Run the Bluegrass Half Marathon Training: Week 2

Did you notice the difference in that title? That’s right! I’ve decided that my half marathon for the Catholic Women Run challenge will be Run the Bluegrass in March, right here in Lexington, KY. I also already know that I’ll be doing the Horse Capital Marathon in May. But we’ll ignore that for now. 😉

This post is also quite a few days late. I want to post my week every Sunday. But this weekend was crazy. Just like this week has been. And last week. Somehow, the holiday season is always like that, even if I don’t even go all out.

But anyway, here was my week. At least as much as I can remember.

Monday: This time I went to Pilates at the Y, rather than yoga. Part of that was because it’s earlier, and I actually needed to get to work at a certain time. The other reason because I just wanted to try the new class out.

But…I honestly don’t remember how it was now. Except for the fact that I realized how much I slouch throughout the day after we had to stand in pilates pose for a while. I really need to work on my posture!

Tuesday: Group run! I’m starting a local group of the Catholic Women Run challenge for women at my parish. Last week no one came but myself. This week, two people came! Double the amount!

Distance – 3.15 miles; Duration – 39:36; Average Pace – 12:35; Splits – 14:37, 12:54, 13:29, 11:26; Weather – cold (but I forgot to write down the exact temperature). CD: 4. How I felt – Besides cold, great! Prayer takeaway: God knows what I need more than I do. I was super stressed and anxious about work, and really hoped no one would show up for this run so I could just run by myself. But running with people really helped me to get my mind off everything. Probably more so than if I had run by myself and still been thinking about what was stressing me out.

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I forgot that group runs tend to be slower. Plus it was dark. And it was very cold. I didn’t really start warming up until the first mile and a half. And that was WITH about three layers, gloves, and a hat. Since I’m doing this every Tuesday, I’ll just need to remember that Tuesday will be my easy run day. Then I’ll push myself harder on Thursdays.

Wednesday: I did some sort of strength routine. Don’t remember off the top of my head what it was, though. Oops.

Thursday: Another run! This one on the treadmill so I could push myself. Although the stats suggest that I didn’t really push myself. Hmmm….

Distance – 3 miles; Duration – 31:07; Average Pace – 10:20; Splits – unfortunately can’t figure this out for the treadmill; Weather – N/A. CD: 6. Prayer takeaway: I don’t remember, since I didn’t jot anything down. JEEZ, I need to work on keeping track of things!

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This isn’t a picture of my run. But it is a picture of my post-run stretch!

I used this 3 mile treadmill speed workout that I found on Pinterest. I had my warm-up pace be 5.5, and my recovery pace be 5, though. I also only started at 6, then worked my way up to 6.6. I think next time I should just follow the blogger’s exact times. That probably would challenge me, without being too difficult.

Friday: A glorious rest day! Which actually was sort of rough, since I found this new Runner’s World My Run Plan that might be able to help me with my running. And all I wanted to do after I downloaded it was go run.

Saturday: Finally got to input something into my new Run Plan app. But, alas, not a run. I found my workout on Pinterest again. This time it was a 20 minute stairmaster workout.

I was going to add a 10 minute core workout to it, but I felt really dizzy and nauseous after this routine. I didn’t sleep well because of some pain in what I think was my ovaries…it was on the lower right side of my abdomen, below my belly button. So it was either my ovaries or my appendix. And if it had been appendicitis, I would have known. So I think it was either a cyst that burst…or this is something I can expect moving forward around cycle day 8. Good thing I’m starting to track it so I can keep an eye on it.

Sunday: A run that I could input into my Runner’s World plan! It was pretty rough since it was cold and rainy outside. I was pretty disappointed with my time.

Distance – 5 miles; Duration – 54:02; Average Pace – 10:48; Splits – 10:47, 10:25, 10:51, 11:03, 11:06; Weather – rainy, but no exact temperature for you. CD: 9. Prayer takeaway: The theme this run seemed to be living in the present moment. Both of the podcasts I listened to (Another Mother Runner and The Crunch) used that phrase. Plus the Gospel passage at Mass today that caught my attention was making the way straight to the Lord. I can do all the planning in the world, but the most virtuous thing I can do is actually have faith in God to form my path. Jesus, I trust in you.

