If you have been following me you know that I am recovering from a foot injury and have decided to take up jogging to build my stamina and endurance. I've never really been much of a runner - at least not for long distances - but I am willing to give just about anything a try if it means that I get "back" sooner.
I have been taking it slow and not focusing on speed, my goal every day is to just keep it moving. I decided that when I got too tired, I would take a power walk break and then resume jogging as soon as possible. I jog for about 25-30 minutes. My first week, I took two power walk breaks and this week I am down to one. I even felt my speed picking up a bit. I felt like I was making progress, until today.
Today my 1st mile absolutely sucked. I barely got through it! I got to my walk break and thought "How in the world I am going to do this last mile? I have nothing left!" In a flash, my mind went back to a conversation with my Dad this weekend about his time in Vietnam. I remembered him recounting walking 25 miles in the hot 100+ degree Vietnam sun with NO BREAK with a machine gun and other equipment on his back. He said he was SO TIRED but he just kept counting "1, 2, 3, 4" and moving his feet to the rhythm. He had to keep moving, no matter how tired he was.
As I reflected on this I thought, "if he can do that, I can do this." I am my daddy's daughter. I have his DNA. His "never give up, never give in" is just as much a part of me as it is him. I got my second wind, finished that second mile and pushed for 2.25. Then I got back to the house and did 10 min core work. I was spent, but spent never felt so good!
When you feel like you have nothing left, remember what those before you endured. Let them inspire you to greatness. If not your parents, then maybe your ancestors who endured the Holacost or slavery. You have their DNA. If they could do that, you can do this. If not them, and you're a believer, think of our Lord Jesus Christ and how he endured that cross for us. We have His DNA and because of His sacrifice, nothing is impossible for us! Believe that!
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