Dear Heavenly Father,
I want to go for a run. Please help me to get out of this warm bed so I can go for a run. I know I’ll regret it if I don’t, but I did wake up at 5:00 to turn off the radiator, and thus did not get a good night’s sleep. Please help me to get out of bed. Please.
Okay, and now that I’m up and I know that it is not yet 30 degrees out, but it feels like it is not quite 20 degrees, please help me to be brave for the cold. I know I’ll be fine once I get going, but please help me get going. And to know that I’m not going to freeze to death.
And now that the boys are up and I have to get them breakfast before I go, I pray that I’ll still have enough time to get at least a couple of miles in before my 9:00am deadline.
I’m grateful, Father, that I made it out the door. I’m grateful for the sunshine. I’m grateful that I can turn around at any time if I want to. But please help me to have a good run. And to not have to use the restroom until I get home.
(1 mile later) I thank thee that my toes are back. I am grateful that I will get at least 2 miles in today and that it is sunny, even if it is cold. Please help me to keep feeling good. Please help me to keep feeling good.
(1 mile later) That was a great run down the hill, Father, and now I have to go back up the hill. I pray that I will be strong going up the hill, that I will remember that this will make me stronger.
I’m grateful for that strength I feel in my legs. I’m grateful for this hill. I feel great. I thank thee, Father, for this hill. I’m grateful for all the hills.
(after checking my split for the hill mile) I love this run, I love this day. I thank thee that I was able to get out of bed and go for a run today. I thank thee for the sun and the blue skies and the crisp air and the crocuses I saw coming out of the grass next to the Botanical Garden. I am grateful for all these people and these great sidewalks we have to run on.
(nearing home) I’m so grateful I went out today. I wish I could go twice as far. Please help me to remember how awesome it is to run on cold, sunny days in case I ever have to do it again.