As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. – (James 5:11, NIV)
These past many months have been all about perseverance. In late April, I sustained a compression fracture in my low back during a Tactical Strength Competition in the first event of three. I did not realize that the pop I felt during my deadlift was so serious, so I completed the competition.
When I went to the doctor on that Monday, I was sent for x-rays immediately. Low and behold, I had broken a bit of my back. Lovely! Not exactly something that fits in my lifestyle, nor my training plan. There was a half-marathon in June, and then Ragnar (a 12-person, 200-mile relay) in July, that I needed to be healthy and strong to participate.
Fast-forward to June, and I became the proud owner of a pricey souvenir t-shirt for a race I was not yet ready to run. Though I have been on a modified training regime since my injury occurred, I simply was not yet ready to run 13.1 miles at once. Allowing that race to go, was my ticket to run Ragnar, and the July race was far more important to me.
Here I am, the day prior to Ragnar, and I am cleared by doctors to run the distance! I ran my first full long run on Monday, and felt good. I was able to complete the mileage equivalent to my longest leg, so I should be good to go. Nerves are certainly present, as is some soreness, but I trust that He will continue to carry me to the finish. Please feel free to pray for safety and health for all of the Ragnar runners as you feel inspired. It is a wonderful, crazy, adventure that I am so grateful to be a part of for the third year in a row!
Thousands of runners,
Load up in their vans;
The best that we can.
Through heat and the rain,
Through the dark of night;
The runners keep on,
With vests and headlights.
When the sun blazes,
Dear friends, we’ll still run;
’til there is a break,
Van 2 to van 1.
But alas, that rest,
Is very short-lived;
Perhaps for a nap,
Then more grit to give.
Despite the struggle,
Always at the end;
With medals and joy,
“Let’s do this again!”
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your faithfulness and goodness. Thank You for healthy bodies that can run. Thank You for healing and wholeness and restoration. Forgive us for our frustrations with what we can’t do, and help us celebrate and appreciate what we can do. Teach us to be grateful for everything, as every step, every breath, is a gift. Show us how to honor You with all that we do, and help us to love others well in the process. May many be drawn into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we honor You in all that we do. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
Answer me, O Lord, out of the goodness of Your love; in Your great mercy turn to me. – Psalm 69:16
You go, girl! You a are such an inspiration!!
What an inspiration you are, even to this 69-year-old man who had to stop running because of bad knees and is not limited to walking for exercise. I will be praying for you and the others.
Please post about how you did in the run. :>)