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Here to win:: Running with the end in mind

I know it has been a while since my last #HereToWin post, and here is my honest explanation for that: I  just simply stopped running. 🙂

After the half marathon last year, I took a little break from running an-hour-a-day, besides I was trying something new too…AERIAL DANCE! And let me tell you, it stole my heart! It’s one thing to do art with your hands like writing, painting, making sculptures, or even with your voice like singing, but using your whole body to make art is a whole different thing. Anyways, back to running…

This year I signed up for 10 races – one every month or so -, and these don’t include the ones I usually love running in. I’m hoping this will keep me accountable with my running. So at the end of the year I know I will have run at least 10 races and put on a few more miles than usual to my running shoes…exciting…I know!! haha

But seriously, that’s all I know!

I don’t know how hard they will be, I don’t know if I will get injured, or if I will feel like dying in some or like I’m flying in some others. I do not know what will happen until the very last one is done, and I am totally fine with that! Let me explain…

Have you ever been in a race before? Have you been in a race where you knew exactly when the big curve would hit in, or when the beastly hill was coming up? I have. Knowing what will come next made me save up energy for that undesirable hill, or dread that long steep downhill. And at the end of the race I would always have extra energy, because I was always saving up and being careful because I knew there were a lot more turns ahead. This as a runner is very frustrating, ending up with enough strength to run it again but better this time. Yeah, not the best feeling in the world, to know you could have done better.

If you have been in this blog long enough, you can recall that I see life as a race. A race in which you do not know what is coming up, I mean you are planning on finishing and finishing well. But the little bumps, hills, and obstacles that are up ahead remain unknown to you, until you have to face them. A little like the game Age of Empires when you haven’t discovered your territory.

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As much as my curiosity wants to convince me otherwise, I love not knowing! That way you are more likely to treat every moment, every step of the race as the very last one, because it might as well be the last one. In life too, we do not know when this uphill will end, or when we will have to stop, but God gives us “strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow”. He gives grace in the time of need!

So in whatever stage of the race we might be in, let’s give our best, treat it as the last one, so in the end we can be sure we held nothing back and say:

no regrets

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P.S. Here is a picture of me and my sister at the end of the 6k race last sunday! Race number 2 out of 10!

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Here to RUN the RACE

“One reason we are so harried and hurried is that we make yesterday and tomorrow our business, when all that legitimately concerns us is today. If we really have too much to do, there are some items on the agenda which God did not put there. Let us submit the list to Him and ask Him to indicate which items we must delete. There is always time to do the will of God. If we are too busy to do that, we are too busy.”
― Elisabeth ElliotSecure in the Everlasting Arms

There can be lots of obstacles and distractions from the race, there is no doubt about that. While trying to stay true to this #HereToWin series, I’ve started to notice more distractions that weren’t as obvious before and new ones have come up, which got me thinking and asking myself…

·What are some hidden distractions that hinder my passion for this RACE?

·How can I wear JOY while the RACE seems to turn heavy and full of obstacles?

·What is the right focus of my everyday steps which can seem meaningless in the ‘long run’?

·What aspect of my lifestyle does not reflect that I’m in a RACE?

·How can I press on in a way that it is obvious of my longing to see Christ and to enjoy Him forever?

Here is a little video filled with truth of how we should run this race that is set out before us!

Let’s run the RACE

Let’s keep the FAITH

“I have one desire now – to live a life of reckless abandon for the Lord, putting all my energy and strength into it.”
― Elisabeth ElliotThrough Gates of Splendor: 40th Anniversary Edition

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Here to Win: June

Well June is almost over…which means, the olympics are almost here (wishing I could teleport myself to London, but I’ll be happy to watch them from Guadalajara 😀 )…which also means, we are half way done with 2012! which means…this December-Marathon’s count-down is effective as of this past June 9th! AAAA!

Lots going on, and yet lots to be done!

