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Great news….

This is obviously not a horse – but it is the closest I have! ūüôā

Well, the answer is – I am as healthy as a horse. ūüėä When I told Mike this, he replied “and what kind is horse, a thoroughbred?” And of course I said yes, the best!

The doctors report was great. I am only deficient in vitamin D. We can take care of that easily. She said this is the kind of doctors appointment you like to have but can also be frustrating because it does not give you the answers you were looking for. I would much rather have this answer then a different one.

So what was going on? Over training! We all need rest. I have been called hardheaded and stubborn. When I thought I needed to keep on pushing all I needed to do was rest.

‚ÄúThe Lord replied, ‚ÄúMy Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.‚ÄĚ‚ÄĚ

‭‭Exodus‬ ‭33:14‬ ‭NIV‬‬

‚ÄúTake my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.‚ÄĚ

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭11:29‬ ‭NIV‬‬

So this 2 1/2 months of rest has helped me to say the least. Now, to slowly get back into it. Slowly is the keyword!

Thank you to all who were praying and who were also in touch during this time. God has taught me so much and will continue to do so considering I am that hard-headed!

Ready or not, here I come!

Go Runner! ūüėČ

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Go RUNNERS! (follow-up to yesterday’s blog!)

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Penn cheering for Amy and Shalane, USA teammates, while they are working together to earn a spot on the USA Marathon Team!

Yesterday, as¬†I was getting ready to call it a night, I¬†received a text from my niece, Taylor who lives in California. It was the above photo. This is¬†my precious great-nephew, Penn, cheering for Amy Cragg and Shalane Flanagan along the Olympic Trial marathon route in Los Angeles. ¬†I can’t tell you how happy this made me! ūüôā ¬†After watching Amy and Shalane’s¬†story unfold live on TV and then writing yesterday’s blog – this was truly another God wink.

As I ran my marathons this past year I heard Penn yelling, “Go Runners!” over and over. His mom ran the 7 Bridges Marathon here in Chattanooga a couple of years ago. ¬†I was on the cheering side with Penn¬†as he cheered his mom on by yelling – “Go Runners!” ¬†It was precious and priceless! They have also cheered me on in person several times. ¬†His little voice is one you can not forget! ¬†(Maybe one day we will be cheering him on by yelling, Go Runners!)

I love that Taylor and Adam are exposing Penn to these types of events.  They are both fitness-minded and are starting young teaching Penn the importance of fitness and healthy eating by being GREAT role models.

Proverbs 22.6

Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.

It also made me think of how special the cheers are…the encouragement…that it can come in so many forms. ¬†We can hear a song that has just the right words. ¬†We can read scripture that hits the nail on the head. ¬†We can have a conversation with a family member or a friend that brightens the day. ¬†We truly never know when a ‘little’ voice from the crowds is going to pick us up along the way and push us to keep moving!

Taylor’s¬†quick text, sent after I had written about these two ladies, was God winking and cheering – “Go Runner!”

I just LOVE how God works!!!!! LOVE!

God is good all the time and all the time God is good!

Hebrews 3:13 

But exhort one another daily, while it is called Today…

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Taylor and Penn cheering me on during a race in Kentucky! Fun times!

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They say running is a lonely sport…

I disagree!

They say feeling down and out is a lonely place!

I disagree!

After my last blog post this past week, I have heard from some amazing people. Though we may feel alone in the dark times, we are not. ¬†I learned last week that there¬†are a lot of us feeling down out there. ¬†BUT, we aren’t aware of it because we typically don’t share it. ¬†God prompted me to be transparent and now I know why!

Galatians 6.2

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

Gathering sympathy, empathy, etc. was not the goal. ¬†Therapy was! ¬†Running and working out is the way I work out my stress. My therapy. I turned to writing last week due to the fact I have not been out pounding the pavement. ¬†Writing allowed me to get ‘it’ all out! ¬†It also opened the door to many of you who are in the same shoes. ¬†We are not in this alone. ¬†It is only lonely when we choose to stay there…alone.

God provided a door for me to step through and talk with several people I hadn’t talked to in a while as well as others¬†I know will always be there. ¬†God gave us one another to help carry the burden and make us better!

Proverbs 27.17

As iron sharpens iron,so a friend sharpens a friend.

Another God wink came yesterday while I was watching the Olympic Marathon trials.  As I stated at the beginning; they say running is a lonely sport.  I disagree.

Shalane Flanagan and Amy Cragg¬†were running 1st and 2nd with around 3 miles left in the marathon. ¬†You could tell Shalane was struggling. ¬†Amy, her teammate and good friend, wouldn’t leave her. ¬†She started talking to her and encouraging her along the way. ¬†Amy did not leave her until the very end when she saw the 3rd place runner approaching from behind. ¬†Amy went on to win the marathon and Shalane finished 3rd. ¬†Both of them will represent the USA in the Olympic Marathon! Teammates and friends, who ran together and took turns encouraging one another through each one of their rough patches along the 26.2 mile course. Amy stated later she had a rough patch earlier in the race.