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The first 3 or so miles were fine. Either because I’m used to that mileage, or because it wasn’t raining as hard, I’m not sure. But by the last mile or two, I felt soaked. And I was ready to be done with the run. My split times clearly indicate this fatigue.

And, of course, in the last quarter of a mile, I stepped into a big enough puddle that my left shoe and sock was soaked through. I guess I should be happy it was at the end of the run and not the beginning.

Off topic but…about three people have reached out to me about being a Beachbody coach. This is probably silly, but I actually am torn about whether or not to do it. On the one hand, I totally want to help people achieve their health and fitness goals, as well as deepen their faith. And it would be great to earn some extra money while doing that.

On the other hand, I don’t want to have to be pushing a product, even if it is something I love. Not that I even know if I love Beachbody products or not. I haven’t tried them yet. I’m willing to try them, but I don’t want to if I would just be pressured to become a coach. And actually, I really don’t want to pay for products if I’m doing just fine without them.

I’m thinking about just being a coach myself. Running. Or strength. Or both. But I do like the idea of having a team to work with if I do it through Beachbody. I need accountability and support to reach my goals. I know this about myself. Is there anything like that out there for people who are just coaches?

Any thoughts appreciated! Either on my workouts or on the coach idea. 🙂

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Advent 2017 Half Marathon Training: Week 1

I’ll be posting my workouts and runs for the week during my half marathon training. I haven’t even picked a half marathon to do at the end of the 12 weeks yet. I should probably get on that! But for now, I’ll just name these posts Advent 2017. 😛

Monday: I always start off the week with yoga, since Mondays are just a struggle for me in general. I live really close to a YMCA, so instead of doing a video at home, I decided to go to a class there.

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I could definitely tell I haven’t exercised regularly in at least a month. My muscles were super tight and shakier than I’m used to. I couldn’t put my heels all the way down during my downward dog until the end of the class. And the downward dog was less of a resting pose than it normally is for me. Overall, though, it was good to be back on the mat, and back in the training mindset in general.

Also, the class was perfect when it came to my faith. Although I don’t quite understand the “no yoga” stance that a lot of Catholics are taking now, I can understand why going to a class with a heavy emphasis on the spiritual aspects of another religion would be undesirable. The teacher for this yoga class didn’t do ANY sort of spiritual stuff, though. It was all about the stretches – which is what I do yoga for anyway.

Tuesday: First run of my training! Also first one since Thanksgiving Day. And the Thanksgiving Day run was the first run since – pretty soon after the Bourbon Chase. Which was in October. So, clearly, I’ll need to work back up to my best running ability.

I went to my parish to see if anyone would show up for the group run I’m trying to start every Tuesday night for Catholic Women Run. I was all prepared – headlamp, reflective vest, warm clothes, Bible. But no on showed up. I’m expecting some this week, but no dice this time. So instead of running outside in the cold and dark by myself, I went to the gym and ran on the treadmill.

Here are the stats for that (and my lame picture for it). These stats are what everyone else seems to keep track of. Anything else I should note for every run?

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Distance – 3 miles; Duration – 33:15; Average Pace – 11:00; Splits – No idea; Weather – N/A. I’m also going to keep track of the day of my cycle, since I track that anyway. I imagine it will affect my runs, so I think it would be good to know how. I was on cycle day 25 for this run. How I felt – Eh. First run in a while. So I couldn’t go as fast as I would have when I was training for the Bourbon Chase.

Prayer takeaway – There was a male trainer talking a young girl through a workout on the rowing machine right next to me. I started thinking that, of all the names I use to name God, one I’ve never used before is trainer or coach. But God was there for me during the run in the same way that trainer was there to coach the young girl. Encouraging me, pushing me when I was being too complacent, correcting me. I’ll be listening to what the greatest coach of all is saying to me for the rest of this Advent season.

Wednesday: Strength day! Here’s what I did (3 sets of 10):

  • Squats
  • Single arm press (on both sides)
  • Burpees + press
  • Plank twists
  • Leg lifts + crunch
  • Deadlifts

I felt pretty good and strong when I finished the circuits…and then I could barely sit down the next day. My hamstrings and lower back were SO SORE. But, again, that’s what I get for taking such a long sabbatical from a regular workout routine. I only have myself to blame!

