Thankful to run.

With exception to a slight mention to share my favorite tunes, exercise isn’t something I talk about here, especially when I know that what I consider a workout is a simple warm-up for others. But today I will talk about exercise. Shocker, I know.

 

Since last October I’ve been training to run a 5K, using the Couch-to-5K program. I’ve stretched out the 9 week program quite a bit, repeating some weeks, getting derailed with others due to sickness, and other unexpected interruptions, but on the whole, I’ve kept going, slowly, but going, nonetheless.

So this week is the week, the week I run the race. The plan has been for me to gradually build up distance and peak with the full 5K/3.1 miles at race time. One of two last runs before the big 5K race was set for two nights ago, on Monday. I was for planning for a 30 minute run, which, at my slow pace, has been about 2.65 miles.

 

Monday was a long day. Let me repeat that, Monday was a loooooong day. I was pooped. Randy found me laying across the bed, just resting, before changing into running clothes. I was merely resting my eyes, but woke myself up snoring a few minutes later. I wasn’t planning on running. I was planning on putting on my pajamas at 6:30 pm and calling it day. Then Randy started in with his “here’s where the rubber meets the road” speech. Ugh.

 

Thirty minutes later I was dressed for the rubber to meet the road, minus the good attitude, kinda sleep walking through the motions of moving in the direction to exercise. I really had no idea how I would run for any length of time, much less the 30 minutes. When we made it to our local high school track to run, Randy said he was going to try to slow down and run 3 miles. I told him my goal was the 30 minutes. Yeah, right. Pajamas were calling my name.

 

I took off, leaving Randy at the car adjusting his ipod to begin my warmup lap so I could get this thing over with. Randy caught up with me and we soon began a slow jog. It would be the first time he ran slow enough to be close by. I figured I’d finish before him and be waiting at the car for him to complete his goal.

 

Ever have those moments where you wonder how you got there? I seem to be having those moments more often the older I get. Moments ago I was just thinking about putting my pajamas on and here I am running in the dark. What the heck?

 

Anyway, about into the second lap I decided that I may shoot for 3 miles too. I’d gauge how I was doing around the 30 minute mark and see. I worked through lap after lap after lap.

 

When I began lap 11, I started to tell myself “I can do it. I can do this. Two more laps, that’s all. I can do this.” Then it hit me, out of the blue the verse, “I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me” popped in my head. I wasn’t doing this myself. I couldn’t do this in my own strength. No way.

 

I think I’d forgotten that somewhere along the way.

 

So about halfway through lap 11, I began a long prayer of thanks for all kinds of things, a lap of thanks if you will…

 

thank You for a healthy body that enables me to run
thank You for my husband, for encouraging me to get out the door tonight
thank You for comfortable shoes
thank You for music, even this stupid JT song that keeps me moving
thank You for my friend Robyn who first mentioned running a 5K
thank You for all my friends who continue to ask about my progress
thank You for cushy socks
thank You for a safe place to run
thank You for our car that we can drive home instead of having to run or walk even further
thank You for the people who invented good socks
thank You for the people who invented the loom for weaving said socks
thank You for the Thorlo outlet in Statesville, NC where we can buy great socks at discount prices
thank You for my legs
thank You for my knee caps
thank You for my feet
thank You for ABBA, particularly Dancing Queen as it helps me through this next lap, lap 12
thank You for cushy socks
thank You for this track to run on, that’s flat and safe with no worries about getting hit by a car or tripping in a pot hole
thank You for lights so we can run at night
thank You for the people who invented the lights
thank You for those who climbed up there and changed the light bulbs
thank You for clothes that breathe
thank You for ipods
thank You for earbuds
thank You for my ears
thank You for the night sky, deep blue and a good distraction
thank You for my children, a reason to run
thank You for apps that help me keep the proper pace
thank You for chewing gum
thank You for my rocking shoes
thank You for those socks again, they are comfy
thank You for helping me finish lap 12
thank You for helping me begin lap 13…lap 13, wha?!?
thank You for Michael Bublé singing me through this last lap
thank You for a healthy body
thank You for giving me all that You have even when i don’t deserve it
thank You again for my husband who got me out the door tonight to do something i never thought i would
thank You for these dang good socks
thank You for the air we breathe
thank You for hotdogs that i can eat when i get home
thank You for water
thank You for asphalt
thank You for those geniuses that know how to make fantastical socks
thank You for helping me finish, finish 3.25 miles – more than a 5K. more.

