Friday, January 2, 2015

Encouragement from a small voice.

I want my family to be as involved in my training as I possibly can get them. December 1 was the kick off to my training. That weekend we went for a family jog and bike ride. It was good to have them all out there, because I know there will come times that they can't be there because of the distance I need to train, weather, or other obligations. 





I normally run on Monday and Friday's with my youngest child, she is three.  She is my biggest cheerleader, coach, motivator.. I wish everyone had someone like my youngest child in  their corner, or stroller, or burley. When we run, if I stop to tie my shoe she starts yelling, "Run mommy run." If I start walking with a friend she will say, "Faster mommy faster!" When we are done running she always says, "Good job mommy, Good job!" I can't tell you how motivating this is for me. My youngest daughter is being pushed in the stroller while I am jogging for up to two hours and she is enjoying herself and encouraging me along the way.





When we go for a bike ride, I normally have both kids, the 3 year old and her 5 year old sister. Let me tell you, they are crammed into the Burley but they never complain. We talk while I ride. I occasionally will get a "Go faster mom!" But always when we get home the youngest will say, "Thank you mommy!" Like I just gave her a present or something. Maybe that present is my time....even though I am pulling them in the burley we are still talking, they are sometimes sleeping or watching a movie on the Ipad, but we are together.
I don't want to lose time with my family because of training. I hope I gain time with my family because of training.

 

It is amazing how such small words coming from such a young child have an impact on my outlook and training. If those small words have such a big impact on me how can my words impact those around me? The Bible tells us "But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness." Hebrews 3:13 If my daughters words encourage me, when my self talk is not all that positive, and lifts me up. How much more can my words encourage those around me. This is the lesson I am learning from my daughter. Encourage. Speak kind words. Enjoy the moments together.














Friday, October 31, 2014

Inspiration

I normally don't run with music. I figure I am going to train like I race. I can't listen to music when I race. However today I listened. I had an 1:20 minute run and I was struggling through it. About 45 minutes in  this song came on. I ended up listening to it for the remainder of my run and my pace picked up drastically. This song provided encouragement and motivation on my run. It is such a great promise to us.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1N3zac7648


"Love walked among us. Love laid down his life, steal sin for us. Oh love, has a name, Jesus crucified, alive today. Lift your voice and sing out. For all that has held us down. Where is it now, where is it now.
Love, watch it fall. And the walls that trapped us in and held control lift your voice and sing out. For all that has held us down. Where is it now, where is it now.

Lift up our hands, glory has risen open our hand we have been forgiven. Nothing can shut what the father has opened. Nothing can lock what the Father has broken through. Lift up our voice, joy it surrounds us. Sing and rejoice, the King's come to crown us. Nothing can shut what the Father has opened, Nothing can lock what the Father has broken through.

We are the sons and daughters of the king.

Sons and daughters of the King. Lift up your voice and sing. Love drove the darkness out. When Jesus rose and Life poured out. Sons and Daughters of the King. Lift up your voice and sing. God has brought us victory. We've been set free, we've been set free." - Sons and Daughters Of the King, Fellowship Church.

As I listened to it I was encouraged by the lyrics "nothing can shut what the Father has opened, nothing can lock what the Father has broken through." I know that I was supposed to sign up for IM TX. And that this journey isn't just a physical journey but a spiritual one as well. So on my days of training when I am feeling discouraged I can be reminded of this.

The other encouraging piece was that we are sons and daughters of the King. Now that I am a mom of two young girls...I understand a different kind of love. I love of a parent to a child. What an amazing honor to be called a daughter of the King.

The last lines that brought encouragement were, "God has brought us victory. We've been set free, we've been set free." No matter what or how I finish IM TX I already have victory. Victory in God. I am set free. So often I put limitations on myself, past defeats, past sins, past injuries, negative self talk. Guess what? I can throw that all out the window because I am set free. Those are things that bind me. I need to remember when I am running or training that this is not about me. It is bigger than me, and I am a daughter of the KING. It doesn't get much better than that.


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

I am In

Well it is official. I signed up for Ironman Texas. My hope is that this is a journey of not just physical growth but also, and more importantly, spiritual growth. The verse that kept running through my mind as I hit the "register" button was "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 before us." Hebrews 12:1.

My cloud of witnesses first and foremost are my husband and children. I want them to see Christ in me as I train. I want them to come first as I train. I want them to be my priority as I train. I want others to see Christ as I train. I want the things that hinder me to be thrown off....I don't know what those things are just yet but I am sure I will find out. Negative talk, frustration....who knows, but I will share as they come up.

Here is the bigger thing for me though..."let us run with perseverance the race marked out before us." So many thoughts come to mind with this: 1) what is perseverance? 2) what is the race that is marked out before me? ...it isn't just the Ironman....it is more than that it is life.

1) Perseverance's definition is "the quality that allows someone to continue trying to do something even though it is difficult" Oh I am quite sure this is going to be difficult. Do we really know what it is like to persevere? Life seems simple sometimes. I know it is not but right now that is where I am in life. Don't get me wrong I have had some hardships but right now life is good. And even though this is an 8 month journey until race day....is that really perseverance or does that take longer. I look at my friend's kids who are fighting cancer....that battle is much longer than 8 months. They are persevering. Me....maybe I am enduring. I want my kids to see what perseverance looks like. You don't quit because something is hard or doesn't go your way. Someone please remind me of these words on those training days that I don't feel like doing them.

2) The Race: Life: Ironman: What will I learn on this journey about life? I can't wait to see what God is going to teach me.

I hope that you find encouragement in this blog. I will update it as frequently as I can.

Monday, May 12, 2014

A Little Anxious

I am a little anxious about next weekend. You see I am going to go volunteer at Ironman Texas to register for next years race. I completed my first 70.3 two years ago and have completed two more since then. I have always wanted to do a full Ironman but the minute I register, it is going to become real and there is no backing out. My husband supports this. My daughters who are 2 and 4 have no clue what I am about to take on.

Here is what I am anxious about:
1) Can I complete this in the 17 hours?
2) Am I going to have enough time to train and not take away from family?
3) Will this take to much time away from my family that I will not be able to get back?
4) Is this a smart decision?

You see the Ironman has always been on my bucket list. I just want to do this one time:

I want to know that I am not only physically capable but also mentally.
I need to know that I have the mental toughness to do this.
I want to set an example to my kids about living a healthy lifestyle without being overly consumed.
I want to show my children to set goals and go after them.

I am sure this list will grow but for now, as I read people's post about racing this coming weekend. I get nervous too because I will be committing to something big. And once I commit to something I will see it through.