So they called out "Go!" And I went. And I almost tripped over the walkers a few rows ahead of me. And I went again. I was judging speed by my Nike Speedband and my stop watch. After about 1/2 a mile, I figured was running just under an 8 minute mile pace and breathed a sigh of relief that I would not be embarrassed as long as my knee held up.
Then I hit the 1 mile marker. I looked at my Speedband, and it read .86 miles, just as they told me my time at the 1 mile mark was 6:56! The knee was feeling good, and I had a second wind to run, so I kept going. My legs wanted to quit because they hadn't worked like this for a while, but my breathing was calm and comfortable (at least considering I was running). I hit the 2 mile marker at 14:10, meaning 7:14 for the second mile - I'm used to slowing down on the second mile, and this was less than normal, so I kept running. I'm not sure what my time was at mile 3, but my finished time was 22:25, meaning around a 7:30 pace for the third mile and little bit. Without thinking I could, I got a new personal best 5k time.
What is the point? Well, I could have written off the race. I could have walked when my legs got tired. I could have given up and not even run today. But I chose to run (Mostly because I didn't want to 'waste' the entry fee).
As a Christian, I have a race before me. Sometimes, I don't feel like running. Sometimes, I want to walk and take the easy way out. But God wants me to run my race. I don't have to worry about the results. I don't have to worry about embarrassing myself. I just have to run. I hope we can each run our race that God has set before us in the coming week. Won't you join me?
"Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God."