Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Runner's Diary: I Can Do Hard Things

I've learned a lot from running, and I've learned a lot during my break from running 
after I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Its been a slow process, finding my groove after taking about 8 months off.
During those 8 months that I was in too much pain to run, I longed to run.
I vowed to never take running for granted again.
I also learned that my identity isn't just in being a runner.

The first time I ran a full mile without stopping after the long eight month break,
I cried tears of gratitude and relief.
I heard my doctor tell me gently I might never run again, but I learned that day,
I can do hard things.
That first mile was hard. Every run since then, has been hard.
I ran a 10k this past summer, and struggled to finish it, but I ran the entire time, refusing to let a disease take what I loved from me for one more day.
I can do hard things.

When my world feels like its spinning out of control, I can lace up my shoes and leave my anxieties on the pavement, feeling lighter with each step I take.
When I feel like my legs can't carry me another step, I praise Jesus for giving me the strength, the power, the grace to overcome a disease that threatened to sideline me from running.
When I can't imagine running another 30 minutes straight, the Lord whispers "Patience." 

I can do hard things.
Running has shown me I can make it over that hill, I can run for an hour straight, I can commit to a goal, I can overcome the odds.I can choose grace for myself when I have a bad run. I can overcome the anxiety that threatens to control me at with endorphins instead of medication. 
Running has taught me I can do hard things.

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  1. This is all so true - I love this post!!


  2. You're such an inspiration, girl! :)
    I've never been a runner and my fitness levels are awful but I'm really wanting to get into running and hopefully begin to love it and incorporate it into my daily routine. Do you have any tips for beginners or anything you could maybe share that might be useful to a girl like me who is wanting to start out?

  3. It's SOOO important to realize we can do hard things. When I feel overwhelmed with how hard my next task (whatever that is), I go for a hill run. Every time I get to the top of a hill I tell myself that's what it'll feel like to be on the other side of the challenge... It's sort of tacky, but it works so I'm keeping at it! :)

  4. You are awesome. This is awesome :) Hope you have a fabulous Thanksgiving!

  5. This is such a great post!! Running gives you so much more than weight loss and toning :)

  6. Just found your blog and I was browsing around the running section. I love this post! I remember the first mile I ran without stopping and it was that moment that opened up this whole world of running and conquering things I never thought I could. Congrats, girl! Very inspirational!