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,