I’m running this with you
Yesterday I ran a 5k race to support a great cause (KidsforKyla.com). What I didn’t expect was that the race would have so many hills!! The course surrounded the campus of the University of Northern Colorado. UNC is the highest point in Weld County so there are some nasty hills on the campus. The first mile of the race was almost all uphill. I was proud of myself because I ran almost the whole first mile but I had to stop to catch my breath for a second. When I did, my friend stopped with me. I told him “go on ahead, don’t wait for me.” He responded with something that stuck with me, he said: “No, I’m running this with you.”
That was enough for me to get going again. For the remainder of the race, whenever I would stop, I would mentally tell myself: “I’ll walk until I reach that tree or that rock, then I’ll run again” and inevitably about halfway there, Jerry would say: “O.K. let’s go, you can do this.” So we would take off again.
I finished the course in 37 minutes. That time will never make it into any history books but it’s my fastest time in many years and it taught me a lesson: I can go much further with someone encouraging me.
So can you.
We have a tendency to quit too early and we believe we’ve emptied the tank when in reality there’s still more down there. It’s just deeper than we normally draw from. Human nature is to quit when we’re uncomfortable. Today I hope to be the voice that encourages you. Whatever race or fight you find yourself in:
Don’t give up. You have more in you.
You’re stronger than you think.
You’re more powerful than you could possibly know.
God is with you.
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.
This is making you stronger.
You can quit tomorrow but today, you’re not quitting.
You’re not exhausted, you’re just really uncomfortable.
Now come on, let’s run.
Thanks for reading, talk to you soon.