Why Do Some People Always Seem to Keep Going?

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how to run a marathon

Mile 14: We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. 2 Corinthians 4:9
Prayer:  All battling Cancer
Because I’m not Forest Gump running for hundreds of miles, I am praying for ALL who are battling cancer, their physicians and their loved ones.  There is NOTHING easy about this battle, but with God, we know we are never destroyed.

Mile 15: 

Prayer: Larissa & Bill
I “met” Larissa several months ago via Periscope. She is a sweet, fun friend who loves Jesus and sharing JOY!  My prayer will be for Larissa’s ministry to military wives and also Bill’s journey through his cancer treatment.

Mile 16: Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. Isaiah 41:10
Prayer: Tracy M.
I met Tracy at a wedding where I sang at several months ago.  Her youngest daughter and my daughter became buddies and napped during the ceremony together and then danced the night away!  I rece15ntly learned that Tracy has throat cancer.  My prayers will specifically be for Tracy to NOT be afraid — but also for her sweet little girls to not be afraid.  Our God is totally able to squash cancer like a bug!  I’ll also be praying for her husband, family, care givers, and community of support people.

Mile 17: It is not that we think we are qualified to do anything on our own. Our qualification comes from God. 2 Corinthians 3:5
Prayer: Mandy C.
Mandy is a fellow marathon runner who decided to run with her friend.  Mandy and Tim also go to our church.  I’ll be praying for strength, endurance and energy!  18

Mile 18

Prayer: FUMC Youth
I loved being a part of our youth group when I was younger.  The friendships were fantastic and experiences were life changing.  I’m loving watching my own son experience this.  My prayers will be for our church, our youth leader, our minister, the ministry program, their upcoming work camp, the youth who are a part of this group and all of their parents.  I will also be praying for everyone who supports the youth group.

Mile 19: Whatever you do, do well. Ecclesiastes 9:10
Prayer: Michele W.
Michele lost her dad unexpected earlier this year.  She has been my friend and my success partner in my business for several months.  We’ve gone through highs and lows and funks and fun together.  As Michele continues to grieve and be on the healing journey, I’ll be praying for her heart and for her to have peace and comfort.  I’m also thankful for a friend like Michele.

Mile 20: He will order his angels to protect you wherever you go. Psalm 91:11
Prayer: ROARR
Retinoblastoma is a rare cancer of the retina, the thin membrane on the inside back of the eye that is stimulated by light. Retinoblastoma is usually diagnosed before a child reaches the age of 3.  According to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, retinoblastoma accounts for about 3 percent of all childhood cancers and about 250 to 300 children in the United States are found to have retinoblastoma each year.
The little boy of a friend, who is 2, was recently diagnosed and has been ROARRing to raise awareness and rally around this little dude and his family.  We’ll be lifting up this sweet little boy, his family, caregivers and all those who are supporting in one way or another.  ROARR on my friend…ROARR!

These are tough mental and physical miles.  The number 1 difference between those who DO and those who DON’T is WHY power.  They know WHY they are fighting.  They know WHY they are pushing…. and they never give up.
Do you know someone with a strong WHY power?  I’d love to hear about their story!

Sometimes You Just Have to Let People HELP

how to run a marathonDid you already read Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 ?  Make sure you read up on miles 1-8!  Everyone’s story is important and each scripture is meaningful!

I’m not very good at asking for or accepting help.  I am someone who just thinks I can do it and so I DO do it….the problem is, is that sometimes I can’t.  Sometimes my health issues get in the way.  Sometimes my fatigue stops me.  Sometimes I have people who want to help and I need to remember that these people are often sent to bless me and I need to keep myself OPEN to those blessings.

Mile 8: Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity. I Timothy 4:12
Person: The Constantino Familyeight miles of running
When my oldest son was born, it was the happiest day of my life.  

 I took several months of work off with him and loved every moment.  When I went back to work, I put my son in day care for almost 12 hours a day.  It was horrible and I hated it.  After the school year ended I loved having the long days with my little snuggle bug.  …but my perspective changed on June 8 when a little boy in our family drowned in a tragic accident.  I realized that I was putting my son in a facility to essentially allow someone else raise.  This little boy’s death changed my outlook on the time we have here on earth.  I decided to leave that job and take a position teaching at our church’s preschool.  …and the little boy’s sisters were a part of the day care/ preschool there.  Over the years, This family has become an example of God’s peace.  God’s healing.  God’s comfort.  My prayer is that God continues to be with them on their journey of healing and that He continues to use each family member to shine the light of Jesus.  I am so thankful that I met this sweet family.  They have forever changed me and I am eternally grateful.

Mile 9: We know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those marathon training tipswho love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28
Person: Mike V.
Mike is the father of one of my oldest son’s friends.  He has a great sense of humor.  A giving heart.  Loves to hunt and fish and be outside.  Mike is also an incredible baker….and his sweet rolls are worth running a marathon for!  Okay, those round power-sugar covered cookie things (Russian tea cakes?) are also pretty freaking fantastic as well!  Mike has Crohn’s Disease and faces a constant battle with his health.  Like many of us living with a chronic illness some days are good, some days are bad and then you have days or weeks or months that just SUCK.  My prayer is for Mike, his caregivers, his family and friends, but also his wife and sons.  As the person in my family WITH the chronic illness, I know what it is like to rely on those who take care of you.  Its hard.  

