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Friday, February 24, 2012

The Run that Almost Wasn't

Yesterday was a run day and I got myself ready before I could consider not going and was out the door quickly.  What I didn't realize UNTIL I was out the door was how FREEZING cold it really was.  The air was crisp and clean and the sky wasn't completely overcast, however, there were tiny little flurries of snow, almost invisible.  The wind whipped my face frozen in seconds.  No one was venturing out of their houses.  That is, no one but me!

I pulled my hood up over my head and it wouldn't stay as the wind just brought it down, but I began my little chant "I can do this - It's not so hard - I've done this before".  I was about five houses down when I realized that I was going to FREEZE and DIE!  So I turned around and began jogging back thinking about going straight down to that treadmill.  Secretly, I knew I was kidding myself and I would end up NOT running at all that day.  Too cold, perfect excuse.

But somehow when I got to my house, I just kept running the other way down the street.  Somehow, I kept going and held the hood on my head with one hand.  I was thinking I was crazy because more than anyone, I HATE to be COLD!!  Amazingly it became tolerable and it's like Heavenly Father took the edge off of the cold for me.  It wasn't so bad.  I ran a completely different route through residential areas, gravel pathways, paved pathways, up and down streets, and down a back dirt road... until it had been almost 50 minutes and then I allowed myself to get home.

I amazed myself that I persevered.  Truth be told, there are many times when I DON'T overcome my obstacles.  But when I do... Those are the ones I need to remember!  
Those are the only ones that count!!

We have to look for things to boost ourselves up with... because there will always be things to beat ourselves down with.  At least that's how I am.  
So for yesterday... BOOYA!

Just also wanted to show these cute earrings Sandrelle gave me.  
The woven part are hair strands from Takoda.... who will always be my 


Lori said...

Good for you. You got up and out of the house without an internal 'fight.' You knew you were deluding yourself when you thought you'd get on the treadmill. AND you ran for nearly an hour. WOW!!!

gracies tough journey said...

I could never have done that, I cannot handle cold. I am so proud of you. You look so happy in this picture. God does look after us when we need him! God loves you. Gracie

Absolutely, Positively Josie said...

I wish you'd been here, yesterday, Margene. It was 80 degrees! You're so right about how important it is to remember those obstacles we overcome. Sometimes I think it's harder to *not* take them for granted when they're over, than it is to push through and overcome them!

Blessings for your weekend, dear. PS: lookin' great!

Joy said...

Great job my Friend! I'm very proud of you!! Keep up the great work and stay focused!!!!

E. Jane said...

An amazing run, Margene--also I loove the earrings. BTW, you look beautiful!