Wednesday, November 12, 2014

More Light

Some girlfriends and I are doing Beth Moore's Children of the Day study of 1&2 Thessalonians. Last week in our homework, there was a study of verse 4:1 "...we urge you in the name of the Lord Jesus to live in a way that pleases God, as we have taught you. You live this way already and we encourage you to do so even more."

Beth had us look at 16 different Scripture references to the concept of more. The conclusion she drew was this: "Something is going to grow. Something will get "more" of us. Ask yourself this question: knowing the propensity of things to grow, which way do I want to go? "More and more" one direction will force its antithesis into "less and less". We get to decide which we want to feed and which we want to starve."

We get to choose which things we feed. I want to feed the things of light, not of darkness.

"God is light. There is no darkness in Him at all." (1 John 1:5)

If God is light, then I want to live a life that shines His light brightly. I want to live a life that chooses to walk in that light, not in darkness. Light shines the way in darkness. Even a pinprick of light makes a difference. A commentary I read said this: "God is pure light, not diluted or mixed in any way with evil, hatred, untruth, ignorance or hostility. God is light is not a theoretical assertion about the nature of God, but a statement that drives us to the heart of what God is like. God is pure light, and for John this statement rings with implications for the Christian life."

Light and darkness are opposites. They cannot coexist. If even the smallest light is illuminated, it pierces the darkness. Darkness cannot exist where light is present. C.S. Lewis said this "We believe that the sun is in the sky at midday in summer not because we can clearly see the sun (in fact, we cannot) but because we can see everything else."

"God is [our] everlasting light," (Isaiah 60:20)  He will not leave us. He will not walk away from us. His light is our guide. It is our truth. Choose light. Choose goodness, and patience, and peace, and kindness, and joy. Let the darkness in the world be overwhelmed by His light shining through you. Let us increase light!

If you're anything like me, having consistent reminders of Truth surround you is so helpful. I love jewelry and pictures and decorative pieces in my home that remind me of God's character. The lovely folks at (in)courage have a brand new collection called Everlasting Light. It is full of beautiful pieces of jewelry and home decor that remind us that God is our everlasting light. 

I have this fabulous necklace. I love sparkly things, and this fits the bill! It has "Isaiah 60:20" stamped on the back. The chain it comes with is a long chain, but on this day I was wearing it on a shorter chain I already owned. I love wearing it because it's a tangible reminder to me. It reminds me that I need to be shining His light. I find myself touching it throughout the day when I feel weary or want to react out of anger or impatience. It reminds me of Him.

Friday, October 31, 2014

31 Days - The End and a Prayer Request

I can't believe it's the last day of October!! This year has FLOWN by. That's probably because it's been so full of awesome things! I can't wait to write an end of year blog and really reflect on the blessings God has poured over my life this year. My cup runneth over for sure!

Thanks for putting up with me 28 times this month...yes, I missed 3 days in there - oops. One day was the day of the marathon. 2 days were last weekend when I was really cranky and just didn't feel like writing. I probably should've written, maybe I'd have been less cranky.

I'm going to take a little blog break for the week. I'll be back in 5 days to announce the winner of the WIN Detergent giveaway! Have you entered? Even if you're not washing tech fabrics - this giveaway is for TWO full sized bottles of laundry detergent! That's around 50 loads of laundry you can wash for FREE!! Enter now!

If you think of it, and you're the praying type, say a prayer for me and for the BF. He's been away since the day after the marathon doing medic training with the National Guard. He's been in class around 10 hours a day, and studying material when he's not in class. It's been stressful!!  I'm totally the cheesy proud girlfriend here, but I just think it's so darn fantastic that he has chosen to serve others like this. He is former Army Infantry, served 2 tours overseas (Iraq and Afghanistan) and then joined the Guard. He's pretty awesome.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Single Best Motivation

In my few years as a runner, I have one major piece of motivation that has never failed me:

Register for a race.

The single best thing I did after the first Urbanathlon was to sign up for the Rock n Roll DC Half Marathon. It kept me going. 