Now, I don’t want to get too ahead of myself, so getting back on track for this #HereToWin series…JUNE is the beginning of this year-long running-follow-up so it had to be something basic, and important that would help set the tone…

JUNE : SLEEP and BASE MILEAGE!

This also is why I didn’t blog earlier. Some days it gets so busy that it comes down to…”sleep enough hours to run tomorrow and still be alive the rest of the day” or “blog about the running, not getting enough sleep, die the next morning, and recover in a week, while running poorly or not at all”. This dilemma was easy to solve…I believe a good blog worth following, is the one accompanied by a life-style that supports its content. So you get the picture…I was just staying true to my plan…

Although I must add this..June came with big challenges. A change in routine can be a big challenge for me to keep running and sleeping the way I plan to, and so far I can say I survived one trip two weeks ago, but there is still one more to go before the end of this month. So by the grace of God, focusing on one day at a time, He, being rich in grace, will allow me to carry on with whatever would please Him during my day.

The biggest challenge among these two focuses this month is, SLEEP.

It’s just hard, life is busy…(I could go on and on but I chose not to). There will always be something else to be done, to go, to see, eat…ALWAYS! It’s just a matter of choosing, so more than exercising my ability to SLEEP, I was just practicing my ability to choose right, to make the better decision, organize my time better, etc!

So far I’ve got to SLEEP from 6-7 hours daily, my goal-not just for this month but for the rest of the year -is to SLEEP 7-8 hours each day. I want this to become a habit, meanwhile I know I have to continue working hard at making myself unplug from the day and JUST GO TO SLEEP!

As to the BASE MILEAGE, I am running 5k during the work days, and 10-14 k on Saturdays, mixing it with intervals, fast pace some days, others feel good run etc. Every Saturday I’m increasing 1 or 2 k, depending on the week’s pace, and how worn out I end up by Friday (this is why SLEEP is of extreme importance)!

I know these two things I chose for June are not just for this month, since I have to keep preparing for the Marathon, so my aim is to make it a habit, and to get used to running long distances!

Let’s keep up the good run!

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. ··1 Corinthians 9.24
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Yesterday I ran in one of my favorite races of the year: GDL IMAGEN-KELLOGGS 10k. If I had to describe it in 3 words would be: lively, organized, and friendly!

This year they switched it up a little changing the location of the race. I thought it was going to be a slow-ish course with more hills than I can count on one hand! And let me tell you…I know about hills, I was part of the XC (Cross Country) team during College! But considering that the 1st place did it in 33′ I can only say it was a slow one for me! ha!

I didn’t PR but I did conquer those killer-hills! (51’32”) That’s a win! Specially after not running for a year!

I just started to run 2-3 days a week since February, and have been building up slowly-sl o  w   l    y!         But after this race I wonder how in the world I was able to stop running for a whole year? No answer to that yet-…Anyways…This year it’s different…I’m already setting my mind on 3 other races, one more 10k, one half-marathon, and a marathon! There is still much logistics and other things to consider, but in the mean time, I will be training for them!

Since I run by myself, accountability in running is non-existent -and that’s where this open-to-the-interweb-space blog comes in handy! I’ll use it to write about different obstacles, experiences and variables in the RUNNER’S LIFE and how I apply them in my training. So…

I’m starting this series #HereToWin

My first Goal with this is to shoot for a year. (starting June 2012) A year in which every month I will be exploring one of the many characteristics of the RUNNER’S LIFE.

Where did this title come from? First and foremost from my favorite book ever-the BIBLE. There are quite a few verses where the Christian life is seen as a race, here are a few:

let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, Heb 12:1

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 Cor 9:24-27

Secondly, from a T-shirt I just bought and wore to the race… (picture to come)

Bottom line of life/running-

       I’m not here to rest/I’m here to race

       I’m not here to get comfortable/I’m here to get challenged

       I’m not here to receive a perishable wreath/I’m here to point others to the imperishable one

       I’m not here to be disqualified/I’m HERE to WIN

I would just like to wrap it up with this..

IF I rest, I rust- MARTIN LUTHER

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