WHAT ARE YOU TRAINING FOR?
I love to run and for those of you who run know a common question is, “what are you training for?” For some the answer is ” a marathon” or “a 5K,” but the answer I started giving a couple years ago was “life!” I have had those runs that count towards an end goal of a marathon or 5K, but my runs started having more meaning! They were my alone time, or time for me to push the kids in the jogging stroller, then as they grew older~time to run with them. A time to actually accomplish something I started or my new favorite, is a time to listen to my podcasts. And the end result was how good I felt about myself once I had finished my run.
If you are a runner, when you are training for a race you often have a training schedule to abide by over the course of the weeks or months. Even if you are not a runner, each day we are all “training for life” and what we do along our day is our training plan! What does your training plan look like? What fuels our day and eventually makes up the life we are living?! Mine happens to incorporate my daily run and that is where my answer “training for life” comes into play. My runs make me happy and help me enjoy my day as a mom and an individual. Another part of my “training plan” is I also try very hard to read the bible or a daily devotional every morning. This helps remind me that God is in control of my day! I need to turn to him during the day when I feel overwhelmed by the pressures that our day brings to us. I’ve often said, “life is simple, we make it complicated!” Don’t let little problems during the day change your focus on life! My day goes on much like every mom’s. I get kids ready and off to school, go to work, pick kids up, homework, dinner, la la la. Along the way truly trying to stay focused on the finish line- which is my couch with a book and glass of wine at the end of the day!
During a race or training run there are water stops along the way. We can imagine these water stops as a time to refuel, hydrate, maybe walk for a minute. This can be viewed as remembering during our life to stop along the way to enjoy the gifts we’ve been given. How do we “hydrate?” What do we fill ourselves with? We are all wired differently, but I feel it’s important to know what recharges us and helps us be prepared for each new day! As importantly, what recharges our family. Especially during a busy school and sports season, what recharges you as a family? Is it cooking a meal together, going on a bike ride, playing a game or just sitting on the cozy couch reading books! We all have to stay hydrated during our journey of life.
For a long race runners make sure they have their fluids, energy gels, music, running partners, etc… How do we prepare for the “race of life?” What do we want to make sure we are equip with? Love, family, scripture, good friends, steady schedule. I have a necklace that I wear with an E, M, and cross charm on it~these are my everything! I also love to write down favorite scriptures or quotes on a note card and keep on my desk, so I can read them and fill my heart every day!
lf you are a runner and geared up for a run and it starts to rain, what do you do? YOU RUN- you’re shoes are on, the dogs leash is on, and mentally you are ready; so you carry on with your run. Same with life, the rain symbolizes unexpected disappointments, and what do we do? We can choose to push forward carry on with life or turn around and “hide from the rain!” Don’t let little showers get in your way of enjoying each and every day!
During a run you may choose to stop and drink water, stretch, and walk up a hill. In different seasons of life we may need to stop more often, and other times we may be cruising along enjoying and no need to stop! I know not all of you are runners like me and this may not really relate to you, but I hope you can make some sense out of it! Lace up your shoes and start enjoying the journey of life with family and friends, stop along the way reflecting on the gifts of everyday life, and find your happy playce!!