Thursday: Second run day! Still didn’t feel like running outside in the cold, so I went to the Y to run on the treadmill again. I did my normal 4:1 run/walk instead of looking for an interval on Pinterest.

This is about when I decided to be more serious about my running. So I actually have a better picture for y’all! Still not of me running…but hey, it’s better than just a picture of the treadmill!

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Distance – 3 miles; Duration – 31:41; Average Pace – 10:20; Splits – No idea; Weather – N/A. Cycle day – 27. How I felt – Better! Which is reflected in the faster average pace. But still not as strong as I’m used to. Prayer takeaway – Consistency is key, in fitness AND in faith.

Friday: Rest day! Which I really needed, since the second day soreness from the strength day was in full swing. I foam rolled instead. Which was both painful and heavenly. Like most foam rolling sessions are.

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Here’s the picture I made Adam take of my. My question is how popular runners take such perfect foam rolling photos for Instagram?! Because this is very much not Instagram-worthy. And yet I still posted it…

Saturday: Cross training day! So I did the stairmaster for 30 minutes. I used this workout that I found on Pinterest.

The stairmaster is one of my new favorite ways to get my heart rate up (besides running, of course). I started using it after my hike to the top of El Capitan this summer when I realized how dreadfully unprepared I was for hiking high elevations. My boyfriend and his two friends seemed to have no trouble at all going up…and up…and up…and I was dying. I mean, I got to the top and back down even though there were times when I didn’t think I could. And it took like 10 hours. But I was embarrassed by how out of shape I was compared to the guys. So, being my competitive self, I decided to create a half marathon/14er training plan for myself. (If you don’t know, like I didn’t, 14er means a 14,000 elevation hike.) The plan included a lot more hiking and stairmaster workouts than I had ever done before, as well as my normal running.

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In the few months since I’ve added the stairmaster into my routine, I’ve seen my running performance improve as well. I was very worried about the hills in the Bourbon Chase, which I mentioned in this post. My second leg of the race was one that people warned me was particularly brutal because of the hills. But then…I was totally fine. I attributed it to my stronger leg muscles. And those stronger leg muscles also made me faster on some of my runs. So now I’m hooked!

Also. my back muscles are looking very undefined in this picture. Clearly I need to add some moves for my back this week on my strength training day.

Sunday: Last run of the week! And the long one. Long meaning 4 miles at this point in training. So not too bad.

I was impressed that I did this one outside. I had to wear a sleeveless shirt with one of my long-sleeved shirts and one of Adam’s long-sleeved shirts, plus gloves and a hat, but it really wasn’t as bad as I was expecting! Maybe I can be a cold weather outdoor runner!

Since I’m trying to improve my times, I decided to spend the first mile of this run just running, so I can see how fast I am without the run/walk method. Pretty happy with the result. Although still unsure what my run/walk method should be based on that. I’ve only found a suggestion for 9 min/mile and 10 min/mile. Since I’m somewhere in between, I’m going to try 2 min/30 sec this week during my runs. Not sure if that will get me under 2 hours for my half, though. So I might need to try another timing. This will be an experiment!

Distance – 4 miles; Duration – 41:43; Average Pace – 10:25; Splits – 9:45, 10:42, 10:53, 10:19; Weather – 38 degrees. Cycle day – 2 (ugh). How I felt – A little off at the beginning of the run. Adam and I went to a game night at a friend’s last night and I may have had a bit too much to drink. I wasn’t sick or anything, but I did feel a little weird. The run helped (especially being out in the cold), but I still feel a little weird even writing this a few hours later. Also, we didn’t get home until around 1AM. Even though we slept in and I got a full 8 hours of sleep, my body may have just been thrown off. Still worried that I’m not fast enough to run a half marathon under 2 hours. But it is only the 3rd run of the training. And I wasn’t even on my A game. So maybe it will get better.

Prayer takeaway – Honestly didn’t think about much except how cold it was, how fast I was, and whether or not I could take a running selfie. Ha. But it is Sunday! So here’s what my Mass takeaway was, at least. The podcast I was listening to on this Sunday run, as well as the homily, had to do with evangelizing. Namely, that any interaction we Catholics have – whether in real life or over social media – reflects our faith and, more importantly, Jesus Christ himself. As my priest said, we may be the only Gospel some of the people in our lives will ever know. So every time I see someone, or talk to someone, or even if someone sees me or talks to me, I need to remember Who I am representing in their eyes.

