Lately I have not made going to church as much of a priority as I should. Although I’ve made it to church about once a month, I’ve skipped church to get an early start on a long bike ride or when my to-do list seemed to long. The thing is, whenever I go to church, I’m always glad I went, and I always hear a message I need to hear.
Let us not grow weary from doing right,
for we will reap at harvest time
if we do not give up.
It was just the
kick in the pants encouragement I needed. It both acknowledges that doing right can be tiresome and prods me to keep at it, because good will prevail–but only if we don’t give up.
Since this week brought even more reasons to feel helpless and hopeless–and even more reason why we cannot give up on trying to make our world a better place for everyone–I wanted to share this verse with you in case you also might need some encouragement.
Monday: July 4th Run
I got in a very humid, very sweaty run before the rain moved in.
Tuesday: 45 minute strength routine at home.
I started with this circuit from Tamara and added some bridges and clam shells.
Wednesday: Rest Day
My daughter was in flight delay hell on Tuesday–her 1:59 pm flight did not take off until 12:22 am. While I wasn’t with her –although when they announced at 6:30 that the flight was rescheduled for 11:30 she came home for dinner–I was texting her until she took off, and then again when she landed 4 hours later. So, it was one of those rare days when I really needed an extra hour of sleep more than I needed a workout.
Thursday: 4.25 miles on the treadmill.
When I saw the humidity level was at 90%–and felt it while walking Tiger Lilly–I decided to run on the treadmill. Since I was trying to be careful with my knee this week, I resisted the urge to do intervals, and instead inched the pace up from 6.3 mph to 7.0 mph, holding for 5 min at each pace.
Friday: 45 minute strength routine at home–based on Tamara’s workout again.
Saturday: 40 mile bike ride.
With the weather still very hot and humid, we decided to ride on the shady C&O canal towpath. We rode from Georgetown to about 5 miles past Great Falls, and it was great! It was so scenic I could have stopped every few miles, but we only stopped a few times.
This is one of the sunny stretches!
As we rode from the Billy Goat trailhead up toward the Great Falls parking lot, I couldn’t help but remember that painful walk last year after I broke my foot. I am so grateful to be healthy this year!
Unlike the other trails I ride on, the C&O towpath is mostly flat, with a slight elevation climb in the outbound direction. It wasn’t hard, but there was no coasting until that “cliff” on the way back.
The elevation “bumps” mark where the towpath goes past a lock.
I was exhausted after riding for 40 miles, but it took almost that long to burn off the stress of the week and quiet my monkey mind.
Sunday: 8.3 mile neighborhood run
I set my alarm so I could squeeze in a long run before heading to the airport for a business trip. (Yep, another Sunday without church! 🙁 ) The elevation climb over the last half of my run was greater than it was on that bike ride!
How do you fight off hopelessness?