Scatterbrained Through the Eyes of a Runner.

Tans, organization, work, and running. This has been my past 3 days and they have been lovely.

Today I am feeling very scatterbrained so this is how my post shall be set up today: Some updates about my life, then how my brain is processing right now. Ready, begin.

For only a few reasons do I enjoy working in the evenings and running in the mornings: I actually have time to have a little bit of a day which is very nice! I was able to lay in the sun out by the pool, get some chores done, eat a real breakfast, and relax a little all before work the past couple days. 

I like this a lot. However I have realized before my half and whole marathons I may just need to pull some all nighters in order to run well. My body just does not run as well in the mornings as it does in the evenings. 

We were able to get a lot more cleaned out of our basement which we are slowly organizing this summer. 

I am a bit tanner.

My feet hurt a lot from work and running.

I don’t know if I should cut my hair a little or not.

God makes really cool clouds.

I got Mere Christianity in the mail and have started reading it.

I need to finish my other book.

I have watched a lot of movies in the past year.

I wish I were more flexible.

Dinner will be good.

Poor Zannie, she was a good dog.

I should probably wrap this up.

 

So with that, I want to leave you with a verse that will hopefully help someone out there:

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.” John 14:1-4

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Difficult Days Through the Eyes of a Runner.

Today was one of those days you know Satan was sitting there laughing saying “and what are you going to do about this situation.”

It started out very well with biscuits and seeing my boyfriend and then heading to Zumba at the YMCA.

Little did I know that is not what God had in mind. My tire popped on the way to Zumba, the lug-nut wrench was not the right size, the tire couldn’t be patched, I sliced my finger open cutting zucchini for dinner but I refused to get stitches (despite that probably that being a better option to the bulky bandage I have on now), spilled the chicken marinade juice all over me right before my run, I puked on my run, my blackberry buttercream icing for my blackberry coconut cream cupcakes didn’t turn out right, and I have a headache.

However, God was able to use this day as a good one to spend with my dad, see my brothers, contemplate beautiful architecture, and experiment. 

 

“Enjoy prosperity while you can, but when hard times strike, realize that both come from God. Remember that nothing is certain in this life.” Ecclesiastes 7:14

God still is good despite bad days!

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76 and Sunny Through the Eyes of a Runner.

Mr. Parson had it right as he drove by Charlie (the dog) and I running, “It’s a beautiful day for a run!”

That it is, a beautiful day for a run and all in all a beautiful day in the Lord. My boyfriend woke me up when he realized he overslept this morning and asked me if I could make his lunch for him while he took a shower and got ready to go volunteer at the Cub Scouts Camp. I hadn’t planned on getting up earlier than 9am but I was glad to be up the hour and a half earlier. 

Its one of those beautiful and sunny days that make it difficult to be upset or annoyed by anything. The bees buzzing around my head are welcome today. The fly that stalked me on my run, just a different sort of running buddy. The wet dog that shook on me after my shower, she was just being loving. 

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I know I will regret waking up so early when I am still at work by 11pm tonight, yet for now I revel in the relaxation and productivity it caused of me. All before 1pm I was able to go for a long run, lay out in the sun and finish a book, do some much needed cleaning, water the garden, organize a bit, fix a healthy lunch and shower. 

It’s just a beautiful day in the Lord. 

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God Bless you today! Remember he is the one that places all good in your life!

 

 

Mowing the Lawn Through the Eyes of a Runner.

Mowing the lawn with the size of ours is like a lot of things in life: It is a job, it has a goal, it makes you think, and you have to attack it in a creative way. 

It is one of those things I really enjoy doing because there is a tangible goal that you are working toward and you can see and track your progress. It also gives you plenty of time to think. As I mow, I think, “I really hope I get a job where I am working towards an end result, because that is what really motivates me”, “This dumb bug is driving me crazy”, “I wonder where I will live in the future”, “I wonder how mothers do it, take care of their children, work, and take care of the house”, “I wonder where I can find new jeans that are like my old ones”, “I need to work more on the basement”, “Ugh I hate this smell of fresh cut grass”, “What should I have for dinner”, etc etc.

It gives you time to ponder the meaningful questions in life yet also think about those menial ones. Mowing gives you the perfect setting to do nothing but think. For my yard it is an hour and a half where you sit on the mower going basically in circles with the loud hum of the mower drowning out the rest of the world. 

Basking in the sun, you are working while thinking. What better multitasking? 

It made me think though, it is kind of like what God is doing with us on a constant basis. He is working on us to bring us toward one goal (finishing the lawn). Yet once that goal is met, the grass grows again, and we must work towards the next goal (time to mow again). We are a constant progress and with God we can be strengthened while growing and all the while God is shaping us into who we should be. 

“Yet you, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” Isaiah 64:8

Busy Days Through the Eyes of a Runner.

Finally, I have a morning where I don’t need to set an alarm, rush about getting ready for work,  packing my lunch, and running through that daily checklist of “things to accomplish today.” 

I am so blessed that I have found a summer job where I am able to work 40 hours a week, but there are those times (like after working 10 days in a row) where you just are exhausted.

For all my followers out there, I apologize for the lack of post in so long! I have kinda felt like a real person lately in a weird way. Go to work, get home, do house work, exercise, eat, sleep, repeat. This both is slightly annoying and exhilarating. I feel as if I have no time to slow or rest, yet I also feel as though I’m finally growing up and maturing into who God wants me to be. 