I took multiple pictures of this run. Testing out the running selfie, the selfie with the phone propped against something, and the active picture of me running past the phone. There were some good ones, actually! Hopefully I get better at this as I go. 😛

How were your workouts this week? What theme(s) kept coming up in terms of your faith? What’s your favorite form of cross training? What run statistics do you keep track of? I’d love to hear your answers, so leave me a comment!

Year of Running 2017

Since I’m trying to get more serious about running, I’ve started looking for other female runners to follow on Instagram and Facebook. I noticed that there’s this thing going around where you can join a link up about your running in 2017. It looked like fun, so I’m jumping in!

I found this over on Eat Pray Run DC, so I’m linking up with her.

This wasn’t the best year for me in terms of running. But I have to know where I am if I want to move forward.

  • Best race experience: The Bourbon Chase! Which is crazy, since I didn’t think I’d ever run a relay race. I ended up running the fastest I’ve ever run in a race, though. And it was so fun to have a team to commiserate with.

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  • Best run: The second leg of the Bourbon Chase. It was hilly, and a little over 8 miles, at about 3 in the morning. But it was perfect running weather, it was nice to zone out since I was running by myself, and I was impressed by how well I handled the hills! Probably because I had made up a 14er training plan for hiking in the months leading up to it!
  • Best new piece of running gear: I haven’t really gotten any new running gear. I got new shoes, of course, since I do that every 300 miles or so. But other than that, nothing. Maybe this is a good reason to get myself some running gear for Christmas…
  • Best running advice you’ve received this year: Commit. When I asked people on my Instagram how I could get serious about running, someone responded that I just have to commit. So simple. Now to follow instructions…
  • Most inspirational runner: Probably Maria Abbe from Running Myself Together. She has an awesome blog, talks a lot about how running has helped with her mental health, and just generally has created a running community that I’m striving for. Give me some tips, girl!
  • Favorite picture from a run or race this year: Hated the race, loved the picture.

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  • Race experience you would repeat in a heartbeat: I don’t really have a lot of options since I only did two this year. The full marathon in January was a disaster. The Bourbon Chase was amazing. Still, even if I did have more options, I think I’d still choose the Bourbon Chase.

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  • If you could sum up your year in a couple of words what would they be? Sabbatical. My January marathon made me feel so bad that I didn’t really start running again until August or September. But now I’m back! And hopefully better than ever.

Join me! Link up and share your year of running. Just answer the questions above, then link back.

Getting serious

Today on my run I started thinking about my vocation.

At first, it was a thought about whether or not my desire to be married is my own desire or God’s. But throughout the day, the thoughts turned to evangelizing. That is everyone’s vocation, after all.

The biggest way I am evangelizing right now is with my running ministry. So then I started thinking about my preparation for this ministry. Yes, I am a runner. Yes, running led me to the Catholic Church (and even to Christianity in general, really). Yes, running has changed my life in numerous ways. Yes, it is a gift that God has given to me. And God has given me the opportunity to give that gift to others.

But.

I also haven’t treated it as a gift. If anything, I have gotten complacent about running. Or maybe I always have been.

I tell others I will never run competitively. Which is true, right? I can’t be an elite. Or maybe that’s just a story I’m telling myself. I could at least try. Like my faith – if I said I could never be a saint, and then didn’t even try, what would be the point?

And if I’m further along on the running path than other women who I’m guiding and coaching…what help would I be if I remained the same? God is demanding of us. Whenever I overcome a spiritual challenge, He wants me to overcome another. So even though it would be nice to coast along like I always have been, it’s not what I’m called to do.

For once, my faith is informing my running, rather than vice versa.

God has placed a running ministry on my heart. I’ve been taking the ministry part seriously. Now I need to take the running part seriously.

This blog will still have thoughts about how running is connected to TOB and the feminine genius (especially since I’m getting some new TOB books in the mail!). But I also want to start putting typical running blog stuff on here to hold myself accountable (and for anyone reading this to hold me accountable). Race recaps, run logs, etc.

Pretty excited about getting more obsessed with my faith AND running, actually…

4 ways running prepared me to receive communion

It’s been on a while since I’ve posted on here. Mostly because I’ve been focusing all of my creative energy on Catholic Women Run (check it out!). I thought about removing this blog and putting everything I write over on that website. But I regularly have thoughts connected to running and Catholicism that don’t quite fit in there. So here we are. With this blog still here. And a new post to boot!

