Why I am giving up RUNNING (for now) …
This was a very hard decision for me to make. Why? I love to run. I’ve always loved to run — running helps to clear my mind and work through things. It gives me a new focus.
But this morning, after my prayer time, I realized that God didn’t say that I needed to run every single day. No. He reminded me that I need to be in shape, need to be healthy. Simply put: I just need to exercise.
Maybe it’s an age thing (I’ll be 48 years old in 9 days), or maybe it’s an “out of shape” thing, or maybe it’s “you had knee surgery and this is sooo hard” thing, but exercising by running was becoming a chore, not something I looked forward to (as I did in the past). And maybe it’s a combination of all of the above, but today I decided that I am not going to run for awhile. I’m not saying that I’m going to give it up completely …
For one thing, I found that when I running, I didn’t feel as if I was pushing myself completely. I was actually running less distance and not doing it as a constant (every day) thing. I can walk on the treadmill, at a comfortable speed of 4.0, but my jogging wasn’t/isn’t up to that speed. And quite honestly, it wasn’t as much fun as speed walking. I found that I was pushing myself, wanted to go faster and for longer distances, when I am speed walking. In fact, exercising as a whole, was a pain in the neck and not something I looked forward to anymore. Exercise should be fun … well, let’s just say it should be an enjoyable experience. And the best thing about speed walking compared to running, my asthma doesn’t act up nearly as much — and that’s a big plus.
God isn’t asking or advising me to RUN, but He is reminding me that a healthy lifestyle involves exercise, and to not be lazy. To persevere, not give up, so I can learn and grow in Him. And most importantly, I need to obey my hearts desires — which for now, is speed walking.
Country FarmHouse Blessings,