Running the Race! Part 3

This is Part 3 in a series, “Running the Race”, for Part 1, go here, for Part 2, go here. So far, we have learned to PREPARE and PLAN, now we just need to EXECUTE!

Execute – Change can disruptive. Many of us avoid change because we are scared, complacent or unmotivated. Change indicates that we need to do something new, something hard which requires work. We can be resistant to change and when we are, it can hurt us; mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually.

This would be a good time to write down every excuse you may have when it comes to why you cannot run and how you will overcome them? Like what if I am too tired? Go to bed earlier (and run anyways)! What if I have to work overtime? Run before you go to work or at lunch (even if it’s a shorter run, that would be better than nothing)! What if my nights are booked? You will have to schedule your running for a specific time (get your planner out and write it in)! You can even schedule reminders on the Runkeeper app! Let’s get to executing:

1. Write a clear vision for your goals
(I will run a 5K on April 15th by executing my Runkeeper plan of running 5 times a week for 13 weeks).

2. Understand what it will take to achieve the goals (I will walk/run for 20 minutes a day for the first two weeks of my plan so I need to allot 40 minutes each time I run to get dressed, walk/run and cool down. I will eat healthy and drink 80 oz. of water each day. I will go to bed on time so I am well rested to run. I will walk at the mall in inclement weather. Write down subsequent goals with increasing run times leading up to your race.

3. Make a list of your goals and excuses (with your ways to overcome) and post them in a visible place, like your bathroom or closet door. Review these regularly.
4. Determine what running will cost you and the benefits (i.e. it will cost you some money and time but will give you energy, health and vitality). Share these written goals, excuses and costs with your friend(s) and accountability partner(s).

5. Determine what will happen if you do not achieve your goals
 — possibly get sick, gain weight, lose strength, failure to keep your body healthy, failure to grow mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically, failure to set a goal and achieve it, failure to yourself and the Lord, etc.

6. Review your progress and results and share as you go
 this will be easy with Runkeeper, also review your written goals and see if you are on track – if you fall behind, that’s okay — confess and repent right now and start over tomorrow with getting back on track! Purpose yourself to meet with your friend/accountability partner on a regular basis to ensure you are following through (you can pray together, visit on goals and touch base through phone calls, texts, on FB, Instagram and more)!

Now, just do it! That sounds familiar, right? If you have taken the time to prepare, plan and execute your running goals, you will more than likely achieve them! Imagine thirteen weeks from now, you are running a 5K and you complete it! You have put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into bettering yourself in body, spirit and soul! You have a measurable result that you can use in the future by looking back at your past to inspire you to do it all over again!

Remember what Paul said to Timothy: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith”. 2 Timothy 4:7  With the Lord on your side, helping you to get better and stronger (reading His Holy Scriptures, praying, running the race, becoming healthier and achieving goals), there is nothing that can hinder you from becoming all He wants you to be! Let me know what you think about running or any other exercise! Share a comment below and don’t forget to subscribe to our blog! God bless you and keep you!

Sources: Healthy EatingCityToTheSea, Runkeeper, TrainingMag,

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