I realize when I actually do get a full time job, I’ll probably have more set hours than I do as a cashier, yet this feels like a little dip of my toes in the water. And the water so far has proven to be lukewarm and not too intimidatingly cold or hot! Which just reminds me how awesome God is and how Paul explains in Ephesians 2:10  “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” 

God knows what he is doing and man, he is so awesome and perfect! Everyday we must look at the day and what we do as a way God has created us and made us anew. From those first steps of a baby, to those first days in school, to the first meal you create by yourself, to the first day you are on your own, to the first day of work, and every other step between and after, God is with you.

It is amazing how I can see how God has placed me in people’s lives, even if it be in the two minutes I check them out at work, to the friendly smile as we pass each other out running, to the people who I am blessed to share life with more permanently. God made us for community and to share his love within community. 

As for the last 10 days when I’ve felt too frazzled to blog some great things have occurred:

First of all my training plan for the half-marathon is going great! I can see myself regaining my speed and excitement I had when I left Philly! I feel for the first time in months that I am actually getting somewhere with my running! Today in a tempo day full of sprints and jogging which is difficult but I love the way my body feels after it!!

As for other excitement in my life, my mom and I are finally tackling the boxes in the basement after 3 moves, 10 years of storage, and a lack of organization in the basement! It feels so awesome as we slowly but surely work our way around! We even had to borrow a good friend’s truck to take it all away! After this summer I hope she and I will be very well pleased with what we have and even more so, what all we have gotten rid of. The only sad part I have found yet, is slowly my childhood is being thrown out…. As I move on to the next stage of my life, I guess the step stool I sat my babydolls on can finally go, and that awesome go fish card game which taught us lower-case and capital letters can go, and that sticker dollhouse that I used to amuse myself for hours on end, it’s time to part. It feels good yet bittersweet!

On Saturday, I got another peek into the awesome world of acting and performing that my little brother is so enthralled in. I got to see him perform in his spring showcase of his dance company and MAN, one this school is AWESOME! And two, WOW! My brother is a dancer! And really good!

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On Sunday, I got to make a breakfast for my father in honor of Father’s Day! Even though I could only spend a few hours with him due to work, I am very glad I got to spend a little time with him! This man taught me how to laugh at the most stressful times, crack jokes when things got a bit too serious, explore the world around me and find different ways to see beauty. He is an awesome man who has helped shape me into who I am today, and I am glad to call him Papa. We honored him with the traditional T-shirt with our hand prints and our love!

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Other excitements include: the power going off while I was working for  5 hours, the power going off in our home for 2 days, the movie Shooter, cleaning, baking cookies, early mornings, walks with my mother, copperheads, and running in different places like Lynchburg and Bedford city!

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“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

Mayhem in Mexico Through the Eyes of the Runner.

Last week my little brother, father, and family friend visited the warm, tropical eastern side of mexico!

It was nothing less than a huge adventure! Needless to say it was a week that was full of surprises, fun, prayers, wonders, and a lot of patience.

I think for this post I may share with you knowledge learned on each day in Mexico…..

sábado: A flight early in the morning leads to going through security quickly. Immigration takes FOREVER going into Mexico. Travel to Cancun during a hurricane leads to bad rain.

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Pero nosotros tuvimos un buen vuelo!

domingo: Going to a “free, no pressure sales pitch for a time share in Mexico that’s supposed to be 90 minutes long”, means 90 minutes PER PERSON (we had 4*90=360 minutes). Never trust low ground valet parking during a flood. Locking your keys in the car in the middle of nowhere Mexico is not a good idea if you don’t know the translation for “coat hanger” in Spanish. Playing on the beach with a dog and two puppies while having drinks at a little hut is fun. And biggest lesson of the day: ALWAYS check the registration of your rental car to make sure it’s updated when driving in Mexico. The police who pull you over with machine guns and make you get out of the car do not like this. (pictures and full story to follow because it’s that good!)

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lunes: If you were an ancient Mayan, Tulum would be the place to be. Small side beaches in Mexico are the best! And floods are not fun to drive in.

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martes: Floods may impede your progress.

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miércoles: Swimming in a cave is AWESOME (pictures to follow later). Old Mexican cities are so pretty! The Seven Wonders of the World are named that for a reason: Chichen Itza=WOW!

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jueves: Snorkeling, sun, and Cozumel=FUN!

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viernes: Sometimes a day of sun, beach, pool, and a swim up bar is what you need to finish off a high paced vacation!

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sábado: Returning to the real world is sometimes necessary. Doesn’t mean you still can’t praise God for the bit of relaxation he gives you during your normal day, notice the beauty in the world, and pray hard!

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“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

2 Corinthians 4:16-18

 

Lesson de la semana: The Lord is awesome!

 

Packing Through the Eyes of a Runner.

Today and the past few days I have been packing for Cancun! 

My father, little brother, and a family friend and I leave for Cancun tomorrow morning! I look forward to exploring and can’t wait to report back the amazing things God reveals to me on this trip!

For all you runners out there, I also start the official Hal Higdon Half Marathon Training Plan tomorrow! I’m excited that to begin this part of the training, I will be forced to run set speeds at the resort gym! It will be good for my speed! 

 

“But ask the animals, and they will teach you; or birds of the air and they will tell you; or speak to the earth and it will teach you; or let the fish of the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the lord has done this. In His hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.” Job 12:7-10

“For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. Ever since the creation of the world His eternal power and divine nature, invisible though they are, have been understood and seen through the things He has made. So they are without excuse.” Romans 1:19-20

“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament show His handiwork.”
Psalms 19:1

 

I can’t wait to explore the amazing things God has laid out for me! Adios por una semana!!