building confidence…

the other night, or should i say, wee hours of the morning, trying to get to sleep, i watched “Spirit of the Marathon” on youtube.

it is a very inspiring hour and a half documentary about people who are training for the marathon, either for the first time or nth time, as well as those rooting for a place in the Olympics. i heard a LOT different reasons as to why they run the marathon, and here were some of what they have to say:

> “i feel i can do something others cannot….”
> “running the marathon makes me able to go through any obstacles in my life, like my recent divorce, it is a mental thing…”
> “i  need to outdo myself each time i finish one race….”
> “when i started running, i realized that i can accomplish things that i thought i couldn’t…”

and so many other reasons that make one feel good about him/herself.

running for me came a bit too late, but like one runner in the docu film i mentioned, he started running only when he was 65 years old, isn’t that amazing? there is nothing impossible if one’s heart is into it.

this week is my second week of 16-week train plan for half marathon. so far so good, i’ve been running slow, working on my endurance first then speed later. i kinda lost it when i started working (blame the job ha ha ha ha )… i know i was lazy to do any workouts and you see, i get what i deserve.. i gained weight and add to that my frozen shoulder (i got lots to blame ha ha ha) that i felt i needed the “rest” from my workout routines….

The Weight Loss Benefits of Being Lazy
The Weight Loss Benefits of Being Lazy

what is the reason that i run? i think it’s that same thing, i feel i can do something others cannot… though i only do half of the distance, it’s still the same when i tell people that “yes, i am a runner” that i feel good about myself.

if you are a runner, why do you run? if you aren’t, what do you do to build up your confidence in yourself? let me encourage you to do what you have been wanting to do but think you cannot. it’s fear that deters you from doing it, and fear is all in the mind…. go for it!!

Hebrews 10:35-36 “So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.”

M.

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