lets just say it was hectic for me. And not really all about the race. More Thanksgiving...which I had at my house...for the first time...first turkey...stress city is the word...well 2 words I have for it. Not much sleep, woke up thanksgiving AM at 1 (yes 1 AM) and cleaned for a couple hours then went back to bed only to be woken up by my husband getting home at 4:45am from a job he was trying to complete before we left on Saturday and still take Thanksgiving off. Does this make much sense? No not really. But move along. I tried "carb" loading during the week, but when you eat primarily gluten/grain free it's a little more complicated. Especially because I thought potatoes had more carbs then they do and was eating a bunch. I had planned to pack my dinner and breakfast for the night before and morning of the race. But I didn't have enough time. Let's just say that job my hubby was working on made him go in Saturday and so my scheduled plan to leave at 10am shifted to 2pm, grrr, not only that but I had to run with my daughter and it had snowed and rained and it was slush and guess what? I wasn't going to push the stroller in that. That meant gym which then meant an extra hour for the commute and getting Miss Bean (my daughter) ready to go and putting her in gym daycare, yada, yada, yada (oh Seinfeld I miss you). Anywho...(still not a word)
We rolled into Seattle around 6:30pm and went to the EXPO immediately and it really looked cool and I wish I could of strolled around and seen everything but Miss Bean and Hubs were hungry so I ran (fast walked...saving the legs) in and grabbed my packet and ran(slower walk...remember save the legs) out. We then went and checked in at the Hotel and then located the nearest place were I thought I could maybe have something gluten and dairy free. The Cheesecake Factory! Ok so maybe not dairy free but maybe gluten free, there menu didn't seem to have what I needed because although they boasted of gluten free pasta I couldn't have any dairy free sauce since I recently have become sensitive to tomatoes (allergic maybe...not sure) pasta was out. So I had a steak and sweet potato fries (they had more carbs than white potato fries or mashed potatoes). Maybe not ideal but when your regular diet consists of this it seemed to do the trick. No cheesecake for me or anyone else (yes I was mean and wouldn't let the Hubs or Miss Bean get any...since it's cruelty!...don't worry we had some latter that week since we stayed in Seattle for 5 days).  I didn't worry about getting to bed on "time" because I read most of the time you should get your sleep in the week before...which I didn't really do...insert Thanksgiving. I figured it is what it is. Then I realized how hilly Seattle really is and I must of been stupid or drugged to think it was flat. Not sure where I got this idea, maybe the elevation chart messed with my mind since it only shows the hill heights and not overall and the majority looked flat...which it is...but don't forget about the hills after mile 20...which your biggest battle is after mile 20 but with hills it's like an all out war. We'll get into that more later.

Race Morning:

Ok so went to bed roughly around 10ish and then woke up multiple times, speeding car, sirens, maybe it was a police chase? Not sure but it woke me up at 3am. I woke up before my alarm went off at 5. Got up, read my devotion and prayed. I needed the Lord's strength that day because I felt uncertain about everything. Read the perfect verse.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (NIV)

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

I know a lot of people say let the mind run the body and there is some truth in that but the mind can fail due to it's perception of the task at hand, fear has many a time caused me to not do something that I am completely capable of doing. Therefore we must not rely only on our mind to guide us but by our spirits for it is the heart of our being.


I ate 2 of my gluten free pumpkin muffins and waited for my breakfast I ordered. Potatoes and bacon...mmm. I didn't know what to do with my hair. I was irritated with my hair (wouldn't be the first time...curly hair folks may understand) and finally asked my hubby to braid it. He did surprisingly well, he said he used to braid girls hair all the time..hmm...interesting...I learned something new about him that day. I started to get panicked because I was going to leave at 6:30 and get to the Monorail to take me to the start and it was 6:38, my hubs said chill because I would have plenty of time, race started at 8:15. But I only was able to chill slightly and mainly because Miss Bean wanted cuddles and hugs. Ahhh melt my heart. I ran out the door at about 6:45 and we plenty of time to get the monorail but I had "Marathon" brain and got all twisted up and went the wrong way and ended up following two runners who I thought were going to the monorail but were not, they were walking, interesting couple too, they had run 3 marathons in the last 3 weeks and were just doing the half to see if their legs would hold up. They didn't ask me anything and we separated paths, I thought I started to go the right direction to the monorail but obviously I did not because I ended up walking to the start which was about a mile. Nice. Just warming up the legs right? I got to the start in plenty of time, it was 7:00ish and the Half hadn't started yet which it was starting before the Full. Phew, yeah Hubs was right, I did not need to worry or panic, chillin was right on. I started to get excited, I love the feeling of a race, the people, the adrenaline and expectancy of adventure awaiting. I am an adrenaline junkie so the race atmosphere fuels me and causes my anxiety to dissipate. It's getting up to the race that plays with my mind. I was asked to have my picture taken and I did. I met another girl who was running her first Full, I didn't catch her name and forgot her bib number, so I hope she did well she was super nice and from the Seattle area. I had brought some garbage bags since they fore casted rain but none had shown up yet, although it was overcast. My fueling strategy was to take my Cliff Shot Mocha 15 mins prior and then half a Cliff Shot Block every couple miles after 40 mins or so. I had been training with minimal fuel on long runs and did all 8 mile runs and under with no fuel and my last 12 mile run with no fuel to prepare my body for the "wall" as well as I am pretty much gluten and dairy free and carbs are harder to stock pile for me.

