Running to Live

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Oh yeah! Now, that’s what I call a race.

3.2 Miles. 12 Obstacles. Oh, and let’s not forget the Mud Pools, Water Slides and Cargo Nets! This race was definitely worth the price tag and the hour and half drive to the middle of nowhere. The Warrior Dash is the perfect race for a novice obstacle runner or for people who are moderately in shape looking for a little challenge.

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Moment of Truth – I think that I’m kinda hooked. I don’t know what it is about races but I am on a serious race kick right now!

Cap City Half Marathon (May)         Warrior Dash (May)            The Glo Run (June)

I really can’t tell you what it is about these races that draws me to them – maybe its the energy or the adrenaline rush. I really don’t know but it feels awesome. I feel alive, motivated and ready to conquer the world. Well, maybe that’s a bit much. Lol. But seriously, there is something about these races that’s addicting…in a good way.

The funny thing is – I’m really not that good of a runner. I don’t mean that to down myself but I wouldn’t be the top choice for the Olympics anytime soon. In high school, I signed up to be on the Cross Country team. Even back then, I wasn’t your “typical” runner. I wasn’t fast or slim like most of the other long distance runners. In fact, I was the biggest and definitely the slowest person on the team. Ha!

I can laugh now but back then it really sucked. Seriously, I was the last person to finish every race that season, which included my high school and  ALL of the other competing high schools. Looking back, I can’t believe that I didn’t quit because it was so embarassing. I remember my dad, who was kinda of like my coach, giving me permission to quit. But I don’t know, maybe I knew without really knowing that I had to finish. That finishing a race is about so much more than finishing first or last…i digress for the moment.

Back down memory lane to the last race of the season. I remember going into that race with a different frame of mind, convinced that no matter what happened, I would not be last. And you know what, I didn’t finish last. If my memory serves me correctly, I finished 3rd to last. Ha!  I was beyond ecstatic! I thought I won the World Cup! Lol!

I know it sounds silly to be excited about finishing 3rd to last but I believe our lives are built on moments just like these. Moments where we have to choose whether we will stay and fight or decide to take flight. Moments of risk and bravery versus moments of security and cowardliness. I would call these preliminary decisions our foundational choices that serve as the base line for our decision-making process throughout our lives. When your base line is built on the habit of making choices that are not easy and natural, it becomes easy and natural to make choices that are not easy and natural. Did you catch that?

Most of us don’t wake up brave, full of passion, energetic for life and full hope. Most of us have to make the conscious decision to CHOOSE BRAVERY, PASSION, ENERGY AND HOPE when there is none. And the more you make these choices the easier they get. It wasn’t easy for me to stay on the team back in high school but I believe making that decision made it easier for me not to give up when the odds were against me or when I had to face the sting of rejection (over & over) or when doors were closed in my face (over & over) or when there was nothing but $5 dollars in my account or when both my parents were having surgery back to back or when all hell was breaking loose in my life! That moment of embarrassment gave me the confidence, strength and backbone that I would need along my Journey. Trust me when I say that the breakthrough is in the running… not the winning!

Perhaps the very thing that you need is the thing that you are running away from. Whatever that thing is, it’s apart of your Journey. So, the next time your faced with a challenge (obstacle, fear, doubt, worry, anxiety, etc.) choose to hop in that race and run (have faith, be brave, stay positive, pray, etc.) towards that thing with the knowledge that your breakthrough and promotion is just around the corner!  

Honorable Mention: I can not thank my Sister and BFF enough for their full support on race day. They made these awesome signs (S/O to my Sister’s boyfriend for the awesome orange sign!) to cheer us on from start to finish! As we speak, they are gearing up for their first obstacle race and I will be there to cheer them on along the way. Thank God for family and friends!

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Take Care and Always Remember to Live for the Journey!

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One thought on “Running to Live

  1. Angela Posey says:

    This really rings true for me and many others, I’m sure…. Life is not nice and neat. You won’t always be in first place and achievement isn’t handed to you… It comes with hard work, long hours, set backs, tears and struggle. As you and I have often discussed, it’s critical to walk in truth and honesty. Both involve a hard look at yourself…. Sometimes you won’t always like what you see. The good news is every day is a new opportunity to start over and push yourself to new heights. Bravo my beat friend… Bravo!

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