 

Unbelievably thankful.

 

Thankful to run.

 

 

xoxoxoxo

Comments

  1. says

    Amy, this is awesome. So awesome. I know exactly what you are feeling. It’s amazing what are bodies can do when our minds don’t think we can. I have been in the same situation where in a split second I would have been in those pjs, or some other comfy clothes…those turn out to be my best runs. It’s so weird and unexplainable, but it happens I guess.

    I’m very very proud of you for following this through! Can’t wait to hear about your race!

  2. says

    This is so amazingly inspiring, Amy! I have been so unmotivated lately to exercise. Today I got out and enjoyed some beautiful (although bizarre) February weather and then read this list of thank-yous and I am beginning to feel re-energized. And your reminder that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens…wonderful reminder. I love this! Best of luck with your race!!

  3. says

    So proud of you, Amy! Everytime I feel like crap on a run, I remind myself how lucky I am to be outside breathing clean air, with the ability to move my legs and the freedom to run in a safe place. Love this post!

  4. Barbie says

    THANK YOU for this!! Loved every word! So true…all of it!! I have Michael Buble and Abba on my ipod too :) Music helps me so so much when I’m running at the gym….where I just came from a little while ago. Good for you! And good luck!!!

    P.S. I also appreciate the part about the healthy body/knees. i have a tear in my meniscus right now that I am dealing with, and I have been talking about that a lot lately too…appreciating and not taking your body that God gave you for granted. It’s cool when things – whatever it might be for each of us – happen that open our eyes and make us see things differently…or more clearly. I’m going to remember what you wrote the next time I run…so Thank You again!! :)

  5. says

    This is such a lovely sentiment, Amy. Running (when I used to run, of course) used to do that very same thing for me. I remember thinking of how God steers you into the straight path, pushing you forward. Good luck with the 5K! I’m so excited for you. There’s nothing like crossing that finish line.

  6. says

    SO happy for you Amy! I’m struggling to get my groove back with running after neglecting it for a few months during (and after) the holidays. But when I choose to run, I am ALWAYS glad I did. I’ve also found myself finding things I’m thankful for when I start to get discouraged and grumpy with my runs. For your 5K ~ “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us” Heb 12:1 (I also sometimes add verses 2 & 3 when I run as well). Can’t wait to hear all about your race!! Enjoy and have fun…

  7. says

    You go, girl! Dancing Queen has that capability. I start humming out prayers at the end of my runs (which have been few and far between this winter since I get sick every single time I get out there!). So glad you shared. Let us know how the run goes.

  8. says

    So happy that you’ve started running. I teach running and write training programs for marathoners and always love hearing people’s stories about how they’ve become addicted to running or how running has transformed their mind and body. Keep it up! You’re awesome!

  9. says

    i’m so glad that you did decide to talk about exercise…it’s amazing how pushing our bodies to limits make us realize things we never knew before! i can’t wait to get back into the swing of regular exercise after the baby’s born and will definitely be thankful to run :)

  10. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen says

    Yes!!! Great job!!!! What a great encouragement you are! I’m in the middle of week 3…and I sometimes wonder if it can really be done. :) Truly I think my jog pace is about the pace as my “brisk walk.” But I remember a quote I heard long ago, “There will come a day that I cannot run. Today is not that day.” Even as I am pushing through my 3 minutes and sure that the world is laughing at me, it’s encouragement like your post today that helps me go on! xo- Katrina

    • says

      Hey Katrina!

