Today as I was running I didn’t have my ipod so my brain was free to roam and quickly jump from one thought to the next. I was running a new route which was a jump for me. I usually stick to the Y or my neighborhood. Today I went to the local greenway and hit the pavement. It was a good experience for me. I have seen way too many Law & Order SVU shows and just knew that someone was going to jump out of the bushes and attack me and leave to die at any moment. I tell you my mind works in crazy ways.

So, to combat these fears, I started thinking about good things. I tried to pray about things going on in my life (and for the man that I knew was in the bushes waiting for me) and think about good things. My mind started thinking that if I do run this 1/2 marathon it will be a great accomplishment for me. You see, I have not registered yet and seem to be putting it off. I need to register to have one more way to be accountable to the workout. I have my workout schedule, it is on my ical, I have new shoe, but I have not registered. I will though. I will.

What are the BIG accomplishments in my life? I immediately thought of college. I was the first in my immediate family to graduate college and so that would be a big accomplishment for me. Our family adopted domestically and that seemed big to me. My marriage seems to be an accomplishment. WHEN I run this 1/2 marathon that will be a HUGE accomplishment for me.

I notice that all these have one thing in common. They took work on my part. To graduate college took me 6 years, and I only have a bachelor’s! I wanted to quit so many times, but yet I stuck it out and finished. Adoption was the most emotionally draining thing I’ve ever been a part of in my life. My marriage takes work. We schedule time for each other, I have someone else’s feelings to think about, and I can’t be my selfish self all the time. Training this marathon is taking time out of my life. It is hard work. Most days I don’t want to run, but I do anyways because I know the end is 10.5 weeks away and will be worth every mile I ran.

What are your big accomplishments in life? What obstacles have you overcome?

Philippians 4:13 “For I can do everything God asks me to with the help of Christ who gives me hte strength and power.” (TLB)

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