Wednesday, May 15, 2013

"Run, Forrest, Run!"

Running does not come easily for me.
No, really. I'm not just saying that because I'm a wuss. Running is (and has always been) a perpetual  struggle for me...ever since I was a kid. Every step, each individual breath hurts in some way, shape, or form. Side stitches, shin splints, legs that feel like lead weights, aches in my elbows or knee caps, stomach cramps, calf cramps, quad cramps, you name it! I never run without feeling one or all of these symptoms for the duration of the exercise. Runner's high? Doesn't exist for me. Neither, for that matter, does the term "good run." It's just not in my vocabulary. ;) Every run is the result of mental determination and lots and lots of prayer! Unfortunately, it just so happens that  the job I have chosen for the next four years is predicated on the ability to run--fast, for long periods of time. ;D
Soooo. All that to say I have been training for my PFT (Physical Fitness Test) for going on two months now. And failing miserably. :) I  just could not make it through the 3 mile route without stopping. I also--for. the. life. of. me--could not manage to break 27min.
Until today. ;)
Today, for the first time ever, I ran 3 miles in 23:19! Praise God! I am so, so, so happy! (And so is my recruiter!) Not only is this a first, but it's just testimony to God's amazing power. I could not be more thrilled, more thankful, more in awe of what He is doing in my life and in my spiritual walk!

"They that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles. They will run and not be weary. They shall walk and not faint." Isaiah 40:31 
I wish I could say I was looking forward to running the PFT again, but for now, it is enough to know that "I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me."
...even muddle through a grueling 3 miles. ;)
A very sore, stiff, but otherwise elated,

Monday, May 13, 2013

"Yes, Sir."

That is what I have been saying all day long.
"Yes, sir."
"No ma'am."
"Aye, sir."
"Aye, ma'am."
This morning I had my MEP (Military Entrance Process) in Los Angeles at the oh-so-convenient hour of 0445. Yep, you read that right. 4:45AM!!!!! And just to clarify, I had to be there, standing in line, at 0445. Which means I had to wake up at three this morning. *yawn*
Can I just say how nice it is to use the freeway during the wee hours of the morning? There's no none!! And some of you are probably wondering why on earth that is such a big deal! Well, I'll tell ya! It's because driving into LA at any other time other than 3am means bumper to bumper traffic, a zillion and one cars, and the stress of trying to get to your destination within the same eon of time.  But today posed no such problems. I was in line and standing amidst a throng of strangers at precisely 4:45am. ;) Thank goodness I had made myself a coffee beforehand!
I have never felt such a surge of adrenaline in my entire life. To be there, standing before guys in uniform and feeling as though you are one inch tall...there are no words to describe it. ;) The pressure, the straining to hear the sergeant's voice from across the room--everything felt so surreal. Even though it was, quite possibly, the most disorganized, bureaucratic experience I have ever had. lol
Today's agenda just involved taking my ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) and my physical. Talk about an exhaustively invasive process! A three hour exam (which I passed with flying colors, praise God!) followed by two more hours of being poked and prodded, stripped and sterilized! lol Thankfully, I had nothing serious to report to medical--other than a few DUIs, some tattoos, and a four year jail sentence. Almost forgot that part. ;)
In all seriousness, though, I'm so glad my life (up until this point at least) has been free of baggage. That God, in His grace and foreknowledge, has kept me from experiences that are not only harmful, but degrading to the soul and spirit. I'm not perfect by any means, but I do feel very blessed to have had such a positive, healthy childhood, a substantial upbringing, and a (mostly) drama-free adolescence. ;) It's something I never really appreciated until now.
So, yeah. That's about it. I know I still have to post part II of my "'Splanation." Believe me, it's coming. But first I have to catch up on some much needed sleep before I take my practice PFT Physical Fitness Test) on Wednesday! Here's to running 3 miles in 21 min. Or trying to. ;)