The Final Countdown

Hard to believe that it’s only 4 more days until the race.  How did it get here so quickly?

Honestly, all that seems to be going through my head right now are these nagging voices…

To be honest, I’ve never been a good finisher.  By that I mean I seem to be a great starter of projects and then they just sort of tapper off.  I have a handful of 3/4 crocheted scarves, files of half-written stories, strings of beads not crimped.  The list goes on.  I don’t exactly know what my fear of finishing is all about.  Failure perhaps.  Limitation possibly.  Whatever it is, it certainly gets in my way.  And I fear the same for the race.  Friday I ran for 45 minutes and felt great.  I ran over 3.5 miles.  WOO-HOO!  And today I couldn’t get passed 1.75  miles.  Literally couldn’t.  I’d like to say it’s due to the heat and the lack of air circulation at the gym.  (This is partly true–I felt almost claustrophobic today)  But I fear the other part is my strange desire to leave this goal unfinished.  To make it mostly.  To convince myself I tried.

But the week isn’t over yet.  Here’s hoping that in putting this out there, I get back on the treadmill, on the course, on the road, so that next week I can talk about running across the finish line.

Quotations for the Week

Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending.–Longfellow

The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places.  ~Author Unknown

Join the Race

No.  I’m not running a marathon.  Not training for one.  Not even thinking about it.  But I am trying to change my sprinter mentality to a marathon mindset.  About 8 weeks ago I started jogging.  Got myself back at the gym and started following the from Couch Potato to 5K Running Plan (http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181.shtml) and have been getting to the gym every other day.  Why all this?  Well, I decided this year that I really wanted to RUN the Race Against Racism.  Not walk it.  Not give money to it.  Not stand on the sidelines and cheer.  Actually take the risk of failing and just try to run.  So, I realized doing this little bit of footwork meant starting to do just that–foot work.  So, here I am, 8 weeks later running about 2.5 miles a workout (only .6 more to go, but who’s counting?)

And today (I knew there was a reason my writing yesterday didn’t save), today there was a meeting at the seminary for folks interested in the Race Against Racism.  And one thing led to another, and well, we’re a team.  That’s right.  LTS has its own team.  And here’s the other cool thing, you can be a part of our team.  You can be a part of the team and run, jog, or walk.  You can be a part of the team with your donation.  It’s really simple.  Just go to the YWCA web site link for registering groups-

https://www.raceit.com/register/groups/default.aspx?event=3026 And join the Lancaster Theological Seminary Team (password SEMINARY)  You can choose to register on the team to enter that day or to do a charitable donation.  (And yes, there is even a print-friendly page with a record of your donation for tax purposes.  So Join the Race in body or in spirit.

Quotes for the Week:

“What distinguishes those of us at the starting line from those of us on the couch is that we learn through running to take what the days gives us, what our body will allow us, and what our will can tolerate.”
John Bingham, running writer and speaker

“Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it.” -Oprah Winfrey

“Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”  (Hebrews 12:1)