My first 5k and the beginning of my racing life! It was at Charlotte’s airport which was really neat. It was so cold that morning it was in the 30s. What I have come to find out is that I need more warm running clothes. I also was worried if I could run the whole thing. But I ran with my friend who just ran a half marathon a few weeks ago, so I knew she was more trained for this and had to keep up.
The first mile seemed easy cause I was distracted following my friend weaving in and out of the crowd to pass people. I should have put my map my run app on but for some reason didn’t. So I had no clue how far or hast we were going, which my friend used to her advantage. She was running around a 9 minute pace since she thought we could do it cause it was so flat (I just had no idea during the run). But near the end I started to lose her, and there were some issues I didn’t know how far we had ran. It was also so cold in the morning I had so many layers on, I got really hot during the run. All of this combined I thought I was going really slow, especially when a lady passed me pushing a double wide stroller of kids. So it was very surprising when I saw the clock had 30 minutes on it when I was nearing the finish line.
I finished it in 30:29 which is a 9:49 pace. Woah way faster than what I usually am. Out of the whole thing I placed 362/1644 which is the top 22%, granted there were a lot of little girls there for girls on the run, but still this still feels great for how long I have been running. For females I placed 129/1116 which is 11.5%. Still very proud of myself, especially since I don’t quite consider myself a real runner yet. So excited for more races.
Other running blogs do get me inspired to run and do some races. But they leave me feeling discouraged when they talk about slow they are when they run a 7:30 pace. I couldn’t even do that for 1 mile, let alone 26. But what I have to remember is I just started running, no one has the expectation that I will run fast yet. The only expectations I have are made by me, and I think some people are just more natural runners.
So on Saturday when I run my first 5k, I want to set a goal of running it under 35 minutes which is not really that fast. But I think is doable as a new runner. So we will see how it goes.
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be give him.”
James 1: 2-5
On church Sunday morning we discussed James 1:1-18 and how nowadays christians are becoming soft. When trials or difficulty comes in our life we don’t know what to do. I admit I don’t handle things the best, and I usually go into “default mode” to handle them. I turn to crying, calling my best friend, or some retail therapy (having a cute new top would make everything better right?). Well this is not what we are suppose to do.
God wants us to call on him. He wants the first thing to do when times are tough is to run to him. He knows we lack wisdom, and he wants us to pray to him for it. He also knows we need to experience hard things so that we can build in our character and our faith. So I am going to try to make it a habit instead of turning to other things when life gets rough, but instead bring my problems to God.
I think getting use to the exercise class I started talking this week and trying to run has taken out of me. Just trying to do exercise everyday has really taken it out of me. Hopefully I get more accumulated because I would love to try to run after some of the exercise classes.
But here is what I did this past week
Sunday Ran 2.93 in 30:50 with a pace of 10:31
Monday Cycling class and then I did some Pop pilates video
Tuesday Total Strength lite class (made my thighs extremely sore)
Wednesday I took a break
Friday didn’t have time
Saturday 3.43 in 36:42 with a pace of 10:42 (I thought I had planned a route of 3.1 in preparation of my first 5k next week but I’m not sure how I ended up running more)
“Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a women who fears the LORD is to be praised.” Provers 31:30
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy one is insight.” Provers 9:10
Why should we fear the Lord? What does it mean to even fear the Lord? It is something that is mentioned over and over in scripture, but is hard for me to even comprehend. The phrase in “who fears” in hebrew is yare and is a verb. But to fear the Lord is many things.
It is fear
It is reverence
It is to stand in awe of
It is A fear a child has of his parents
It is healthy adoration
It is wisdom
It is obedience
It is respect
It is submitting to his discipline