This is part 2 in “Running the Race” series. You can read Part 1 here. So, once you “PREPARE” for running your race. Step 2 is to “PLAN”!
Plan – after all our mental, emotional and physical preparation we need a running plan! It’s been said when ‘you fail to plan, you plan to fail’. In order to succeed we need a plan! Pray about this.
What is God showing you through His Word (see the Scriptures from Part 1)?
What is God wanting you to do differently?
What is God wanting you to take on?
These are all good questions that need prayer and discernment. How will we run, with whom will we run and in what different ways will we run?
1. How will you run? We can run a race, but we better plan it out! Have you ever tried to run a 5K and not been in shape? If so, it is not a pretty sight. You may be energized for the run at first, but then by the 2nd mile you may be huffing and puffing and seriously questioning yourself on why you ever decided to do this? Hopefully, you finish before you pass out! There are many plans out there that you can use.
I recommend an app called “Runkeeper“. Runkeeper is a great app for Android or Apple. You can track workouts, set goals, create a running plan, stay motivated and see your progress with reminders, audio cues and friends (they help you do all of this for free)! They also offer routes, challenges, workout comparisons, prescribed workouts, a personal goal coach and Spotify. Some of these are part of a paid monthly membership. I love this app! One review says: “This puppy uses your phone’s GPS to help you track the pace, workout distance, time, cadence, and elevation of your bikes, hikes, and runs – and it’s got built in training plans to boot.” – Men’s Journal
2. With whom will you run? So once you have an app, get a friend or two to work with you on running. By inviting a friend, it gets the you two connected, gives you motivation to stay the course and of course, you can hold each other accountable. Ecclesiastes 4:12 says, ‘And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threestrand cord is not quickly broken’ (two is you and your friend, your third cord is the Lord!).
3. In what ways will you run? You need to have several options here as the weather can be
uncooperative and difficult at times. So maybe the majority of the time you run in your neighborhood – but what if it’s raining or snowing or there is a heatwave? Have a back up location – a covered track, a gym or a mall (some open early so you may be able to jog there) or a home tread climber. Even running in place in your own home is an option!
Create Your Plan now! Once you have these plans in place, it will be easier to execute them. You can read Part 3 here.