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About the Fitness Freak

Ever since I was about 10 or 11 I’ve loved being active.  Of course, I’ve been active my whole life. But it wasn’t till then that I actually found things like running and cycling to be fun!  My love for both sports grew over the last few years and I can now say that I have been running for 2 years.  Running has been a way of drawing me closer to God, as I run through His creation in awe of what He has so wonderfully designed.  I am amazed and eternally grateful for the strong body He has given me, and if it is ever taken away, I will still praise Him for giving me breath.

My Running Career:

The Pale Faced Fitness Freak

My running career started when I was 14 going on 15.  Before I started running, I would only run a mile or a mile and a quarter.  It was fun for a mile, and then it wasn’t fun anymore, because my lungs felt like they were going to burst.  But I declared to my mom that I was going to run 5 miles on my birthday.  For some odd reason, I got that notion in my head, and for a while I forgot about it.  I forgot about it until my big brother mentioned that someone had invited us to participate in a 5k race with them.  My first thought was, “YAY! This will be wonderful.”  My second thought was, “Wait?  How long is 5k?”

That’s how it all began.  I went from being an relatively active child, who didn’t do much formal exercise, to determinedly training for a 5k that July 4th.  Our training officially began on June 1st, 2008.  I was excited.  We set out the door.  I set my mind to run 3.1 miles without stopping.  It didn’t matter how slow or how “fast” I ran it.  The only thing that mattered was the fact that I finished.  I recall running up the first big hill in our dusty country neighborhood and wondering if I would make it up without collapsing onto the ground.  I prayed, “God, please help me.  Keep me humble and please help me survive this first run.”

Every run after that was a new accomplishment, a new hill that had been surmounted.  I was excited to see the progress.  Both my big 16 year old brother and I were conquering and accomplishing new milestones together.  July 4th rolled around and we were ready and excited.  Daniel and I lined up with about 300-400 other participants.  There were the blazing fast first runners.  There were the middle of the pack recreational runners.  And then there were the slow ones.  You’ll have to guess which ones we were.  I started at the back and moved up quickly.  I decided to just give this race all I had and be happy with whatever results I got.  I really didn’t have a time goal.  I just wanted to cross the finish line beaming.

Well that was the beginning.  I finished my first 5k in 27:51.  I was happy and my brother crossed the finish line about 3 minutes before me at about 24:36, him being the competitive one.  We both were happy and excited to reach new heights in our running career.  Since we started that day on June 1st, we have completed 4 5ks, 1 7.5 miler, 1 9 miler, and 1 25k together.

I love many other things besides running.  I love reading, most of all God’s Word, writing, cooking, cleaning, learning, cycling, playing volleyball (I’m not very good at it :), and being with my family.

Cycling:

Cycling is a whole other different story.  After I had been running for a while I experienced what many runners experience at one point in their running career.  That is called BURNOUT.  I was burned out.  I was kind of tired of doing the same old thing.  I decided to mix it up a little bit.  As of February 2010, my younger sister and I are in training for our first Century Bike Ride.  Don’t call us crazy.


I’ve always been more of a natural cyclist than a runner.  I’m short and not exactly what you would call “skinny.”  I love cycling down a long hill after just having crested the top of it.  Feeling the breeze on your sweaty neck, zooming down at 25 mph, and soaking in all of God’s beautiful handiwork around me, is definitely worth the hard work!

So far my sister and I, along with my brother, have completed a 30, 40, and 50 mile long ride.  We hope to get up to 80 miles for our longest ride before tapering for our century which will be sometime in August.  I’m looking forward to it.  Meanwhile I’m mixing up the training with some running, core, sports, and maybe some swimming!  It’s going to be a fun summer!
Eating and Appreciating God’s Gifts

Many runners struggle with eating disorders, i.e. anorexia, bulimia, etc…”  I never really struggled with any of these while running, although my eating was off for the first year or so of running.  I believe that we are to and should appreciate all of the yummy food God gives us.  Many times, American’s go the way of worshiping food.  They are utterly obsessed with food, drawn to it, can’t get away from it.  Their lives are about food.  Or they go the way of worshiping the body. The body becomes more than a temple of the Lord.  It is an idol.  They want a beautiful body, six-pack abs, and the ability to overcome anything by themselves.  When I keep in mind that I am a creation of the Lord, beautifully and wonderfully designed, and that every good gift comes from Him, I am more thankful and grateful for the body and the food that He has gifted me with!  Praise Him!

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