Running has tremendously changed the way I look at my health. I hurt my knee one week prior to the big race today. I was on my regular training when I decided to run faster and longer than I usually did. The excruciating pain made me take a break for a whole week as I tried hard to recover. With race day looming around the corner, I could not just give up, especially since I was a part of a marathon relay team. There were four of us and I was the first runner. Thankfully, my knee felt a bit better by the end of the week and with the help of a knee brace, I hopped to my last mile on race day.
It was on the 3rd mile when I felt my right knee was about to give up. The pain around the joints was terrible but I decided not to focus on it. Instead, I reminded myself that my team was waiting for me. No, I can’t stop now. I kept a slow running pace as thank God for my good health, for making me be able to run in the race and for the knee brace gifted to me by my super supportive hubby.
I finished the race with a little limp but I was able to pass on the race bib to my teammate. I truly was grateful when it was over and I was even more grateful that I was not running on my own. I ran with a whole bunch of excited, positive people with enthusiasm that was so contagious.
What makes it a wonderful experience for me was the atmosphere, the excitement, the camaraderie, the free stuff, the funny signs but more so the enjoyable time during the run. The highlight of the day was the positivity that was around me that day, here are some of my favorites —
- A guy right in front of me wore a shirt that bore the words: You can and you will.
- One runner told another: We live for today.
- A sweet old couple in their 70s on their first marathon race together. The wife said: We’ve been running for 48 minutes at 3.52 miles. We’re doing great. Husband answered: We’re doing more than great.
- Devotional reading before the race: The Lord goes before you.
- A man who ran passed me had this verse printed on the back of his shirt: I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.
- A friend with breast cancer ran a half marathon just two weeks after her last chemo.
- A young mother pushed a double stroller and looked like she just came out of a salon.
- A lady with the sign: If Trump can run, so can you.
- Another sign that gave me the chuckles: Remember, you paid for this.
- Yet another sign: This seems like a lot of work for a banana.
- Just barely a mile into the run, somebody yelled: You’re almost there!
Running makes me want to try harder and get better as I compete with myself. Running makes me want to stay healthy and take care of this amazing gift — my body. At the end of every run, I feel a sense of accomplishment and it pushes me for the next goal. Perhaps on my next birthday, I can try to do a half marathon and maybe a full marathon before I hit 80. An old, tired body can dream but right now, I am just utterly thankful for my knee brace.
The Race of Faith
“…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. Hebrews 12:1-2
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