Recently I had picked up running again as my way to battle the enemy in my mind with the lies that made my brain so fogged up I couldn’t see straight. I have been a runner for many years, it really started in high school as I signed up to be on a track team. I remember a particular bus ride where the coach spoke to me about being a long distance runner instead of the speed running. I wasn’t mature enough at that time to see it from his viewpoint. Needless to say I didn’t really want to be a long distance runner because that would take too long LOL. I tried it just because it was the right thing to do, not because I wanted it.
Fast forward to 2020 and I’m relishing in the opportunities of being able to run 8 miles at an amazing speed of less than 11 minutes. Wow! Back tracking a bit that as I have been training my body to grow and build endurance in lengthening my runs, I would have so many self chats to get me to the point of running as long as I have. So I started to name my runs with messages I feel that God is teaching me in this run. On this particular day (9/19/20) I ran 7.23 miles at an 11 minute mile pace! Yowsers! I truly can’t believe it. It was my September goal to be able to run 7 miles and build up each month by adding an additional mile. This is all part of my training to complete a half marathon in April. Yes, I want to do another half marathon. This will be my 4th half marathon in my running career. I titled this post as Get the TOXIC thoughts out of your head because it was the self-talk and encouragement from God that led me to maintaining this run and achieve this goal. I had to be intentional and give grace to my brain to achieve this goal. Heck, I’m proud to be in my early 40s and to say that I ran over 7 miles with this time. Heck yeah that’s incredible! The thoughts that come in your mind that tells you that you can’t do hard things is a lie my friends. You will be faced with so many lies if you go after the world view of you. Please choose to view the world with the lens of Christ.
~Do not be conformed to this world. But be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.~ Romans 12:2