I came into full communion with the Catholic Church over Easter this year. One of the most beautiful things about the faith for me is the Eucharist. What could be better than receiving the true presence of Our Lord and Savior each and every Sunday (or more)?! Nothing.

Needless to say, I was impatient to receive that sacrament during my months of RCIA. However, training for a marathon at the same time had a big impact on my understanding of the Eucharist, both then and now. Early on, I cried during Mass because I was so thankful. Now, it’s easier to let my mind wander during Mass. And as I was listening to the Catholic Crunch‘s discussion on Catholics who say they don’t “get anything out of Mass”, I thought about running. Of course. Every single point they made I learned because I’m a runner.

So, here are 4 ways that I believe running allowed me to fully understand what this sacrament truly means.

Race day is not the same as training day

And a Catholic conference is not the same as an every day Sunday.

Think about it – both Catholic conferences and races are designed to be exciting. Their purpose is to inspire you, encourage you, which means they’re going to be emotional. That’s not a bad thing! Catholic conferences send you back out into the world to be disciples of Christ. Races leave you wanting more so you’ll sign up for another one right after you finish the first one (and yes, this totally happens to people like me who have caught the running bug).

But would you really want to be at a conference or a race every day for the rest of your life? I would be exhausted. And my body would be unable to handle it. Literally. I just can’t do more than one marathon a year. (Some people can do more – more power to them).

Running is not a feeling

Neither is our Catholic faith. In fact, both Catholicism and running are the essential things that have taught me over the last year that I can’t rely on my feelings if I want to be happy. It sounds contradictory. But it’s not.

Let’s go back to the race day metaphor. If I only wanted to have the high of crossing the finish line, I would never actually sign up for the race. Because the every day normal of training my body to run 26.2 miles does not always “feel” good. In fact, most of the time it’s extremely sore calf muscles, bruised toenails, and blisters. And if I only went on a training run when I “felt” like it…it might happen once a month.

So what about the Catholic conference metaphor? Well, I haven’t been to a Catholic conference yet (feel free to send me some suggestions), but I can imagine I wouldn’t enjoy it as much if I didn’t practice my Catholic faith regularly. I’d have to know a little bit about Catholic practices, how Catholics worship God, the small things that Catholics do that no one else does. Otherwise I’d feel really uncomfortable and out of place. But that means every day, I need to do things that help me understand what it means to be Catholic. Now, I love learning, so I go out and seek information. Some people don’t, and need to. For me, the struggle is doing the things I need to. You know, like going to confession.

Put the work in before

I can’t just show up on race day and expect to finish running 26.2 miles. I could get by without training much for a 5k, a 10k, or even a half marathon. But I would be in serious trouble if I didn’t make the commitment to prepare for a full marathon at least four months in advance. I would get injured. Or I wouldn’t finish at all. Preparation is key.

So why would I be able to come to Mass and expect to feel something? Scratch that feeling word (see point above). Let’s say instead – why would God reveal anything to me at Mass if I wasn’t talking to Him throughout the week? Or even throughout the rest of the day on Sunday?

Sure, God does reveal things to us whether or not we put work in. But for me, that’s usually because He needs to get my attention. Somehow. And speaking loudly to me is the best way to hear Him.

So if I want to “get something” out of Mass, then I need to prepare for it. Go to confession. Read the text before. Reflect on the text before. Pray throughout the week for God to open my heart and mind to what I need to hear. If you want to get something, you need to give something.

Don’t become complacent

But, I also need to think about where I’m at. Before I ran a half marathon, I ran a 5k. Then I ran a half marathon and swore I would never run a full marathon. At the time, I wasn’t ready for a full. I had to run one more half marathon before I took the plunge for a full. Then I swore off relay races. I had to finish another full and two more half marathons before I agreed to run the Bourbon Chase.

The point is – I celebrated every step of the way, no matter how small the race. But I also couldn’t stay at the 5k level forever.

Maybe you don’t make it to Mass every Sunday. Then making it is still something to celebrate, even if you don’t feel anything. But if you’re at the marathon level (I guess that would be going to Mass every week?), then think about what additional thing you can add to your spiritual life to move yourself forward in your faith.

