Living on Oahu I seriously found my love of running. Slow and steady, I never plan to be winning with my pace but it is seriously so therapeutic to me. I think most runners could and would agree with that in their own way. Since leaving the island I have ran 3 times. Well make it 4 now including today. If I am honest with myself, and you, I haven’t been running because I have had a bad attitude about it here in NY, after three years on Oahu, I made excuses not to run HERE. Too cold, bad roads, have to drive to a trail, it just isn’t running if it isn’t in HI! Yep, those have seriously been my reasons. Then those three times is did attempt to jog it out sucked! Of course my pace and endurance have seriously suffered because of my lack of consistency and then I am mad at myself for not doing better!
So today, on day 19 of my restarted journey towards the healthiest version of myself I decided to just walk out my front door and go. I put my headphones on, played “Soul on Fire” by Third Day, and praised God for the many blessings I have in my life. I was running and praying, praying, running and talking out life with God.
My friend and fellow runner, Pete Mayes, started a group page on Facebook for running and included me in it. Inspire Running, It is a great title! I see all he is doing and I read the articles he posts and I feel inspired but what I end up doing is pouting that I am not running in Hawaii, repeating all the above mentioned excuses. Such a bad attitude to carry.
So my ahh ha moment came about 1/4 mile into my jog, as I was approaching my first hill my praying was interrupted because I honestly wanted to stop and turn back. My head had started screaming “This sucks” and “I suck” but as quickly as those thoughts came, they left! God gave me Pete’s mantra to hold onto and I repeated it often and regularly through the rest of my run #nopressurejustrun!
At that moment I let go of all my self inflicted expectations. I stopped pacing myself. I started to really look around, not just at the road and I found my therapeutic groove I was missing! I stopped to take pics and I enjoyed every bit of this beautiful country I am now living in! 3.6 miles of pure joy was my reward and as I rounded the corner back to our home I was grateful for this life God has given me! Thankful for our time on Oahu and now thankful for this new adventure He has me on! I don’t want to be anywhere else but right here with my husband and kids living my best and healthiest life possible!!
Thank you again Pete for being an inspiration and encouragement!! I am so blessed by you and your family!
#nopressurejustrun #noexcuses #AliP2017 #makeNYhome