I put so much into training but still lacked some quality hill training. Which to my dismay did slow me down after mile 20. But who doesn't slow down after Mile 20? This was my First FULL marathon so I really didn't feel like I hit a "wall", I felt like I hit hill after hill and still had plenty of energy but my IT Bands on both my legs did not think so. Tight and painful they were and with only running an average of 100-200 elevation gain on runs and maxing out at 550 elevation gain it was quite a jump to 1,467 elevation gain with the Seattle Marathon. My error for some reason thinking it was mostly flat, which it is about 50% flat and 25% downhill and 25% uphill (pretty much all after Mile 20!).



Miles 1-4.5 Chip Time at 4.5=38:57  Average: 8:40/mile
First Mile I felt like my legs were bricks and my feet hurt which didn't make much since although I had been standing and walking a lot that week. I told them to stop and it went away after the first mile. I went out faster then I would of wanted to but most seemed to be down hill so it was hard to adjust.  My goal was to be around a 9:10/mile average by mile 3-4 but that didn't happen and going through the tunnel nearing the 4.5 mark caused my GPS to go off so I was running blind. I went by feel which in turn made it quicker than I wanted to be.

Garmin Miles:
 
 
 
1 8:51.9    
2 8:35.8    
3 9:17.4    
4   8:18.6    
Miles 4.5-8.1 Chip Time at 8.1=1:10:16 Average: 8:41/mile
This seemed to be an easier stretch and I made It a goal to pass the 4:00 hour pacer and I did. I felt good and didn't feel like I was pushing myself too hard. I felt in the zone, strong and with energy to spare.

5  8:57.3         
6  8:26.3  
7  7:59.9  
8  8:49.5  

Miles 8.1-13.1 Chip Time at 13.1:=1:53:46 Average: 8:42/mile
These miles seemed to be quick and nice since they were by the water and I almost had a chance to relax but had to keep my pace up if I wanted to hit my A goal of a 3:48 which I knew was possible on a Perfect Day but I did know because it was first marathon which I would be happy to finish if anything.

9 8:22.3
10 8:28.2
11 8:33.3
12 8:33.3
13 8:51.8

Miles 13.1-20 Chip Time at 20= 2:54:07 Average: 8:43/mile
These miles seemed to be a little more challenging than the first half but I still felt strong and that I could make it through and keep the pace at least at an average of 9:00-9:30 for the last 10k but I was not fully prepared for what the terrain held after mile 20 which I feel was an integral part of why it was so tough at the end for me.

14 8:49
15 8:59
16 8:48
17 9:08
18 9:04
19 9:21
20 10:07

Miles 20-26.2 Chip Time at 26.2= 4:09:40 Average: 9:32/mile
War...it was a straight up battle fighting my mind and getting my body to just keep going. I kept running and walked briefly up 1 portion of a hill but I kept at least a nice slow jog because I wanted to finish running. Does it really matter? Probably not but for some reason to me it did. I remember just praying "God help me through, carry me through, I know you're here and with me just be my strength for I have none left to give." I was not angry with the hill or even myself for it seemed to not make any difference for it did not change my circumstance. I kept reminding myself "I chose this. I wanted this. I will be grateful. I will not be upset." Each time I looked down at my watch and so my goal slipping away I did not feel regret but I felt a release of my pride and a humbling. My greatest joy during these miles was seeing my hubby and Miss Bean just before the finish. I started to tear up when I saw them because I was so happy they were there to support me and loved me so much.