      Keep going! I promise. I remember very clearly not being able to run for the 3 minutes without feeling like I’d pass out. Just keep going. Repeat a week if necessary. Slow is not bad. My goal has been to run the total distance without stopping, not a certain pace/speed. I did realize (thankfully from Ruthanne/EclecticWhatNot) that I was trying to go too fast. Under my ribs would start hurting around 20 minutes and I was focusing on trying to breathe. As soon as I slowed the pace a bit I was able to keep going and breathing was more relaxed. Now I can go further, slowly, but further. Speed will come, I suppose, in time.

      Just keep running. Can’t wait to hear how you do!

      Amy

  11. says

    I’m *Thankful* for you dear friend. I’m on a journey of thankfulness at the moment as well. And Amen to being able to do all things through Christ. It is so very true.
    Although you’ve already finished the real race…the race that you had to come to terms with, and make Peace with within yourself….I can’t wait to hear about the race on Saturday. And just for the record, you’re already a winner in my book. xoxoxo

  12. says

    Amy…

    Sitting here at my kitchen table getting teary. Teary over a post about running. What has the world come to?!? ;)

    I am so thankful to YOU for giving me the push I needed to try Couch to 5K. I’m on week 8. The last week has been a tough one….I did something weird to my knee…my shoes were hurting my toe…it rained A LOT…I just wasn’t feeling it. Yesterday, (when it was 80 degrees), I finally made it out for my run. I think the whole thing was like a prayer because I’m not sure how I made it through. I kept looking at that damn timer on my phone…even though the app would tell me when I finished. At 19 seconds left, I still didn’t think I would make it! ;)

    Anyway…this program is the first time I’ve really PUSHED myself to do something in, oh, EVER?!? And I’m so thankful for it…and you…and new shoes.

    PS….how did I NOT have Dancing Queen on my running playlist?!?

  13. Toni W says

    Congratualtions! i have been thinking of doing that program also. before i get started i think i need to know what kind of socks you have.

  14. Cathy says

    Congratulations!
    This saying really helped me when I started training for my fist 5K: “That voice in your head telling you you can’t do this…IS LYING!”.
    I just love that! Keep up the great work!

  15. Jennifer D. says

    First, GREAT FOR YOU that you have stuck with it. The sticking with and starting are the hardest parts! I have heard that same lecture from my husband on occasion :) I am planning to run/walk my first 5K in May. I started running in January and have lost 18 pounds.

    I have also said that exact prayer, even down to the socks. I love my Thorlos! :) When I get down, I think how lucky I am and to count my blessings! Hugs!!

  16. Kristen says

    I am so proud of you. Remember, what… 2 years ago when you, Robyn and I decided we’d keep each other accountable, and each of us would fizz out soon after we started? It was all mental (and is all mental). Keep those positive thoughts and KNOW you can do it! Because you DID! Yay!

  17. Margaret says

    Thankful to “accidently” run across this post when all I did this morning…instead of running….was check on my Facebook page! Printed off the 1/2 marathon training workout today and will. read. this. every. day!

  18. says

    Thank you Facebook
    Thank you Bridget at Bake @350 for putting this post on Facebook.
    Thank you Amy for writing it and inspiring me to go for my run this morning instead of making excuses why I shouldn’t!
    Great post. Just what I needed to get my rubber on the road :D

  19. says

    Loved this post! I am on week 3 of the Couch to 5K plan and you have inspired me to keep going!
    Thankful for this post :)

  20. Monica says

    Yay! I love this.
    I’m so with you….
    Running is seriously a gift, and I so often use it as a time to pray and reflect.
    Way to go!!!
    ALoha!

  21. Sweetsugarbelle says

    Its a great thing to know you’ve inspired someone…and it looks like you’ve inspired a lot of someones! :-) Glad you went for it!

  22. says

    Way to go, and way to give us a great reminder of why we need to be thankful. Sometimes I get so wrapped up with negative energy from a crazy work schedule but when I stop to think about my life, I always have so much to be grateful for!

    • Amy says

      I’m so glad! I’ve been so inspired by so many others, and I’m very sure I’ll continue to need encouragement from others down the road. Hope you’ll share your journey too!

