Monday, September 17, 2012

Imperishable Wreaths (Day 14)

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified. 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
According to Drug-Rehab's website,  exercise is an important part of any addiction recovery plan.  And it is crucial to the 33 Day Purity Boot Camp!  Exercise helps you cope with stress, develop self-discipline by sticking to your plan, increases  your focus because you have to plan your time and pay attention to your body, boost your confidence and fill your time with a positive activity. Exercise is powerful on it's own but it's strength intensifies when mixed with fasting, prayer, study, and acts of charity.
I like running- well I'm  stating too. Running helps me clear my mind and gives me  the mental and physical strength I need to overcome my addiction. I like running because it's painful. I can feel my addiction dying. My old worldly self is perishing with each gasp, step, mile, and drop of sweat.
But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. Acts 20:24
Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.  Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. John 12:24-25
Running with a partner is rewarding as well. It makes it seem less intense - almost like they are helping you bear the pain. I think that is a good example of how we are to be for each other as we run this race called life- running partners.
It feels great to set a goal and meet that expectation. My wife is a great example of that. She started running due to my new "fondness" for it. However, she has really taken to running like a fish to water. When she started,  she could hardly run for one minute without stopping, but now she's signed up for a 5k (me too by default). Check out her blog- she inspires me to be a better man. Here she is in her own words.
Here is her running advice:
Do's:
get fitted for running shoes
buy running clothes that don't ride up
listen to music that calms your breathing pattern, the longer you can stay calm, the longer you can run
eat a pre run snack: my favs are a bagel with peanut butter or 1/2 turkey sammie
run outside as much as possible because that is where you will be running your race, not on a treadmill
repeat workouts as necessary before moving on to the next challenge
get a C25K app on your phone- it will tell you when to walk and when to run. It plays in the background so you can listen to music still.
Don'ts
don't eat junk like I did, it makes it so hard to run in the afternoons!
don't run in random shoes like I did, because your feet are not secure
don't skip having water all day and expect to run successfully- I love me some DIET COKE :/
don't skip workouts or whole weeks at a time without repeating some workouts again
don't run everyday until you think you can handle it
don't expect to keep up the pace with your husband, you have shorter legs! (You're gosh darn right LOL)
don't give up.
PRAY:
Our Father,
Accept our gratitude for the opportunity to participate in this race and in the larger race of life. We accept with thankfulness the wholeness and well being which running contributes to our living. As running brings pleasure to our lives so may our efforts on this day bring pleasure to you, our Creator. We give thanks for physical bodies wonderfully made. Help us to exercise good stewardship of the health, energy, and clarity of mind provided for our use. Bless our efforts in training to develop these gifts to their full potential. Give us the strength to endure and the passion to persevere. Protect us from injury and illness. May we possess courage and character in adequate supply to meet the challenge before us. Grant each of us the integrity to do our best in the quest to finish well. We can do no more and desire no less. Thank you for the sense of community created by our common commitment to run. As we seek to realize personal goals help us to also celebrate the accomplishments of others. Grant that we may find joy not only in competition but also in the privilege of running together. Remind us on this day and through all of life that we never run alone. Amen.


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