21 11:06
22 11:28
23 11:48
24 11:23
25 11:53
26 11:53
.2 3:41 (Garmin recorded .36 @ 10:15/mile avg pace)


Running to me has been a journey and this marathon was a journey and I am so glad that I trained and completed it and look forward to more running adventures. I love the person I am becoming, not because I made myself this way but because I have humbled myself to allow the One True Leader,  to lead me into LIFE and LIFE ABUNDANT. As I continue to grow and change I realize it's not just circumstance that I am here but the choice I get to run and to chose my attitude and path which determines my destiny. Many people do things so they can say they did and boast about it. But this seemed greater to me because I realized that although our lives may not be all about victories they can still be great if we allow the dark moments to propel us to grow. We cannot live with a disgruntle and pessimistic view, it kills the essence of life to become the very people we desire to be. Triumphant moments generally come after defeating ones and only if we allow the setbacks to be learning curves will we then be victorious. Keep trying...get back up...don't allow the blow to keep you down. Get back up! FIGHT HARD FINISH YOUR RACE.  I named my blog this because I felt it had a lot of what I have stood for in my life but what I didn't realize is that LIFE truly is about fighting hard, fighting well and finishing your race. I am thankful to the Lord who has led me to this place and I look forward to all the other places He will lead me to come. I just pray that I will stay humble and meek to follow Him.

So my friends my encouragement to you is:
GO FIGHT HARD and FINISH YOUR RACE WELL!!

p.s. I will try to blog more since my inspiration to do so is returning :)

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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Why do you want to run a marathon?

This question has been streaming through my head for over 10 weeks now.

You ask why 10 weeks?

Well 10 weeks ago I started "training" for a marathon...a FULL marathon...26.2 miles


While researching training plans and tips on training I came across this question on one of the web pages. They said to ask yourself why you would want to run a marathon because when the going gets tough you will need a real good reason to kick yourself out of bed at 4 am to go run 16, 18 or 20+ miles. And guess what? They were RIGHT!! Go figure...huh?

You may ask...(if anyone reads this)...why didn't you blog about this Kris?

Well my reason, although maybe an illogical one, was that I didn't think I would stick to the plan or fail mid-way through, but now I am mid-way through and feel pretty good about the whole experience. Although the 4 am and 5 am mornings are bit of a struggle I've somehow managed.

I'm still pondering this question...it actually compels me to run.

I think about it when I wake up and when I'm pounding the pavement and when I'm taking a shower or making dinner or sitting at work or playing with my daughter.

Here are some of the reasons I have come up with:

1) I tend to "give up" on things either because I get bored or it gets tough...I'm done with giving up...I want to push through and conquer!

2) I want to enjoy the journey every step of the way, even the agonizing steps, I want to LIVE my life and if running 26.2 miles helps me feel alive then I will RUN and RUN VIVACIOUSLY!!

3) Running is one of the things I have that helps me set goals,plan and triumph...it makes me feel victorious. The first half marathon I did gave me confidence that I can start what I finish(goes back to reason 1!)

4) Because how many people can say they enjoy running never-the-less 26.2 miles of running in the same day? If I enjoy running then I should RUN and RUN with JOY!

5)  I want to build endurance and patience. I tend to want to rush through things, I like to sprint but I know this can't be my mindset always, can't do intervals every run, I want to learn distance. We need endurance and patience for life so it carries over to everyday life too.

6) I want to eat healthy. Food is Fuel and knowing I am running all the time helps me make better choices when it comes to food. I know a lot of people would say it could be an excuse to eat like a king but if you want to run and feel well you need to take care about what you put in your body.

7) I want to inspire my daughter to pursue goals in her life. I know she is only 2 1/2 but I know she will follow my ways whether good or bad and I want to set a good example.

8) My husband supports me and wants me to fulfill my dream of running 26.2.

9) I actually do dream about running 26.2 miles...weird I know but I've always been on the strange side. If you're a runner you'll understand.

10) Even if I do it once...I still did it!

11) It's better than sitting. Sitting is the "new" smoking!!

12) Everyone has to have at least 1 hobby.

13)  Greatness is not passive, it's active!

.1) New shoes!

OK so I have 13.1 reasons, half of a marathon, and I'm half way through training.

I would share my training plan but I'm sort of switching plans and I may mould two plans creatively together. If anyone is interested I will post it. I started with a 16 week plan but then realized I couldn't find any marathons I wanted to run that were close enough to me to on November 3rd so I am extending my plan to 20 weeks and running the Seattle Marathon on December 1st, 2013.


So that's my little secret in a nut shell. I haven't posted in 3 months and 16 days so I won't be sad if no one comments. :)

Cheers to Running!

