I didn’t want to run today because it was stinking hot, but I did because I want this to become my norm. Not because I need running to be my norm, but because I felt a need to have quiet, His quiet, and to pray.
3 things I prayed for on my run today:
For my friend’s son David to find a couple of good friends.
For my sister Kim’s upcoming marriage to be for His glory and that alone!
To submit my fear and impatience to Him.
IFree you would like me to pray for you on my next run, leave a comment here or on Instagram (@jacobjcoon). I’d love to be praying for you!
So, I’m trying something new. I tend to try new things a lot, and then I let them slide, but I am really hoping to do this on a regular basis. The idea was inspired by my good friend who would post a picture of something from his run, which mostly ended up being his sweaty face in a post-run selfie, and then posted what he thought about while running. I tend to listen to music while running, but instead what I decided to try is to take a picture while running, who knows what of, and then post on Instagram and maybe here too, but I was praying about while running.
The goal isn’t for me to boast about my prayer life, because there are far more things in my life worthy of boasting about before my prayer life, but rather it is for people to see that they are being prayed for and to keep me accountable to myself to pray while I run. What else do I have to do?
So, my goal is to pray and then post about three things while I run. Most likely it will be the first half of my run, because the second half is typically only one prayer…”please God, let me keep breathing.”
So here was yesterday’s run and prayers. I hope you enjoy these! I may not post them on the blog every time (unless you all really like them), but you can always find them on my Instagram (@jacobjcoon).
3 things I prayed for on today’s run:
1. For my two brand new nieces
2. Joshua’s Eagle Scout project
3. For me to know Him better and for Him to grow in my life.
Since starting to run a few years ago I have been a part of a bunch of 5ks, 10ks, a few half-marathons and even one marathon. There were some great races and then there were some not so great races for me personally as a runner and for the organiztaion of the race itself. My personal philosophy is that the races should serve the newbie runners more than the veteran runners. Before you stop reading, please let me give you my 5 reasons why and then you can feel free to comment below tell me why you agree or disagree. Here is what every race should have:
1. A unique t-shirt
This shirt should be an optional add-on so people who have become inundated with t-shirts from their plethora of runs don’t have to get one.
The shirt should be something people would actually want to wear (crazy thought I know) which means nothing innapropriate and with a cool design and offered in sizes that the runners wear (I’m a XXL and don’t always get a shirt that fits).
Most local businneses would have no issue giving people a discount so ask them and you shall receive – especially if it is fitness related because that stuff ain’t cheap! New runners won’t have a lot of stuff but would be discounted items for dure!
Again most local busineses will be willing to give a gift card or item from their store for your race. What’s better than running a race, finishing dead last (even if it is your personal best) and then winning a prize just for coming out and participating. What a way to encourage a new or old runner to keep going.
4. Race bib/medals
People collect stuff and want to show off their accomplishments. For shorter runs bibs are great for people to keep and for longer runs (over 5 miles) a medal is a great addition and could be offered as an additional purchase if need be.
5. Party at the end
Let’s celebrate! I mean, who doesn’t like a party? Why not let everyone bask in their accomplishment by allowing themselves to have some fun right after they worked their butt off. Throw some food into the equation and just about everyone will be happy!
Here is my experience with some of the above. I love to show off my running experience by wearing the race t-shirts, but due to my size or the fact that the shirt is ugly I don’t wear half of my shirts. Some of the best I have received was the Cherry blossom 10-miler and the 12/12/12k that I ran just this past Wednesday at the wee hours of the morning (12:12 to be exact). I also love getting the medals because that is something that I can keep and show to my theoretical kids someday in the future.
The real reason I wrote this blog today was I was a little frustrated with the run I did this past Wednesday. I just mentioned that I loved the t-shirt, but now I am going to talk about their inability to allow people the true experience of celebrating their accomplishment. At the end of the 12k (7.4ish miles) we ran under an inflatable archway (which was nice), then were handed a popsicle stick with a number on and were told to turn it in. Once we did that, there was nothing else going on. It was time to go home. For me, it was slightly disappointing, mostly because I have ran long races before, but I ran with a girl who had never done a long race before. If I was her, I would have been pretty disappointed that that was all their was to my “celebration.” My favorite celebration is done every year for the Ohio Michigan 8k and involves a concert, food and beer. It’s pretty nice and everyone seems to enjoy themselves. That is a way to end a race! It doesn’t have to be that extravagant though, but there should be something.
As some of you might now, my mom and I are training to run our second half-marathon in 4.5 months. We ran her first and my second-ever half-marathon this past January in Charleston and we signed up to do the Glass City Half-marathon in Toledo at the end of April.
Our training involves three morning (as early as 5:30, gross!) runs every week. This means that in addition to seeing each other other times throughout the week we are almost guaranteed to hang out with each other for at least 3 hours a week, just the two of us. Now, I’m not saying that all of the time is “quality” time since we can’t always carry on a conversation while running, but to me all of it is quality.
While we were running today I was thinking about how blessed by God I have been to be able to do this with my mom. You see, as of five years ago, I wouldn’t have been able to run 1.31 miles let alone 13.1. As of last year, my mom hadn’t run more than 5 miles in her life and some weeks that is our shortest distance. Had God not allowed me to lose weight or had He not put the idea of running a half-marathon into my mom’s head we wouldn’t be doing this. We would not see each other multiple times a week and be able to truly enjoy interim time before I go to Germany for at least four years. I am so thankful that God has given me this time with my mom and I will never forget this time.
Beyond the fact that I never imagined my mom and I running together I cherish this time, because I get to train her. My whole life my mom has been my biggest supporter. She has cheered me on in sports when I was incredibly mediocre, come to my side when I was in the hospital, taught me how to treat every person with love and supported me even when I was destroying myself with food. Now I get to be her strength, I get to cheer her on, I get the opportunity to run by her side reminding her achieve her goal. I would not trade that for anything.
Thank you God for giving me an amazing mom and for allowing me this opportunity to be her support.