I Can Do This

“I can do this.”

That’s a good thing to believe, right?

I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting on this in various areas of my life. The most obvious (and quickly coming) is the Twin Cities 10 Mile in less than two weeks.

I’ve blogged about being busy, overwhelmed, and poorly trained, but I also know I can do this race.

Many of your comments have helped me realize that I can do this 10 mile simply for the love of running. I can do it to see the beautiful course and enjoy the spectators. I can do it to take part in this amazing Twin Cities Marathon weekend that I’ve wanted to experience for so long.

I don’t have to be in the best shape. (Which is good because I’m not.) And I have to let go of the idea of going after my 1/2 marathon pace from
this spring.

I could do better than I think though.

This morning, (yes, Tuesday) I set out on likely my longest training run. Just over 8 miles, and I took things easy. I chose the hilliest route because I know the 10 mile course features some ups and downs.

It’s strange how easy the long run came back to me. 39 degrees and a beautiful morning helped, and at the 4 mile point I sped up.

I ran right around 10 minute pace the first 4 miles and just over 9 minute pace the second 4. This 9:30 average is about the same pace I’ve kept on my easy runs lately, and I was pleased I could manage it for 8 miles.

This race — I can do it.

And when it comes to my work, our new house, packing, and moving — I can do those things too.

It takes time, patience, flexibility, and the ability to be okay with projects taking longer than planned.

Especially on the farm, there are always interruptions because things break down, the weather doesn’t cooperate, or a new baby calf arrives and needs care right then.

But patience — learning to go with the flow more often — is important too.

But as I work through all these things I want to accomplish and succeed at, sometimes I don’t know what the next step is. There can be road blocks that make it hard to see the finish.

That’s when believing and putting my faith in the right place really makes the difference for me.

“In the same way The Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but The Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs that words cannot express.” Romans 8:26

About Lisa

Hi, I'm Lisa. Dairy farmer's wife and Minnesotan to the core, I write about rural farm life, running down country roads, and the food, faith, and family that bind everything together. Follow along on my journey.
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10 Responses to I Can Do This

  1. Jena says:

    You can totally do this! I look forward to “hearing” how it goes! I to am struggling with “not knowing the next step.” I don’t do well with the unknown, and i’m experiencing a lot of that right now.

    Anyhow, you’re going to do great! You know you can do the distance – sounds like you’ve accepted that you are probably not in PR shape, but you can still go out & have an enjoyable time!

  2. Terzah says:

    You’re going to do great! You have just the right attitude. I’m going to try to take this attitude with my half next month, too. :^)

  3. Heidi Nicole says:

    You are definitely going to be able to do this race. And maybe the fact you aren’t going to be PR ready will make it better – rather than being focused on your pace you’ll be able to take in everything around you! It really is an awesome course!

    And good luck with all the moving…moving from one apartment to another is enough work for me, and the unknowns there are pretty minimal. I’m really excited to hear more about the new place!

    • Lisa says:

      That’s what I’m thinking — try to enjoy the course and not stress. I like to run to do my very best, but I guess I have to accept that I can’t be in my best shape all the time either!

  4. You can do it! I’ll be out there cheering! Not sure where, but I have friends running the marathon, and I’ll be sure too add your name to our sign…If we are not too lazy to make one! ๐Ÿ™‚ Good luck!

  5. Jess says:

    You CAN do it. Sometimes the things we’re the least prepared for are the most gratifying to complete.

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