Once Amy finished she didn’t go far. ¬†She stood at the finish line and congratulated the 2nd place finisher and then waited¬†patiently…which wasn’t long…for Shalane – her teammate and friend. ¬†As she locked eyes on Shalane you heard her screaming words of encouragement. She was¬†gesturing with all she had trying to encourage her teammate and friend across the finish line. ¬†Shalane crossed the line and Amy caught her in her arms. Shalane had given all she had on the road to making it on the USA Olympic team.

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As I watched this amazing friendship/teammate story unfold, all I could think about were my amazing friends and family who encourage me every step of the way.¬†It¬†literally brought tears of joy to my eyes. It also¬†brought to mind all of my training miles with my friends by my side pushing me to keep moving on. Regardless of whether I am on a rough road physically or mentally – this story translates to life! ¬†Shalane said minutes after the race – “Football players have the locker room but we have the road and the track.” ¬†She was referring to our camaraderie that keeps us going! ¬†God designed us this way!

1 Thessalonians 5.11

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

God has truly blessed me with people who are not afraid to tell me like it is and hold me accountable. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that when I am honest with myself and reach out to others, I will be lifted up.  God is so good!

Thanks to all of you for reading my stories and sending your loving words whether it be through a comment, a text or a phone call. ¬†We are here to help one another! Don’t be afraid to open up – you never know who will need to read and know others are right there with you! ¬†God is good all the time and all the time God is good!

Here is a great follow-up on the Olympic Trials:

http://womensrunning.competitor.com/2016/02/news/what-the-heck-happened-at-olympic-trials-marathon_54290

Also, for my medical friends and others who might be medically minded – my medical tests are looking for a vitamin deficiency – nothing else that I am aware of. ūüėȬ† I was told by a dear friend in the medical field I might want to clear this up. ūüėČ (Love you Karen!)

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The struggle is real…

My last post was December 31. ¬†Since then I have been struggling…struggling to workout in any way! Struggling with eating properly! Struggling with doubt, frustration and fear! I am being very transparent here…why? Because the struggle is real and I know it is real for others as well.

Failure is what I have felt! Knowing all along God can help me through. We all go through these times. Sometimes it is easy to get up and other times it is not!

We also boast¬†of our troubles, because we know that trouble produces endurance, endurance brings God’s approval, and his approval creates hope. ‚Äď Romans 5:4 (GNTD)

I have not run since December 12. ¬†Today is February 10. ¬†That is almost 2 months ago! Since then I have worked out a total of 5 times – one being today. ¬†3 of the 5 times my muscles became so sore it scared me. ¬†I know sore. ¬†I know pain. This was pain. ¬†It scared me to the point I finally went to the doctor today. ¬†(Will have results in 2 weeks…but feeling hope!) I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that pushed my body to the total limit in the months of October, November and December. ¬†Now, I am truly feeling the effects. ¬†And I have let the effects get me down…even knowing that He chose me!

I brought you from the ends of the earth; I called you from its farthest cornersand said to you, ‚ÄėYou are my servant.‚Äô I did not reject you, but chose you. ‚Äď Isaiah 41:9 (GNTD)

Feeling like I am a failure is so wrong. I know that. ¬†It hit me hard as I worked out today in my Blessings room. ¬†I was surrounded. Surrounded by numerous representations¬†of success. ¬†Success that was given to me through God’s blessings and strength.

IMG_0688I looked around the room after I finished my spinning workout and short strength workout. ¬†It started to truly sink in…God has truly blessed me with so many opportunities to move and move for Him.

I have allowed myself to get down when this should have just been a time of recovery and restoration. ¬†Instead, I allowed it to be a time of excuses since I wasn’t moving. ¬†This is where the eating took a nose dive. ¬†The excuses became easy. ¬†It was the holidays, I just ran 3 marathons…and on and on. ūüôā¬†No more! Believe! Believe in it!

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Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Never rely on what you think you know. Remember the Lord in everything you do, and he will show you the right way. ‚Äď Proverbs 3:5-6 (GNTD)

Be determined and confident. Do not be afraid of them. Your God, the Lord himself, will be with you. He will not fail you or abandon you. ‚Äď Deuteronomy 31:6 (GNTD)

I am determined to get it right and do it right for Him. ¬†The struggle is real and on-going. I will believe in HIM¬†and keep moving forward to make sure I am on track for Him using the body He gave me. ¬†He has proven His hand over and over again. ¬†It is my job to turn to Him in all areas and ask for help, do my part, and allow Him to do His. ¬†Thankful for His grace and mercy for all the times I fall and He is there to catch me and help me get back up! ¬†I have to work! I have proven I can. ¬†I will again! The struggle is real….but so is our God!

Currently walking blessed!

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