I would quickly become discouraged. But I am, so I will continue plugging away! Or should I say running away?
I started out trying to follow the Couch to 5K plan. As it turns out, there are many walk-to-run programs that offer more of an ease-in-to-running plan, which seems more suitable with my knee issues. I realized early on that my progress would be slower than most — but as long as I’m making progress, I’m encouraged.
Although my running time hasn’t increased as much as I’d like it to, my actual run feels better – less awkward – and that’s an awesome feeling! My running friend at church told me the Elliptical machine would help build endurance and I think she’s right (thanks Val!) I’m now a big fan of the Ellip machine. When asked how long I should use it, the trainer said to see how far I could go. I went 50 minutes and loved every minute of it (OK, maybe not the first 10 – but then Crowder’s song “Make a Joyful Noise” came on and that was the catalyst for the final 30.)
The thoughts shared above kept flooding my mind while running this morning. I couldn’t help but consider how much my slow, but methodical, improvements reminded me of my spiritual walk as well.
I’m thankful that my journey with the Lord is more like a marathon and less like a sprint. Sure, there have been times when God has provided great spurts of spiritual energy to grow leaps and bounds in Him through His Word, but there are also times when the growth is slower, and more methodical. And that’s okay too. It’s all a part of the training — and whether that training pertains to our spiritual growth or to our physical/mental growth, the key word is perseverance.