Sunday, February 28, 2010

Just like a wavin' flag

This was just released as the World Cup's Theme Song - AMAZING!
Definitely will be on repeat for the next week or so, wish I could see it all firsthand in South Africa!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Get Motivated

One of our professors spoke to campus about her experience as an ultra marathoner,
specifically her 135 mile run through Death Valley.
135 miles. Running. through Death Valley.
Please take a second to wrap your mind around this.

I ran my first marathon this past fall and it was truly an amazing experience-physically, emotionally, and spiritually. But by mile 23 I was ready for a wheelchair, and during the last half mile, my vision was blurring and my hands were starting to tingle. I was in constant prayer, asking God for His legs and repeating a verse from Isaiah, "I will not grow weary."
That was 26.2 miles over flat Chicago land in nice cool weather.

She ran in 127 degree heat. Bread turned to toast right in her hands. She went through 6 pairs of shoes after the soles melted underneath her. She climbed a nearly 13,000 ft. rise in elevation.

No problem, right?

After 38 hours of running in these conditions, she crossed the finish line.
She titled her speech, "Get Motivated," and spoke of the physical and mental training required for such a feat. We were left stunned. It is truly amazing what the body and mind can do. Really, anyone could complete this task. You train physically, and you strengthen your mind. But to have the heart, (and slight insanity) to actually do such a thing is awe inspiring.

As she was describing her journey, I couldn't help but stare at the cross hanging on the wall above her head in the lecture hall. (Another reason why I love my school.)
To take on something like this without faith seems impossible. An ultra-marathon through Death Valley can be completed by anyone, yes, but not alone. He is the one that strengthens us, carrying us through each mile and opening our eyes to hardship in order to see the intense beauty surrounding us. I feel like an experience like that would change you forever, opening the door to a new level of living. A new high, a new strength, a new perspective and a new life.

Needless to say, I got motivated.
"We drench ourselves with the grace of exhaustion, and the ecstasy of knowing we are worthy to receive it."

What happened to Mary!?

A friend of mine was spending time with her little nephew and discovered that Sesame Street has undergone some changes.

Our innocent little country girl and her wholesome song has turned into Murray from the streets with a bumpin beat.

What has happened to our little Mary!?

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

My New Office

Just as I was getting really excited about this new little blog, I spilled a glass of water right over my keyboard. I could type about ten letters and was bound to a life of copy and paste, and I must say, I mastered it pretty well. But I'm happy to report that I am back, not with a new laptop, but with an amazing external keyboard, special thanks to IT services!

I'd really like to bring it to class, but I'm a little nervous as to how accepting my classmates will be to my new office...I might not fit in those tiny desks.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Drenched in Vanilla Twilight

"Cuz the spaces between my fingers are right where yours fit perfectly"

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

From "I have to" to "I get to"

If you're reading this right now then I'm guessing you probably run more days a week than not. And if you're a runner, it means you enjoy running most of the time. You like knowing you're doing something good for your body and your mental health and so most days it's not a chore but rather something you get to do.

Most of us have days—weekly for some, every third day for others—where we don't really enjoy the run. On these days, getting dressed and putting on your shoes feels fatiguing, let alone doing the lunge warm-up the guy on says you need to do. Often this coincides with a stressful work week or a poor running weather, but even when those external stressors aren't present part of being a runner is the thought, "I don't really want to do this."

This is why a tweet I read this week, from a runner in Boulder named Todd, struck a cord. He simply said, "It's about the smiling, not the suffering. Change the mindset from 'I have to' to 'I get to.'" He's right and you and I both know it. It's hard to embrace each day you have the opportunity to go for a run as an "I get to," but I encourage you to adopt that mindset because we almost always feel better about ourselves (and often our lives?) when the run is over. so why not start today's run with "I get to."


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