It’s been awhile. But that’s fine because I really don’t want to write if there isn’t anything to say. Maybe there still isn’t, but here I go anyway… 🙂
I could stop this blog at the title since it accurately describes the last few weeks of life. Not just running, but life. The big changes ahead have started to heap stress on life, and it’s taking a lot of intentionality to remember that God is purposeful and He has good (perfect, actually) timing. I CAN WAIT ON HIM. HE WILL LEAD US. (Truths I need to remember.) That coupled with extreme busy-ness (not proud of this), sickness, etc, etc, has taught me (for the millionth time….when will I learn?!) that life is full of circumstances that humble me and teach me patience.
Thankfully, training has been consistent and I ran just over 18 miles a week ago, and raced a solid 10k yesterday. Two running milestones/PR’s of 2014. I’ve now decided to lump PR’s into “Alli-of-the-past”, and “Alli-2010-and-beyond”. (I really need to be more creative.) This was inspired by a recent conversation with my husband where I was a tad bit discouraged and feeling like I may never PR in any distance I ran pre-surgery. I know I was kind of having a pity party, but I’m glad for Luke’s listening ears and encouragement. We came away with one great word: perspective. Grouping my PR’s this way helps me have perspective. Not just because it reminds me to look back and see how far I’ve come since having hardware placed in my spine, but because it reminds me that God is faithful in all areas of life. He gives us our passions and He cares about them too.
All this to say, I’ve been quite humbled the last few weeks. Humbled by running. Humbled by an incredible friend who CRUSHED me in a track workout and a 10K. 🙂 Humbled by my inability to have control over details of life (but thank goodness for this). Humbled by my husband’s patience for me. Humbled by Jesus. Humbled in general. And all these things have reminded me to have patience. To wait. To celebrate “new” PR’s and small victories. To choose joy. Because the best is yet to come.
Some recent pics to recap:
MUDDY 18 Miles
Heading to a 42:07 10K finish (Thanks to my hubs and Amy for cheering)
So grateful for this gal!!
Sunday rest day! Legs up the wall – my favorite! 🙂
And a beautiful Sunday afternoon walk with Hubs.