Post-Half Marathon Musings

With the Halfsy a day behind me, I am beginning to realize how much sacrifice is involved with the goal of training well and performing well---especially for a seasoned non-exerciser like me. To name a few of my alleged sacrifices:
1. Finance: New running gear, from the bottom to the...shoulders. The registration fee. Oh, and pre- and post-race massages.
2. Diet: Abstaining from my favorite junk food, which happens to be all of them.
3. Social: Saying no to activities to stick to the training schedule. Also, losing cool points with my on-and-off hobbling.
4. Physical: Encountering a foot injury. Not to mention the daily onset of muscle soreness.
5. Mental: Going mental. (I kid.)

Was it worth it? O YEA.

This 12-week experience has taught me a lot of things, especially the importance of discipline, and the importance of encouragement. God has been unbelievably faithful to me even in this, and has shown me that He deeply cares about the things that I care about, even right down to the number on my race bib. (Inside family story.)

And now, for a final recap:
Race: The Good Life Halfsy
Where: Lincoln, Nebraska
Date: Sunday, October 29, 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Weather: Insanely cold and windy
Distance: 13.1 miles / 21 kilometers
Performance: 3:14:12 or 14:48/mile

Also, my office Halloween costume tomorrow muahaha.

"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." -2 Timothy 4:7


Growing Pains

The past 2 weeks have been extremely eventful on many fronts.

Work has been filled with "healthy tensions" (as my boss calls it) and encouraging interactions with people in education research. While these things sometimes leave me with a throbbing headache, I am immensely thankful for the opportunity to grow professionally and personally. One interaction with a former statistics professor made me see the importance of being content with where I am at and what I am doing. While I still desire to go back to school again for further equipping, I thank God for helping me see the value of the work I am doing right here and now, and for refining the motivations behind my work.

My body, I suppose, has also been undergoing healthy tensions as my running distance continues to increase. I ended up looking like an Asian zombie at work one day, and was just about told to go home even before the lunch hour rolled around. I rested as much as I could, and felt ready to go the distance. Sadly, my mojo died the following week when I sprained my right foot. I ended up really looking like an Asian zombie as I limped around all day at work. I can't count the number of times I bursted out laughing at myself. I suspect more hilarity will ensue as I return to my training this week.

Oh, and I also turned 26. God has been so good to me.