Enjoying the Build Up, Not Just the End

Living out Your Dreams

For about a year now I have been following Sara Hall and have been so totally inspired by her determination to enjoy the process before each one of her races.  She talks quite often about how she counts it a gift and a blessing to train.  Some runners have a difficult time living in the moment because they are too focused on that end goal, that race at the finish.  I feel Sara has nailed that down in her running career and it’s shining forth through her perseverance to keep pushing forward with a smile.

A good thing to think about is that that end goal could possibly only last an hour or a day.  You’ll get to the end and wonder where time has gone.  Did you make memories during the build up or did you fly through it and not remember a thing?

I don’t know about you, but on my end goal, September 25th, my first ever marathon race day, I want to be able to look back and remember all the times I stopped to enjoy life.  I will be driving two hours at 4 o’clock in the morning to warm up for a race I plan on finishing around noon.  Then it will be over.  That is not even a day of excitement.  What about the months of build up, am I enjoying each hour that goes by? What about the tasks at hand, am I being diligent at completing them with just as much enthusiasm as I will have on race day?

A couple weeks ago I heard a guy say that one of the reasons he was not on social media was because of the “fakeness” that goes on there.  He wasn’t saying he would never be on there, but in so many words he was sharing that the hypocrisy that goes on is something he wants to avoid.  For me, this really rang true because that is one of the reasons why I have avoided Instagram and Twitter, and why I have gone back and forth on Facebook and YouTube… I don’t want to be fake.  I want to be real.  I want people to see the tears and sweat poured into the journey throughout the build-up.  I want people to relate easily to what I share and I want them to know that they are not the only ones who struggle.  But no one else seems to do that.

Not many people share the journey as they are going through it.  They figure if they want to make an impact in someone else’s life that they need to be a leader – a leader who knows what to do and when to do it – someone who can help others on their journey.  I don’t know about you, but I am encouraged when people share their build-up.  It lets me know that real people can do big things.  We all start at square one, so why not share it?! 

Let’s live out our dreams, instead of living for them.  Let’s enjoy the build-up just as much as the end goal.  And in the mean time, let’s share that journey with others so that they know,

Real people can do big things!

I have enjoyed sharing this journey of starting Be Still and Run with you.  I am grateful for the many of you who joined me early on and am super excited to see where God takes us in the next year or so.  My new goal is to start being real – to get back on social and share what goes on behind the scenes.  I know it won’t be easy and it will take awhile to get back on track, I want to start letting people know that we all have a journey.  Stop sharing just the quick selfie you took at the ice-cream shop and share the difficulty you had in getting there.  Stop sharing the race photos without sharing the tears and struggles of the build-up.  (Don’t forget though to take into consideration other people’s privacy!)

Happy Running Ya’ll!  I love each and every one of you and pray you would grow stronger in your faith this week! 

We can do nothing without Christ, but we can do all things through Him!

See John 15:5 and Philippians 4:13

New Midweek Motivation!

Last week I published our first Midweek Motivation podcast, which you can check out here.  I am very excited about these as I plan on sitting down for about 10 minutes or so and just sharing my heart with you, in hopes that you will find some motivation and encouragement for the rest of your week. It will be totally real life, well almost :D.

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