Mile 10: Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1
Person: Abby S.
I thought since Crohn’s is so awful, I should pray for Abby on mile 10.  I met Abby when she was in a challenge group I was leading.  We rocked out Charlene Extreme together and built some mega muscle and sweat like crazy ladies and posted sweetie selfies on facebook.  Not that long ago, my client who I now consider a friend, was facing a slew of health issues that turned out to be Crohn’s.  UGH….  None the less, she looked amazing in her beautiful wedding dress and is moving forward with setting into her new home and rockin’ her own crafty business. I don’t get to talk to Abby nearly as often as I’d like too, but I think of her often.  She is so funny and crafty and honestly not that far away from me.  Sometimes the busy-ness of life frustrates me!  But I pray Abby continues on a journey of healing.  That she continues to find good care and that her family and friends who help her have continued strength.

Mile 11: Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you. Psalm 37:5
Person: My Parents
The ultimate “helpers”.  My parents believe I can do anything and I think they think I’m the best at everything.  Trust me when I say, I am not!  My mom will be retiring soon and my prayers are for a smooth transition for her and of course, my dad!  Mom works harder than almost anyone I know and deserves to enjoy some relaxation and rest.  But at the same time, I also think this will be a challenge for her!  My prayers for my dad are continued healing with his traumatic brain injury.  I’m also thankful for my parents and the way I was raised and the ability to make good decisions.  Its at this point in the race I will have to decided if my injury is okay to run a full 26.2 miles.  At mile 11.5 I can choose HALF or FULL and I’ll need to rely on my ability to be honest with myself and do what is best for my body.

Mile 12: With God’s help we will do mighty things. Psalm 60:12
Person: Dick & Cricket
When I got married, I got an extra set of parents!  My in-laws are great helpers. People ask me all the time how I do things….and its because of my helpers that I can do things like train for a marathon, work full time and own my own business.  My prayers will be for their health and also just thanking for this great gift of extra parents and that they raised a son who is my best friend and rock and for being wonderful grandparents to my children.

Mile 13: We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. Romans 5:3
Person: My husband and children
None, and I mean NONE of this is possible without the support and love of my family.  Mike has been on my case to heal this hip injury and worries (a lot) about my health.  He also is coming home from turkey hunting camp a day early so I can leave to run.  He tolerates my crazy eating.  He listens to me whine.  He makes me laugh.  He makes me think.  He reall13 miles encouragementy is my ROCK.  He is my best team mate. I’ll be doing lots of thanking at mile 13.  Thanking God for such a great mate and my best friend.  I can’t forget the children!  The three monkeys love to cheer me on.  They encourage me and motivate me.  They are also my PiYo partners, stretching pals and rulers of the tennis ball and ice packs.  They adore “taking care of mommy” and its fun to watch them copy our healthy behavior.  I’ll be praying for their lives, hearts and health.  I’ll be thanking God for their good health.  All of them.  All of us.  We are are great team, despite all our crazy quirks!

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How To Increase Strength & Endurance

Running and Marathon RunningA Journey of Faith –  Read Part 1 | Part 2
As the days go on and on and we get closer to the “DAY” I continue to get deep into prayer and have been reaching out to those who are on this list and part of the miles.  What I’m asking YOU, my readers to do, is pray with me!  You can download the Pittsburgh Marathon App (iPhone) (Droid) and follow me on May 1!  I”m runner 1817 and as you follow me, you can pray WITH me for the #milesthatmatter

Mile 5: I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13
Person: Jill H.
Jill is a fellow mom of 3, about the same age of me and had a tumor removed off her back in October of 2015.  She has been on a journey of rehabilitation since.  Jill even elected to have this scary surgery even with a chance of immobility or no-feeling in her lower body.  The mass had to go and the benefits outweighed the risks.  Unable to lift her kids, run after them or even simple tasks like tying shoes was nearly impossible.  Jill participated in one of my challenge groups a few months ago and the 21 Day Fix, along with her physical therapy and LOTS AND LOTS of prayer has helped her to continue to improve.  Jill is still not to 100% so my prayer is for her, her family and the caregivers who are still helping her to regain full mobility and function of her body.  Jill- if you’re reading this, you are an inspiration to me in your walk of faith and your journey of healing.  Our God is pretty awesome!

Mile 6: Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we can not see. Hebrews 11:1
Person: My IR4 Buddy’s family
6I run for Joshua.  I’ve posted about this before, but what I don’t share much is how incredible his family is.  Hilary, Joshua’s mom is such a sweet woman.  She is a mom of three and two of her amazing children have a special need.  Do you think that stops this family from doing anything?  NOPE!  She homeschool.  She provides medical care as necessary.  Doctor and specialists. Surgeries.  And prayer.  And she loves on me like I”m a part of her family.  And the truth is — this whole family has my heart.  Every one of them.  I’ll specifically be praying for Hilary as a mom and wife.  I’ll be praying for Jenna who is facing a serious surgery this summer and Jocelyn and Nick as well.  This family is a blessing to me.  I’ll be doing a lot of thanking God during mile 6 as well!

Mile 7: ‘I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and hope.’ Jeremiah 29:117Person: Kara R.
I could say a lot about Kara.  She has been my sanity and my running buddy and my FRIEND and prayer partner and my biggest fan.  She is just GOOD PEOPLE!  We joke that we are #IrishGirlsRunning and #IrishGirlsPoundAsphalt #IGPA ….. but I am so grateful we met several years ago.  I’m pretty sure we were actually meant to be sisters — we even look alike (including the big, curly hair!)  But Kara has her own set of running issues and concerns.  I’ll be praying for her to have the physical strength, mental strength and endurance throughout the marathon…..but I’ll also be doing a lot of THANKING God for this sweet, sweet friend.  She is my fellow St. Jude Hero and introduced me to this amazing program.  This marathon journey will NOT be a disaster — our God has plans for us to have future and hope!!!