Thursday, February 26, 2009

Shoot Me an Email

I'm putting together an email list of runners so we can encourage one another, share great places in town to run, let each other know when we're running in case we need a friend to run with stuff like that. This is the kind of information I'd rather not let people know on my blog so no one kidnaps my children. It would be a shame for me to have to kill someone.

If you haven't told me you're running, you'll miss out on these great conversations!


Kirby said...

I'm running!

BrunerAbroad said...

While I won't be able to participate in this race (since I live really far away), I loved Shannan's comment and wanted to encourage others to run as well, because I am living proof that it's possible - if I could do it, so can they!

The reason why? When I started at A&M I was 50 pounds overweight. I used to walk past all of the sorority tables with their 5k fundraisers and think, "ha! no way I'll ever be able to do that!" Like Shannan, I could only run for 60 seconds at a time, and then it took me a full 2-3 minutes to catch my breath before I could run another minute. But sophomore year I decided I was sick of telling all those cute skinny people that I couldn't run in their race to save the children and made a goal to run in a 5k. At that point I could just barely run 3 minutes at a time.

As physical as it was, it was also a very spiritual battle. I had to rely on God for strength. I had to go to Him for discipline. I had to believe that He made me beautiful no matter what my size or running ability. I had to be ultra vulnerable and ask Him for help every single day. I had to share my success and failure with friends who encouraged me. I had to lay down my pride and let people see my fat jiggle. That was the hardest part.

I started with what I could do - 3 minutes - and worked with that. Run 3 minutes, walk 2, run 3, walk 2...keep it going for half an hour. Push it to run 4, walk 2. It wasn't long before I reached my goal of 5k. And when I reached it, I thought, "why stop there?" I went on to run in 2 half marathons that year, and now I'm training for my 3rd. And in the process, I lost 60 pounds (I also didn't drink a single coke that year and started eating healthy)! The best part though, was believing that I was beautiful long before I lost any of that weight. I had to believe God, and it was worth it.

So for any ladies reading this who think they can't, I hope my story encourages you to believe God. You are beautiful, you are His, and He will give you what you need to do it, if you just let Him.


emily ward said...

Ok, so I haven't been on here in awhile, but I want on the runners list too! You have my email so add me on!
We may be out of town that weekend, but if not, I will be at the run bright and shinny and with bells on.

Anonymous said...

Ok, so everywhere I go people are talking about this crazy 5k where people are training hardcore everyday. Everywhere I go I get asked "Are you running the 5k?"

Heather, it's official--I'm in. I am running this 5k with you guys, cause you're just so dang cool!
It's going to be AWESOME!

Can you add me to the runners list?