I was sorting through some old clothes that I’ve hoarded for the longest time and I came across some of my old favourites. Most of them are from when I was at college, or newly married. All of them are definitely before the children! I get them out from time to time, think of where I was when I wore them, and then put them back in the “some day” pile and shove them to the back of the wardrobe again. (Am I the only one who has a “some day” pile!?)

Well today was one of those days where I was looking through them, and I came across some clothes that I’d completely forgotten about. My running clothes.

About 3 and a half years ago, a bunch of us from Church decided to train for a 5k. At the time, we were very optimistic. 5k, no problem, right? WRONG! After I struggled through ten laps of 30 seconds running and 90 seconds walking, I realised that this was going to be harder than I thought. However, with lots of encouragement and about 6 months of training, we did it. We completed the 5k, absolutely smashing our personal bests, and from that day I packed away my running clothes and forgot all about them.

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That was until today.

And in that instant, I determined in my heart that I was going to put on my trainers and go run. As the rain came down, I put on my new (slightly bigger than the original!) running clothes, and went for it. And yes, after lap 1 my body was screaming to me, “what on earth do you think you are doing?!” And for the duration of the run, my legs were yelling, “you have gone completely insane!”

But I did it.

A few laps of minute on, minute off (a bit of running lingo, now I’m an athlete…) And I will continue to do so, because I have come through a time in my life where I have had no choice but to lean on God to get me through each day. His strength and love is the only thing that has sustained me, and now it’s time for me to become physically stronger so that I can be the best that I can be. That doesn’t mean thinner. I am not doing this in order to wear my “some day” clothes (though that will be a bonus side effect!)

My end goal? I will run another 5K. I’m sure anyone who had the joy of seeing me today would probably have thought they could walk faster than I was going, and they probably could have. I’m sure I have provided them with their daily dose of entertainment. But I am an ‘all or nothing’ kind of girl, and I will give this my all. I will beat my personal best, and I will be the best version of me.

Don’t give up.

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Hebrews 12 v 1-2
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Don’t give up