Remember folks... 'Eye of the Tiger'






Wednesday, June 5, 2013

10 Reasons to Run

Self-Control, Discipline, Patience, Endurance

That is what I needed.

I kept thinking that I couldn't run and that I didn't have energy to run and what's the use if I can't start "training"(it takes longer to build base) running with the stroller and the list of excuses could continue. Blah! But who wants to hear my excuses?

10 Reasons to Run:
1) It helps clear my head.
2) It makes me feel fit.
3) My daughter enjoys going outside with me. (Thank God she got over the crying fits!)
4) It helps bring me closer to God since I find it easier to pray when I run.
5) If I start running again it will bring me closer to train for a FULL Marathon.
6) It gives me something to do rather than stay inside.
7) The weather is getting nicer and the excuse of bad weather is not an option anymore.
8) I don't feel lazy.
9) It helps kick start my day.
10) It help me feel more productive.

Not at all an extensive list and definitely something that is subjective.

Inspiration:

Hebrews 12:11 (NIV)

11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
 
 

What's your excuse to not run?

Better yet...What's your reason to run?

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

FIGHT HARD, FINISH YOUR RACE

On a whim of impulsive, angry, frustration I deleted my blog on December 13, 2012.
I kind of liked it at first because I felt free from telling my story whether good or bad.
I felt like I had nothing to share anyway and who was listening?
But then I realized the reason I had the blog really was for me(and my daughter) and to write down my thoughts in this life as a memoir.
I really don't care if people read it or not...ok...well I do care if people read it because what is life without connections and relationships?
Just a chaotic fusion of narcissism and work!!

I live my life wanting and having purpose in all I do. I think I was starting to lose that and lose myself. I went into a state of depression and allowed myself to think that the things I enjoy and do really aren't necessary. But the truth is if I AM who God made me to be then I will help other people BE who He made them to be! :) We are all unique and we all have talents, gifts and abilities that help one another. No one of us is better than the other. I know people want to be better than others and I've had that thought creep in my mind with running paces and other selfish ventures but why do we want to be better than other people? What does that say about us? What do we accomplish by being better? Being better is really a matter of opinion because it is within our mind that we judge whether we are better than others or not and the basis in which we judge is by our own merit. I'm not saying that all people are this way all the time but I do believe it happens to each one of us in our life whether we admit it or not. Thinking good of and helping others is a choice and it's a choice we all must make. I like to examine my motives as to why I do something, the questions I ask myself are: is it self-serving to me? do I want them to like me? do I feel obligated to do something or hang out with someone and therefore loathe my time with them? do I really listen to what they say or am I too anxious to speak myself?
The real purpose in hanging out with each other is to share and take interest in others and to help and encourage them along their race of life. We can't always expect to get what we want for ourselves out of our relationships. We must give first and take second.
"Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love."
                                                                                                           Ephesians 4:2

My husband says I over-analyze everything and he has a point. But God gave me this analytical brain to ask these questions and to change and grow and be better. I don't feel like I am really alive unless I am growing into who I am and being who God created me to be. While I am growing into who He made me to be I can help others be who God made them to be because He can use me as an instrument to inspire others to ponder who He created them to be. It may be through this blog, it can be through a friendship, it could be someone I meet randomly at the grocery store, really anything is possible!
Bottom line: Don't give up on who you are!! BE who God created you to BE!!
Others may not like it and some may despise you but most people will be inspired to be who they are instead of an imitation.
BE GENUINE, BE TRANSPARENT, SPEAK THE TRUTH IN LOVE ALWAYS.
Don't allow others choices to hinder you from being who God created you to be.
"Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called..." 1Timothy 6:12
Don't allow discouragement and despair to set in...keep going...
FIGHT HARD, FINISH YOUR RACE





Friday, October 26, 2012

My First "Real" Spin Class


Technically I have been to 2 spin classes but my first was in 2006 and I didn't really know what I was doing so I didn't spin right and therefore I didn't make spinning a regular exercise routine.

My interest for spinning was sparked while reading Mommy, Run Fast posts about spinning and her journey in becoming a certified spin instructor.

So Thank You Laura for inspiring me to spin :)

The Story:
Yesterday I looked up the local spin classes at OZ fitness and determined I would be able to get a sitter from Miss Bean today and go try spinning.

I was a little nervous going into the class since most of the bikes in the back had been taken so I would have to be upfront :( But it ended up being to my benefit since the instructor was right in front of me. :) The instructor was awesome and she came right up to me and introduced herself and asked if I had ever taken a spin class before and needed help setting the bike up. Relieved I told her I had tried a class in 06 but didn't remember anything and would need help setting up my bike. She was really great helping me set up the bike and before I knew it, I was spinning!