      Amy

  23. Terri A. says

    LOVE IT! So happy for you that you got out and did it and were thankful for it, too! Got to get me some Thorlo socks!

  24. says

    Thank you for my sister who sent me this blog entry and for the fact that you used the word fantastical, because then I knew for sure God had sent you to me this morning.
    I’m sitting here at my computer in my running pants and fabulous running socks. I even have my ball cap on. I was thinking about skipping it today because it’s cold and it’s been a ridiculous week at Tuesday. But now I’m going to go put on my amazing running bra that I’m very thankful for and for the people who designed it, and I’m going to go out for my thirty minutes. I owe it to myself.

    Thank you for you, your honesty, and for reminding me to just do it.
    All the best! Kelley

    • says

      YAY Kelley!
      Glad I’m not alone in those moments. I just finished myself. Put it off all day and then made myself do it. I always feel so good after. You’d think I’d be running first thing in the morning instead of putting it off.
      And nice to meet ya too!
      Amy

  25. JaimeG says

    Amy, I just stumbled on to this post and it totally talked to me! I’ve been training the couch to 5K since sometime around late December, my first race is this coming Sunday and I must admit I’m a little nervous. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, it’s nice to hear what helps other people keep going when your brain is screaming at you to give it up and go find your comfy pj’s…and a pint of Ben & Jerry’s.

  26. says

    It is amazing how easy our challenges become once we give ourselves some perspective. I think gratitude is the best way to gain perspective. We all have so much to be thankful for and reminding ourselves of that has the power to bring us great happiness and strength. I am so happy you were able to find the perspective and strength to finish that 13th lap!

  27. says

    I found your blog through Bridget at Bake at 350. This post touched me because I’m currently training for my first 5K race that will take place in a week and a half. I still have a hard time believing that. I’m not the athletic type by a long shot. In fact being in my p.j.’s on the couch is a form of exercise, right? lol! Your post has me motivated and I will be reciting that verse from Philippians, too. :-) Thanks for sharing your story!

  28. says

    I love you. I love this. I LOVE this. You have no idea how much I needed to read this. Thank you so much for putting that verse in there… I am just sitting here crying and being thankful for YOU. :)

  29. says

    Amy~
    Of course I had to pop over from Bridget’s post on running.
    I’m so proud of you girls.
    I had no idea there was a RED FACED RUNNERS club!
    I just popped off the treadmill with a red face after finishing up day 2 of Couch25K!
    Inspired by all of you girls!
    I had goosebumps reading this post.
    I so GET how running can lead to a thankful prayer.
    I’ve prayed many a prayer of gratitude while working my body.
    Thanks for inspiring.
    I think you girls are fabulous!
    xoxoxo

  30. Hannah Fedorowicz says

    I just came across your post from Bake at 350. I totally love your words. I’ve been running for 6 months on and off, but only running 1 mile. That is all I can do, at least that is what I tell myself. I hate running, I always have. I used to say that if someone was chasing me then I’m not even bothering to run cos they are only going to catch me anyway and I’ll be out of breath when they do! Over the months I have got better and when I first began I would walk more than run. My goal was to run the entire 1 mile and when I finally did I really couldn’t believe it. My time got better and I learnt how to push a little more to the end. I haven’t done it now for the last week few weeks and keep telling myself “today, just get up and run” and I don’t. I find if I don’t run in the morning then I’ll never do it. Of course that means getting up and running before the children get up and for some reason my bed just won’t let me get out! We have been thinking about getting an iPod and my husband tells me I could use if for running. I ask what for? So you can listen to music. I never thought of that, do other people run listening to music? I run listening to the birds or the sound of cars and wonder why I live in Florida, cos it’s way too hot and can I out run mosquitos? I think tomorrow morning I will apply “I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me” and get out of bed early enough to spend time with Him “early in the morning I will rise and seek thee” “keep the morning watch” and then, RUN A MILE!!! I’ll let you know how it goes. Thanks so much for your post and well done!!!! What a great achievement.

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