I'm getting closer to current times-only one month back!
Once May got here, I haven't been able to keep it straight. Time is flying, I say yet again. I had mixed feelings about the end of the school year coming so fast. On one hand, it couldn't come fast enough. I was exhausted, stressed, and so ready for a break. On the other hand, I wanted more time, because I didn't feel ready for my AP tests and needed more time to study!
"For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him." Philippians 2:13
That was awesome knowing that even though I may not always feel like it, if it's what I am supposed to do, God will give me everything I need to get it done.
First for this day was 1 Peter 4:11, "...do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Christ Jesus."
The second was 2 Corinthians 5:9, "So we make it our goal to please Him..."
I decided that my total focus while I was racing that day was going to be on using what I have been given to please God. I just wanted to enjoy it.
The 4x800 was just a fun race, becuase we obviously would win it with our B-team, which is why I even ran it. The 1600 wasn't my best, but it was 10 seconds faster than the last one I ran! I was excited to feel motivated to push myself again. I had to just let go of comparing myself to the other runners in the race and focus on doing my best. I felt much better.
During a longer race like the 3200, you have a little time to think. To keep my mind positive, I pray, think of verses, and sing songs in my head. Three songs stood out while I checked off those 8 laps
"It's my joy to honor You, in all I do, to honor You"
"Lord, I need You, O I need You, every hour I need You. My one defense, my righteousness, O God how I need You" (This one is one that comes to mind during speed workouts when I'm worn out!)
A newer MercyMe song that makes me want to dance: "God, I'm running for Your heart, I'm running for Your heart until I am a soul on fire!"
This kept me pushing through the finish line!
This is the picture that came up that morning to get me going, but that wasn't all! God works in ways where you know it can only be Him. I went on Twitter and there was the same verse!
I was so excited for how I felt a change in my motivation, that I kept my number from the race and decorated it with those verses.
These are the wonderful women of the back table!
El Sazon has become the restaurant where we go for any family get-together. We all love it, and they are so fast!
Joy is my word, and God is my joy.
This was an awesome day. The 1600 was a crazy race. I hadn't been in the tops of that race for more than 2 laps this season, but this day was my kind of weather. It was the hottest day we had all year! I stuck with the pack and held on to a qualifying spot until the last about 80 meters. I don't have much of a kick, but I was going as fast as those little legs would go! I missed qualifying for state by just 1 place, but my time was my best for the season. I wanted to go so bad, but it just wasn't meant to be. I was okay with it because I gave it everything I had, so that was God's plan. My race was just good enough to leave me satisfied, ending my 1600 season on a great note.
"Running His Race" it has Hebrews 12:1-2, which was my focus verse this whole season.
The new uniforms were a nice touch.
Track kinda copied the idea of carrying something around the week before state, so we got monkeys! Danny is a cool dude, and he matched my monkey and me one day, so we had some fun posing for a picture.
He may drive me nuts sometimes, but Calvin can be nice, too. And you know I'm not going to turn down fresh pineapple!
Chemistry was an entertaining class this semester!
And school was over! Praise the Lord we survived!