See, my real "first" race was the local Turkey Trot 5k back in 2010 that I did with my friend Diana (who, btw, has lost over 100 pounds and just ran her first half!!). We did the Jingle Bell run after that, and then it was "oh we will sign up for something again soon" -- but it never happened for me. 

So, if you're thinking about signing up for a race...DO IT. 

You might be thinking the same things I did -
"I can't run ____ miles!"
"I could never run that far!"
"What if I can't do it?"

Well guess what? 
I couldn't run 26.2 miles in the spring when I registered for my first marathon. 
I couldn't run FIVE miles when I registered for my first half marathon.
I couldn't run ONE mile when I signed up for my first 5k. 

That's what training is for. 

Find a good plan.
Start slow. 
Believe in yourself!! 

What are you waiting for?

Training Plan Resources:
Hal Higdon (I've used his plans a lot, including for my marathon)
Another Mother Runner (I'm planning on using one of their plans for my next half)
Jeff Galloway (if you're looking for a run/walk training plan)


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Weekend Things

This weekend was the first post-marathon weekend. Marathon training takes up a LOT of time, especially when you've got really long runs on a Saturday or Sunday morning! So, what did I do with my first marathon training free weekend? Did I sleep in? Lounge around?


I went to the gym!! One of my favorite classes is called WAR, and with marathon training, I haven't been doing anything but running and yoga.

I had a blast kicking and punching for an hour Saturday morning! 
(that's me on the left in the gray shirt!)


Sunday morning I didn't sleep in either. 

What does a runner do on their first marathon free weekend? Go watch other runners at a race! HA!

About 20 people from Gruver Fitness tackled the Gettysburg Blue Gray Half Marathon! It was a beautiful day, but it was WINDY! I was running around taking pictures and cheering my heart out. For most of these people, it was their first half marathon. It was SO MUCH FUN cheering for them and especially watching their faces as they crossed the finish line. What a great day!!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


Short and sweet today...
Yesterday was my race-iversary! 2 years ago, I lined up at the start of the Urbanathlon. I had know idea it would be the start of so much more! THANK YOU to Mindy and Brian for seeing something in me that I didn't see in myself. I would not have crossed the finish line of the Baltimore Marathon if I hadn't had the courage to stand at that first start line. 

P.S. Did you enter my WIN Detergent giveaway yet??? Click here!

Friday, October 24, 2014

A Smelly Situation {Giveaway!}

If you're like me, one of the challenges with working out regularly is LAUNDRY! Not only is there twice as much laundry, but it's laundry that does not smell great -- especially during marathon training in the summer!

WIN Detergent is specifically designed to remove sweat, odors, and stains from technical and moisture wicking athletic fabrics.  I have tested both the scented and unscented versions, and they work!

I love the light scent of the scented. I had been using Tide with Febreze, and the scent in that detergent is really strong. I was never sure if it was actually removing odor, or just covering it up. With WIN, I'm confident that the odor is actually being removed and not just covered up.

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Enter the giveaway below! The winner will be announced on Friday!

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(I was given 2 bottles to try as part of this giveaway - all opinions are my own!) 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thursday Thoughts

Random Thursday Thoughts...

1. ZERO WEEK: This is the week after you run a marathon where you let your body rest and repair from the 26.2 miles of pounding it just went through. I have only run 2 miles this week -- my lowest mileage week since I started running!  I did NOTHING but walk around Baltimore a little, clean, and go to work Sunday-Tuesday. Wednesday I did 2 easy miles. Today I did power yoga. Saturday I will do kickboxing. Sunday I am going to Gettysburg to cheer on some friends doing the half marathon there. It's been a nice down week. Next week, it's game on! Back to strength training and regular running! 

2. YOGA. Gosh I just really, really, really love yoga. I used to hate it. Kinda like running. Yoga was my main form of cross training during marathon training. It's not just a bunch of fantastic stretches. Yoga can be a great strength workout. Go try it!

3. SORE. I'm going to be so sore next week. I've been getting daily emails from a group at school who does CrossFit style workouts after work. Next week I will FINALLY get to join them a few times. I haven't lifted a weight since August. It's going to hurt. And I can't wait!!