For our mutual activity to kick off the whole thing, we played Minute to Win It games, to prove that we can do hard things. (Well, maybe not get an Oreo from our forehead to our mouth using only our facial muscles…but you get the idea…) At the end of our activity, we handed the girls a Gatorade, a power bar, and a Couch to 5K training schedule, and sent them on their way.
Most of the girls followed the schedule to perfection. Some of the girls just counted their workout if they got out and walked for a period of time. A few weeks ago, we had the girls come out here and run/walk the 2 mile trail to get a feel for where they were, training wise. They did awesome! I was so impressed with every one of the girls that came and participated.
Last night, was the big night. We invited their families to come and either cheer on the girls, or to join them in their quest to conquer the 5k. Afterwards, we had a light dinner to wrap the whole thing up.
I just wanted to share a little bit about what I learned from this experience: First of all, I could go on forever with all kinds of running analogies, and how it pertains to life, but I won’t. I’ll just mention a couple that I thought about last night as I was trying to drown out the sound of my heavy breathing.
At one point during the run, I was getting so mad at myself for being lazy and not getting out EVERY DAY to run or walk. Had I kept my routine of running early in the mornings like last year, this 3.1 miles would have been so easy for me. But, I chose to hit the snooze button one time, and after that, it was easy to choose sleeping in over getting up and running. In life, it is generally easier to live by the worlds standards, rather than the Lord’s standards, especially when you allow yourself to slack off just once (i.e. miss church, not praying before bed because you’re too tired, etc.) But the best part about this is, we can choose to start NOW to be better, to be more disciplined, and more focused on what is important, not what is easiest.
With about 1/3 mile left of the run, the father of the YW that I was
I can’t say that I finished in record time, or that I even sprinted at the end. But I came away from that three miles so uplifted, and so motivated to be better—not at running, but at life.
I hope that the Young Women who finished the course felt accomplished, and I hope they felt strengthened and encouraged, knowing that they too can do hard things.