08 Apr A Little Jog & More…
This past weekend, I ran the Bentonville Half Marathon which is a part of the Bentonville Running Festival. It was a cool run and I really appreciate the work put into the event. To top it off, I ran a new personal record for a half marathon, 1 hour 56 minutes & 30 seconds. Now for some of you hardcore runners, that is slow, but for this 40-year-old who has been only running a year and a half that was lightning fast. My previous half marathons were both over 2 hours, 2:07 & 2:12. I had set a goal of 2 hours, but wasn’t quite sure that I could pull it off. With a bit of encouragement from my friends and family, I went for it. The only hiccup I had was the big hill at mile 12. The race course took us up this monster hill next to the Crystal Bridges Museum. It is just MEAN to put that at the end of the race.
In addition to me, my brother, and sister-in-law running the half marathon, my 63-year-old mother ran the 5K. This was only her 2nd 5K and her first that was officially timed. She ran it by herself and finished in 44 minutes 22 seconds. She even placed 4th in her division. My mom is a pretty amazing woman. In the last 3 years, her husband died and she fought off breast cancer. She ran her first 5K ever this past year at the Race for the Cure and did all of her training for this one by herself. I look to her and then simply say to others, “What’s your excuse?”
After some running, I apparently didn’t get enough activity. My brother wanted to go mountain biking, so I took my son and off we went. We covered 7.4 on my son’s first mountain biking experience. It was a little much for him, but it was great to get out and do something active with him.
There are some that think I have lost my mind, but I want to enjoy life and try new things. I want to keep my family active and working towards physical fitness. If that means riding my bike when I’m a little tired, that is what I am going to do.
Now you don’t have to run a half marathon or go on a long bike ride, but you can get out and get active. To be healthy and have a greater opportunity to minister, let activity become a bigger part of your life.