half marathon

  • A Runner's Personal Running Motivations

    The good Lord and running.

    The two go together more than you might think.

    For one, there are tons of Bible verses that have helped me through hard practices and victorious races.

    One of the more popular verses that athletes live and die by is Philippians 4:13, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

    For two, do you know how many times I have cursed while running? Whether it’s the pain I feel in my lungs or the feeling of not being good enough, running has broken me down several times. But that’s the thing about running; it can also build you back up.

    Biblical Half Marathon Motivation

    So here is a verse for every mile of a half marathon.

    Mile 1: Be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of age. Matthew 28:20

    Mile 2: Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. Hebrews 11:1

    Mile 3: He will order his angels to protect you wherever you go. Psalm 91:11

    Mile 4: Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. He who does what is right is righteous, just as He is righteous. 1 John 3:7

    Mile 5: The Lord will work out his plans for my life. Psalm 138:8

    Mile 6: Whatever you do, do well. Ecclesiastes 9:10

    Mile 7: You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body. 1 Corinthians 6:20

    Mile 8: I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize. Philippians 3:13

    Mile 9: 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 van 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, so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize. 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 

    Mile 10: Anything is possible if a person believes. Mark 9:23

    Mile 11: I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. Psalm 32:8

    Mile 12: The amount you give will determine the amount you get back. Luke 6:38

    Mile 13: Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

    So next time you have a great race or are struggling during a daily run, remember these verses and keep run hard.

    Happy running, Meghann

  • Come Hell Or High Water: Treadmill Running

    You know what is longer than microwave minutes? Treadmill minutes.

    I hate running on a treadmill. When I was first starting my running journey, I was a sophomore in high school and was on my school’s track team and we ran outside every damn day. My coach was a former Ironman and standout runner who worked in a factory and now coached high school girls. And like I said, we ran outside. Every. Damn. Day. No matter the weather. Come hell or high water, you would find 10 high school girls bunched up and shuffling down the sidewalk on a daily four mile run. His two favorite sayings were, “I’ve learned to enjoy ALL types of weather” and “if it doesn’t kill you, it’ll make you stronger and if you die, then it must have been your time to go.” Now, six years after I began running under his direction, I still think of those sayings often. So after running outside every day for three years, now when I’m forced to run on the treadmill due to working late or terrible weather, I dread it.

    The man himself: Mike Flener, my high school track and cross country coach The man himself: Mike Flener, my high school track and cross country coach

    Sometimes I take the easy way out and “run” on the elliptical. Usually, I suck it up, stand on the treadmill cursing my decision and begin my run. Running inside is not all it’s cracked up to be. Yes, you’re running in the A/C, but somehow I think I tend to sweat more when I’m working out in a gym than when I’m outside in the sun. The air is dry and makes my throat hurt. Not fun.

    Treadmill 2

    I also hate running on the treadmill next to some track super star. I’m talking about the girl who weighs 90 pounds soaking wet, wears cute Nike spandex shorts and has the treadmill inclined and running full speed. Uhm, hello? I’m over here in a stained soccer shirt, shorts that are a size too big for me and huffing and puffing while I’m running an eight minute mile on no incline. But hey, to each their own. She probably has a love/hate relationship with running just like the rest of us do.

    The good news about running on a treadmill? Well, I can usually catch up on some awful reality television on my runs. TVs and treadmills. It makes it a little more bearable. Oh, and it’s super fun to people watch from upstairs in the gym, which is where the treadmills are located. From the treadmill I can see the basketball and volleyball courts, the guys who think they can lift heavy weights, the guys (and girls!) who can actually lift heavy weights and people wandering around the gym on a cellphone, dazed and confused.

    With that said, I am still so grateful that I am able to run.

    Treadmille 3

    I don’t have to run, I get to run.

    There are so many people in the world who would love a chance to walk, much less run, and here I am complaining about something I choose to do. But I love to run. I also love to eat chocolate chip cookies. Another incentive to run? You better believe it.

    Run Happy, Meghann

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