Ever ran an official race? I did twice. I did a 5K in Marietta, GA once. Got second place in my division. There were two of us, for what it's worth, I was pushing a jogging stroller. The second race I ran was the Little Rock Half Marathon in 2014. As I trained people kept asking me, what is your pace? I had no clue what they were talking about. That is until race day. My goal was to finish and not walk! Which I did.
As the race began I was in my 'pace corral' (which I later learned was way to fast for me to keep) surrounded by people who appeared to be seasoned and prepared runners. About two miles in reality hit me like a ton of bricks...I was not going to be able to continue this pace. With each pace runner that passed me I would try to keep up, but just couldn't do it. I had exhausted myself too much on the front end.
As I was reflecting on a couple of goals today, the idea of pacing myself came to mind. April 22nd was my previous blog post...two and a half weeks behind my goal. Just as in a race you have to make sure you are keeping up or going at a speed that is sustainable, such is life and the goals we set.
Often times though. We take off at life with similar mindset as I did with my half marathon (i just want to finish and not walk). When we do this, our actions become erratic and unfocused. Pacing ourselves, requires meditation and reflection. Self examination and perspective. Lord help me. Lord lead me. I want you to be my pace leader. May I be able to keep up.
Christ Follower, Husband, Father, Student Pastor, and Lover of all things Garlic and Bacon.