Monday, February 10, 2014

Reason to Run

I wouldn't call myself a super girlie-girl . . . I like being outside (as long as I don't have to sleep out there and there is electricity and plumbing near by), I can step on my own bugs (as long as it's a little one and NOT a spider or grasshopper or cricket), I don't have to get my nails and toes done monthly (just kidding, yes I do!), I can live without a blow dryer and curling iron (as long as I have a ponytail holder and don't have to go anywhere important), little sweat isn't that big of a deal (as long as it is really only a LITTLE and running is not the cause of the sweat)!
Well, never mind, I take that back, I am more of a girlie-girl than I thought! :)

But, I have found that even a girlie-girl like me can deal with a little sweat when you find your reason to run! Yes, I have actually begun running (more like a slow jog, for now) 3-4 times a week and here's why . . .

A good friend of ours, Rebecca, is a runner and when she found out about our decision to begin the adoption process and saw how much it was going to cost and she felt God calling her to do something to help. She found a 12 week Bible study called Run for God and it goes along with a 12 week couch to 5K training and in January we began the study and training at our church!  
Here is a few snapshots of the group that meets on Sunday nights for the bible study and training ...
The original plan in this bible study is that once you have completed your training the class signs up to run in a local 5K but Rebecca had the idea that we would plan, organize and have our very own Waiting for Dallas 5K and all the money raised would go towards the expenses of Dallas' adoption. 

Talk about motivation!

First, I have to say, I have been AMAZED at how God has been working to help us get all of this together. Planning a 5K is a bigger deal than I ever expected but things have truly been falling into place!
God is Good!!

Second, I owe a HUGE thank you to the 5K committee that is working behind the scenes to get everything ready! ThAnK yOu Anna(my sister), Amy, Yaritza, Adrienne, Ashley, and of course Rebecca! Y'all Rock!!

Third, I am amazed at the progress I have made. I've gone from DyInG (I wish that was an understatement) after 1 min of running to being able to complete 5 mins of running while talking at the same time! 

**Side note: Run for God has a 12 week couch to 5K app that goes along with the bible study but you can only get it if you have an iPhone since I have an android I was out of luck. Instead I found an 8 week app that I have been using and I have successfully completed weeks 1-4**

I still have not experienced the "runners high" I've heard so much about but I am proud of myself for making it this far! :)

Here I am  .... no make-up, SwEaTy, red faced, crazy hair but all that matters is that I have found my reason to run, my reason to get over the fact that sweating sucks!
I am running for Dallas!

I am running so that one day I will be able to point back and say to my baby, "Look how hard we worked to bring you home, look at how much we wanted you to be in our family, look how much we loved you before we even met you!" 

Oak Point Park
2801 E. Spring Creek Pkwy
Plano, Tx 75074
Race begins at 8am

Even a girlie-girl can give up her manis and pedis too if it means she's saving a little money that gets her one step closer to holding her baby. :)
Over the past few months I've gotten better at painting my own nails ...

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