Happy MONDAY! TGIM! MONDAYS QUOTE OF THE DAY: "Running teaches us that we are capable of so much more than we ever imagined." PattieSue Plumer MONDAYS THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: I am writing this e-mail to you on Saturday, which is the day before my attempt at my longest run ever. I have tapered down my running and activities. I have struggled with the thoughts of self-doubt and ramped up my positivity with dreams of the finish line and how the day will go. The only thing left to do now is just wait, sit, rest, and relax. Sometimes the most productive thing you can do is relax. I will give a full running report with all the juicy details on Monday, January 30th. I will keep it simple today and leave you with this: A runner's prayer I found by Louis B. Smith, Jr.
This is my running prayer Lord. I run in praise of you. I praise you with my motion. You sustain my breath That I may sustain your praise. All creation joining in Nothing in creation is still. My world revolves as I run across it. The heavens move as I run below them. Everything moves in praise. I move as I run. I run a trail of blessings, Giving and receiving both. As I run I am blessed, With moisture in the air To cool my straining body, Plants and trees nourish my breath, That I may run further. With birdsong to cheer me on. Joining in unending praise With the supportive murmur, Of the flowing creek. With passion in my arms and legs, With burning in my chest, That I may know that I am alive, To have more to praise you for. I leave blessings in my turn. Water for plants, Breath for trees. This run may end. The prayer will not. I may slow. I shall praise you still. Your praise carries me. To the limits of my body and beyond. Hands outstretched in praise, I run and collect bounteous blessings, The rhythm of the pavement sings A percussive song of power. Not of my might. Not of my strength. But of the persistence of your spirit. A regular rhythm of irregular melody Breath in windy counterpoint Still I run. Still I praise Ever the prayer runs on. AMEN! I have also had this quote in my head for most of the week so here it is also: "I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure." Eric Liddell
From Coach Matt MONDAY AFFIRMATIONS: 1) It doesn’t matter how slowly you go, as long as you don’t stop. 2) You don't stop running when you get old, you get old when you stop running. 3) A 12-minute mile is just as far as a 6-minute mile. 4) I am strong, fast, and can endure anything. 5) I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.