My first impression:
Enjoyed the music and the atmosphere with low light.
"Holy crap I think I'm going too fast" but then once I tightened the resistance I was ok.
I felt awkward and like I was maybe concentrating too much.
I wished I had a friend to be with since I felt like a lone ranger.

We started out with sprints for 30 seconds  up to 3 minutes and back down, during these times I thought that my legs might fall off.
note: I liked it when we were able to stand up and ride aka "jump" (not sure if that is a technical term or not but that is what she called it) because I felt like I was more comfortable and it was more like running.

Once we finished the sprinting portion we had a slight cool down with some jumping intervals and that was fun.

Then we did a 9 minute gradual hill with a 6 minute hill interval following.

This might sound weird but I liked the hill more than the sprints which usually is opposite with running. My legs got to really push and burn going up the hill but maybe I was doing the sprinting thing wrong. Not sure but going to another session will help me understand it more since it's all brand new to me.

My overall impression of spinning:
Great butt kicking workout!! My legs are jelly and even my arms are sore!
I enjoyed the music and company of working out with others however, I still longed for a run after just so I could clear my head...maybe I should do a little "brick" workout??

Will I go back?
YES!! Hoping to do another spin session next week :)

As for running I am in a slow gradual build up to start training for a Marathon in Spring of 2013. I'm only at 7 miles for the week this week so I'm taking it nice-n-slow since most of my runs are with the stroller and I don't want to injure myself.
I'm planning on using the FIRST Marathon training program and that is why I'm making myself get used to doing "other" cardiovascular workouts since my strength routines aren't what they recommend for the 3plus2 workouts (3 runs, 2 aerobic cross trains). They do still want you to strength train so I'm just going to attach some strength routines onto my runs or cross training days.

Questions for you:
Have you ever tried spinning? If not would you?
Did you enjoy spinning?


Friday, October 12, 2012

Finding Hope In Perilous Times

This week we had a good family friend pass away and on top of that there is many close family and friends that have been fighting through excruciating times.

I typically like to stay very positive when addressing such heart wrenching issues but lately it seems almost too much to bear.
I keep asking myself, "WHY?" I cry my heart out to God since I know He cares. I guess it's hard for me to just say I'm praying for them. I know with God ALL things are possible. My heart just breaks with the pain I see loved ones go through and all I want to do is take the pain away. I don't like seeing them unhappy and not full of joy. Then I'm reminding that God doesn't either:

John 3:16-17
For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten ([d]unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.
17 For God did not send the Son into the world in order to judge (to reject, to condemn, to pass sentence on) the world, but that the world might find salvation and be made safe and sound through Him.
 
I believe sometimes we must come to the end of saving ourselves and admit we need a saviour. In my case I need to admit that I'm not the saviour of them and I need to give the situation to God for Jesus is the Only Hope, He is our Hope.
 
Matthew 11: 28-30
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
 
Jeremiah 17:7
Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
And whose hope is the Lord.
 
When dark perilous times seem to overwhelm and consume you remember Jesus is the Way, the Light and the Life you need.  He does not judge you or condemn you but saves you out of the agony you are in. God loves you and does not judge you any longer because the judgment was judged upon His Son on the cross. If we just come to Him and lay our cares and trouble at His feet, He who is our hope will help carry us through the deep dark valley of the shadow of death.
 

Psalm 23

A Psalm of David.

1 The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, guide, and shield me], I shall not lack.
2 He makes me lie down in [fresh, tender] green pastures; He leads me beside the still and restful waters.
3 He refreshes and restores my life (my self); He leads me in the paths of righteousness [uprightness and right standing with Him—not for my earning it, but] for His name’s sake.
4 Yes, though I walk through the [deep, sunless] valley of the shadow of death, I will fear or dread no evil, for You are with me; Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide], they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with [a]oil; my [brimming] cup runs over.
6 Surely or only goodness, mercy, and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life, and through the length of my days the house of the Lord [and His presence] shall be my dwelling place.
 
 
 
Father God, I lay my troubles and cares at your feet so you can help perfect the things that concern me to help those in need. In Jesus Name, Amen
 

Psalm 138:8

The Lord will perfect that which concerns me;
Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever;
Do not forsake the works of Your hands.

 

 
This post really is a journal for me, not sure if I will publicize it our not but if I do, I hope it will help you too.