See?! Running prepared me for the sad but real problem of Catholics feeling dissatisfied by the Church because they consider it “boring”. Running made me aware this feeling of “being bored” would happen. From the start of coming into the Church, I could brace myself against any discontent I might have. And whenever I’m receiving the Eucharist with less reverence than I should, I can be aware of it and fix it!

The Drum Major Instinct

Early in my community organizing career (which, let’s be honest, wasn’t that long ago), I was required to read Martin Luther King Jr.’s sermon entitled “The Drum Major Instinct”. I haven’t thought about it in about a year, but it came into my mind this weekend during Mass.

Everyone should read this piece by MLK. But just so you understand the context for this blog post, MLK discusses our very human desires for recognition, importance, attention, and just in general being first. He describes the scene in Mark when James and John ask to be seated at Jesus’s left and right. Instead of condemning James and John like we might be predisposed to do, we should realize that there must be a reason all of us have this instinct – what MLK calls the drum major instinct. Like all other things we’ve been given by God, this drum major instinct has been so perverted that we use it to get ahead of others by pushing them down. But Jesus’s response doesn’t indicate that James and John should get rid of their desire to be the best. He simply redefines the definition of greatness.

So why did this come into my mind at Mass this Sunday? Well, every Sunday, I always seem to be struck by someone who seems holier than I do. Who smiles at the perfect time. Who looks solemn and contrite in the appropriate places. Who can recite everything without looking at her Missal. And who generally looks so focused on the Word and on God in the Mass that I wonder how I can get that focused.

This Sunday, I felt a twinge of guilt about it. I should be thinking about God and his mercy and love, after all. Not comparing myself to someone else. I do enough of that outside of church.

But then I thought, well, isn’t that why we have saints? To strive to be as good and holy as people who achieved the highest level of union with God before us?

Sure, this can quickly become distorted. There’s the typical “holier than thou” stereotype about less-than-welcoming religious people, after all. What else is new? My research on Theology of the Body is another example of how a great gift can be corrupted by our sins. But TOB shows us that we must harness the gift of sexuality to get the joy and peace we can out of it. Similarly, we must harness this gift of achievement that we’ve been given by God if we truly want to feel accomplished. And that means serving. Serving individuals. Serving communities. Serving the world.

So I won’t feel so bad about looking up to someone else in Mass anymore. As long as I remember that my desire to be better is ultimately for the benefit of God and fear of his judgement, not for or because of anyone else who’s sitting in the church that day.

“Yes, Jesus, I want to be on your right side or your left side, not for any selfish reason…I just want to be there in love and in justice and in truth and in commitment to others, so that we can make of this old world a new world.”

Keep striving.

-Johnna

10 Bible Verses That Connect Running to Catholicism

I’m not surprised there are so many verses in the Bible about running or endurance sports. In fact, running is one of the most important things that brought me to the Catholic Church, since it prepared me for the spiritual discipline required in my faith.

Here are some of my favorite Bible verses for running!

10 Bible Verses That Connect Running to Catholicism

Do you not know that your body is a temple of the holy Spirit within you, who you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been purchased at a price. Therefore, glorify God in your body. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Every athlete exercises discipline in every way. They do it to win a perishable crown, but we an imperishable one. 1 Corinthians 9:25

Let us…persevere in running the race that lies before us. Hebrews 12:1

…all discipline seems a cause not for joy but for pain, yet later it brings the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who are trained by it. Hebrews 12:11

…while physical training is of limited value, devotion is valuable in every respect, since it holds a promise of life both for the present and for the future. 1 Timothy 4:8

I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7

…we even boast of our afflictions, knowing that affliction produces endurance, and endurance, proven character, and proven character, hope. Romans 5:3-4

Yet I consider life of no importance to me, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to bear witness to the gospel of God’s grace. Acts 20:24

They that hope in the Lord will renew their strength, they will soar on eagles’ wings; They will run and not grow weary, walk and not grow faint. Isaiah 40:31

Let your eyes look straight ahead and your gaze be focused forward. Survey the path for your feet, and all your ways will be sure. Proverbs 4:25-26

Want to connect physical discipline with spiritual discipline? Sign up for the #CatholicWomenRun challenge! We start December 4!