Finding Your Place At The Starting Line

The Starting Line

As a mother runner there is nothing like the exhilaration that comes with lining up for a race.  The night before I set out my flat Julia (shoes, pants, bra, shirt, running belt and race bib) in my bathroom.  You see, start times come early and I don’t want to wake the Weatherman with my morning preparations.  I get into bed (earlier than normal) and pray that sleep comes easily and quickly because I’m like a school girl the night before the first day of class.  I check my alarm once and  twice.  There is no way I am oversleeping on race day.  When morning comes, I dress quickly, eat my peanut butter toast and hop in my car to head to the starting line.

For the non runner you might envision me making my way to the front of the starting line, jostling with other runners for position.  But that’s not really how it works.  Most runners, serious and otherwise, know what their pace is.  We know how fast or slow we can run a mile, or two, or ten.  My pace, when I am in good great form, is about 11 at it’s best.  And, that puts me more toward the middle of the pack.  There’s no jostling for room in the middle and frankly, I’m happy to be there.  It’s important to know when racing what you can sustain.

I don’t want anyone to feel as though they have to drag my butt across the finish line.

But, let’s not get ahead of ourselves.  There’s a whole lot of work to be done before we start talking about pace.

Registration

The month of January is coming to a close and I’m wondering where you are with those things you meant to start or change this year?  In running, once you’ve decided which of the many races you want to run the next step is to register for it.  Registering is one of those first signs of commitment, not only are you telling the organizers that you plan to run this race you also pay them for the privilege of doing so.  Having a financial investment or ‘skin in the game’ makes it a little harder to back out of the commitment of the race.

Having a financial investment in our goals makes it that much more difficult to walk away from them. What do you need start today? #StartingLine Click To Tweet

What about you?  I told you at the beginning of the month that I was committed to help you become the mother God created you to be.  So, here I am.  What was that thing you were going to sign up for?  The lesson you were going to take or that doctor you were going to see.  Have you registered for the class or lesson?  How about that doctor appointment, did you make it?

Training

Now what?  You’ve got this big audacious goal but there is a lot of distance between where you are now and the finish line.  That’s okay.  You don’t need to be able to cover the distance now, but you do have to make plans.  Momma, you need to figure out what it will take to get you from here to there and what you are willing and able to do to accomplish this task.  You need to have a training plan; something that will enhance your endurance, and balance your ability to cover the distance at the right pace.

Training plans are NOT one size fits all.  I have friends that can run 9 minute miles up hills coated in ice – when it comes to both of us running the same race I can guarantee our training plans will not look the same. We are starting at different points with differing abilities.  A slow run for my friend will still be faster than my “race pace”.

Race Day

The funny thing about running a race is that no matter our skill or ability we all share the simple task of just showing up.  You can register and plan and train all you want but if you never find your place at the starting line you’ll most certainly never experience the joy of crossing the finish line.

Sometimes the most important thing we can do for ourselves is just show up in our own lives. What do you need to show up for? #MotherhoodMatters Click To Tweet

Momma, why not take your first step closer to that starting line today?  I promise you, you’re not alone in this.  I want to encourage you to remember that Jesus is in everything – even this hard thing that you’ve been trying or meaning to do.

It is easy to get distracted and discouraged in this life.  But, there is a solution that can help you maintain your focus and that is remembering to keep your eyes on Jesus.  When you constantly look for Jesus you will get glimpses of God and in doing so you will also become more able to see who you really are.  Not only will you have greater focus, you will also be transformed by his life giving power.

 Resources

In the spirit of keeping with the running theme I wanted to share some great resources for you aspiring or current #MotherRunners,

The first ladies of Another Mother Runner have written several amazing books and have an excellent podcast.  Whether you are a new or experienced runner this amazing group of women offering excellent resources and camaraderie.  They also sell some pretty fun gear.

Another great running resource for those women local to the Lansing, Michigan and surrounding area is the Team Playmakers Women’s Training Team.  Led by Coach Debbie with the assistance of many other amazing coaches this women’s running team has been a lifesaver for me and I am currently a member.  You can learn more about Team P here.

Be there,

Julia

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