I have a tattoo on my foot that says "I will run the race set before me" based on Hebrews 12:1 and also lyrics from a Misty Edwards song. I got my ink as a celebration after running my first half marathon and reminder to keep going both physically and spiritually. It also didn't hurt that tattoos in OBX are a steal in their off season and I had wanted one forever, just hadn't found the right one or right time.
Yesterday I had the opportunity to go for a run with my friend Denise. We have wanted to run together for a while, but our chances are limited to times that we are in the same state since she lives in NC and I in PA. I was thankful that we finally made it work during this visit.
Typically, I run alone. I enjoy that because I get my exercise and training in, but it's also good quiet time, too. However, it's also good for me to run with others from time to time for the comradery and also to be pushed. I am not super competitive with myself or with others, so I know that I don't always go as hard as I should on my own. I'm working on that though.
So, Denise has been training for the OBX Half Marathon which is the same one that I have run twice in the past. It's coming up next week. I had hoped to run it this year, but got debunked from my training and then lost focus and motivation. So, it had been 3 weeks since my last run. UGH. So, it was a bit humbling to go for a run with my well trained friend.
What was awesome was that Denise was willing to go at a pace that I could handle. Her training is essentially done and she just needed and wanted to put in some miles and run them with me. Though she encouraged me to keep going and motivated me; she did not expect me to run at her pace. I was thinking about it today. We are all at different places in our journeys and have different goals and callings. In life the "race and it's pace" for me is much different than it is for someone else. There are many times that cheerleading our friends in their races and running alongside them unites with our purpose.
Denise will be running HER literal race on Sunday, but she was joining me in mine in a sense as we ran together yesterday and she encouraged me through conversation and a healthy run We should not be afraid to spur each other on and encourage each other, and even slow our pace for a time in wherever our journeys our taking us while keeping sight of our own paths.