Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Simple Pleasures

I don't always find pleasure in running.

Some days, it's hot.  Some days, my energy is depleted.  Some days, my muscles are not on board with the training plan.

But, I take immense pleasure lacing up my shoes, knowing that I am healthy enough to run, knowing that I can condition my body, even at 32 years of age, to do something I used to think would be impossible.  No matter how I feel, I can will myself to push a little bit harder, to go a little bit longer, to get a little bit closer to whatever goal I am trying to achieve.

I can look at my shoes, see my faithful companions, and visualize crossing the finish line after a very long 26.2 miles.  I remember how I endured.  I remember how I convinced myself that if I just kept putting one foot in front of the other, I would live to see the end.  I remember the magnitude of elation that filled me in that final moment.

And when I see my shoes, I see myself -- what I have become.  Because no matter if it is a physical challenge or emotional or spiritual one, I know now from what material I am made.  I know now that I can endure, that I can succeed, that I have the will and the drive to push through.

And I have a Faithful Companion with me, literally, every step of the way.  He helps me endure.  He helps me push through.  He wills me to go farther than I ever thought possible.

Project Simple Pleasures2
I'm linking up with Simple Pleasures.

Even when you have gone as far as you can, and everything hurts, and you are staring at the specter of self-doubt, you can find a bit more strength deep inside you, if you look closely enough.
Hal Higdon


  1. Such a great simple pleasure. He is our running partner! Joining you at Simple Pleasures.

  2. Jen, this is so rich with meaning, and such a great example of a perfect Simple Pleasures post. One foot in front of the other. Not everyone can run (I admire those who do), but we can, with God's help, put one foot in front of the other.

    So glad you linked up today.

  3. I like your blog and especially today's Simple Pleasure.

  4. "He wills me to go farther than I ever thought possible." So true!! I agree with you :-) blessings..Trish

  5. We grow from each one of our challenges with God's help. Thanks for the inspiration, I'm off to walk, and thankful I can!

  6. Such an encouraging post, As I am walking today, I will be remembering these words of encouragement.

  7. Great post, Jen...

    Blessings to you today~

  8. Great post.

    Thanks for sharing!
    Hope your having a blessed day!

  9. My favorite part:

    "And when I see my shoes, I see myself -- what I have become. Because no matter if it is a physical challenge or emotional or spiritual one, I know now from what material I am made."

    This is just an all around great post, and I remember feeling the way you describe. Nowadays, I feel it after a good walk, but it's still not quite as wonderful as the feeling after a run.

    Truly, a simple pleasure.

  10. What a wonderful post. Thank you for reminding us of our partner.

  11. great post that Faithful Companion that runs with you. That's just the way I feel....

  12. Jen,
    Wow! Great Simple Pleasures post today. Running with the Master - who could ask for more?


  13. Awesome! And, some days we're all doing good to just put one foot in front of the other, but that is enough. Thank goodness for our Faithful Companion that just keeps pushing us along.

    Abundant blessings to you dear! You are so inspiring!

  14. I am so proud of who you are and who you have become. The "material of which you are made" has always been there, always been the same. You've always been persistent, faithful, hard-working, loyal. You've never given up easily (if at all). You've always powered through. The difference with age? Now you're more sure of yourself and filled with much more grace. It is so beautiful to see. You are an inspirational gift, even when you're at your sweatiest!

  15. I absolutely adore this post! From the old friends you see in your well-worn running shoes, to the time spent bettering your Temple, to the strength you draw from your Faithful Companion. Congratulations - you've succeeded in inspiring me! I love the quote at the end of the post as well. It's perfect!

    Have a blessed day! Philippians 4:13


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