At the end of 2008, I wrote down a goal to run 1/2 marathon. This may not seem like a big deal for some but it was for me. You see, I was not a runner. Running was the furthest thing from my mind. I saw people running on sidewalks and roadways and thought they are crazy insane.
The only reason I wrote that goal was because someone in my life, Jenny Price, opened up a space for me to see it possible. She had done it!!
Was I scared? YES! Was I completely freaked out by the thought? YES
And as Jenny says, DO IT SCARED!!!
So I did and one year later from writing my goal, I started my training.
The first time I put those shoes on and headed out of the neighborhood was probably on my top ten list of most awkward moments of my life. I didn’t see myself as a runner so it felt weird and sort of wrong in so many ways.
So I just put one foot in front of the other and walked to the stop sign, then I jogged to the next tree, then I walked to the power pole, then jogged to the next tree. On and on until a few months later, I was running 3 minutes and walking 2 minutes.
I WAS NOW A RUNNER!!
Today, I have completed 3 1/2 marathons, 1 full marathon and 1 sprint triathlon. I think I’m crazy insane!!
Or is it that as I grow stronger with the evidence created in these events in my life, that I’m gain more confidence in what is possible?
Or is it as God continues to do a work in me, I grow stronger and more satisfied in who I am in Him?
Or is it as I find more freedom from past hurts, I can choose more abundance in my life?
BELIEVE OR NOT, IT IS ALL THREE REASONS AND MORE!!!
You see, running a race is an event, an experience that when you add meaning to it becomes transformational in that moment.
It is in the experience that your heart, your mind, your view of yourself and much more changes if you allow it.
This is the reason why I have created a transformational weekend called “It is Finished” Weekend of Wins in St. Pete, Florida at the Women’s Running Magazine’s Half Marathon on November 16-18, 2012.
My transformation originated at the cross when Jesus was crucified for my sins for “it was finished.” John 19:30 NIV
My acceptance of that fact occurred when I was 19 years old.
My restoration and surrendered heart occurred only in the last few years as I laid down my dreams, my desires, my plans, my significance, my ways to Gods.
Since then, I can truly say “It is finished!! And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. Phil 1:6
I want this for YOU too. Why? So you too can have evidence that it is possible – possible to live a life fully abandoned and surrendered to the One who created you for a purpose.
DO IT SCARED!! Michelle
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